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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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Washington, DC – Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, salutes Daniel Driffin of NBJC’s 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch (100toWatch) Inaugural Cohort for being selected to speak at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA. Daniel will take the convention stage tonight to speak to his experience as a person living with HIV and the need for greater awareness and access to care for those disproportionately impacted by the disease, especially in communities of color. Daniel’s speech will be the first time that an openly HIV positive speaker will address the DNC since 2004.

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Washington, DC – Today, the Executive Director & CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, released the following statement:

“As we grieve and pray for the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA, Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, MN, and the five police officers lost to senseless gun violence in Dallas, TX this past week, NBJC acknowledges the pain and suffering many Americans, but specifically Black Americans, are feeling during this time. Our hearts are broken because once again we have to face the reality that being Black in America—more often than most—equates to being accused of suspicion and ill-intent. At the same time, the movement to bring about liberation for Black people continues to be propagated as anti-American and anti-police, when in reality it simply demands we be treated with the dignity and respect accorded to all human beings—one of the most fundamental American values there is.

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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 and transgender (LGBT) people, is proud to announce the expansion of its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) LGBT-Equality Initiative  with the creation of a new leadership role—Program Manager for HBCU Initiatives. Trinice J. McNally, MS, an alumna of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), will take on this new role working to foster inclusive and supportive climates for LGBT, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people at our nation’s HBCUs.

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