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Juneteenth 2011 is THIS SUNDAY!

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You can buy tickets HERE. They are $10 less before Sunday June 19th.

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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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It’s time that we talk about OUR Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered history in LA!!!

The Barbara Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition is asking that you COME OUT and talk about our rich LGBT history in Los Angeles. Many activist like Bayard Rustin have lived in our city and we would like to hear YOUR STORIES!

Bayard Rustin

We will be meeting, Friday, November 19th at The Nate Holden Preforming Arts Center at 7:00 pm
4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

If you have any articles, portraits, news clippings, or oral stories please bring them so that we may take an online archive of it.

We will be having a discussion about post mid-term elections and our next steps.  As well, a light dinner will be served!

We can’t wait to see you on Friday to share our history together!

FIGHTING for Black LGBT equality

JRC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in Greater Los Angeles, to promote fair treatment of everyone without regard to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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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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On October 2 at Los Angeles City College 10:00 JRC will be partnering with fellow organizations to help continue the change that we voted for in 2008. OneNation stands for putting America back to work, quality and affordable public education, equality for all, a clean environment, immigration reform and peace & justice.


Please come out and support the Barbar Jordan/ Bayard Rustin Coalition  with One Nation next Saturday at LA City College!!

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(Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, and questioning)

as we take another


MLK Day Parade 2009

We invite you to march with us in the Parade

Parade Date and Time: Monday, January 18th at 11AM


We will be having a Planning Meeting for the Parade

Date and Time:

Friday, January 8TH AT 7pm


Lucy Florence Cultural Center 3351 West 43rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90008

For questions and/or to RSVP to either event:


562-331-4038 or 323-314-2949



The Jordan/Rustin Coalition, Here To Stay Coalition and Black Lesbians United are calling all community leaders, youth, artists, educators, students, people of faith and the larger Black LGBTQI same gender loving community, and its allies, to join us in taking another



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Join Equality California, Vote for Equality, and Jordan/Rustin Coalition (along with other groups like Stonewall Democrats, Stonewall Young Democrats, Love Honor Cherish and Equal Roots) on Saturday, September 19th for a voter canvass to win marriage back.Jordan/Rustin Coalition has been partnering with Vote for Equality and Equality California in a ground-breaking canvass operation in an effort to spark more dialogue about same-sex marriage in communities of color. Specifically, we will be working together to talk to primarily African-American and Latino communities in South Los Angeles about why equal access to marriage is important for everyone.

You will be trained on how to talk to voters one-on-one and do the hard work of changing hearts and minds. The most effective way of persuading voters is through one-on-one face-to-face conversations. This is exactly the work all of us need to do in order to restore marriage equality in California.

Please come out and join us this Saturday. And bring a friend!

Saturday, September 19th, 10am-3pm
Holy Faith Episcopal Church
260 N Locust St
Inglewood, CA 90301

For more information (or to RSVP) please contact:

Milton Davis


Mike Ai

If you can’t make it to this one, the next South Los Angeles canvasses are scheduled for Saturday October 17th and Saturday November 7th. Put the dates in your calendar and we will look forward to seeing you then!

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