Corte Madera hosts rally to remember Representative John Lewis – NBC Bay Area
A year ago, legendary Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis passed away.
There have been a number of gatherings and ceremonies across the Bay Area and the rest of the country to honor his legacy.
One of the vigils took place in Corte Madera.
“It’s really hard to believe that John Lewis is no longer with us. He’s been an inspiration to so many people, he’s a voting and civic rights titan, ”said Susan Bolle, event organizer.
He is one of more than 100 across the country organized to lobby Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
But the organizers of this event aren’t just rallying, they are also making phone calls, trying to get people to support the legislation.
“We have reached out to voters in the states of some of the recalcitrant senators, who hate to reform filibustering and frankly our own senator, Feinstein is part of that group,” Bolle said.
From Corte Madera to this event in Washington, DC, the rallying cry rang out city after city.
In San Diego, an honor of a different kind for the Georgian deputy. The christening of the United States Navy ship named in his honor.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended Saturday’s event in San Diego.
“One of the mottos of the Navy is Semper Fortis, always courageous. And John Lewis has indeed always been courageous, ”she said.
USNS John Lewis is the lead ship in its class of Navy refueling vessels.
In the year since his death, Congressman Lewis’s legacy of voting activism continues to inspire. Not just because of his mission. But also because of its methods.
“He was a happy person, and I think that’s something that needs to continue here, as we fight a fight that really needs to be fought,” said Don Feely, a resident of Santa Rosa. “I think we have to approach it with joy and enthusiasm.”
There are currently two bills circulating in Congress that focus on voting rights. The first is the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
The second is the “Law for the People”. Both have stalled in the Senate due to Republicans’ efforts to block them.