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New York—On March 13, Breonna Taylor was killed in her Louisville, KY apartment by police officers. Her family has recently hired lawyer Benjamin Crump to represent them in a lawsuit against three officers alleging wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence. In response to the tragic news, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns released the following statement:
“Breonna Taylor was murdered by Louisville, Kentucky police officers who broke into her home and shot her eight times while in the process of serving a search warrant. Not that it should matter, because each of us should have the opportunity to due process regardless of our educational, professional, or social accomplishments, but Breonna was a decorated Emergency Medical Technician.

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In response to the murder of Nina Pop, a Black trans woman who was found murdered in her home in Sikeston, Missouri this week, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“Last week was especially tough for Black Americans, who, in addition to coping with the coronavirus crisis, were reminded that while there is one United States of America, the justice system works differently, if at all, for Black Americans. 

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NEW YORK — In Response to the Pulitzer Prize wins of Jericho Brown and Michael R. Jackson in Poetry and Drama respectively, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement:
“With all that’s happening in the world it’s important to celebrate a little Black Boy Joy. For those who don’t already know, two Black same gender loving men recently won Pulitzer Prizes (awarded Monday). Jericho Brown, won for his book, The Tradition, and playwright Michael R. Jackson, won for his musical A Strange Loop. Jackson is the first Black writer to win the prize for musical theatre.

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NEW YORK — Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Feb. 23 while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near his home. Currently, no arrests have been made, though two suspects were identified, questioned and released. Citing conflicts of interest, two previous district attorneys recused themselves from the case without seeking charges. This Tuesday, video emerged that stands in stark contrast to the previous statements of the men who shot Arbery, and their claims of self-defense have been called into question. Prosecutor Tom Durden now says that he will present evidence to a grand jury; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed proceedings until at least mid-June.  Justice for Ahmaud Arbery has already been delayed too long.

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WASHINGTON — In response to the tragic passings of Jameela Dirrean-Emoni Barber, 17, and Skylar Herbert, 5, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“We have come to a point in the current crisis where almost everyone knows someone who we have lost, and Black communities know this most of all. Our hearts are with the families of Jameela and Skylar, both gone far too soon, including for reasons connected to the COVID-19 and the cracks in our society that make Black people more vulnerable.

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NEW YORK—In response to J. August Richards’ Instagram Live segment where he said that he was a gay man, and to news that he would be portraying a gay man in NBC’s new show, Council of Dads, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition released the following statement:
“Representation matters, and in today’s global society, diversity in representation that reflects the plurality of our reality is paramount.

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WASHINGTON — In observation of the April 18th anniversary of Nigel Shelby’s death, and in response to news of Jo’vianni Smith’s tragic death by suicide, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“A national youth mental health crisis is imminent. While many are able to quickly adapt to the rigid isolation demanded by necessary social-distancing, this time will be difficult for many, especially marginalized children and youth..."

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WASHINGTON — In recognition of National Transgender HIV Testing Day and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, and especially Black Trans people, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), released the following statement:
“The COVID-19 crisis has only further demonstrated the blatant health disparities disproportionately impacting Black Americas.

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Today, news broke that the FDA would reduce it’s blood ban on men who have had sex with other men. Now men can donate after 3 months after their last sexual contact with another man, as opposed to 12 months

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“Black communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, not because we are more sexually active, but because our communities continue to lack access to healthcare and other preventive measures like PrEP. Our communities have also long been targeted by anti-Black systems like mass incarceration, economic disenfranchisement, and school-to-prison pipelines. Stigma against LGBTQ and same gender loving people compounds the struggles of those most at risk and stifles necessary conversation and action.

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