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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