U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg:
"We have lost an icon with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a woman only 5'1 in stature, but moved mountains to propel our nation forward. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for so many who have come after her. Justice Bader Ginsberg provided a platform for women, and fought for to ensure they had a voice at the table. From gender discrimination t…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-06) and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) held a call with regional reporters calling on the Senate to take up the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in June with bipartisan support. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act reimagines policing for the 21st Century by banning chokeholds, stopping no-knock warrants, combatting racial profiling, eliminating…
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced H.Res.1088 on August 18 to designate James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida as part of the National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Network.
The site, formerly Hemming Park, stood at the center of the August 27, 1960 race riot - known as Ax Handle Sunday - where a mob of some 200-middle aged and older white men armed with baseball bats and ax handles attacked a group of non-violent, peaceful protestors fightin…
This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., called on student housing companies in Tallahassee to let residents who moved back home due to the coronavirus break their leases without penalty.
On Monday, Lawson wrote eight student housing companies doing business in Tallahassee on the matter.
"Students and families across our state and nation are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by a global health crisis beyond their control," Lawson said. "It is unfair, while colleges and universities…
U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that George "Gary" Hartsfield Jr., a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Hartsfield was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the Colorado-based service academy.
"Gary's academic excellence and dedication to his community have prepared him well for the U.S. Air Force Academy," Rep. Lawson said. "I wish him the best and have no doubt he will serve our state and n…
Florida is bracketed by the Everglades on the south and the Okefenokee on the north.
Most of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Georgia but a portion is in Baker County. Also, the swamp serves as the headwaters for the Suwannee and St. Marys rivers.
The Okefenokee is a natural wonder that deserves the highest levels of protection.
Yet there are concerns that mining for titanium near the Okefenokee will skirt traditional environmental reviews.
The Okefenokee National Wildl…
This has been a difficult week. The coronavirus is still among us changing the way we live our lives and taking from us loved ones. Businesses have begun to reopen, but people are moving into those places with a sense of fear and anxiety. Yet, we wonder whether the economy is being saved at our expense. Even with those thoughts, we are still cautious about what we hear and whether to believe what officials are saying about the precautions that should be taken and that can be relaxed. We will all… Continue Reading
My View: U.S. Representative Al Lawson
The coronavirus pandemic is a challenge unlike anything we've ever faced. Like you, I understand how scary this is and how desperate you are for answers.
As this evolving situation unfolds, I have been working to ensure that state and local officials have the resources they need to keep our community strong.Over the last month, Congress passed three bills to:
Provide $1,200 in direct payments to Floridians, and all Americans, who earn up to $75,000, … Continue Reading
The coronavirus pandemic is a challenge unlike anything we have ever faced. I understand how scary this is and how desperate you are for answers.
We have seen staggering evidence thatCOVID-19 disproportionately impacts African-Americans more than the overall population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, counties that are majority-Black have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority.
Unfortunatel… Continue Reading