Dear YGB Community,
Last May, the state of Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion, restricting women’s reproductive rights even in cases of rape and incest. It’s just another example of those in power taking away the human rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Politicians only think they can get away with acts like this when they are unafraid of pushback, protests, and civil disobedience from the grassroots. That’s why we need to build power and fight back!
A key part of fighting back is supporting youth of color in their development. Our partner and fellow member of the Movement Fund, Youth Emerging Successfully (YES!), is leading a POWERFUL, game-changing program to teach 28 underserved, system-involved youth of color how to use strategic development to build their own movements.
We currently have 28 youth registered, but we only have enough funding for 10 kids. $32,000 more is needed to fill in the gap.
We would feel horrible if we couldn’t provide this service to EVERY child who could benefit from it. Can you make a donation to YES! through the Movement Fund to help us reach $32,000?
To make a donation to help YES! complete this fantastic program, please click here.
In addition to supporting these youth, we also need to show up and show out at social and racial justice-focused events across Madison and the state of Wisconsin. Please consider attending the events below:
PrideFest Milwaukee 2019
June 6-9 - Milwaukee Pride (200 N Harbor Dr in Milwaukee)
From June 6 to June 9, celebrate pride and Wisconsin’s diverse LGBTQ cultures and communities on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. To get tickets and learn more, click here.
Be sure not to miss specific events during the festival, including the QTPOC Pride Social, a community space for LGBTQ people of color on the night of June 8, and the Milwaukee Pride Parade, which will take place on the afternoon of June 9.
Social Justice Saturday: Talk with Your Kids about Reparations
Saturday, June 8, at 10am - Freedom Inc (1810 South Park Street)
Hosted by Freedom Inc. and Families for Justice, this family-friendly workshop will focus on reparations and how to talk to children about the concept. The adults will begin by discussing the historical legacies that lead to calls for reparations today, followed by a series of activities with the children. Snacks and coffee provided. For more info, click here.
Wellthy Woman Empowerment Series
Saturday, June 8 at 11am - Summit Credit Union (2939 S Fish Hatchery Rd in Fitchburg)
Hosted by the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness, this free event will help you improve your health, your money, and your life. Part of a four part series, this workshop will lead you through a journey of honesty and self-reflection, including tips, skills and strategies for budgeting, smart spending, saving, repairing your credit, and building wealth. For more info, click here.
Racism in Healthcare Panel - Black Women Birthing
Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30pm - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E Pittsburgh Ave in Milwaukee)
This panel discussion will be centered on racism in the health care Black womxn receive, specifically focusing on the birthing experience. The panel will also cover the work that the panelists are doing to combat these issues to fight for reproductive justice. For more info, click here.
Mental Health Peer Support Group for LGBTQ Youth
Wednesday, June 12 and 26, at 4pm - MKE LGBT Community Center's Project Q Youth Services (1110 N Market St #2 in Milwaukee)
With the LGBTQ community being especially vulnerable to mental health issues, this open peer support group will provide a free and confidential space for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing one or more mental health diagnoses. Meetings are biweekly. For more info, click here.
Latinx Lgbtq+ Support Group
Thursday, June 13 at 5:30pm - Aurora WALKER'S POINT CLINIC (130 W Bruce St, Ste 200 in Milwaukee)
This support group is designated for LGBTQ members of the Latinx community. For more info, click here.
Juneteenth Day Festival 2019
Wednesday, June 19, at 10am - Starting at the corner of North 19th and West Atkinson Avenues in Milwaukee
The 58th Annual Juneteenth Day Festival will feature a parade, musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, and community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages. For more info and the sign-up to be in the parade, click here.
Meet Patrick Jones, author of the Selma of the North
Thursday, June 20, at 6pm - Coffee Makes You Black (2803 N Teutonia Ave in Milwaukee)
This event will allow you to meet Patrick Jones, the author of The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, describing the distinctive movement for racial justice in Milwaukee. For more info, click here.
2nd Annual Eastside Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch
Saturday, June 22, at 11am - Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building (214 Waubesa Street)
This Juneteenth soul food brunch will serve as a block party and a community forum to celebrate African American culture. 3-on-3 basketball games will be included. For more info and tickets, click here.
Amplify: Advocates of Color Conference 2019
June 27 and June 28 at 10:15am - Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center (11600 W Park Pl in Milwaukee)
This free annual conference for advocates of color in Wisconsin will create a safe space of healing and self-reflection, ONLY for folks that identify as people of color and/or Native/Indigenous. The space is also perfect for folks that work in the domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking fields. For more info, click here.