National Black Justice Coalition Black Trans Advisory Council members Nala Touissant and Sage Dolan Sandrino recently contributed work to Complex News centering the experiences of Black trans women. Nala Toussaint, who has a rich record of advocacy and activism, is highlighted in a recent video published by Complex News titled Stop Killing Us: Black Trans, uplifting the everyday realities of Black trans women. The short documentary provides a non-exhaustive look into the challenges Black trans women face living at the intersections of varying oppressions, including transphobia and misogynoir. 

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NEW YORK — in response to the murder of Brian “Egypt” Powers, a Black transgender man in Akron, Ohio, and Tiffany Harris, a Black transgender woman in the Bronx, NY, David J. Johns, the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“While the national focus on the effort to ensure #AllBlackLivesMatter shifts to the upcoming presidential election and the unrelenting pressures associated with COVID-19 Black trans people are still being murdered.

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NEW YORK — At the beginning of this month, the Obama era equal access rule was rolled back by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The equal access rule made it so shelters receiving funding from HUD are required to provide housing to transgender people living in shelters on the basis of their gender identity, rather than on the basis of biological sex at birth. With the repeal of this rule, shelters are now permitted to discriminate against members of the trans community on grounds of their own personal religious beliefs. 

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NEW YORK — in response to news of Congressman John Lewis’ passing, David J. Johns, the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“I am crying. To me, Congressman John Lewis was a superhero, the epitome of a civil servant, a personal hero. We even share the same birthday. It’s one thing to know something is imminent, to accept that at some point each of us will be called home, if we’ve done our job as a good and faithful servant. Knowing this doesn’t make accepting this news any easier. 

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NEW YORK — In the past week at least 5 Black trans women were violently murdered. On Tuesday, June 30, Merci Mack, a 22-year-old in Dallas, Texas, was found murdered from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. In Louisiana, Draya McCarty was found killed in Baton Rogue and Shakie Peters was found killed in Amite. Cameron Breon — also known as Bree Black — was also found shot in Pompano Beach, Florida on July 3, at just 27 years old. Social media has also reported that Tatiana Hall was murdered in Philadelphia, but little additional information has been made publicly available. These deaths — all in the last week — bring the number of trans people violently killed this year to 22.

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