WASHINGTON — Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and an icon of the civil rights movement, revealed Sunday that he had advanced pancreatic cancer but planned to return to Washington to continue work and begin treatment.
“I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life,” Lewis, 79, said in a statement. “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”
Survival rates for pancreatic cancer are grim, and Lewis said his cancer was Stage 4, the most advanced.
“I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the beloved community,” Lewis said. “We still have many bridges to cross.”
Born on a sharecropping farm, Lewis has spent his life fighting for racial integration and civil rights, rising through the ranks of the civil rights movement before taking office. As the dean of the Georgia delegation, he is seen by many Democrats on Capitol Hill as the conscience of the caucus.
“You’re not alone in this fight, my friend,” Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island, wrote on Twitter. “The whole nation, which owes you an incredible debt, is with you.”
“If there’s one thing I love” about Lewis, former president Barack Obama wrote on Twitter, “it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him.’’
New York Times
Sanders staffers complain about use of Amazon
Senator Bernie Sanders frequently attacks Amazon on the campaign trail, vowing to break up the online retail giant if elected and decrying its ability to pay no federal taxes on billions in profits.
That’s why impassioned dissent erupted within the Sanders campaign earlier this year over its purchases of large amounts of supplies through Amazon, according to five people with knowledge of the situation. Carli Stevenson, then a senior Sanders campaign aide in New Hampshire, raised concerns directly with national campaign officials and suggested using a different company, three of the people said.
The Sanders campaign continued using Amazon despite the concerns. Through September, it had spent more than $233,000 on Amazon purchases. In a statement, Sanders campaign spokesman Mike Casca said, ‘‘We agree that too few companies have too much power over our economy and our media in America and they often don’t pay their fair share of taxes, which is why a Sanders administration will take them on.’’ He declined to answer questions on why the campaign opted to use Amazon.