Dear YGB Community,
This month’s back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio were devastating. With dozens dead, a government that truly represented its citizens would have immediately taken action to stop the threat of gun violence.
With 90 percent of Americans supporting universal background checks to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands, it’s clear that there’s immense public support for reasonable gun control measures. But to no surprise, Congress did nothing. The reason is largely that our leaders are often held more accountable to groups like the NRA than to their own people.
We need to CHANGE this dynamic. We need to create a world where those making important decisions listen to our voices and the demands from the grassroots. That’s why building a movement of advocacy and action is essential to creating change.
You can support this movement and others by joining the Movement Fund, or by attending the August events below.
4th Annual Black Restaurant Week
Today through Sunday, August 18 from 10am-5pm - Madison Black Chamber of Commerce (2222 S. Park St. Suite 200)
Madison's 4th Annual Black Restaurant Week will be “Harnessing the Power of Black Excellence” by serving up delicious eats from Black-owned restaurants, food carts, caterers and specialty shops, including Anointed One Soul Food, Buraka Restaurant, Jamerica, and more. For more info, click here.
August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 at various times - Mobile Design Box (753 North 27th St. in Milwaukee)
This free exhibit, based on Matthew Desmoned’s groundbreaking book Evicted, explores the painful process of eviction faced by many low-income renters. The exhibition will also feature original photography and data developed by Desmond's Eviction Lab. For more info, click here.
Africa Fest 2019
Saturday, August 17 at 12pm - McPike Park (202 South Ingersoll Street)
This annual celebration of African cultural heritages will feature food, a 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, music and dance, and stage performances, including one from the internationally acclaimed Dobet Gnahore & Na Afriki Band from Cote d’Ivoire. Proceeds go to providing clean water and building educational facilities to African communities. For more info, click here.
OutReach's Magic Festival: A PRIDE Celebration
Sunday, August 18 at 1pm - Warner Park (3110 N Sherman Ave)
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the 30th Anniversary of Madison’s first pride parade, this pride celebration event will feature entertainment, food, vendors, and activities for all ages. For more info, click here.
Self-Care Sunday Yoga 2019 Series - Summer Classes
Sunday, August 18 at 3pm - The Studio Yoga (625 Williamson St)
Hosted by the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness and their partner The Studio Yoga, this series of yoga sessions will focus on “mind-body-spirit health” and are priced based on what you can afford to donate. For more info and registration, click here.
Social Good Summit 2019
Thursday, August 22 at 9pm - Collaboration for Good (7 North Pinckney St.) 3rd flr
The Social Good Summit is back again this year, and it will showcase social entrepreneurs and the ways that they are combining entrepreneurship with social change. For more info, click here.
Family Day with Children's Authors, the Upendo's!
Saturday, August 24 at 11am - The Progress Center for Black Women (5936 Seminole Centre Court in Fitchburg)
Hosted by the Progress Center for Black Women, this event will allow children to meet Karee Upendo, Avery Upendo, and Alex Hart-Upendo, the authors of "My Black" and "Bullies, bowties and brilliant Alex.” For more info, click here.
Black Latino Unity Picnic (11th) / Picnic por la Unidad
Sunday, August 25 at 1pm - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)
This month in Penn Park, the 11th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic will bring different communities of color together to unite for better employment, housing, and living conditions. The event will feature music, food, and activities for children. For more info, click here.