Staying Engaged This September
Dear YGB Community,
The level of catastrophe in Houston is drastic. According to the New York Times, Texas has already experienced 47 deaths due to Hurricane Harvey, many of whom are poor and homeless people of color who couldn’t afford the resources to protect themselves.
To help those affected, YGB is leading a fundraising campaign to help out grassroots organizations who are on the ground doing real, direct work for those affected by the hurricane.
We will not give any money to the Red Cross, which is known to mismanage funds and whose CEO makes $561,000 a year. Instead, we will make sure that our efforts to help the people, are led by the people themselves. Specifically, grassroots efforts led by Keshia Thomas, Fundi Fe, Sean Scott and more.
Additionally, please show up and show out to the following September events in the Madison area:
Summit on Poverty
September 6 and 7 - 631 E Chicago St in Milwaukee
The Summit on Poverty will address how to dismantle systems of poverty in a way that connects to racism and sexism. Register by clicking here.
JVN Day 2017: The Reverb
September 8 through 10 - Various Locations
To celebrate the life of hip hop artist John Vietnam Nguyễn, the JVN Project will perform a Hip Hop festival, featuring three days of free events! For times and locations, please click here.
Stand Up to Anti-Muslim Hate
Saturday, September 9 at 8am - 315 E Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee
This Saturday in Milwaukee, we will engage in a counter-protest against the anti-Muslim organization ACT for America. More info here.
Freedom Health Day and 5K
Saturday, September 16 at 9am - Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Ave)
The 2017 Freedom Health Day is a series of fun events hosted by Freedom Inc. The day will feature dance battles, basketball, volleyball, chess, a community BBQ, and a 5k run, walk, and stroll. To register, please click here.
9th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day
Saturday, September 16 at 9am - Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way)
On September 16, a variety of engaging speakers and inspiring workshops will motivate women of color in Madison to reignite their health, mind, and spirit. The event will feature fitness demos, lectures, and a Wellness Fair complete with nearly 50 different vendors and exhibitors. Register by clicking here.
Art Show and Open House
Sunday, September 17 at 12pm - Madison Christian Community (7118 Old Sauk Rd)
DarRen Morris is a former gang member who is currently incarcerated. He is also a painter who depicts the wounds of life inside of prison, and, in partnership with Edgewood professor Judith Adrian, has co-authored the book “In Warm Blood.” At this event, you can view Morris’ artwork and hear from Adrian about her relationship with him. For more info, please click here.
Returning Prisoner Simulation
Monday, September 18 at 1pm - 1701 Pearson St
This “Monday with MUM” event will feature the Returning Prisoner Simulation, a role play in which participants must navigate their first month after being released from jail in a search for housing, jobs, and support. To register, click here.
Step Up: Courageous Conversations
Tuesday, September 19 at 5pm - Agrace HospiceCare (5395 E Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg)
This highly interactive workshop will teach its participants how to effectively communicate in difficult conversations to push for social change and resist microaggressions, discrimination, and inequities. More info here.
Movie Screening: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes
Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm - Barrymore Theatre (2090 Atwood Ave)
On September 27 at the Barrymore Theatre, there will be a free screening of “Walk A Mile in Their Shoes,” a film that follows the lives of five marginalized individuals. For more info, click here.
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