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National Black Justice Coalition: We did it in California but we still need your help!

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Dear Friend,

Today is a joyous day for the millions of us who have been denied equality our entire lives. After years of hard work the California Supreme Court struck down California's discriminatory marriage laws and allow loving, same-sex couples to marry.

Civil Rights leaders such as the late Coretta Scott King, Representative John Lewis, NAACP Chair Julian bond, and Reverend Al Sharpton have long supported equal protection under the law for LGBT individuals and communities. 

In fact, John Lewis filed a friend-of-the court brief in the Massachusetts case that led to the state becoming the first in the country to legalize marriage equality.  In the state of California, we have been working with the California State NAACP to file an amicus brief as did the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York City.

"The African American community has been at the forefront of many struggles to secure right for disenfranchised groups and communities" stated Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco.  "It is my belief that this is our fight too", Brown continued.

Please join the National Black Justice Coalition in fighting this assault on our families. http://ga4.org/nbjcoalition/join.tcl

On behalf of the entire NBJC team we would like to thank everyone who donated to or volunteered with our campaign to keep this amendment off the ballot. Because of that effort we have already talked to over a hundred thousand Californians about this initiative and the harm it could cause for millions of California families.   

Thousands of people volunteered and over 76,000 voters signed up to oppose the initiative. We built an incredibly strong network of opposition to this amendment, but we have to expand it even more between now and November. 

Some have called this campaign "the single most important battle we have ever seen in the LGBT rights movement." Such an unprecedented battle will require an unprecedented commitment from all of us. With your continued support we will defeat the right wing extremists and ensure equality for all.

The struggle is not over!! A pending November ballot initiative threatens to overturn our victory in California.  However, Equality For All has been at the forefront of the fight for fairness and equality. In fact the coalition has talked to hundreds of thousands Californians about this initiative and the harm it could cause for millions of California families.  NBJC asks that you please donate to Equality For All in order to strengthen their efforts within California.

Sincerely, 

H. Alexander Robinson, CEO

NBJC and NBJC Action are the only two black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organizations in the country. Our unique perspective and targeted focus will allow us to successfully reach our constituency through culturally relevant GOTV efforts and to access our voting blocs—heterosexual African-American voters and African-American SGL/LGBTQ voters. NBJC provides a credible voice on LGBT issues within Black communities and among African-American elected officials.

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