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Bills crucial to protect voting systems, integrity of elections

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Technology
Rep. Hank Johnson

In the wake of the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned about the accuracy and a...

Bills crucial to protect voting systems, integrity of elections

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Technology
Rep. Hank Johnson

In the wake of the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned about the accuracy and a...

Toxic Coal Ash Could Be Coming to Landfill Near You -- Here's Why It Matters

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Coal ash contains known carcinogens such as arsenic, lead and mercury. This is why the EPA is now regulating coal ash. As power companies shut down or upgrade their facilities, the need to permanently dispose of this hazardous byproduct is growing. So far, these companies have dumped millions of tons of coal ash into unlined landfills across America -- putting our water supply at risk.

Every Member of Congress Should Sign On To My Bills That Enhance Consumers' Privacy & Ensure Digital Inclusion

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Technology
Rep. Hank Johnson

Privacy is an issue that should unite us, not drive us apart. We have fully entered the era of big data, and consumers access the internet through mobile devices now more than ever. It's past time for our laws to reflect this reality.

You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Rep. Hank Johnson

From Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Senator Al Franken of Minnesota Forced arbitration rigs the game in favor of big corporations and ag...

You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

Al Franken | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Al Franken

If you've ever opened a credit card, rented a car or engaged in any number of other routine interactions with big corporations, you've probably had to sign away your right to go to court or band together in a class action with other customers.

Until We Renew the VRA, the Confederate Flag, Still Symbolic, Flies Over the Nation

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South Carolina earlier this month. While taking down this banner of oppression is a good step, it's really nothing more than a symbolic gesture.

Rep. Johnson: Level of Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls Unacceptable

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

The challenges black men face are real, but I was humbled to learn how unequal justice affects black women. Black women are the fastest growing prison population and their stories must be told if we are going to break this trend. It is open season on all Americans.

Congressman Calls For Georgia Official To Resign After Racist Post

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is calling for the resignation of a local county commissioner after the Republican official went on a racist rant on Faceboo...

More must be done to de-militarize our police

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

While I'm encouraged that my recommendations are a part of President Obama's recent executive order on this issue, including banning the free transfer of certain military-grade equipment and imposing strict oversight and transparency measures, we cannot stop advocating for comprehensive reform.

Protect the Open Internet

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

These claims that the administration strong-armed the FCC in its rulemaking are offensive to the millions of Americans who have helped shape the FCC's order by participating in the rulemaking process.

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform?

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.

Extrajudicial Killings Show Grand Jury Reform Long Overdue

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Passage of this bill would replace the secretive grand jury process with a special prosecutor/open court, probable cause inquiry that would help restore trust in our justice system, while ensuring a fair process for all parties.

VIDEO: #ICantBreathe Poem on House Floor

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Men and boys killed by police. I can't breathe. Impunity for the killers -- no justice, no peace. I can't breathe.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

People think that because we have a black president race is no longer an issue. That people are no longer suppressed and that all is well with the world. This creates a type of complacency, a type of message that extra efforts don't need to be made to level the playing field and I've had enough.

Republican Obstructionism Leads to Doubling Student Loan Rates

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

As outstanding educational debt soars past $1 trillion, it's clear that the outmoded tradeoff of debt for diplomas is no long working for Americans.

Another Brick in the Wall: Supreme Court Shields Corporations From the Law (As Usual)

Nan Aron | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Italian Colors ruling is not an isolated event. We are rapidly approaching a time when there is a private set of laws for big corporations, created and enforced by and for themselves and separate from the system that governs the rest of us.

Laura Bassett

New Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against The Jobless

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, or nation...

No Country for Brown Women

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

On 11 February 2009, Celia Alejandra Alvarez-Herrera was arrested by an Arizona sheriff's deputy in a workplace raid during which her jaw was dislocated against a wall.

Hank Johnson Thinks Guam Is Going To 'Tip Over' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Unfortunately, this is not an April Fools Day prank, just a member of Congress acting hilariously aloof. After debating the exact size of Guam for a f...