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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.,

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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.

Staying Engaged This January

YGB raising awareness and building community

Staying Engaged This January

Dear YGB Community,

This Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration expanded the racist War on Drugs. The Justice Department accomplished this by allowing prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana criminalization laws in states that have already legalized the drug. This decision is a major blow to the marijuana legalization movement, and will effectively incarcerate even more people of color.

We absolutely MUST resist Trump’s racist agenda. You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

In addition, please show up and show out to the upcoming events below!


Black Women’s Wellness Talk
Saturday, January 7 at 2pm - Barnes and Noble at East Towne Mall (1 E Towne Mall)

Start the New Year by joining the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness to discuss how to optimize the health of women of color. For more info, click here.


8 More Police Officers?
Monday, January 8 at 4:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 354

We already have too many cops in Madison, and the MPD is trying to add eight more. On Monday, the Finance Committee will be debating whether or not to hire these eight cops, and we must attend the committee’s meeting to pressure our representatives to stop over-policing our neighborhoods! For more info, click here.


Inclusive Leadership Workshop
Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30am - DreamBank (1 N Pinckney St)

This session will explain how to foster an inclusive work culture, and how such an environment can promote equality, diversity, and success. For more info, click here.


MLK Free Community Dinner
Friday, January 12 at 4:30pm - UW Gordon Commons (770 W Dayton St)

For the MLK holiday weekend, enjoy a buffet dinner and a performance by Madison Music Makers to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King. For more info, click here.


34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 14 at 1pm - Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (929 N Water St in Milwaukee)

Only two cities have celebrated MLK’s birthday annually since 1984: Atlanta and Milwaukee. Keep Milwaukee’s tradition alive by joining this celebration of his legacy through the mediums of art, speech, and writing. For more info, click here.


Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2018
Monday, January 15 at 9am - Milwaukee Public Library (310 W Locust St in Milwaukee)

On MLK Day in Milwaukee, meet at the library for a full day of activities to honor Martin Luther King, including poetry, music, dance, crafts, and games. For more info, click here.


33rd Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance
Monday, January 15 at 5pm - Overture Center (201 State St)

To celebrate MLK day, enjoy a freedom sing-in, award show, and a series of speeches to remember King. Featured speakers include Mayor Soglin and Frank Humphrey, President of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference. For more info, click here.


Women’s March WI Anniversary Day of Action
Saturday, January 20 at 10am - Milwaukee County Courthouse (901 N 9th St in Milwaukee)

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the original Women’s March, we will march on January 20 in Milwaukee to advocate against Trump’s bigoted agenda. For more info, click here.


Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin
Saturday, January 20 at 1pm - Friends of Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave)

This event will bring together three prominent Madison-area writers of color - Fabu, Sherry Lucille, and Catrina Sparkman - to share poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be Black in Wisconsin today. For more info, click here.


MLK Day 2018: Defining Character Through Service and Justice
Monday, January 22 at 3pm - Memorial Union (800 Langdon St)

To honor MLK, a special event will be held on the UW campus that will offer a free dinner, social justice art, student speakers, and conversations on diversity and service. For more info and registration, click here.


Madison Area Business Equality Summit
Tuesday, January 30 at 1pm - American Family Insurance (6000 American Parkway)

On January 30, American Family Insurance will host a summit to promote business equality for members of the LGBT community and give participants a chance to network and discuss issues of LGBT economic empowerment. For more info, click here.


We cannot build this movement without your support. You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

If you know of any events for January that we missed, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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YGB TO PETITION THE UNITED NATIONS

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  

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FIRE MATT KENNY

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.

SIGN THE PETITION TO FIRE MATT KENNY HERE

ABOUT US

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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