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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.,


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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Stay Engaged: Events This July

Dear YGB Community,

We're grateful for your support in helping YGB attend the WiLD Organization and Leadership training. There, we'll strengthen our capacity to meet Black needs, Build Collective Analysis, and Advocate for real solutions. If you haven't already, please find out how you can support and share at

In the meantime, please show up and show out to the following July events.


Protest Paul Ryan

Friday, July 7, 11:30am - Sheraton Madison (706 John Nolen Dr)

On Friday, Paul Ryan will be receiving an award from the Boy Scouts of America at the Sheraton Madison. Be there at 11:30am to protest. More info here.

Emergency Rally Against the Muslim Ban
Friday, July 7, 6pm - Corner of Howell and Layton in Milwaukee

This Friday, nearby the Milwaukee airport, we will gather to protest the Supreme Court’s devastating and xenophobic decision to push forward parts of Trump’s de facto Muslim Ban. More info here.

5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour
Sunday, July 9, 6pm - Majestic Madison (115 King St)

This year, the Love Water Not Oil tour will come to Madison, featuring Nahko, Annie Humphrey, and more in a concert with a powerful message. More info here.

Mass U.S. Imprisonment: Then and Now
Tuesday, July 11 - From 2-4pm at Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 Badger Rd) and 6-8pm at First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr)

Sam Mihara is a former prisoner at Heart Mountain Camp in Wyoming, one of America’s racist Japanese internment camps. On July 11, Mihara will speak about mass incarceration, one of the few people former internment prisoners to speak about the experience.

Reception: Faces of Incarceration
Saturday, July 22, 6pm - Overture Center (201 State St)

The artists of Atwood Atelier in Madison have spent hours studying the faces of those who have been incarcerated and have recreated them on canvas to encourage compassion and empathy for the formerly incarcerated. View this powerful exhibition in the Overture Center and, at 8pm, listen to a panel discussion featuring formerly incarcerated participants and criminal justice experts. More info here.

From the YGB White Curriculum: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America
03 Jul 2017

From the YGB White Curriculum: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America

Support YGB when you purchase How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America by Kiese Laymon is a fictional novel that details Laymon’s personal story with contemporary American life in Mississippi. It touches on a wide variety of topics including family, race, violence, music, and writing.


Support YGB when you purchase How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others In America with the Amazon link below.


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



From the YGB White Curriculum: The Bluest Eye
02 Jul 2017

From the YGB White Curriculum: The Bluest Eye

Support YGB when you purchase The Bluest Eye.


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a fiction book about a young Black girl who prays every day for beauty. She is told by her white peers that beauty requires blonde hair, blue eyes, and light skin, but throughout the book she must learn to love and appreciate her Black skin, curly hair, and brown eyes. This book is Morrison’s powerful message about the perils of white beauty standards that proliferate today’s media.

Support YGB when you purchase The Bluest Eye with the Amazon link below.

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



Contact Your Alders: Make Complaints With the PFC Affordable!

The following is a message from Amelia Royko Maurer.


