Since the first cases of HIV were reported over 30 years ago, Black people and our families have been the most impacted. We all carry with us the stories of relatives, friends, neighbors and other loved ones who are no longer with us due to HIV/AIDS. We have collectively allowed stigma, fear and a lack of communication to hinder us from standing up to support our loved ones living with HIV/AIDS. Their cries of despair are ingrained in our memories during a time when most people willingly neglected those living with HIV/AIDS because of ignorance, shame and a lack of compassion. Today, we have made incredible advances in the knowledge and treatment of HIV/AIDS, but too many of us remain silent around the issue. However, our families continue to be the public face of HIV/AIDS.

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Washington, D.C. – The National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) Executive Director & CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, released the following statement in response to the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014:
 
“I speak as a Black mother of a Black toddler boy who will one day grow up and learn that he lives in a nation where his very existence is a threat. As a parent, I will have to instruct him on how to properly conduct himself in front of law enforcement because one perceived wrong motion or non-submissive remark towards a police officer could serve him to be fatal. I will need to teach him about the legacy of Black lives eliminated due to physical and systematic violence that is too often justified by the law itself...."

 

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Today, NBJC joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Annually on this day, we pause to honor the lives of transgender individuals who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate violence. We remember our transgender and gender nonconforming family whose deaths often go unspoken and are not properly covered by mainstream media. We recognize that hate and biased violence permeates the lives of many transgender people, especially transgender women of color. According to a 2014 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), 72 percent of LGBTQ homicide victims in 2013 were transgender women and 89 percent of those victims were people of color.

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On December 2, 2014, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) will participate in the 3rd Annual#GivingTuesday, a day of giving back. #GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort to transform how people think about and participate in giving during the holiday season. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together to celebrate the act of giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season. We need your help!NBJC is asking for you to support Black LGBT/Same-Gender Loving (SGL) justice by giving back on#GivingTuesday.

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Washington, DC – Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joined the call for Michigan lawmakers to include protections for transgender people in legislation to expand the state’s non-discrimination law. Michigan’s current non-discrimination law, known as the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, was passed in 1976 and banned discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, sex, religion, age, height, weight, marital or family status, and national origin. An updated non-discrimination bill was introduced this week in the Michigan House of Representatives to protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but failed to include protections on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.

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