Dear YGB Community,
As the summer nears, we must continue to stay engaged in the fight for Black liberation.
Largely as a result of your work and your advocacy, the City of Madison is looking to push for progressive reforms to our criminal justice system. We must advocate for these changes as well as bigger ones that aren’t currently on the table, such as the legalization of Marijuana, the decriminalization of poverty, and, of course, Community Control Over the Police.
To keep the fight strong, please participate in the following June events:
Freedom Inc. Open House
Friday, June 2, 6pm to 9pm - 1810 S Park St
Supporters and friends of Freedom Inc. are encouraged to attend the Freedom Inc. Open House. Dancing, poetry, raffles, graffiti art, and Hmong, Khmer, and African food will be shared. More info here.
Friday, June 2 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, June 3 from 9am to 9pm - Edgewood College (1000 Edgewood College Dr)
Forward 2017 is a two day series of engaging workshops and powerful discussions on social justice struggles in the Midwest. These events will be led by students, educators, and community activists committed to transforming Wisconsin. Please click here for registration and more information.
Saturday, June 3, from 9am to 4pm - First United Methodist Church (203 Wisconsin Av)
This Saturday, the First United Methodist Church will host a one day, seven hour conference to strengthen the understanding between transgender youth, their parents, and faith leaders across the state. In honor of Skylar Lee, this event will feature a diverse list of speakers and is open to all members of the public. Click here for more info.
PP&J and HHN City Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 5:15pm - CIty County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 357
This will be a meeting between the PP&J (Public Protection & Judiciary) Committee and the HHN (Health and Human Needs) Committee, as requested by LWV, NAMI, and MOSES. The meeting will discuss the police, the sheriff, and the proposed jail.
Equality March for Unity and Pride
Sunday, June 11, 12pm - UW Library Mall (728 State St)
On Sunday, June 11, tens of thousands of people will gather in Washington D.C. to march and organize for LGBTQIA+ rights in the face of the homophobic Trump administration. However, if you can not attend the Washington march, a solidarity march will be held in Madison. Click here for more info.
County Board Meeting on Mead and Hunt
Thursday, June 15, 7pm - City County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 201
This County Board meeting will oversee a presentation from Mead and Hunt, who are proposing the new jail plan. We must come out to speak against this proposal, which would cement us into a system of mass incarceration.
Stop AB 190! Pilgrimage for Justice
Wednesday, June 28, 12pm - Wisconsin State Capitol
This year, Wisconsin Republicans introduced a xenophobic and heavily authoritarian anti-immigrant bill, AB 190, which “has police and public employees work as ICE agents” according to Voces De La Frontera. This Wednesday, we will march against the bill and other abuses of immigrant rights. Click here for more info.
Please continue to stay engaged by showing up and showing out to these events!
Young Gifted & Black Coalition