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.  

Congressman Sarbanes has co-sponsored key legislation that would update the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ensure equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter and modernize our voter registration system to increase participation.  In 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, Congressman John Sarbanes traveled to Alabama with the late John Lewis and a broad delegation to mark the occasion.

He has also supported legislation to root out discrimination and protect and promote the civil and human rights of all people.  Congressman Sarbanes has co-sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment, the Equality Act and has voted for bills to end racial profiling and prevent hate crimes.

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Congressman John Sarbanes has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Democrats of Maryland. He has also received 100% ratings on congressional scorecards of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.