Dear All -  
Our alders need your support.
Did you know, for a civilian to have a chance of successfully filing a complaint with the police and fire commission it would cost them between $30,000 and $60,000?  The Council has introduced new ordinance to make the PFC process accessible to all people by reimbursing legal fees for those who file successful complaints and It isn’t too late to help them.  Please write your alder as soon as possible.  
Chief Koval, Dan Frei (Madison Police Union President) and Alder Skidmore are misrepresenting this proposed ordinance as one that would allow the council to veto PFC decisions (not possible under current state law) and would encourage people to file frivolous complaints with the PFC and therefore deter officers from applying to MPD.  This accusation is, once again, absurd.  Currently, it costs a civilian anywhere from $30,000-$60,000 in attorney’s fees to go through the whole PFC process.  Under the proposed legislation, if their complaint is dismissed, they pay their attorney fees.  Does Chief Koval really think someone is going to assume that financial risk with a frivolous complaint?  And any officer that would not apply to MPD for fear of being held accountable or because it upsets them that a civilian with a legitimate complaint would be reimbursed their attorney fees isn’t a cop we want in the first place.   
In reality, this proposed ordinance would make the PFC accessible to people who have legitimate complaints.  It's still a big risk for the civilian but the policy makes the process a bit more fair.   Additionally, this policy just reaffirms the council’s statutory power to use their discretion on reimbursing a police or fire chief.  If the chief is found to have committed a violation as charged in a PFC complaint, the council may use their discretion on whether or not to reimburse attorney fees for that charge.  They already have this statutory power but they are wanting to add it the city rules.
Can you help support the council in passing this ordinance? 
Goal: Make filing a legitimate complaint with the Police and Fire Commission affordable and accessible to all people.
Action: Please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your full address in the email body.  Thank you!
Letter Template:
Dear Alders, 
Please make the PFC process accessible to people of all means and support the ordinance put forth by sponsors Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Maurice S. Cheeks, Denise DeMarb, Rebecca Kemble, Larry Palm, Matthew J. Phair, Marsha A. Rummel, Ledell Zellers that includes:
1. Reimbursement of legal fees for civilians who successfully file a police and fire commission complaint against an officer.
2. Reimbursement of city employees who successfully defend themselves against a complaint and by successful we mean he or she is fully exonerated, if the charges are dismissed (for any reason), or if the complaint is otherwise withdrawn or discontinued. 
3. If the City employee or official is successful as defined herein, but the PFC found some violation of a legal standard (such as a code of conduct) by the City employee or official, the Council may make a reasonable adjustment in the reimbursement for such findings. 
4. Similarly, if the employee or official is successful on some charges but not others, the Council may make a reasonable adjustment in the fees and costs to be reimbursed. 
Please include and vote in favor of these proposals/observations as well:
5. Court Actions. This ordinance does not apply to any proceedings in court, reimbursement for which will continue to be considered under existing state law and any agreements with employee associations. If a court reverses or modifies any ruling of the PFC, the Council may consider such a decision in determining whether to reimburse for all proceedings before the PFC. 
6. Request for Reimbursement. A separate resolution shall be introduced upon the conclusion of matters before the PFC, providing for reimbursement for any person under this ordinance. The separate resolution is needed to determine if the person qualifies under this ordinance and to appropriate the funds for reimbursement. 
7. Authority. This ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority granted under Wis. Stats. §§ 62.09(7)(e), 62.11(5) and 895.35. The Council is determining that it will reimburse under the circumstances set forth in this ordinance. In all circumstances not covered by this ordinance, the Council retains the rights to reimburse or not reimburse as provided by state law.” 
Section 6.18 entitled “Reimbursement of Legal Fees Before the Police and Fire Commission” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows: 
• The Fire Department employees including the Fire Chief are covered by the reimbursement standards of Sec. 5.15, MGO.” 
• Resolution RES-16-00697 (Legistar # 44195), the City of Madison Police and Fire Chiefs Reimbursement Policy, is hereby repealed. 
From the YGB White Curriculum: Citizen
06 Jun 2017

From the YGB White Curriculum: Citizen

Support YGB when you purchase Citizen.


Citizen by Claudia Rankine examines the daily verbal slights - whether intentional or not - that are prevalent in daily life and the media. This book examines how microaggressions and verbal insults affect people of color throughout their daily lives in trying to “speak, perform, and stay alive,” and that they prove that we do not live in a so-called “post racial society.”


Support YGB when you purchase Citizen with the Amazon link below.


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



From the YGB White Curriculum: Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
02 Jun 2017

From the YGB White Curriculum: Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

Support YGB when you purchase Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching.


Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith explores Smith’s challenges with coming of age as a Black man in an environment of systemic racial oppression. Smith explains that we must overcome the stereotypes of Black masculinity - anxiety and depression aren’t taboo, and we should all fight alongside the LGBT and feminist communities in their pursuit of justice, regardless of racial stereotypes.


Support YGB when you purchase Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching with the Amazon link below.


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

From the YGB White Curriculum: The Fire This Time
02 Jun 2017

From the YGB White Curriculum: The Fire This Time

Support YGB when you purchase The Fire This Time.


The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward expands upon James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and states that Baldwin’s claim “the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon” still rings true today. Through a series of essays and poems, Ward shows that we are yet to live in a “post-racial” society and large amounts of work must be done if we are to see one.


Support YGB when you purchase The Fire This Time with the Amazon link below.


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



Staying Engaged This June

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.

Forward 2017
FridayJune 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.

TRANSforming Faith
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


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  



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.



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.



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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