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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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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

Support YGB when you purchase Another Country.

 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.

Support YGB when you purchase Another Country with the Amazon link below.

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

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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.

Support YGB when you purchase Notes of a Native Son with the Amazon link below.

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

From the YGB Black Curriculum: We Real Cool
19 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: We Real Cool

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We Real Cool by bell hooks is a collection of ten essays on how white supremacy marginalizes Black males. In addition to Black criminalization, which will incarcerate nearly one third of Black men over the course of their lives, bell hooks also connects the book to patriarchy and sexism.

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

From the YGB Black Curriculum: The ISIS Papers
19 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: The ISIS Papers

 

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The ISIS Papers by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing delves into the loosely defined concept of Afrocentricity. Throughout the book’s essays, Welsing examines the “pioneering achievements in architecture, science, and philosophy” by African civilizations that have been washed over by Eurocentrism. The book also touches the issues of homosexuality and sexism.

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

 

Jeff Sessions Looks to Expand the War on Drugs
19 Mar 2017
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Jeff Sessions Looks to Expand the War on Drugs

As President Trump aims to be tough on crime and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who once infamously said "good people don't smoke marijuana," looks to be just as punitive, it seems that the War on Drugs is poised to expand. In February, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated just that by saying, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement [on recreational marijuana]."

We know that people of color have been historically targeted for non-violent drug offenses. We know that if criminalizing drugs - even minor ones like marijuana - were the solution to crime, we wouldn't be seeing the problems we have today. We wouldn’t see a need to expand the effort unless this method of criminalization is actually adding to the problem. We also know that if we legalize, tax, and regulate drugs, they will become safer, and our prison population - specifically of inmates of color - will significantly drop.

But Trump and Sessions want to take us in the opposite direction. They want to expand a failed, ineffective policy that has criminalized people of color for non-violent, harmless acts - many in survival.

Please help us resist such bigoted policies. Support YGB here.

MPD Chief Koval Admonished for Disrespectful Comments
15 Mar 2017
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MPD Chief Koval Admonished for Disrespectful Comments

Over the past few years, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has committed 37 violations of conduct against Sharon Irwin alone.
 
Sharon Irwin is the grandmother of Tony Robinson, the unarmed Black teen gunned down by officer Matt Kenny. Koval has repeatedly harassed, disrespected, and bullied her and the rest of her family.
 
When Koval called Irwin a "raging lunatic," he'd crossed a line that he was used to crossing without punishment. Although Koval faced no punitive charges from the Police and Fire Commissioners (PFC), he has been "admonished" for his unprofessional misconduct. But admonishment is not a deterrent to these escalating levels of abuse of power. To read more, please click here.
 
It is no surprise that such an adamant defender of the status quo of state violence against Black bodies would lack the empathy to treat opposing viewpoints with the protection and respect they deserve. We must demand that Chief Koval faces real punishment for his harmful actions. We must demand real accountability to the community. We must demand Community Control Over Police. We need real accountability now, before another Tony Robinson happens.
 

Please support our efforts by sharing or donating to our gofundme page here.

The United Nations recommends YGB demands to the United States! Learn more here.

Sign the Petition to fire Matt Kenny here!

From the YGB Black Curriculum: The Blueprint for Black Power
11 Mar 2017
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From the YGB Black Curriculum: The Blueprint for Black Power

Support YGB when you purchase The Blueprint for Black Power.

 

The Blueprint for Black Power by Dr. Amos N. Wilson is a “moral, political, and economic imperative for the twenty-first century.” The book argues that white people have power from ownership of real estate, and that “true power must rest in the ownership of the real estate wherever Afrikan people dwell.” The Blueprint for Black Power goes into great detail for a master plan for Black liberation.

 

To get your copy of the The Blueprint for Black Power on Amazon, please click below.

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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