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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 White Curriculum: A People’s History of the United States
23 Apr 2017
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From the YGB White Curriculum: A People’s History of the United States

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A People’s History of the United States, a landmark book by Howard Zinn, teaches the true history of the United States through the lens of the people. We know that the history taught at schools is often biased towards the wealthy and ignorant of the experiences of everyday people, but Howard Zinn is here to change that. From the times of America’s colonization up to the late 20th Century, Zinn explains history through the lens of Native Americans, African Americans, factory workers, American women, the working poor, and migrant laborers. Zinn shows the power of the people to win major battles, such as women’s and Black suffrage, the eight hour workday, laws against child labor, and more.

 

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

From the YGB White Curriculum: Hillbilly Elegy
19 Apr 2017
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From the YGB White Curriculum: Hillbilly Elegy

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance has been called “a riveting book” by The Wall Street Journal and “essential reading” by The New York Times. The book offers an in-depth look into the “white working class” that helped Trump win the Presidency. The book labels the poor white experience as “the true story of what a social, regional, and cultural class decline feels like,” an experience we must truly understand if we are to make progress in changing minds and appealing to all Americans in our pursuit of racial justice.

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

 

Stay Engaged this April
02 Apr 2017
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Stay Engaged this April

Dear YGB Community,

As we continue to develop our three key areas of focus - Understanding Black Needs, Building Analysis, and Advocacy - we need our people to continue to build community by attending the events below.

 

 

No Cops In Schools Rally

Tuesday, April 4, 4pm - Kohl Center (601 Dayton St)

We know from a recent report that although Black students make up 19% of Madison schools, 84% of arrests by MMSD-paid cops in/near high schools involve Black people. This Tuesday, Freedom Inc. will change that by gathering to get police out of schools! More info here.

ResourceFULL Black Businesses

Thursday, April 27th, 5pm - The Atrium Community Room (2300 S. Park St. )

In order to build community power, we MUST build our collective resources and thereby, build our ability to self determine. The Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE) has partnered with the Small Business Administration, and the Black Chamber of Commerce, to bring us an event that will connect Black businesses to resources, to each other, and grant up to $10,000! Help us build a thriving HIVE community, by supporting MABEE and attending the event. More info here.



More Events

JFC Budget Hearing

Monday, April 3, 10am-5pm - 30 S Hickory St in Platteville

This Monday, a budget meeting will be held to determine where the state of Wisconsin’s funding will be allocated. Attend the meeting to speak out in favor of divesting from cops and jails and investing in schools, anti-poverty measures, and people of color led community development instead. More info here.

Resisting Imperialism: Free Palestine and End the Wars!

Wednesday, April 5, 7pm - Ingraham Hall (1155 Observatory Dr.)

Every year, billions of American dollars are funneled into the Israeli and Saudi militaries, which have killed thousands of innocent people, and maintaining 800 American military bases on foreign soil. Instead of imperialism, this money should be invested in jobs and anti-poverty measures for the people. On April 5, the ISO will discuss these issues with Boston organizer Khury Petersen-Smith. More info here.

36th Annual Conference of the Labor History Society

Saturday, April 8, 8:30am-3pm - Madison Labor Temple (1602 S Park St)

Join unionists, scholars, activists, and a variety of organizations and historians to discuss future efforts for worker’s rights. Register here.

Screening of “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes”

Saturday, April 8, 1pm - Farley Center (2299 Rose Rd, Verona)

"Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” is a powerful documentary that shows the stories of five marginalized individuals in hopes of dispelling stereotypes. It will be screened next Saturday in Verona. More info here.

“Behind the Walls”: A First Wave Performance

Saturday, April 8, 4:30pm - First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr.)

On Saturday, April 8, the spoken word group First Wave will perform “Behind the Walls,” a powerful experience of hip hop, poetry, and urban arts. More info here.

Charlene Carruthers: Movement Building for Queer Liberation

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm - Elvehjem Building (800 University Av.)

