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Washington, DC - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement in response to the repulsive and inexcusable remarks made this week by the 45th President of the United States concerning the acts of violence and terrorism by white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia:
The horrific acts of domestic terror and hate in Charlottesville over the weekend have left us at the National Black Justice Coalition with a myriad of feelings, including anger, hurt, exhaustion and a sense of hopelessness for our communities. We are not shocked nor surprised by the events of Charlottesville that ultimately left three people dead and more than 30 people injured in the streets. These episodes of homegrown terrorism rooted in white supremacy are nothing new, but a part of a long and polarizing history of violence perpetrated on Black people and other communities of color for centuries now.

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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, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, in response to the tweets of President Trump to ban transgender people from serving in the military:
 
“This morning our nation’s 45th President utilized Twitter to announce his decision to ban transgender people from serving in our nation’s military. This position is beyond disgraceful and spits in the faces of the more than 15,000 transgender people currently serving honorably and those that have previously served in our nation’s armed forces.

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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, strongly opposes the recently introduced health care legislation, entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which was crafted in secret by Republican Leadership without any hearings before the committees with jurisdiction over health care issues. If passed into law, this measure would eliminate life-saving provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) like protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The legislation would further strip affordable, comprehensive coverage from working class and low-income Americans, implement massive cuts to essential services provided under the Medicaid program, and result in tens of millions losing their insurance. All of this while granting tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. With the Senate proposal threatening the stability of the health care system and overall health of the millions of Americans, including Black LGBTQ and same gender loving people, NBJC strongly opposes this bill.

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WASHINGTON, DC – In a comprehensive public policy letter sent to the Trump Administration and Congress, a broad coalition of 44 civil rights and health advocacy organizations urged the federal government to center the lives of African Americans in the nation’s fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The letter was born out of the Summit on Black Lives: Black America’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, which is a yearlong endeavor led by the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) to ultimately produce a robust action plan to address and provide solutions to 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, including people living with HIV/AIDS, strongly opposes the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Leadership. 

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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, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from Isaiah R. Wilson, Director of External Affairs, in response to the move today by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to rescind federal guidance from the Obama Administration that protected transgender students in our nation’s schools under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972:

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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, including people living with HIV/AIDS, has expanded its staff and promoted current staff talent with the announcement of two new directors to lead key divisions of the organization’s efforts. Nakisha M. Lewis, a respected thought leader in the field of philanthropy, has joined the organization as the Director of Programs and Institutional Development. Isaiah R. Wilson, who has been with NBJC since January of 2014, has been promoted to Director of External Affairs. Both positions will play an integral role in the future direction and capacity of NBJC to be responsive to the rights and needs of Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (SGL) people in our nation.

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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, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from NBJC Executive Director and CEO, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, in response to the Senate confirmations of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to be the next U.S. Attorney General and Betsy DeVos to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education...

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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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