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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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YGB raising awareness and building community

Join the Defend DACA Phone Bank!
14 Sep 2017
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Join the Defend DACA Phone Bank!

Dear YGB Community,

 

Last week, President Trump ended the DACA program, effectively making 800,000 additional children eligible for deportation from the United States. This xenophobic and immoral act is a disgusting attempt to violate the rights of the hundreds of thousands of innocent, hard working immigrants that make up the fabric of our country and are as American as any of us are.

 

Please click here to protect the children affected by the repeal of DACA.

 

Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of being put into a dangerous, life threatening situation. We need to do everything in our power to protect them.

 

By joining the Defend DACA Phone Bank, held from September 15-20 at the Madison Labor Temple, you can directly encourage fellow Madisonians to protect these children by contacting their representatives and advocating for immigrant rights. By signing up for a shift, you can persuade hundreds of people to take vital, desperately needed action!

 

To sign up for a time to work at the phone bank, please click here.

 

If you want to support the cause from home, please contact your representatives by clicking here and telling them to support the DREAM Act 2017.

 

Support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey!

 

 

Click here to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

 

The level of catastrophe in Houston is drastic. According to the New York Times, Texas has already experienced 47 deaths due to Hurricane Harvey, many of whom are poor and homeless people of color who couldn’t afford the resources to protect themselves.

 

People are in dire need of basic resources like food and shelter, and with an estimated $45 to $65 billion in damages, we must do everything in our power to help them out.

 

Click here to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

 

To help those affected, YGB is leading a fundraising campaign to help grassroots organizations who are on the ground doing direct work for those affected by the hurricane. Funds will be distributed to Keshia Thomas, Fundi Fe, and Sean Scott, activists who are working with people and organizations on the ground in Houston.

 

This money will not be going to the Red Cross, which is known to mismanage funds and whose CEO makes $561,000 a year. All funds that are donated to the Red Cross are entered in a pool, there is no guarantee every dollar will go to Harvey victims. Instead, we will make sure that our efforts to help the people are led by the people themselves.

 

We decided that someone should focus on getting support into the hands of the real people impacted on the ground. So we're launching a small fundraiser to support local organizers connected to the real people and doing real work out there.

 

Please donate by clicking on the link below.

 

Click here to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Please Support the Free the 350 Bail Fund!
31 Aug 2017
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Please Support the Free the 350 Bail Fund!

Dear YGB Community,

 

We know that the Dane County Jail’s bail system is designed to penalize poor people and people of color. While people of privilege can afford to pay their bail and walk free, the poorest - most often people of color - are locked behind bars. And when they do manage to get out, they are often welcomed back into the same lack of resources that contributed to their need to survive.This is yet another way that our incarceration system criminalizes race and class.

 

http://bit.ly/FreeThe350BailFund

 

But now, we have a radical way to fight back. The Free the 350 Bail Fund, which was just established during YGB Actions in 2016, has been recently revived. It’s an online fundraiser that will raise money to directly bail out and support poor people of color from the Dane County Jail. We can free ourselves!

 

http://bit.ly/FreeThe350BailFund

 

Every dollar raised will be put towards releasing Black folks from the chains of mass incarceration - directly addressing the jail’s racial disparity.

 

Just this month, the current Free the 350 Bail Fund has already freed Mr. Robert Love from the Dane County Jail. With your generous support, we could bring so many more back to home, work or school. We could set so many more free.

 

Please donate by going to http://bit.ly/FreeThe350BailFund.

From the YGB Black Curriculum: PowerNomics
29 Aug 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: PowerNomics

Support YGB when you purchase PowerNomics.

 

PowerNomics by Dr. Claud Anderson outlines a master plan for how to empower Black America. Building off of the socioeconomic analysis of racism outlined in Black Labor, White Wealth, Dr. Anderson proposes a five year plan to make Black America a prosperous race. His analysis explains how Black people can reform various facets of their lives - Education, Economics, Politics, and Religion, for instance - to build power and shatter racial monopolies in America.

 

Support YGB when you purchase PowerNomics with the link below.

 

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

 

From the YGB Black Curriculum: Black Labor, White Wealth
29 Aug 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: Black Labor, White Wealth

Support YGB when you purchase Black Labor, White Wealth.

 

Black Labor, White Wealth by Dr. Claud Anderson explains how historically - and to this day - Black labor has been used to prop up white wealth. During the era of slavery, for instance, Black agricultural labor was used to enrich white slave masters. This trend, of course, has been kept alive today - albeit more covertly. Dr. Anderson then uses this socioeconomic analysis to offer solutions to racial injustice in America today.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Black Labor, White Wealth with the link below.

 

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

 

Trump Endorses Police Brutality, Gets Cheered
10 Aug 2017
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Trump Endorses Police Brutality, Gets Cheered

As if America’s racist, paternalist culture weren't bad enough already, we now have a president who can actively endorse police brutality and receive an ovation of cheers.

 

On July 28 at a rally on Long Island, Trump exclaimed, “when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’” In response, the crowd applauded.

 

In this speech, not only does Trump use the racially coded, dog whistle term “thug,” but he openly advocates for violence, effectively against people of color, who are predominantly affected by police brutality. This attitude of “not being nice” is exactly what killed Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes, Philando Castile for following the officer’s orders to a tee, and Tony Robinson for having a mental health disturbance.

