Thursday, June 23, 2016
Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis spoke at commencement at UC Davis School of Law last month. He talked with our alumni about being arrested for civil disobedience in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. Now Lewis is making waves in a peaceful protest in the House of Representatives seeking to spur Congress to reduce gun violence.
As CNN reports, House Republicans sought to end a 16-hour sit-in by Democrats in the early hours this morning by adjourning for a recess that will last through July 5. The move is an effort to shut down a protest that began Wednesday morning when Democrats took over the House floor and tried to force votes on gun control. Shortly after 7:00 a.m., about 20 Democrats remained on the House floor, including House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and they were determined to continue.