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We use direct actions to interrupt the status quo and bring awareness to key issues and different forms of state violence affecting the root causes of the plight of black and brown people around the world.,

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We stand against the many forms of state violence: police killings, mass incarceration, poverty and others.  We stand for justice for Tony Robinson and ALL Black lives lost at the hands of the state. We stand for community and self determination. We will not stop until we are free.

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From the YGB Black Curriculum: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
15 Apr 2018
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

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The book, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, recounts the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City and the protests against police impunity that followed. In response to the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor argues that, given the long history of structural racism in the United States, we should initiate a broaden push for Black liberation movement as a whole.

 

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From the YGB Black Curriculum - Detroit: I Do Mind Dying
30 Mar 2018
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From the YGB Black Curriculum - Detroit: I Do Mind Dying

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The book, “Detroit: I Do Mind Dying” by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, documents the history of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, an organization of Black workers at a Chrysler plant in Detroit, and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a group of Black Marxists that was also based in Detroit. The book chronicles the movement for Black liberation led by these groups and its importance in the fight for workers rights for people of color.

 

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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981
26 Mar 2018
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981

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This book by Philip Foner recounts the radical history of Black workers in the American labor movement between 1619 and 1981. While these movements may be traditionally framed as white-dominated, they were actually led largely by workers of color. This serves as an important reminder that the "working class" is not just white, but it is strongly led by Black workers and union members.

 

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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Undivided Rights
22 Mar 2018
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Undivided Rights

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Undivided Rights describes the largely unknown history of women of color organizing for their reproductive rights. The book outlines the personal stories and experiences of women of color and how women of color have used activism to resist reproductive coercion in their communities. This message conveyed in this book is especially important as it demonstrates the integral leadership of women of color in defending their reproductive rights, something that pushes beyond the mainstream pro-choice narrative.

 

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From the YGB Black Curriculum: How We Get Free
01 Mar 2018
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: How We Get Free

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How We Get Free by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a collection of interviews and essays written by modern activists and members of the Combahee River Collective, a group of radical black feminists who fought for the liberation of women and people of color in the 1960s and 1970s. The texts reflect on the importance of the group to the struggle for Black feminism.

 

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Help Prevent Black Women From Being Evicted!
21 Feb 2018
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Help Prevent Black Women From Being Evicted!

Dear YGB Community,

 

According to YGB co-founder Brandi Grayson, there is currently a Black woman with three children who had undergone physical, mental, and emotional abuse, which forced her to go into hiding. We’re keeping her anonymous for her protection.

 

Although she has been able to temporarily find safe housing and employment, without your help, she could be unable to pay her rent in the coming weeks while she awaits her first paycheck.

 

This Black mother’s rent is $945 a month, and she also has to pay $100 a week for daycare for her children, plus a $125 enrollment fee. These are expenses that she cannot currently meet, and due to no fault of her own, she may be faced with eviction in the coming weeks.

 

We cannot allow this Black mother to be evicted. Please click here to donate to a GoFundMe to help her with her rent.

 

In addition to this woman, Brandi Grayson is also in contact with two other families in desperate need of funds, both of which have received eviction notices from their landlords.

 

If the GoFundMe does not reach a total of $2,600, it could result in the eviction of these women and families of color.

 

These families are in urgent need of relief. Please click here to donate to a GoFundMe to make sure these people don’t get evicted.

 

Everyone in this country deserves the right to a decent, stable home. Unfortunately, many impoverished people - specifically women of color - face eviction at absurdly high rates, depriving them of the opportunity to attain a stable financial situation and live a decent life.

 

Everyone in Madison should be able to live without fear of eviction, and no one should be forced to live on the streets.

 

It is absolutely integral that we raise as many funds as possible for these women and families of color. Please click here to give them this vital support.

 

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In order to make any progress, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.

 

You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

 

If you have any personal stories of racial violence to share, please reach out to us at YGB by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thousands of Wisconsin Kids STILL Have Lead Poisoning (and you can probably guess who’s impacted most) [Analysis]
07 Feb 2018
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Thousands of Wisconsin Kids STILL Have Lead Poisoning (and you can probably guess who’s impacted most) [Analysis]

Many of us may assume that lead poisoning in children is a thing of the past, a historic phenomenon that disappeared when lead paint was banned in 1978. At the very least, we would assume that lead contamination is confined to cities like Flint, Michigan, which have been widely exposed to the public for the high levels of lead in their water.

 

But what’s truly jaw-dropping is the fact that the state of Wisconsin has an almost identical rate of lead poisoning to that of Flint, Michigan. That’s right: our beautiful state, with pristine bike paths and modern architecture, has Flint-like levels of lead poisoning - and it affects children of color the most.

 

While Flint has a 4.9% rate of lead poisoning for children under the age of six, the state of Wisconsin’s rate is 5%.

 

Even worse, this epidemic of lead poisoning is heavily disparate between white and Black children in Wisconsin. While white children under six in Wisconsin have a 2.8% lead poisoning rate, the rate of lead poisoning for Black children under six in Wisconsin is a whopping 13.2%.

 

That’s right: more than one in ten Black children under six in Wisconsin has dangerous levels of lead in their bloodstreams!

 

A major reason that Black children are more likely to be affected by lead poisoning than their white peers is that poor kids - who are disproportionately people of color - are more likely to be contaminated with dangerous levels of lead than wealthier ones.

 

For instance, across Wisconsin, children under six who receive Medicaid are three times more likely to be affected by lead poisoning than those who don’t receive Medicaid. This is primarily because low-income families are less likely to have their water, paint, and piping adequately inspected and updated, and have more trouble affording treatment.

