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Press Office of Evelynn Withers D-TN-9th

 

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 Name: Evelynn Withers

State: Tennessee

Party: Democrat

Birth Date:12/25/1940

Place of Birth: Nashville, TN

Place of Residence: Memphis, TN

Religion: Baptist

 

Family:

Father: James Blackberry 

Mother: Mary Lou Blackberry

Husband James Withers 1962 

 

Educational History:

B.A. In Political Science (1957-1961) Fisk University:

J.D 1961-1964) Vanderbilt School of Law 

Occupation: 

Community Organizer (Nashville Sit-Ins and others) 1960-1964

Civil Rights activist -1964-1970

 Civil Rights Lawyer 1970-1974

Communication Director for Harold Ford of Memphis (first black congressman from TN. 1974-1978

Chief of staff for Harold Ford of Memphis (first black congressman from TN.) 1978-1983

Civil Rights Lawyer 1983-1988

 Representative of the 9th District of Tennessee from 1986-

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Withers supports HBCUs

 

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congresswoman Evelynn Withers D-TN-9th and member of the black caucus today spoke with reporters about her support for HBCU Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act

 

 "I am a graduate of Fisk university one of the many HBCUs that provide a stable and nurturing environment for those most at risk of not entering or completing college. A lot of these students at HBCUs come from low-income families and first-generation college students. Many of these students are academically underprepared for college, yet they’re precisely the students that the country most needs to obtain college degrees. HBCU Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act up for debate now in the house can help HBCU protect the legacies and future of our historic black colleges and universities".

 

"We have known for years that students of color feel more at home and perform better in schools where they feel supported and safe. The student environment fit is very important for student success. We know how important campus climate is to student outcomes and we know black graduates of HBCUs are significantly more likely to have felt supported while in college and to be thriving afterward than their black peers who graduated from predominantly white institutions. For more than 150 years, HBCUs have been providing diverse learning environments — from students to faculty to administration — ensuring that every student has a chance to succeed."

 

"On average, more than 200,000 students attend HBCUs each year, and 80 percent of them are African Americans. black households are far more likely to have student debt at all income levels. By providing a best value in education, HBCUs help to eliminate or reduce student debt for low- to middle-income families, which could dramatically narrow the racial wealth gap between black and white households. I stand firmly as a co-sponsor of HBCU Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act and will stand for more legislation in the future that will protect the outcomes that HBCU can provided for our students. In fact, no set of institutions better exemplifies the American ideals of civil rights and equality than historically black colleges and universities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Withers Fights against the spread of HIV/AIDS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Evelynn Withers D-TN-9th and member of the black caucus today spoke with reporters about her support for in the fight against HIV/AIDS, introduced the Stop AIDS in Prison Act today. This bill requires the Federal Bureau of Prisons to develop a comprehensive policy to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment for inmates in federal prisons. 

 

We must talk about this Aids virus as a nation to stop it spreading and tell the collective stories to fight stigma. But, if we are really going to stop HIV, then we need to talk about how HIV continues to have a disparate impact in our society.The Stop AIDS in Prison Act will help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among prison inmates, encourage them to take personal responsibility for their health, and reduce the risk that they will transmit HIV/AIDS to other people in the community following their release from prison,” said Congresswoman Withers D-TN-9th

 

 “We need to take the threat of HIV/AIDS seriously and confront it in every institution of our society,” said Congresswoman Withers “That includes our nation’s prison system. In the coming days I will work with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to enhance even more measures to attack the HIV/Aids problem we have in our nation”

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Withers Fights for the Equal Rights Amendment

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Congresswoman Evelynn Withers D-TN-9th and member of the black caucus today spoke with reporters about her support for the fight the Equal Rights Amendment in the House of Representatives.

 

“Today I joined Speaker of the House Elizabeth Callaghan as a co-sponsor to her bill the Equal Rights Amendment. I have been on the front lines of civil rights and equal rights my entire life. To the Nashville sit-ins during the 60s and civil rights attorney for most of my professional life I have always been on the front lines war for equality. I am a constant advocate to make sure we declare that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex. The time for justice, the time for freedom and the time for equality is always right now and should not be on anyone's timetable.”

 

“When the women finally got their right to vote, black women did not get our rights. As a strong member of the black caucus I know first hand that if my sister or brothers in arms for equal rights is denied it’s only a matter of time before all of our rights are striped from our hands. It’s time we put this issue to rest and ensure we really have equal rights in this nation. I choose to be on the right side of history and vote on behalf of every woman in Tennessee and this nation. This is also including all those who have yet to be born. Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights. Let be clear once again, this bill is about equality, period”

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Withers : Percy patronizing attitude ignores serious moral and foreign policy questions being asked, Charles Percy is not the leader America needs or deserves at the State Dept.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Congresswoman Evelynn Withers D-TN-9th and member of the black caucus today spoke with reporters about Charles Percy nomination to be the next Secretary of State.

 

“Charles Percy is not fit to be the next Secretary of State. If you feel strongly about arms control summits, then Charles Percy has a position for you. He's been for them and against them.  His flip-flops are common. As a member of the Black Caucus I don’t support the is a nomination for many reason but especially  When Chicago Mayor Harold Washington endorsed Simon, Percy argued that the Black mayor had adopted a "racist appeal." The senator threatened to turn a deaf ear to future pleas from the Mayor and Chicago for federal assistance. A few days later, Percy revealed that he actually "loves" Mayor Washington, "loves" Chicago and that he will do everything he can to help the city.  How can he be trusted in state dept if he cant keep his position clear? What are his real views for race relations for this nation and the world?"

 

"Percy is on record as saying some of best friends are Jewish, and they're among "the most intelligent people he knew." But they're "too emotional" over the question of an undivided Jersusalem. His patronizing attitude ignores serious moral and foreign policy questions being asked by Jewish and non-Jewish voters alike. At a suburban Illinois synagogue Percy suggested that Jews have to live in "the real world when it comes to school prayer"as if all those who oppose voluntary school prayer live in some twilight zone of intolerance."

 

"Percy's a former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And what a boon for Illinois citizens he's been there. According to The Almanac of American Politics, during his years in the Senate, Percy has not sponsored or written one major piece of legislation that changed the game for us with foreign policy. And Percy seldom uses his position as Chairman to advocate initiatives, or even to voice concern about troubling issues we have in the world.. as did his predecessor, the late Frank Church of Idaho. Where, for instance, were the Senate investigations after the Beirut bombings?  We need a true leader at the State Dept and its clear Charles Percy is not the leader America needs or deserves."

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Congresswoman Withers fights to lower infant mortality rates 

 

Congresswoman Withers (D-TN-09) today introduced the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act to help address America’s unacceptably high infant mortality rate with concrete measures.  If enacted, the bill would create infant-mortality focused pilot programs in the highest-risk areas of the country to help those areas most in need address this problem.

 

“Memphis continues to have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Although we have made progress over the years, we must do more to help mothers in Memphis. This includes ensuring that pregnant mothers have the resources they need to deliver healthy babies and the tools to raise them to become healthy adults. The NEWBORN Act will be a good first step.”

 

The NEWBORN Act pilot programs would be designed to educate at-risk and potential mothers about pregnancy and prenatal care. This legislation will help us gain a better understanding of the causes of infant mortality and best practices for preventing it.

 

Grant funding would go toward addressing one or more of the top five reasons for infant mortality including (1) birth defects, (2) preterm birth and low birth weight, (3) sudden infant death syndrome, (4) maternal pregnancy complications, and/or (5) injuries to the infant.

 

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