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Andrea Young, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, issued the following statement today regarding civil rights icon U.S. Representative John Lewis:

“John Lewis has put his life on the line to expand the rights we hold dear at the ACLU: freedom of speech, freedom from discrimination and, of course, the right to vote. I am deeply troubled by language that disparages this heroic civil rights icon, and a vital and vibrant city. This disrespect for John Lewis is sadly consistent with the disrespect shown publicly to women, Muslims, immigrants and other people of color by the President-elect.”