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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.


YGB raising awareness and building community

From the YGB Black Curriculum: The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness
09 Mar 2017

From the YGB Black Curriculum: The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness

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The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Dr. Amos N. Wilson describes the Eurocentric history of the Western world, spanning from writing plays to daily life. The book contends “that the alleged mental and behavioral maladaptiveness of oppressed Afrikan peoples is a political-economic necessity for the maintenance of White domination and imperialism.”


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From the YGB Black Curriculum: The New Jim Crow
07 Mar 2017

From the YGB Black Curriculum: The New Jim Crow

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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is a must-read on the topic of mass incarceration and systemic racism both in the modern era. While history classes may teach us that the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s “ended” systemic racism, it only ended the “Old Jim Crow.”

The “New Jim Crow” is a more subtle but no less devastating form of racism which criminalizes people of color and the poor with the War on Drugs. Since the 1980s, penalties for possessing crack (typically associated with black communities) were over 100 times harsher than penalties for possessing powder cocaine (typically associated with white communities). By 2010, this was lowered to an 18:1 ratio. The government sabotaged the Black Panther Party in Southern California and has even been suspected of trafficking crack cocaine into the United States. The Reagan Administration even blocked DEA officials from cracking down on crack cocaine in order to spread the drugs throughout the Black community. And this long history of harsh and ineffective drug criminalization has led to our situation today, where 1 in every 5 American inmates are in jail solely for non-violent drug offenses.

Mass incarceration, Alexander argues, is a “stunningly comprehensive and well devised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.” The book offers an in-depth look into why our prison populations rose from half a million to over two million from 1980 to 2000, and is a critical read on the topic of mass incarceration and systemic racism.



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Trump and Sessions Sign Three Dangerous Executive Orders Against Black Lives Matter
28 Feb 2017

Trump and Sessions Sign Three Dangerous Executive Orders Against Black Lives Matter

Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General under the Trump Administration, is beginning his time in office with a stand between us and our goals for social justice. Sessions has a long history of displaying racism; he once called a white civil rights attorney a “traitor to his race” and famously said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” And now, as Attorney General, Sessions is working with Trump to destroy the progress made by the Black Lives Matter movement.

On February 9th, Trump and Sessions signed three executive orders to place an emphasis on “law and order,” increasing punishment for federal crimes, and cracking down on undocumented immigrants. We know that if law and order were a successful deterrent to crime, we would have a crime rate of zero. It's been well documented that the punitive practices of the criminal justice system do more to create instability than safety; and with racism as the cherry on top, our prisons are disproportionately filled with people of color.

We must stand together to oppose such oppressive legislation, and to do that, we need people power.

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Staying Engaged For February
04 Feb 2017

Staying Engaged For February

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 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.

"No Child Behind Bars" Event Shows Solidarity Between Palestine and Madison’s Black Community
04 Feb 2017

"No Child Behind Bars" Event Shows Solidarity Between Palestine and Madison’s Black Community

This Monday, January 30, an event was held at the Urban League of Madison discussing the connected persecution of Palestinians in the Middle East and Blacks in America. The presentation began with an information session about the United States' imperialistic actions on the borders of the world. On the US-Mexico border, for instance, the boundary divides indigenous desert tribes, and it is common for American guards to rape immigrants and place children as young as five in detention centers for months to separate them from their mothers.

The presenters outlined an equally desperate situation in Palestine. A 16 year old activist in Palestine named Ahed Tamimi was supposed to speak at the event but was denied her visa due to "administrative review" during the Obama Administration. Tamimi's town is under threat of being changed from Zone B (under half Israeli control and half Palestinian Authority control) to Zone C (under 100% Israeli control). The Israeli government can declare any area Zone C in a heartbeat, instantaneously making people like Tamimi "squatters" set to be evicted by illegal Israeli settlements (funded with billions of American dollars). Palestinians have no right to a translator or due process, an unfair and unjust system that perpetuates apartheid.

But Tamimi is fighting back, using an advocacy movement to protect her homeland.

Further along in the presentation, the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank in Gaza and the occupation of Black communities in America were tied together and connected to the military-industrial complex. Every year, for example, the Urban Shield convention meets near Oakland, California, where local police departments (such as the LAPD and the NYPD) meet with international militaries (such as those of Israel, the Philippines, and Bahrain) to train, militarize, and exchange military tactics. One of these tactics was a form of tear gas that was tested by the Israeli military on Palestinians before being brought to police departments in the United States. The military-industrial complex also ties in with economics, as Hewlett Packard holds info for ICE, inmates in California, and Palestinian civilians.

Today, to stop the persecution and colonialism of both Blacks and Palestinians, we must unite together against mass incarceration, American funding to Israel, the military-industrial complex, and xenophobic actions like Trumps Muslim ban. We stand for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Movement and Community Control over the Police, among other community-based solutions, to solve these devastating problems.


We cannot let the injustices of our community go unsolved. To fight for the liberation of Madison's Black community, please make a donation to YGB by clicking here.

Eric Upchurch: Solving Our Explicit Bias Toward Fakeness
27 Nov 2016

Eric Upchurch: Solving Our Explicit Bias Toward Fakeness

YGB activist Eric Upchurch wrote a powerful piece for Madison365 about how we must acknowledge covert and subtle racism in everyone, including ourselves, to fix the problem. Writes Upchurch, "Everybody has a part of the problem; and that means you, too, reader. You don't have to be a slave master to perpetuate slavery."

Read Eric's article by clicking here.

Madison365: M Adams Gives Specific Policies For The #BlackLivesMatter Movement
07 Aug 2016

Madison365: M Adams Gives Specific Policies For The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

A recent Madison365 article quotes Freedom Inc.'s M Adams, who worked for over a year to generate six demands and 40 specific policies to end systemic racism in conjunction with the Movement for Black Lives, an umbrella #BlackLivesMatter organization.

Here are the six fundamental demands:

◆ End the War on Black People
◆ Reparations
◆ Invest-Divest
◆ Economic Justice
◆ Community Control
◆ Political Power

Read the Madison365 article here. Visit the Movement for Black Lives policy page here.


31 of Wisconsin's 56 Black Neighborhoods Are Jails
02 Aug 2016

31 of Wisconsin's 56 Black Neighborhoods Are Jails

Prepare to feel sick to your stomach.

The following is every Black neighborhood in Wisconsin. A Black neighborhood is a certain area where the majority of residents are African American. Using the Racial Dot Map, a website that places one dot on a US map for every American, it is possible to find each and every Black neighborhood in the state.

Every white person is represented by a blue dot, every Black person is represented by a green dot, and so on.


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 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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