Civil Rights and Social Justice

Congressman Lieu joins civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and House Democrats during the House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Control


"I am fully committed to ensuring and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. I vehemently stand against any sort of racial, cultural, or religious intolerance that threatens to divide the melting pot our country has become. If we want to uphold the principle of equality that this country prides itself on, we must not let fear tear us apart."

"As an immigrant from Taiwan, I am proud to be a strong advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Congress. As an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am dedicated to promoting the well-being of the AAPI community."

More information on Congressman Lieu's work on AAPI issues can be found here.


More on Civil Rights and Social Justice

January 22, 2017 In The News

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, drew widespread criticism Sunday after she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s press briefing on inauguration crowd sizes, saying the newly minted spokesman had given “alternative facts” to those cited in media reports.

Chuck Todd, of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” asked Conway early Sunday morning why Mr. Trump had Spicer utter a “falsehood” the first time he formally faced reporters from the White House briefing room.

January 20, 2017 In The News

Miami is not where Jon Cowan expected to be on Inauguration Day.

He was certain he would be holding a champagne glass and toasting the nation’s first female president alongside the inaugural parade route at the Washington pub Elephant & Castle. “It was this unbelievable space where we were going to have this large gathering of Democrats,” said Cowan, who runs the left-of-center think tank Third Way.

January 19, 2017 In The News

Yvette Clarke, a Democratic congresswoman from Brooklyn, New York, had initially planned on attending Donald Trump’s inauguration out of respect for tradition and the institution of the presidency. But last week, she started to waver. “We had the opportunity as members of Congress to attend the intelligence community briefing about what took place in terms of hacking and the intrusion of the Russian government into our electoral processes,” she told me.

January 19, 2017 In The News

A steadily growing number of congressional Democrats are refusing to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, sending a message of resistance at the outset of Trump’s presidency. It’s less clear, however, what exactly that message is, and whether it will do the Democratic Party much good as it attempts to find its way in the Trump era.

January 18, 2017 In The News

A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday to protest what they described as his alarming and divisive policies, foreign interference in his election and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia.

January 18, 2017 In The News

Yemen’s civil war between Saudi-backed government forces and Iranian-backed rebels has left thousands dead since 2015.

The U.S. military has played a key role in the conflict for much of that time, supporting Saudi warplanes with intelligence and refueling even as their bombs have reportedly killed civilians.

January 18, 2017 In The News

Congressman John Lewis’ decision to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration has opened the floodgates to a protest movement choreographed by top Democrats in Congress. To date, 55 Democratic lawmakers have joined Lewis in refusing to attend the ceremonies on January 20.

Under the Twitter moniker #IStandWithJohnLewis Democrats from California to New York to Texas are essentially throwing a collective temper tantrum in light of Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to the anti-establishment figure.

January 17, 2017 In The News

Congressional Democrats are announcing in droves they won’t attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and we’ll be updating the list of politicians who will boycott Trump.

The number of lawmakers boycotting the inauguration shot up after Trump lashed out on Twitter at Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and who said on “Meet the Press” this weekend that he would boycott the inauguration because he doesn’t think Trump’s presidency is legitimate.

January 17, 2017 In The News

At least 19 Democratic members of Congress have announced that they will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration. While some made their decision in earlier weeks, several have come forward today, citing the president-elect's insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final straw.

January 17, 2017 In The News

President-election Donald Trump, in a Twitter outburst Saturday over Rep. John Lewis's comment that he does not see Trump as a legitimate president, said the Georgia congressman should spend more time trying to fix his "horrible" and "crime-infested" district than complaining about the election results.

Trump's tweet was posted at 7:50 a.m., hours after Lewis, the civil-rights icon who was badly beaten at the Selma bridge  in 1965 during a voting rights march, said he would skip Trump's inauguration next week as an act of protest.