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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 May

YGB raising awareness and building community

Staying Engaged This May

"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 May

Dear YGB Community,

The Trump Administration is currently attempting to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census - a decision that is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court. The information from the responses to this question could potentially be used for deportations and immigration enforcement. It’s the latest example of Trump’s attempt to threaten the safety of immigrants, prioritizing racist beliefs over human lives.

To stop the xenophobic actions of this administration, we must fight back. Help build the movement by showing up and showing out at the events below.

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All
Wednesday, May 1 at 11am - Capitol Square (2 E. Main St.)

On May 1, buses from across the state will bring Wisconsinites to Capitol Square, where tens of thousands of immigrant workers and allies will participate in the Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants general strike - no work, no school, and no buying. The protest will use the peoples’ economic leverage to pressure the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrant families and low-income people in Wisconsin. For more info, click here.

Affordable Housing Action Alliance monthly meeting
Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30pm - The Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St)

This monthly meeting made up of housing advocates and community members discusses ways to increase the amount of affordable housing in Dane County. For more info, click here.

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Friday, May 3 at 10am - 1819 Aberg Ave

This free training led by the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights and the Dane County Job Center will explain equal opportunity laws and employment practices, and actions that can constitute discrimination against an individual's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The training will discuss best practices for employers and individual rights and responsibilities. For more info and registration, click here.

Ojibwe Language Table Spring 2019
Friday, May 3 at 3pm - American Indian Student Cultural Center (215 N Brooks St) 3rd floor

Every Friday at 3pm, this table offers a free opportunity to speak Ojibwe or learn a bit of the language. For more info, click here.

African Languages Film Festival
Friday, May 3 at 3pm - Department of African Cultural Studies (1410 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Dr)

This event will feature short films made by Department of African Cultural Studies language learners, including movies in Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, and Yoruba. For more info, click here.

Tar Sands Storytelling Tour: Milwaukee
Monday, May 6 at 3pm - MobCraft Beer (505 S 5th St)

Tar sands pipelines are destroying waterways and harming Native American communities and sacred sites. This event will bring together ten artists from across the state to tell the story of tar sands in Wisconsin. For more info, click here.

Meet the Mirnavator!
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm - UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S. Park St)

This free public lecture will feature ultramarathon runner Mirna Velario, also known as The Mirnavator, who is described as an “African-American plus-sized adventure athlete...who wins at every turn simply by being comfortable in her own skin.” For more info, click here.

Behind the Curtain: The Community Cost of Incarceration
Sunday, May 12 at 10:15am - Bethel Lutheran (312 Wisconsin Ave)

Wisconsin has the highest rate of incarceration for African Americans in the United States, with 1 in every 8 Black men behind bars. And although over a billion dollars per year are spent on corrections in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find out where our tax dollars are being spent. This presentation, led by Karen Reece of the Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, will explain sentencing practices, the damages incarceration inflicts on communities, and the difference between jails and prisons. For more info, click here.

Increase the Peace
Friday, May 17 at 5:30pm - Warner Park Community Recreation Center (1625 Northport Dr)

This event at Warner Park will focus on community healing and peace-building. The evening will feature a meal, childcare, art for all-ages, games, and guided conversations.

UpStage Stigma 2019
Friday, May 17 at 8pm - High Noon Saloon (701 E Washington Ave)

In honor of May being Mental Health Month, this event will feature a mix of poets, musical artists, actors, storytellers, and dancers and will focus on the struggles that people facing mental health issues of all races, genders, and backgrounds endure and overcome. For more info, click here.

Talk Saves Lives: Resources for the LGBTQ Community
Monday, May 20 at 9am - Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N Market St) Floor 2

Studies show that LGBTQ+ youth can be up to three times as likely to commit suicide as non-LGBTQ+ youth. This event - featuring a resource fair, a panel discussion, and a Q&A - will discuss why this is, how to detect warning signs in loved ones, and how to prevent suicide in the LGBTQ+ community. For more info and free registration, click here.

Wisconsin Climate Strike!
Friday, May 24 at 11am - Location TBD

Climate change is real and is a serious problem - and it is set to affect low-income people and communities of color the most. On May 24th, join students and allies from across the globe to strike for the climate. For more info, click here.

YGB has launched the Movement Fund, which uses referral marketing to build a funding pool that supports needs, builds awareness, drives advocacy and action and gives back to our partners. Join The Movement at 

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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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