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WASHINGTON, DC —Shortly after becoming President of the United States of America, President Biden signed several important executive orders. In addition to the expansion of DACA, two others are explicitly critical in the fight for justice, equity, and liberation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+/same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people. 
To read the National Black Justice Coalition’s Policy Agenda for the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration and the new Congress, look here.

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WASHINGTON, DCAhead of the 2021 inauguration tomorrow, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement: 

“Today is a day to celebrate the commencement of a new presidential administration—one that includes the first Black woman to ever hold the title of Vice President of the United States of America,” said David J. Johns, executive director of NBJC and former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Barack Obama. “Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+/same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people across the country will be looking to Biden and Harris to address our most pressing issues. 

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WASHINGTON DC—"We celebrate the recent vote in the US House of Representatives to impeach President Trump for the second time and hope that the US Senate finds the courage to support a conviction, which will ensure he is never allowed to run for the presidency again. In the last four years we have seen foundational elements of our democracy intentionally undermined under Trump's leadership. 

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WASHINGTON, DC—The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is devastated to learn that Tyianna Alexander has been murdered. 
Tyianna Alexander, a 28-year-old Black trans woman from Chicago, Illinois, was shot and killed on January 6. Beverly Ross, a trans advocate and community sister who grew up with Tyianna, said that she was a loving person who everyone loved to be around. She loved to dance, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed life when she could, and just wanted to be able to “vibe and thrive.” Friends on Facebook say she was the life of the party, a sweetheart and that they love and miss her. 

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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement in response to the news that Betsy DeVos has resigned from her role as Education Secretary: 
“It's laughable that Besty DeVos could support kidnapping ‘impressionable children,’ including babies, from their parents and placing them in cages to be abused and trafficked, but now, at the 11th hour, has grown a conscience,” said Kia Darling-Hammond, Ph.D., NBJC’s Director of Research and Educational Programs.
“This last minute departure is an abdication. An attempt to escape accountability. Pure cowardice and self-interest. It’s absolutely on-brand.”

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced nominations for key positions in the Department of Justice: Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for Attorney General; Lisa Monaco, nominee for Deputy Attorney General; Vanita Gupta, nominee for Associate Attorney General; and Kristen Clarke, nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. In response to these nominations, the National Black Justice Coalition released the following statement: 
"We are excited that these tremendous advocates for civil and human rights will be leading the Department of Justice,” said David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition. 

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WASHINGTON, DC—The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is devastated to learn that Kimberly Patricia Cope has been found dead. 
Ms. Cope’s body was discovered by a passerby in an Athens, Georgia restaurant parking lot around 6:00 AM on December 27, 2020. Friends had seen her just a few hours prior, talking to a person in a white SUV there. Kimberly Patricia Cope was only 40 years old. She has become the 30th Black transgender woman killed in 2020, as far as we know.  

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WASHINGTON, DC— The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is profoundly saddened by the news of two murders during the holiday season. Jaheim Barbie, also known as Jaheim Pugh, a Black gender nonconforming youth of 19 years, was shot to death as they exited a Christmas party in Prichard, Alabama on December 13th. Just twelve days later, Courtney “Eshay” Key, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in the East Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. These thefts of precious young lives, like so many others, were the product of ignorance and hate.

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WASHINGTON, DC — The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is announcing this year's annual Black Institute, which will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The Black Institute is a part of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s 33rd annual Creating Change Conference. It is the largest LGBTQ+ activist conference that brings together leaders from across the nation to strengthen their commitment to freedom, justice and equity for all LGBTQ+ people. 

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WASHINGTON, DC — The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates the Black LGBTQ+/SGL candidates who have won their elections, and all who ran. 
Of the 574 LGBTQ+ candidates running this year, at least 157 have won, including Ritchie Torres, the first out gay Afro-Latino, and Mondaire Jones the first out gay Black man, to be elected to Congress. They’re not alone. 

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