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“The Supreme Court of the United States is the last line of defense for our civil and human rights, and it serves as a crucial check on the other branches of government. The opportunity to serve as a Supreme Court Justice should be afforded to a fair-minded and independent jurist.  This is especially true in the case of Justice Kennedy’s successor, who is likely to be the most consequential nomination for a Supreme Court Justice in decades–and Brett Kavanaugh is not that jurist. For Black LGBTQ/SGL people and other individuals from communities that are continually and systematically marginalized, decisions made by the Supreme Court have the capacity to impact and impede our ability to survive and thrive. It is beyond hyperbole; the stakes are too high to allow this nomination to proceed. Our lives and the future of generations to come are on the line.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) today announced the appointment of national civil rights attorney Benjamin L. Crump to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. NBJC is the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Women’s March today announced plans to increase pressure on Waffle House to publicly denounce the discriminatory actions of its employees and implement cultural competence training following a string of incidents of racial and homophobic bias and discrimination at its restaurants. NBJC, Women’s March, and the National LGBTQ Task Force are submitting petitions to the leadership of Waffle House and city officials in Saraland, Alabama, and Warsaw, North Carolina, demanding justice for recent victims of discrimination at multiple Waffle House restaurants and the unjustified arrests of those Black patrons.

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June 12, 2018 (New York, NY)--A number of organizations, including Women’s March, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), 100 Black Men, and Civil Rights leaders are advising black people and LGBTQIA+/same gender loving (SGL) people to avoid Waffle House restaurants following a string of incidents of racial and homophobic bias and discrimination. Although the incidents occurred in different states, the corporation has responded by validating the use of excessive police force against black patrons of its restaurants. The individuals harmed, both of whom had nonviolent disputes with staff, were brutalized by officers arriving at the scene and face charges for the assaults against their own bodies. Their families, attorneys and activists across the nation are united in calls for the charges to be dropped.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition today responded to the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the Court ruled by 7-2 decision in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The decision comes as LGBTQ Pride Month kicks off and on the heels of multiple incidents in which business owners have blatantly discriminated against Black people based on their race and sexual identity.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is calling out Warsaw, NC, Mayor A.J. Connors after his inflammatory response to the excessively violent arrest of 22-year-old Anthony Wall at a local Waffle House on May 4. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released a statement today from NBJC Executive Director, David J. Johns, following the announcement that the family of 22-year-old Anthony Wall has hired national civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin L. Crump of Ben Crump Law, PLLC to investigate the violent chokehold and controversial arrest of Walls, a Black gay man. Walls was recently arrested by local police at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina during an incident that was caught on video.

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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, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, opposes the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act or the PROSPER Act, which was recently introduced by the Republican Majority in the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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Washington -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) commends the Florida Department of Health (FDH) for decision to offer oral Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for free to all of their counties by the end of 2018. This collective effort combats the progression of HIV in marginalized communities that find paying for PrEP difficult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention in 2012. When used in combination with condoms, the drug is up to 92 percent effective at preventing HIV. NBJC is committed to supporting efforts like this to ensure that society moves closer toward the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS crisis—especially in the Black community.

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Washington, DC – Credible news reports state the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other divisions within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been warned by top Trump Administration officials not to use certain words during the upcoming budget proposal process.  These prohibited words include “diversity,” “fetus” and “transgender.” 

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