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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.

Staying Engaged This April

YGB raising awareness and building community

Staying Engaged This April


"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains." ~ Assata Shakur
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Staying Engaged This April

Dear YGB Community,

On Wednesday, we learned about an El Paso border patrol station where immigration authorities crammed migrant families into a parking lot because there was no room indoors. This is just one of many examples of the rights of marginalized communities being sacrificed while we spend billions on new wars, new prisons, and locking up people of color. Back home, we spend money on police and metal detectors in schools while our children are brutalized by the very people who are supposed to guide them. You can fight back and build a resistance movement. Show up and show out to the following Madison area April events:

Affordable Housing Action Alliance monthly meeting
Wednesday, April 3 at 4:30pm - The Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St) This monthly Social Justice Center meeting will bring together housing advocates and community members who are interested in increasing the amount of affordable housing in Dane County. For more info, click here.

Tenant Rights 101 - What You Need to Know For Next Year!
Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm – Dejope Residence Hall (640 Elm Dr) Lake Mendota Room This short presentation on the basics of tenant rights in Madison will make sure that if you signed a lease, you won’t get screwed. For more info, click here.

LGBTQ Health Summit
Thursday, April 4 at 2:30pm - UW Madison School of Nursing (701 Highland Ave) This conference will bring together healthcare providers, students, and community members to discuss ways to improve the health of LGBTQ+ individuals. The summit will include workshops, breakout sessions, and speeches from community advocates, including T Banks. For more info, click here.

Survivors & Allies Day of Healing
Saturday, April 6 at 9am - First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr) This event will feature self-care workshops involving sexual assault survivors and allies, including discussions on bystander intervention, healing after trauma, and providing a space for women of color to continue their healing process. For more info and registration, click here.

Social Action Shabbat Dinner with Sagashus Levingston
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6pm - Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Dr) This Shabbat service will feature a special program with Sagashus Levingston, the author of the book Infamous Mothers. Levingston will share stories of marginalized mothers and open up a dialogue about stereotypes and social issues. For more info and registration, click here.

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7pm - Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago St) This event will bring together six poets laureate from the Great Lakes region to reading from the new book, Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. The book calls on readers to fight on behalf of victims of social injustice. For more info and registration, click here.

Disparities in Educational Attainment
Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm - One Alumni Place (650 N. Lake Street) This event will cover disparities in education between different demographic groups in the U.S. For more info and tickets, click here.

VANG + talkback with Mary Swander
Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm - Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago St) This event will feature Iowa Poet Mary Swander, who will perform her play Vang, which tells the stories of immigrant farmers - including a Hmong family, a Sudanese man, a Mexican woman, and a Dutch boy. For more info, click here.

Palestinian Culture Night: Existence is Resistance
Friday, April 19 at 8pm - UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon St) This event, hosted by UW Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, will feature dinner, spoken word, poetry performances, Dabka performances, art, and dancing to celebrate Palestinian culture. For more info and registration, click here.

2019 Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow
Saturday, April 27 at 11am - Madison College (1701 Wright St) The Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow is back, a community event to celebrate the heritage of Wisconsin’s indigenous people. For more info, click here.

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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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