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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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Rev. Mitchell's speech at the 2015 Outreach banquet

Reverend Everett Mitchell on LGBT liberation and its connections to Black liberation.

 

Powerfully inspiring oratory: Rev. Everett Mitchell's OutReach Ally Award speech

The Rev. Everett Mitchell gave four hundred of us the extraordinary gift of this inspiring and uplifting speech as he accepted OutReach's Ally of the Year award for his outstanding work in support of LGBT people of color in the black church. Recently, he married two lesbian parishioners (partners of 43 years) in a beautiful wedding at his church. Here's a new and much-improved video version of Everett's inspiring speech that's much easier to hear and understand than the raw version I first posted, now with enhanced audio and captions.Like so much of Everett does to advance justice in this community (including his role as a mentor of members of Young, Gifted and Black) and in the wider world, it can be lonely work, and his misguided critics have often been merciless. But the presentation of this award represented an opportunity when four hundred of us gathered in that room could lift him up and affirm him as he shared deep moral and spiritual truths drawn out of his life's journey in his inspiring speech, delivered resonant with the powerful faith-and-justice-grounded oratorical traditions of the Black Church. I've been blessed to have been in conversation with movement leaders and King colleagues like Joseph Lowery, James Lawson, and Andrew Young, pastor-advocates who share Everett's powerful Christ-resonant vision of LGBT inclusion within their respective church communities. And yet, as Everett points out, too many church leaders of all races and faiths are still preaching messages of judgement and hate. More significantly, many are shortsightedly risk averse and therefore critical of the stands that Everett has been taking, in staking out a place of integrity and moral consistency. It's one that resonates with the stands of conscience and interconnectedness epitomized by Dr. King, in his Riverside Church speech (which Everett quotes from here), in answering critics who felt that his work on behalf of peace or economic justice were somehow distractions. As Dr. King noted, those critics did not know him or understand the moral imperatives that drove him. So it has been with Everett, and his willingness to embrace an issue in ways that are creating dialogue, and moving us to a place of greater understanding.Martin and Coretta King--and so many courageous souls who've worked to advance civil rights for all and build a Beloved Community--are no doubt smiling down from heaven today. The arc of the moral universe still bends toward justice, and it's inspiring and dedicated truthspeaking leaders like Everett who make it happen.If you were there in that room on Friday night, you experienced the powerful spiritually-grounded truths he shared in a speech that one local civil rights leader described as inspiring as any she'd heard since those of Dr. Martin Luther King. If you couldn't be there, please take a few moments to hear his powerfully-delivered words offered in the spirit of Beloved Community, and please consider sharing this video's powerful messages more widely.

Posted by John Quinlan on Sunday, October 4, 2015
Follow the Money on Judge Doyle Square
04 Oct 2015
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Follow the Money on Judge Doyle Square

Brenda Konkel gives a breakdown on who is profiting and not profiting off of the Judge Doyle Square development project in Madison.

 

http://www.forwardlookout.com/2015/09/follow-the-money-on-judge-doyle-square/23947

Judge Doyle Square Going Down? (Live Blog)
30 Sep 2015
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Judge Doyle Square Going Down? (Live Blog)

Brenda Konkel gives a play by play account of the City of Madison's vote on Judge Doyle Square.

http://www.forwardlookout.com/2015/09/judge-doyle-square-going-down-live-blog/23956

2016 Soros Justice Fellowships Deadline: October 21, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Deadline: October 21, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST)

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The Fellowships Program is part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Fund to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

 

https://sorosjusticefellowships.submittable.com/submit

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  

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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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