Charlene Carruthers is a Black, queer/lesbian, feminist community organizer who has been working for Black, youth, and women’s empowerment for over a decade. On April 12, join Carruthers at the Elvehjem Building. More info here.

May Day Rally Organizing Meeting

Saturday, April 15, 10am - Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (1310 Mendota St, #115E)

For all community organizations who want to organize at the May Day Rally, come to the May Day Rally Organizing Meeting on April 15. More info here.

Madison Climate March

Saturday, April 22, 2pm - Capitol Building (2 E Main St)

Trump has already begun to roll back the few environmental regulations instituted under the Obama Administration, and our climate is in severe danger. On April 22, we will march to protect our air, land, and water. More info here.

From the YGB White Curriculum: Beloved
27 Mar 2017
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From the YGB White Curriculum: Beloved

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Beloved by Toni Morrison is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988. The book follows the life of Sethe, who grew up on a slave plantation in Kentucky and escaped, only to be discovered by her former owners. Under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1860, slave owners were allowed to track down their slaves across state borders, and Sethe, fearing for the life of her children, was forced to kill her unnamed daughter. The book then follows Sethe’s life years later, where she is haunted by the ghost of her dead daughter. The novel delves into the issues family relationships and the psychological impact of slavery in a beautifully artistic way.

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

 

From the YGB Black Curriculum: They Came Before Columbus
26 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: They Came Before Columbus

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They Came Before Columbus by Ivan van Sertima describes the supposed presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. The book uses many details and builds evidence to claim that Africans were present in the New World prior to Columbus’ arrival. This book is one of the most compelling claims to “Pre-Columbian Trans-Oceanic Contact Theories.”

 

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Is Disastrous On Issues of Race
26 Mar 2017
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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Is Disastrous On Issues of Race

Behind the polite personality of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch lies a troubling record in race relations.

 

Gorsuch has been repeatedly called “the next Scalia,” which is troubling in itself. The late Justice Scalia was ultra-conservative and opposed policies such as Affirmative Action and allowing the City of Richmond to direct contracts specifically to entrepreneurs of color. If Gorsuch continues this legacy of failing to give an economic advantage to those who have been historically disenfranchised - people of color - our racial disparity epidemic will inevitably persist.

 

Gorsuch, while a student at Columbia University, criticized anti-apartheid protesters in South Africa. Gorsuch also vocalized support for gentrification, limited voting rights, and right wing Nicaraguan Contras. One of Gorsuch’s most infamous rulings was in 2009, when he was the only judge to rule against Alphonse Maddin, a Black truck driver who had to abandon his truck due to nearly dying from hypothermia in -27 degree temperatures.

 

With such a passion for regressive policies that favor corporations over human rights, it’s clear that Neil Gorsuch does not have our best interests at heart. And we are here to change that. Please help us build power by donating here. For more information on Neil Gorsuch, please click here.

From the YGB Black Curriculum: Another Country
25 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Another Country

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 Another Country by James Baldwin is a novel written in 1962. Set in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, the book depicts the then-taboo issues of bisexuality, interracial couples, and extramarital affairs. The novel touches on race, nationalism, and internalized oppression through the perspective of one of its main characters, jazz drummer Rufus Scott, and describes the struggle for love between African Americans and white liberals in spite of all obstacles.

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

From the YGB Black Curriculum: Notes of a Native Son
20 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Notes of a Native Son

Support YGB when you purchase Notes of a Native Son.

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin is a nonfiction book that tackles issues of race in both Europe and America. In the book, Baldwin breaks down stereotypes and stigmatizations of Black people in the media and literature and points out the hypocrisy of Black slaves praying to white Gods. Baldwin dives into Black history throughout the book and compares how Black Americans, unlike Blacks in France, had their history created from forceful relocation.

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If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

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 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GOFUNDME

YGB functions without traditional funding. We are not tied to the stipulations that come with large donors. Instead, we are supported by the direct will of The People. This gives us the freedom to raise our voice and mobilize our community toward an end to State Violence. Please help support this freedom by sharing or conotributing to our GoFundMe page.

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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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