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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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YGB raising awareness and building community

Since its founding in the Fall of 2014, YGB has helped organize too many direct actions to count, countless freedom schools, education sessions, community conversations, debates, resource workshops and helped raise funds to meet the needs of Black and Brown people in WI and across the U.S.. Still, our organization - labeled "radical," "dangerous," and "unfindable," has remained at the fringes of financially established organizations without consistent funding. The community has missed out because of it.

While Madison and the surrounding areas continue to benefit from YGB and collaborator social justice work, the entrenched funding structures continue to avoid committed support that values and sustains real grassroots work. Our experience is not unique. 

Throughout the state of Wisconsin and across the nation, our story is lived by innumerable social change agents who just want to continue making a difference and need a little support to get there; but funders and fundraisers fail to realize a mutual benefit. In some cases, the initiatives must sacrifice impact and core values in order to become palatable to mainstream funders.

This is a big deal, and sheds light on why some of the problems we aim to solve persist in the city with the highest non-profits per capita in the state. 


Movement Fund is a crowdsourced tool to build funding for low barrier grants that support social good work that may fall outside of the usually supported criteria. Grants focus on key areas including Meeting NeedsBuilding AwarenessAdvocacy and Action.

"It's our way of bringing independence and consistency to a broken funding world." ~ Sed Smith, YGB Organizer.

Movement Fund rewards community partners that help build a network of dedicated monthly contributors who support more grants.

As a result, community partners and volunteers can generate revenues that they can choose to donate back to the fund, or improve their bottom line when they join the movement and share the opportunity to contribute.

Movement Fund makes grants to individuals and small organizations, and helps those who build the fund earn when they share the fund's opportunities.

"We believe that, if we can help improve the bottom line of organizations that get involved, we can build consistent funding for those who are too often forgotten AND create more resources for social good work." ~ Sed Smith 

The fund has already made grants but plans to use this crowdsourced referral marketing structure to generate a new level of social justice funding for our community. 

Learn More about Movement Fund and Join the Movement at


Some FAQs

Who Can Apply for Funding and What Does it Cover?

Any organization or individual seeking to continue or launch initiatives that Meet Needs, Raise Awareness, promote Advocacy and Action and/or have a social justice or social good focus may apply. Applicants DO NOT need to be a registered non-profit. 

Individuals may also apply to help meet their own basic needs. 

Find our more about the application process and criteria here

Who Can Be a Collaborator to Earn Rewards by Building the Fund?

YGB invites Organizations and individuals that wish to support Movement Fund by sharing opportunities to donate, opportunities to apply for grants, and opportunities to partner and earn. Partner links are tracked and partners earn a small percentage of donations that occur as a result of their sharing. 

Ideal Movement Partners are organizations who already have a social justice presence and participate in community giving of some kind, membership based organizations with members who would love to pay slightly higher monthly fees to support social good initiatives, organizations or individuals with large audiences or contact lists, and passionate individuals who want to earn and raise funds for important work at the same time. 

Find our more about becoming a Movement Partner here

What's the Best Way for Me to Support this?

The Movement Fund has a major goal of building a strong monthly donor base and using those funds to make grants for social good. You can help by 1) Making a monthly donation here, 2) Sharing the grant opportunity with your networks, 3) Sharing the Movement Partner Opportunity with your networks. 

Each of these will help build the Movement Fund and increase our capacity to sustain social good work. 

You can start your monthly donation here



YGB Has Just Launched a Movement Fund that rewards partners and makes grants to support social justice work. Learn More at


Please support our efforts by visiting our donate page here and making a monthly contribution!

To join our coalition of supporters, please click here.

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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.

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Books (click on images to purchase and read more):


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


 Hidden Color Documentaries


 Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos N Wilson


 Blueprint for Black Power by Amos N Wilson


We Real Cool by Bell Hooks


 Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin



Another Country by James Baldwin


 They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima


Black Labor, White Wealth by Dr. Claud Anderson



Powernomics by Dr. Claud Anderson



Hillbilly Elegy(JD Vance)




A People’s History of the United States(Howard Zinn)




Racism Without Racists(Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)




Dog Whistle Politics(Ian Haney-Lopez)




At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance(Danielle McGuire)




Punished (Victor Rios)




When Affirmative Action Was White (Ira Katznelson)




What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (Thomas Frank)



The Souls of Black Folk(W. E. B. Du Bois)




The Fire Next Time(James Baldwin)




The Fire this Time(Jesmyn Ward)




Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching (Mychal Denzel Smith)




Citizen(Claudia Rankine)



Beloved (Toni Morrison)



The Bluest Eye(Toni Morrison)



How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America(Kiese Laymon)



Octavia’s Brood(Walidah Imarisha)



Kindred(Octavia Butler)



Other Readings:

  • Black Healing PDF (click here)
  • Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey 
  • Haymarket Book’s reading list (includes books on Islamophobia and American empire, which are topics not adequately represented above)




13th (available on Netflix)
Requiem for the American Dream (available on Netflix)




Debunking the Progress Narrative” (The Atlantic)

America will never be ‘Post Racial’” (The Atlantic)

The Case for Reparations” (The Atlantic)

History white people need to learn” (Salon)

How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law” (Pro Publica)

The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (Audre Lorde)


How exactly do white supremacy and systemic racism operate? How have we been complicit in reproducing racist ideology?

White Privilege” (Peggy MacIntosh)

The White Racial Frame” (Joe Feigen, an abridged version of his book of the same title)

Intentions Don’t Really Matter” (Everyday Feminism)

The Privilege of Politeness” (Naamen Gobert Tilahun)

Objectivity Can Be Oppressive” (Everyday Feminism)

Enough with the White Male Rage Narrative” (The Guardian)

Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist “ (Everyday Feminism)


A history of #BlackLivesMatter

A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter movement(Feminist Wire)

5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter (YouTube)

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)

Black Lives Matter founders describe paradigm shift in the movement  (NPR)
Black Lives Matter syllabus

How did white liberal culture, as well as systemic racism and

white supremacy, directly contribute to Donald Trump’s election?

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue” (The Guardian)

Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there” (The Guardian)

5 reasons Trump will win(Michael Moore)

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016” (The Nation)

Republicans and the White Working Class” (Mother Jones)

Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit (The Intercept)

The Smug Style in American Liberalism” (Vox)

2 charts explaining how racism elected Trump(Vox)

The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states(Vox)

Trump's Plan for a Muslim Registry (NYT)

Repression of freedom of speech under Trump(Pen America)

Potential Nuclear Consequences of a Trump Presidency(The Nation)

Why we’re afraid

LGBT rights under attack by a Trump presidency(Slate)

Increase in gun violence under Trump(The Guardian)

Steve Bannon is the most dangerous man in American politics in a very, very long time(New Yorker)

Autocracy:Rules for Survival(New York Review of Books)


A list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigot organizations to donate to

How to be an anti-racist ally

Shaun King’s 25 part plan to reducing police brutality in America

Bystander's guide to standing up to harassment

“Anti-Muslim hate will increase. Here is how to not be a bystander.”

How to Financially Protest DT

How to Protest Islamophobia

What can Democrats do, if anything, stop DT’s disastrous climate plans?

Black Lives Matter Platform

The safety pin: a simple but effective show of solidarity (but if you’re going to wear the safety pin, actually be willing to stand up!)

The DJT Resistance

Stop Steve Bannon, white supremacist, from getting anywhere close to the White House

Volunteer for the ACLU

Call your representatives and demand they stand up to DT!

Resources for non-Black Asians on Anti-Blackness


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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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