Dear YGB Community,
As President Trump plans xenophobic actions such as a border wall and a de facto Muslim ban, the time is now more than ever to stand united in grassroots solidarity to protect the rights of people of all races, religions, genders, and sexualities. That's why YGB is focusing on Three Key Areas: Understanding Black Needs, Building Collective Analysis, and Advocacy. You can learn more and get involved at ygbcoalition.org. We will also be staying engaged by showing up and showing out to the six events below that you'll want to be a part of.
Screening of “The 13th” Documentary
Thursday, February 2 from 6-9:30pm - 2312 S Park St
On February 2, Justified Art and GSAFE invite you to watch a free screening of “The 13th,” a powerful documentary about how the 13th Amendment outlawed slavery - except as a punishment for crime. The film also shows how Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and other presidents used the Drug War to target people of color, expanding our prisons from about 400,000 in 1970 to 2.3 million today - 20% of which are imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses. Click here for more info on the screening. If you cannot attend the event, you can catch "The 13th" on Netflix.
When The Marks Fade
Sunday, February 5 from 7-9pm - Freedom Inc (1810 S Park St)
“When the Marks Fade: Stories from Black Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” is a play written and directed by T Banks. Following the play, there will be a discussion on the serious topics presented and dinner will be served.
Gender, Race, and Gender-Based Violence
Wednesday, February 8 from 7-9pm - Red Gym (716 Langdon Street)
This two hour event will discuss the intersectionality and relationships between race, gender, sexuality, and violence through the spoken word and a community discussion. Organized by PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment), the meeting will discuss specific forms of violence against Black women, queer folks, and trans folks that are perpetuated by both the state and the communities. The event will take place at the Red Gym’s Multicultural Student Center Lounge.
Madison Resistance March
Saturday, February 11 from 12pm-3pm - Brittingham Park (401 W Shore Dr)
This February 11, the marginalized people of Madison will unite to march from Brittingham Park to the City-County Building at 210 MLK Blvd, where we will speak up against discrimination of immigrants, refugees, and people of color. This protest will build solidarity in the resistance movement against bigotry. Click here for more info.
Lecture from Nikki Giovanni
Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm - Symphony Room at Gordon Commons (770 W Dayton St)
Nikki Giovanni is one of the world’s most well-known African American poets, whose work emerged during the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. A Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecturer, Giovanni will be discussing how “Black love is still Black wealth” on the UW Madison campus on February 15.
Black Love Fundraiser for Sankofa Behavioral and Community Health
Friday, February 17 from 6-9pm - 3001 S Stoughton Rd
Sankofa Behavioral and Community Health is a local Madison organization that prioritizes mental health, community education, healing, and liberation in a culturally relevant way. On February 17, there will be a fundraiser for Sanfora BCH, featuring poetry, soul food, and music by KinFolk Soul. More info here. Get tickets here.