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oscargrantLos Angeles, CA - June 14th, 2011
Contact: Milton Davis, JRC Program Director
Mobile: 323-273-0347

For Immediate Release
1:30 PM June 14th, 2011

LOS ANGELES- Johannes Mehserle, the Oakland BART officer found guilty of involuntarily manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant, was released from the Los Angeles Jail yesterday morning. Johannes was sentenced to 2 years in jail for involuntary manslaughter for shooting the unarmed Grant; jurors determined that while his actions were not purposeful, they were so negligent that it could be considered criminal. Although it has been widely known that with good behavior and time served Mehserle’s two year sentence would likely mean serving one year and a June release, being released after 12 months is a harsh reminder of the fact that justice was not served in this case.

“Oscar Grant leaves behind a family and community that is just now beginning to cope with what Oscar’s death-and the circumstances of that death-truly means” stated JRC Program Director Milton Davis. “It speaks to the ineffectiveness of this justice process that before the wounds have had time to begin healing in this community, Mr. Mehserle is walking free once again”.

About 25 protesters stood outside the Los Angeles Jail in response to Mehserle’s release, although he was able to elude media and protesters during his 12:01 A.M. release. What is yet to be seen is whether or not Mehserle will return home to the Bay Area, and whether his presence there will re-incite the racial tensions that overwhelmed the area during the trial.


The Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition ( exists to empower same-gender loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in the Greater Los Angeles area, to promote equal marriage rights and to advocate for fair treatment of everyone without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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With the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, on Monday, January 17, 2011 for the third consecutive year, the Barbara Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition, The Here to Stay Coalition, Black Lesbians United, In the Meantime Men’s Group, At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride, and over 50 same gender-loving/LGBT activists will march down Crenshaw and King Blvd. to promote acceptance, visibility, dialogue and community-building as a strategy to fight homophobia and promote more awareness of Black LGBT issues within the Black community.

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011 Here to Stay Coalition and Jordan Rustin Coalition will be hosting a sign making party and check in at Jewels Catch One at 11:30 am. “The sign making party is a time where our organizations can come together and show unity before the parade. All participants in the LGBT contingency of the parade have been asked to where white as a symbol of unity.”, said JRC Field Organizer Andre J. Molette

“This is a historic time for our country and the Black LGBT community has to ensure that our issues are not being forgotten amidst the statewide and national climate,” said Rodney Nickens Jr. Field Organizer for the Jordan/Rustin Coalition. “Some will question what purpose the MLK March serves for the Black LGBT community in Los Angeles, but I think now more than ever, it is important that we come together in solidarity and present a united front to ourselves and to the world. It is only going to be through coming together during difficult times that we can begin to have difficult conversations.”

All of this occurring as a record number of pro-LGBT political candidates swept statewide offices and a number of Black LGBT candidates took office nationwide in last year’s midterm elections. Democrat Marcus Brandon, an openly gay African-American political consultant from North Carolina made history Tuesday, after being elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives becoming the 2nd openly gay person elected to the North Carolina General Assembly. Brandon will be the only openly LGBT state legislator in North Carolina, and one of just five openly LGBT African-Americans serving in state legislatures across the country (including Maryland House of Delegates candidate Mary Washington.

Openly lesbian N.C. State Sen. Julia Boseman is stepping down at the end of this term. “Although JRC is a non-partisan organization we are very excited to see so much progress being made across our great nation. It is truly inspiring to watch our movement strengthen as Americans realize the inherent harm in discriminating against the LGBT community. As more LGBT legislators of color rise to power it is very likely that the Black LGBT community will become more empowered to live healthier and happier lives as openly LGBT individuals and families, said JRC Field Organizer Rodney Nickens Jr.

In response to this year’s parade theme, “Working Together We Can Make the Dream Come True”, Here To Stay coailtion partner Yardenna Aaron adds, We as Black LGBTQIs are Here to Stay. We’re walking together in the MLK parade in our community because we are a living, loving and vibrant part of both the Black and LGBTQI communities. We are here to celebrate the beauty of both again for the 3rd year.

WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 AT 11 a.m.
Marchers will gather at Lucy Florence Coffee (on 43rd and Degnan Ave. beginning at 8:30 a.m.)


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For immediate release:
Contact: Andre J Molette,
Mobile: (424) 235-4572

JRC is proud to be part of One Nation at Los Angeles Community College on Saturday, October 2, 2010

Los Angeles, CA—The Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition (JRC) has teamed up with One Nation Working Together to rally for social change at Los Angeles Community College on Saturday October 2nd at 9:00 am. The event will start at 855 S. Vermont at the south side of the campus. The Los Angeles event is being held in conjunction with the national event in Washington D.C. at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

This is the first time that organizations like the AFL-CIO, NAACP, Teamsters, Rainbow/Push Coalition, Courage Campaign, Equality California, JRC, individuals and other partners are working together on five main issues:

• Putting America Back to Work
• Quality & Affordable Public Education
• Equality for All
• A Clean Environment
• Immigration Reform
• Peace & Justice

The day will start at 9:00 with a massive public display & mobilization. People from the community will talk about the five main issues and how One Nation relates to them. From 11:00 am to Noon, they will have “Tools and Tactics” Coaching where you can sign up with organizations working on the issues.

Rodney Nickens Jr., Community Organizer for the Barbara Jordan Bayard Rustin Coalition said, “One Nation represents a new movement—a new civil rights movement for social change and social justice. JRC is really exited to be a part a movement that is so closely aligned to our mission.”

Please come out on October 2nd, at Los Angeles Community College to rally for Social Justice!

JRC ( exists to empower same-gender loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in the Greater Los Angeles area, to promote equal marriage rights and to advocate for fair treatment of everyone without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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