Working for Civil Rights

The struggle for civil rights and human rights never ends. While we have made important progress in building a more just society, too many people still suffer unequal treatment in their quest to achieve the American dream and enjoy our country’s most basic freedoms. Congress should execute its full authority to remove barriers where they exist and ensure that all Americans are afforded equal rights and protections.

Sarbanes Co-Sponsored

  • Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 2867)

    • Updates the Voting Rights Act and restores key components that were gutted by the Roberts Supreme Court.
  • Voting Empowerment Act (H.R. 12)

    • Ensures equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, modernizes our voter registration system to increase participation, and eliminates deceptive practices that suppress voter turnout.
  • Congressional Gold Medals (H.R. 431 and H.R. 671)

    • Awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers of the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery and to the Freedom Riders who challenged non-enforcement of Supreme Court rulings against segregated public buses.
  • Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) (H.J. Res. 52)

    • Offers Constitutional amendment to provide equal rights for women.
  • Equality Act (H.R. 3185)

    • Provides anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
  • Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 846)

    • Prohibits discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Second Chance Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3406)

    • Reauthorizes the Second Chance Act to provide funding to government agencies and nonprofits which serve individuals recently released from prison.
  • End Racial Profiling Act (H.R. 1933)

    • Promotes best practices in community based law enforcement and changes the policies and procedures underlying racial profiling in order to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of the law.
  • House Resolution 569

    • Condemns violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.

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In 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, Congressman John Sarbanes traveled to Alabama with John Lewis and a broad delegation to mark the occasion.