 

In fact, it’s integral to the safety of the community that the police are “nice” and non-violent. Police brutality erodes trust between officers and community members, and this can cause a lot of damage. If Trump truly cares about safety, he should advocate for non-violent police practices instead.

 

Support our Community Engagement and Advocacy work at YGBCoalition.org.

Staying Engaged This August

Hello YGB Community,

In light of all that's been happening in our city, we're happy to share a list of opportunities to come together and build community. It's this kind of fellowship that helped YGB build community and strategy at the recent WiLD training. Please stay tuned for some next steps from us on moving toward real and lasting change that elevates community power. Until then, please enjoy these upcoming opportunities to stay engaged.

Darbo-Worthington Peace Walk and Block Party
Thursday, August 24, at 4pm - Mentoring Positives Inc. (414 Rethke Av)

On August 24, Mentoring Positives will host an event that will feature art provided by Community Unity Arts, local food carts for an excellent dinner, and a march through the neighborhood to call for peace and justice. By sharing food and art together, our community members will become connected on a deeper level. Click here for more info.

Infamous Mothers Campaign
All Month

Infamous Mothers is an organization based in Madison that “taps into, cultivates and releases the power of women who mother from the margins of society.” One of Infamous Mothers’ latest campaigns is to donate 10,000 of their books to mothers in low-income communities, prisons, domestic abuse shelters, drug rehabilitation facilities, and YWCAs. Please support this effort by donating here (August 30 is the last day to donate).

Other Events:

SURJ MKE Workshop: Civil Rights History Bus Ride

Saturday, August 5, at 10am - Wisconsin Black Historical Society (2620 W Center St in Milwaukee)

This Saturday, the Milwaukee organization SURJ MKE will be hosting a historic bus tour of some of Milwaukee’s most important sites from the Civil Rights Movement. The bus tour will feature Peggy Rozga, who was part of the NAACP Youth Council in the 60’s. More info here.

SE WI NORML at Center St Daze
Saturday, August 5, at 11am - E Center St. in Milwaukee

We know that the criminalization of marijuana is a leading cause of the disproportionate amount of people of color in the Dane County Jail. During Milwaukee’s Center Street Daze event this Saturday, stop by the SE WI NORML tent to buy t-shirts and pins in support of legalizing marijuana. More info here.

Immigration Information Forum
Saturday, August 5, at 1pm - South Division High School (1515 W Lapham Blvd in Milwaukee)

This Saturday in Milwaukee, there will be a public forum to learn and discuss the latest updates on immigrant rights in America - specifically, what’s going on with DACA, how AB190 will hurt immigrant communities, what Milwaukee is doing on the topic of immigration, and more. More info here.

Social Good Summit
Thursday, August 17, at 9am - Madison Public Library (201 W Mifflin St.)

If Madison’s businesses dedicated more of their focus to uplifting marginalized communities, our city would be in a much better place. This all-day conference will mobilize social good entrepreneurs with resources and community input. Part of Madison’s Forward Fest. More info and tickets here.

African Fest Madison
Saturday, August 19, at 11am - Central Park (202 S Ingersoll St.)

To celebrate the diversity of our heritage, the African Fest on August 19 will bring together Madisonians to enjoy Africa’s culture, food, music, and people. More info here.

Sanfoka MKE 2017
Saturday, August 19, at 2pm - Washington Park Bandshell (4599 W Lloyd St in Milwaukee)

On August 19, Sanfoka Milwaukee will host a free festival to celebrate “the beauty of Black lives, music, and culture.” More info here.

Back to the Silk Road
Saturday, August 20, at 12pm - Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (501 E Badger Rd)

Gather together on August 20 to enjoy a drum circle, goods to purchase, and food to support social change through collective work. More info here.

Data for Impact Conference
Tuesday, August 22, at 8am - Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.)

As part of the Forward Festival, the Data for Impact Conference will provide a vital lesson on how to use small, detailed pieces of data to make a big difference in issues like racial justice. More info here.

9th Black/Latino Unity Picnic
Sunday, August 27, at 1pm - 1602 S Park St.

Join us on August 27 for the Black/Latino Unity Picnic (Noveno Picnic por la Unidad) to unite over the commons struggles of working people of color. The event will feature music, poetry, delicious food, activities for children, and dancing. More info here.

Oregon Softens Punishments on Drug Offenders
19 Jul 2017
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Oregon Softens Punishments on Drug Offenders

This July, the Oregon legislature passed a bill that would charge first-time users of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, and MDMA with misdemeanors instead of felonies, a major advancement in the fight to soften punishments on drugs.

 

The goal of this initiative is to remove resources from mass incarceration and reallocate them towards restorative and effective drug treatment, a process that will reduce both mass incarceration and racial disparities in jails, as drug-related charges are much more likely to be inflicted upon people of color. In the words of Oregon Senator Jackie Winters, “we are trying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds.”

 

Non-violent drug offenders are people, not criminals, and by giving them strategies to eliminate their addiction instead of locking them in cages, we can actually attack the root of the problem. It’s also noteworthy the economic effects of a felony charge can be causes of substance abuse themselves. This is especially true without access to housing and employment, as poverty can often be a cause of drug addiction.

 

We must support Oregon’s effort to decrease punishments on non-violent drug offenders and stand for even more radical steps to shift our criminal justice system from punishment to rehabilitation. Here in Madison, we must fight for the same goal until we see a Madison community where people of color are given help - not jail time - for possession of drugs.

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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