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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.,


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.


YGB raising awareness and building community


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6 Upcoming Ways To Fight For Racial Justice
17 Apr 2016

6 Upcoming Ways To Fight For Racial Justice

Decriminalize Black Bodies
UW Campus, 4/20
This 4/20, we will protest the mass incarceration of Black people by A) wearing all black, B) posting pictures to social media of non-Black people abusing drugs and getting away with it, and C) using the hashtags #HIGHEReducation, #BlackUnited, and #BlackStudentsUnited.
Click here for more info.

Unhood Yourself
Chazen Museum of Art, 4/22 from 5-9pm
This is a 4 hour exhibition and show created by #TheRealUW, an organization trying to fight the recent string of racially-biased incidents on the UW campus. Students of color at UW will share their personal experiences, educate participants about UW's history, and create a platform for change on campus and in the community.
Click here for more info.

Mental Health Care Without Policing
Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee), 4/23 from 1-4pm
Jess Heaney, a member of Critical Resistance, will be leading a workshop focused on the connections between Black mental health care, policing, and access to support. It's based off of the "Oakland Power Projects", an anti-policing initiative, and will build an increased sense of resources and relationships.
Click here for more info.

Join the YWCA to Stand Against Racism!
Fountain of Life Church, 4/28 from 8:30-10:30am
The YWCA invites you to join them in their fight for racial equity and women's empowerment. They will be delivering updates on Justified Anger's "Our Madison Plan" and Race to Equity's "Roadmap to Equity" plan. The YWCA is "on a mission to eliminate racism", and they need your help with this facilitated discussion to make that happen.
Click here for more info.

Dontre Day
Red Arrow Park (Milwaukee), 4/30 
This event will be held in Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park, the location where Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot on the same date in 2014. There will be entertainment for the entire family. If you want to volunteer at the event, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share the event on social media.
Click here for more info.

JUSTICE4TONY Reception at MMoCA Gallery Night
Social Justice Center, 5/6 from 5-9pm
On this day, to honor the 14 month anniversary of the shooting of Tony Robinson, Tony's friends and family will hold an event, which includes an intimate photographic art exhibit documenting the difficult emotional times the Madison community faced in the aftermath of his brutal murder. There will be refreshments and a strong sense of community.
Click here for more info.

As more and more people take action, we will get closer and closer to racial equity. So, please put these events down in your calendars! Show up and show out!

Madison Magazine Article - How YGB Has Changed the Views of White Madisonians
07 Apr 2016

Madison Magazine Article - How YGB Has Changed the Views of White Madisonians

A recent Madison Magazine article explained the cultural shift that YGB has sparked in Madison, through the eyes of a white person. The article is a personal narrative in which the author explains how YGB gave him the power to transform his assorted knowledge of racial issues in Madison into a full, comprehensive understanding of the systemic racism that plagues Madison.

The writer explains that through YGB he was able to connect the death of Tony Robinson to school failures, mass incarceration, and Black unemployment. The author implies that without YGB's raising of awareness, he would not have the empathetic connection to the family and friends of Tony Robinson that he has today, nor such a profound understanding and drive to take action against Madison's systemic racism.

And, most importantly, he said that these realizations have been experienced by a large portion of white Madisonians. The protests and messages sent by YGB have sparked a conversation in nearly every Madison household on the topic of Madison's relationship between the police force and the Black community, and this has changed our political system greatly; in a governmental discussion last year over Madison's $150 new jail proposal, multiple representatives emphasized that the desire of the people, as seen by YGB protests, is to deny the jail proposal - and that people power directly influenced how the representatives viewed the problem, and ultimately how they voted.

The Madison Magazine article perfectly debunks the myth that YGB protests are unproductive or wasteful - it proves that the protests have brought the conversation to tens of thousands of tables across the city, have challenged misconceptions, and have had social, political, and cultural impacts that cannot be measured or overestimated.


Read the Madison Magazine article:

Youth Article - "The Shocking Racial Gap of Madison WI"
03 Apr 2016

Youth Article - "The Shocking Racial Gap of Madison WI"

Lew Blank, a youth writer in Madison, recently wrote an article which explained the racial disparities in Madison through a geographic and economic lens. He utilizes a resource known as the "Racial Dot Map" to show a visual of the segregation of Madison's neighborhoods, and then compares the location of black and hispanic neighborhoods in Madison to the location of payday loan companies, fast food restaurants, impoverished areas, and failing schools. It's a good read for those looking for factual, clear-cut proof of how extreme the disparities are in Madison.

Read the article here:


In the Coming Weeks...
18 Feb 2016

In the Coming Weeks...

