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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December 1, 2016 marks the 28th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. 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, joins with the global community to unite in the fight against HIV, to affirm and support those living with HIV, and to remember those we have lost from the epidemic. This year's World AIDS Day theme for the United States is: * Leadership * Commitment * Impact *.

 

 

 

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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, joins communities across the nation and world to recognize International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This solemn day has been set aside to honor the lives of our transgender and gender nonconforming family members who are no longer with us due to senseless acts of hate and violence. This day is also set aside to call upon allies to step up and stand in solidarity against this violence. 

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Annually on Veterans Day, Americans join together to honor, remember, and rededicate ourselves to supporting our nation's veterans for their service to our nation. As we salute our veterans, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) would like to introduce Rob Smith, a Black, gay Iraq war veteran and author, who will serve the organization as its Ambassador for Veterans Affairs. Over the next year, NBJC and former Private Rob Smith will work to bring light to the critical issues that impact Black LGBTQ veterans and service members in the wake of the repeal of the discriminatory policy: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." To honor our nation's' veterans, he has written an inspiring opinion piece for TheGrio, A Path Forward for Black LGBTQ Soldiers, on Veterans Day. His article lays out NBJC's public policy agenda to empower our nation's heroes with a special focus on Black LGBTQ veterans and service members.

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Today is finally election day in America! On this day, millions of Americans will go to the polls to exercise the most fundamental principle of our democratic process: the right to VOTE! At the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), we do not take for granted this paramount right that our ancestors dedicated and often gave their lives to in order for the voices of future generations to be heard. 

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