 

The economic disparity is so bad that two thirds of children on Medicaid in Wisconsin have not even been tested for lead poisoning in the first place. This is a failure on the part of our government to ensure that every child is tested for lead poisoning, something that is required by federal law.

 

This epidemic of lead poisoning has devastating effects on children in Wisconsin. Lead in the bloodstream has been statistically correlated with intellectual and learning disabilities, lower IQ, behavioral issues, diminished brain development, miscarriages, aggression, school suspension, and juvenile incarceration.

 

This is yet another reminder that racial disparities are not just a matter of fairness - they are a matter of success or failure, happiness or depression, and even life or death.

 

You’d think that the fact that Wisconsin has similar levels of lead poisoning to those of Flint would be a top story for the news media and would be a major priority for our state and local governments. Instead, however, our representatives are sitting idly by and are not taking the necessary steps to combat the problem.

 

For example, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposal to combat lead poisoning would take “several decades to complete” and would only fund “up to 700 full lead lateral replacements out of the known 68,300 residential lead pipes that pose a health risk to the public.” In other words, the plan solves just 1% of the problem, and will take decades to do so.

 

Surely, when people were concerned about the Ebola outbreak, no one said “let’s wait until 2030 to figure this out.” But when it comes to poor Black children suffering from lead poisoning in Wisconsin, complicity is the norm.

 

A major reason that fixes to lead contamination are not happening is because of money. Fixing lead contamination in Wisconsin alone would cost over a billion dollars, according to some estimates. For this reason, Wisconsin Senate Bill 48, a bill which passed the Wisconsin Legislature on January 23 and was designed to replace lead-contaminated service lines with lead-free ones, deliberately avoided allocating new taxpayer dollars to solving the problem.

 

But while Wisconsin Representatives might be afraid that removing lead contamination would be too expensive, what they fail to recognize is that combatting lead poisoning actually saves money. If we were to eliminate lead poisoning in Wisconsin, it is estimated that our state would save about $28 billion as a result of decreased medical expenses, reduced crime and juvenile delinquency, and increased high school graduation rates, among other factors.

 

It comes down to this: Fear of spending taxpayer dollars to eradicate lead contamination is no excuse for failing to solve Wisconsin’s lead poisoning crisis. Instead of spending money on new police officers and new prisons, we need to be spending our limited dollars on new paint and new pipes, so that children in Wisconsin can truly live up to their full potential.

 

Build the People, Not the Jails!

 

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In order to make any progress, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.

 

You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

 

If you have any personal stories of racial violence to share, please reach out to us at YGB by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Democrats Approve Spending Bill That Does Nothing to Protect Dreamers
23 Jan 2018
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Democrats Approve Spending Bill That Does Nothing to Protect Dreamers

This Monday, the Senate approved a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown until February 8. Despite the bill doing absolutely nothing to protect the Dreamers from deportation, 31 of the 49 Senate Democrats - including Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin - voted for it, allowing it to be signed into law by President Trump.

 

From the get-go, the Democrats’ plan was to not approve a single spending bill unless protections for the Dreamers were explicitly included in it. If the Democrats were strong and persistent - if they actually refused to vote for any bill that didn’t protect the Dreamers -  this strategy could have forced the GOP to cave in to their demands, as it would have extended the shutdown to a point where it would have damaged their favorability.

 

Instead, however, the Democratic Party defaulted on their promise and voted for a bill that gave absolutely no guarantee of protecting the Dreamers. Although McConnell said he would protect DACA recipients - words that he could flip-flop on when it comes time to vote, considering the vague words of his statement - both Trump and Paul Ryan have not yet committed to defending DACA. In the words of Representative Ro Khanna, this lack of commitment from the President and the Speaker of the House makes the deal essentially “meaningless.”

 

While the spending bill does indeed keep the government operational for the coming weeks, it is not worth the sacrifice of the right of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients to stay in the country they know and love. Bipartisanship and the passage of legislation are important goals, but not when it comes to deporting up to 800,000 immigrants who are just as American as we all are.

 

The last thing we need is for the party of “opposition” and “resistance” to lack any grit in defending hundreds of thousands of innocent people from deportation. Even if they thought it would be a politically smart move, when people’s lives are on the line, taking the easy route is never an acceptable option.

 

What can be done to protect the Dreamers? It won’t help everybody, but one small way to help is to sign this petition to defend Ravi Ragbir, a Green Card holder being threatened with deportation.

 

In the long term, however, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.

 

You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

 

If you have any personal stories of racial violence to share, please reach out to us at YGB by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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YGB TO PETITION THE UNITED NATIONS

YGB needs your voice in order to get an investigation by the United Nations as we elevate the conversation of of racial disparities in Madison and fight for justice for Tony Robinson, the unarmed black teen murdered at the hands of officer Matt Kenny of the Madison Police Department  

SIGN THE PETITION HERE SIGN THE PETITION HERE 

FIRE MATT KENNY

YGB demands that Matt Kenny, the murderer of Tony Robinson, be fired. Far to often are killer cops left unpunished, and we want Kenny off the streets.

SIGN THE PETITION TO FIRE MATT KENNY HERE

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The Young Gifted and Black Coalition is a circle of young leaders determined to end state violence and raise the voice of communities of color. We are young Black Women, Queer Folks, Straight Folks and Feminist Men who are fighting for Black Liberation. Our focus is on the low income black communities that our core members call home. 

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