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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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Against The Odds, Eric Upchurch Still Fighting For Social Justice
20 Sep 2015
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Against The Odds, Eric Upchurch Still Fighting For Social Justice

YGB's Eric Upchurch is featured in this Madison 365 biographic piece. Eric is a tireless crusader for equity and just causes, check it out.

http://madison365.com/index.php/2015/09/18/social-justice-crusader/

City Council: Listen to our Voices & Vote “No” on Body Cameras!
14 Sep 2015
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City Council: Listen to our Voices & Vote “No” on Body Cameras!

This Tuesday, the Community Policing and Body Camera Ad Hoc Committee will submit a recommendation to City Council around the issue of providing body cameras to Madison police officers. Through pressure from Young Gifted & Black, YGB allies, and other community members, the committee will not recommend the use of body cameras in Madison at this time. City Council, we urge you too to vote “no” on providing body cameras to Madison’s police officers.

 

This recommendation is the result of organizing and people power. On January 15th, YGB held a public debate on the use of body

California prisoners win historic gains with court ruling against solitary confinement
13 Sep 2015
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California prisoners win historic gains with court ruling against solitary confinement

Major gains in the struggle against solitary confinement in prisons were won in California. The win can largely be attributed to the grassroots organizing and hunger strikes that brave inmates performed in 2011 and 2013.

http://sfbayview.com/2015/09/california-prisoners-win-historic-gains-with-settlement-against-solitary-confinement/

From Salgado to Grayson: The Historical Legacy of State Violence Against Targeted Movement Leaders Continues
13 Sep 2015
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From Salgado to Grayson: The Historical Legacy of State Violence Against Targeted Movement Leaders Continues

Karma Chavez draws parallels between Brandi Grayson and Nestora Salgado. "From Nestora Salgado to Sandra Bland to Brandi Grayson, women of color leaders are among those most targeted for challenging state violence."

First Unitarian Society Reverend Dr. Michael A. Schuler's letter to Chief Koval Re:#HandsOffBrandi
08 Sep 2015
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First Unitarian Society Reverend Dr. Michael A. Schuler's letter to Chief Koval Re:#HandsOffBrandi

September 7, 2015

 

Dear Chief Mike Koval:

I have been following with both interest and growing concern recent reports about Brandi Grayson, a leader of Madison's Young Gifted and Black Coalition, and her dealings with the Madison Police Department. Ms. Grayson and her allies claim that she is being singled out and harassed because of her outspoken criticism of your department's undbending policy on the use of deadly force and the excessive number of arrests and detentions of Madison's residents of color.

An objective observer might agree that Grayson has offered valid arguments on both scores; and while it is certainly true that she often indulges in strong rhetoric and even hyberbole to drive home her points, this speaks to the frustration she and many others feel about a society that for decades has failed to come to grips with its racial inequities. Brandi Grayson is provocative, passionate and articulate. I have heard her speak on several occasions, including as a guest presenter at the First Unitarian Society of Madison. where I have served as Senior Minister for twenty-seven years. She is prepared to practice civil disobedience, but has never advocated nor employed violent tactics. I do not always agree with her, but I do believe she has a right to her opinions, stated publicly, even if public servants like you and your officers find them distasteful.

Chief Koval, you have told the press that you do not believe that such "targeting" has taken place and that the examples Ms. Grayson cited were the result of "miscommunication," "a volatile crowd scene" and, mere "coincidence." At the same time you stated that "we cannot sit idly by and permit inflammatory rhetoric to go unchecked as though it was 'fact.'" The latter sounds supicously like an admission of culpability.

I have lived in this community for over a quarter of a century and in the past have had nothing but admiration for "Madison's Finest." I am not passing judgement here, but Ms. Grayson's reports do raise serious questions. I trust that you will take every necessary step to ensure that even your critics are treated with the respect and forbearance that all citizens in a free and open society deserve.

Sincerely,

 

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Schuler

Senior Minister, The First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI

 

 

Love. It’s never too late to join up, By Amelia Royko Maurer
04 Sep 2015
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Love. It’s never too late to join up, By Amelia Royko Maurer

Brandi Grayson poses a threat to the power system and the police are attempting to intimidate her with their presence, explains Amelia Royko Maurer

http://www.prodane.org/love_it_s_never_too_late_to_join_up

#HandsOffBrandi! by Nathan Maurer
04 Sep 2015
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#HandsOffBrandi! by Nathan Maurer

Nathan Maurer condemns MPD police chief Mike Koval for launching an attack on prominent, selfless, community activist, Brandi Grayson.

http://www.forwardlookout.com/2015/09/handsoffbrandi-by-nate-royko/23813

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

ABOUT US

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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