Recommendations do not equate to liberation. So we continue to fight. We'll be gearing up for more community engagement, regular actions and direct services. Please stay in the loop as we prepare for the anniversary action of honoring the life of Tony Terrell Robinson, and continuing to demand justice for his murder by the Madison Police. May we always remember and never forget... "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains!" ~ Assata Shakur

Please sign and share our petition to the United Nations (here) for an independent investigation into the murder of Tony Robinson and the gross racial disparities in Dane County.  Please support our efforts by sharing or donating to our gofundme page here.

UN Workgroup Takes Freedom Inc. and YGB's Suggestions and Advocates for Reparations and Community Control of Police
08 Feb 2016

UN Workgroup Takes Freedom Inc. and YGB's Suggestions and Advocates for Reparations and Community Control of Police

After countless months of community organizing and advocacy, the tireless efforts of partner organizations Freedom Inc. OWH, and too many others to name here, not to mention YOUR support as a community, the United Nations has recommended the United States end solitary confinement, adopt community control over police, and pay reparations to people of African descent for the affects of slavery! These wins are HUGE for us! They represent the result of a nation wide effort and the materialization of the will of a Madison community that stood up against State Violence. Learn more about the UN recommendations here.


YGB in Support of Dereian Brown
13 Jan 2016

YGB in Support of Dereian Brown

The Young Gifted and Black Coalition is voicing their support of Cherokee student Dereian Brown. Dereian is being railroaded through the expulsion process at the Madison Metropolitan School District. They are arguing that Dereian, who went through YWCA’s restorative justice program and who is supported by the community, must continue to be punished.


To be punished for allegedly bringing a toy gun to school, that no one can testify seeing on school grounds, even though community voices are calling to end this farce. It suggests that our school district views him initially dangerous and that the most severe punishment must be had. Which we know, due to implicit bias studies, is something continually faced by Black youth.


MMSD and Jennifer Cheatham have stated many times that they want to end Madison’s school to prison pipeline. If they expel Dereian Brown, they are

Lisa Is Free!
24 Dec 2015

Lisa Is Free!

Lisa is Free!

Immediate Release: 
T Banks: 313-936-8351  
Alix Shabazz: 608-210-9623 

On Friday December 18th, due to ongoing pressure from YGB, Freedom Inc, Operation Welcome Home, and supporters Lisa Mitchell has been released from jail.   

This is a huge victory to see Lisa, a Black trans woman, freed from solitary confinement, given a time-served sentence, able to dress how she wants as a woman for her continued probation period, and on the path to getting full trans health care. 

The campaign to #FreeLisa is part of YGB's larger campaign to #FreeThe350 and the #HandsOffBlackWomyn campaign. 

Eisha Love a Black trans woman incarcerated for self-defense against a racist transphobic attack in Chicago was also released on the same day.  This was the result of another strong grassroots effort. 


Hands Off Lisa Mitchell!
11 Dec 2015

Hands Off Lisa Mitchell!


Sign the petition! Lisa Mitchell is a Black trans woman who has been sitting in solitary confinement in Dane County Jail for the past 6 months. She is in solitary solely because of her gender identity as a Black trans woman.

  • We demand that Lisa be let out of solitary confinement
  • We demand that Lisa be given time served, revocation dropped, and released from jail immediately
  • We demand that the conditions of her probation do not limit her gender expression as a woman 
  • We demand full trans health care for Lisa

She is being held on charges of “prostitution.” Sex work should not be criminalized. In Mitchell’s case, if she engaged in sex work, she did so out of poverty as she was homeless at the time of this arrest. Mitchell was initially charged for an altercation that she had with the person who solicited her for this work which has since been dropped because she was not at fault. Lisa would have otherwise been released from jail pending the resolution of these charges, except she was already under supervision by the state's Community Corrections. 

While fighting her case, Lisa Mitchell has experienced transphobia at all levels of the criminal system. She has been denied hormone therapy, has been called the wrong name and pronouns, her gender identity has been called deceptive and a disguise, and again, her long sit in solitary is only due to her gender identity. The harassment and criminalization of Lisa Mitchell due to being a Black trans woman must stop.

  During the 1-hour a day she has out of her cell she has been working to get trans health care exclusions removed from Medicaid in Wisconsin. She is a tireless activist for all trans people and she needs our support now. 

We say #HandsOffBlackWomen! #HandsOffLisaMitchell! 

We will not stand for Lisa Mitchell serving any more time in jail or being sent back to prison. She has been criminalized due to poverty and her gender identity since she was a teen and is now thirty five. It is time for her to be released, get full health care, get housing, and get a chance to truly advocate for trans people from the outside. 

1 in 2 Black trans women are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in the US. We need to end this pattern of criminalization and we can take one step towards this by setting Lisa Mitchell free. 

All power to the people, 

Young Gifted and Black 
Freedom Inc 
Operation Welcome Home 
Dane County Trans Health Group 
No Dane County Jail Working Group


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  



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.



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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