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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from Isaiah R. Wilson, Director of External Affairs, in response to the move today by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to rescind federal guidance from the Obama Administration that protected transgender students in our nation’s schools under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972:

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WASHINGTON, DC—The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, has expanded its staff and promoted current staff talent with the announcement of two new directors to lead key divisions of the organization’s efforts. Nakisha M. Lewis, a respected thought leader in the field of philanthropy, has joined the organization as the Director of Programs and Institutional Development. Isaiah R. Wilson, who has been with NBJC since January of 2014, has been promoted to Director of External Affairs. Both positions will play an integral role in the future direction and capacity of NBJC to be responsive to the rights and needs of Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people in our nation.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, in response to the Senate confirmations of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to be the next U.S. Attorney General and Betsy DeVos to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education...

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the 17th annual observance of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Black people in the United States and the Diaspora. In advance of NBHAAD, Black HIV/AIDS advocates from across the country traveled to Washington, DC on February 2-4, 2017, to participate in a historic meeting to strategize and chart a course to develop a Black agenda with a comprehensive path forward to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to disproportionately impact African Americans. Convened by the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)—in collaboration with the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, SisterLove, the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network, and the Global Network of Black People Working in HIV—this meeting served as the first of a series of strategy sessions and convenings for Black leaders to create a comprehensive solution to address and eradicate the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African Americans. The Summit on Black Lives: Black America’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic will be a yearlong endeavor to ultimately produce a robust action plan to address the current state of the epidemic and its impact on Black lives. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, opposes President-elect Trump’s nomination of U.S. Representative Tom Price of Georgia to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The mission of HHS is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. Because of Rep. Price’s vast record of supporting public policies that would devastate the most marginalized in our society, like repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know it, and defunding the important health and wellness work of organizations like Planned Parenthood, NBJC strongly opposes his nomination to be the next Secretary of HHS.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, opposes the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, opposes President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. NBJC Executive Director & CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, released the following statement in opposition to his nomination:

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, opposes President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. NBJC Executive Director & CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, released the following statement in opposition to his nomination...

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, vehemently opposes President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of U.S. Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III from Alabama to be the next United States Attorney General. The Department of Justice and the important position of Attorney General are essential to the enforcement of our nation’s most critical laws, while also possessing the incredible responsibility to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including people of color and LGBTQ people. Because of his longstanding career in public service as a U.S. Attorney and Senator, where he has demonstrated an unwillingness to protect the rights of minorities and consistently made alarming statements that contradict our nation’s bedrock principles of liberty and equality, NBJC wholeheartedly opposes the nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, wholeheartedly endorses H.R. 6164, the Inclusive Campuses Act of 2016, which was introduced today by U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (GA-4). If passed into law, this measure would promote inclusion and empowerment of LGBTQ people at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions. This federal legislation would take a critical step forward by authorizing Title III education funds to establish campus resource centers that provide support for LGBTQ students as well as programming resources and education about LGBTQ people to the entire campus community at our nation’s HBCUs and other minority serving institutions. 

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