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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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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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The United Nations recommends YGB demands to the United States! Learn more here.


There is a movement building and you are a part of it. Will you be a part of the solution or part of the problem?


Support YGB Training and Development by visiting our GoFundMe here. To expand our capacity and strengthen our efficiency, it is vital that our team attends strategic development trainings. Please help us get there by donating here. 

Support the victims of Hurricane Harvey by clicking here! YGB is leading a fundraising campaign to help out grassroots organizations who are on the ground doing real work for those affected by the hurricane - not the Red Cross, which mismanages funds and fails to do the dirty work necessary for those who are need it most. Please help those affected by donating here.

Support the FreeThe350 Bail Fund here. We know that the Dane County Jail’s bail system is designed to penalize poor people - most often people of color. The FreeThe350 Bail Fund is an online fundraiser to pay the bails of incarcerated people of color. Please support the fund by clicking here.


YGB continues to gain support both locally and abroad, people are asking how they can financially support the cause.


You can donate online by going to our NEW donation page or our GoFundMe link Here

To support The Young Gifted and Black Coalition via check, Please send checks to:

Young Gifted and Black

PO Box 258151

Madison WI 53725


We now have a Text-to-Donate system: Text YGB to 444999 (courtesy of TransText)

We will be focusing our efforts in three key areas: Understanding Black Needs, Building Collective Analysis, and Advocacy. Working in these areas, we believe we will more efficiently build community power to create and sustain change.

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The Young Gifted and Black coalition seeks to end state violence that manifests in many ways in our communities. It manifests in poverty, mass incarceration, racial disparity and the murder of black people at the hands of the police every 28 hours.

We are fighting the various forms of state violence and racism by building and mobilizing our communities toward power and real change. Funds raised will be used to support our efforts in the struggle to end state violence.

Your support will help to sustain our work in the above key areas so that we can begin to do for ourselves what we're calling on the state to do. We also need funds for bail rescue as police continue to arrest us at a rate of 11 (blacks) to1 (white).

Be a part of the movement to end state violence. We will continually update this campaign with YGB's next strategy in the movement as well as our victories.


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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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