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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.

YGB Events

YGB raising awareness and building community

Jamala Rogers This Tuesday

Dear YGB Community,

This Tuesday, the Havens Center for Social Justice will host an event that you can’t miss! At the UW Madison Writing Center (6171 N Park St) on Tuesday, March 14 at 4pmthere will be a free lecture by award-winning activist Jamala Rogers: ¨Why Dismantling Racism is Central to Democracy." Rogers has worked with an extensive list of racial justice groups in St. Louis and around the country, including the National Black Political Assembly, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, and the protests in Ferguson following the murder of Mike Brown, and her message is vital to our movement. 

For more info on the event, please click here.

Please join us on Tuesday to listen to Jamala Rogers!

Staying Engaged For March

Dear YGB Community,

This February, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed three executive orders to increase punishment for federal crimes and give more power to the police. We MUST continue to fight State violence, bigoted policies, and the disparaging effects of white supremacy by Understanding Black Needs and Building Collective Analysis, Direct Action, and Advocacy to build the people power that eventually makes real change.

Please continue to stay engaged and consider participating in these upcoming events:



Showing of “How To Start A Revolution”

March 2, 6:30pm - Madison Central Library (201 W Mifflin St)

This Thursday at the Central Library, political theorist Gene Sharp’s film “How to Start A Revolution” will be shown. The film will explore Sharp’s 198 methods of initiating a nonviolent revolution, which have been used from Ukraine to Egypt to Serbia. The film will inform us with new ideas on how to conduct civil disobedience and direct action in the most effective way possible.

Vigil and March for Tony Robinson
March 6, 5:30pm - East High School (2222 E Washington Av)

March 6, 2017 will mark the two year anniversary of the fatal day that MPD Officer Matt Kenny brutally murdered Tony Robinson, made possible by our racist police system. Although a $3.35 million lawsuit has been settled in favor of Tony's family, justice has still not been served, as the MPD is yet to fire Matt Kenny and none of their policies have changed. This Monday, March 6, we will remember the life on Tony and build people power with a vigil and a short march. More info here.

YGB SouthSide Input Social
March 7, 5pm - Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 W Badger Road)

This Tuesday, let your voice be heard at YGB's SouthSide Input Social, where we will gather to eat, listen to good music, connect, and let the City of Madison know what our priorities should be for the South Side. We have a space for kids too! More info here.

International Women’s Day Against Trump

March 8, 7pm - George L. Mosse Humanities Building (455 N Park St)

On March 8, an International Women’s Strike will be held to protest social, legal, political, verbal, and moral sexism across the globe. As Trump threatens to defund Planned Parenthood and Neil Gorsuch looks to repeal Roe V. Wade, we must organize together to show that the world’s women united will never be defeated. On the night of March 8, an event will be held on the UW Campus to support women’s solidarity against Trump, featuring community organizers from across the Midwest. More info here.

Living Room Conversation on Community Control Over the Police

March 11, 10am - James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E Johnson St)

On March 11, Groundwork will host a living room conversation about specific policy solutions to State violence, including community control over the police. Following the discussion, a potluck will be served and a Facilitator Training will be held. More info here.

Empowering Children and Ourselves to Talk About Race

March 12, 2pm - 201 W Mifflin St

If we are to truly make progress, we must start by educating our children to be empathetic and anti-racist. This Families for Justice event will do just that by providing parents with concrete strategies for raising their children to be critical thinkers and social justice advocates. Please register for the event by clicking here.

Protest On July 21st

On Thursday at 4pm, we met at the Police Union (660 John Nolen Drive) to demand officer accountability and community control over the police. There were arrests, and then the rally was brought to the corner of Rimrock and John Nolan, where we faced extreme heat and extreme rain to demand justic for the National Day of action. There were arrests, and they had absolutely no purpose - the street wasn't even opened up after arrests were taken. You can read our article about the afternoon by clicking here.

Handing Out Informational Leaflets

On Wednesday, July 20th, at 7pm, organizers for #BlackLivesMatter handed out leaflets to thousands of people at the Concert on the Square as outreach to the general public. They informed those who didn't understand the details and nuances of our cause, explained why we wanted Community Control over the Police, and even to the stage to demand justice.

Common Council Meeting on Blue Lives Matter Petition

On Tuesday, July 19th, at 6pm there was a Common Council meeting on the subject of a “Blue Lives Matter” related petition. YGB and Freedom Inc. brought in dozens of organizers to hold Chief Koval accountable for his apathetic behavior to our cause. This important meeting was preceded by a teach in to clarify exactly what we want (Community Control over the Police). You can read the article we wrote about our response to the pro-Blue Lives Matter crowd by clicking here.

Sign Making w/ Groundwork, YGB, and Freedom Inc.

On, Monday, July 18th at 5pm, Groundwork, YGB, and Freedom Inc. held an hour-long sign-making session. This sign-making was followed by a 6-8:30pm training for direct action and civil disobedience for organizing and protesting. This took place at the Pres House, 731 State Street. More info here.

Tony Robinson Video Screening

May 25, 6:30-8:45pm

Madison's Central Library, Rooms 301/302

On May 25th, join LakeFrontRow to watch the Madison-area premiere of "19, The Tony Robinson Shooting: A Case of Deadly Bias", brought to you by director Tim Poehlmann-Tynan. This film analyzes forensic evidence and Madison Police Department audio/video recording to push back against the conflicting narratives of the unjustified shooting of Tony Robinson.

According to LakeFrontRow Cinema, "against an overwhelming soundtrack of newsreel audio and hip-hop, 19 is an uncompromising exorcism of Madison's relationships with race and violence. But it's also a humanizing document in search of justice, truth and love. While moving images all on their own, footage of city-wide protests and candlelight vigils also buttress the importance of Robinson as a young man, as person of color, and as human."

Following the moving and educational film, a panel will be held with the director as well as WI State Representative Chris Taylor and YGB's Brandi Grayson.

Click here for more info.

Upcoming Rally - Invest In Communities, Not Cops
11 May 2016

Upcoming Rally - Invest In Communities, Not Cops

Friday May 13 at 3pm
404 E Main St.

This Friday, many of Madison's freedom fighters, including Freedom Inc., Groundwork, the No Dane County Jail Working Group, YGB, and the Madison community, will be coming together for a rally to protest the one year anniversary of the non-indictment of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny.
Kenny abused his authority as a police officer last year when he heartlessly murdered Tony Robinson, a boy who was in need of help, not execution. It is clear that the Madison Police have too much of a negative presence in the lives of our Black community members.
So that's why it's alarming that the MPD is about to spend $5 million per year in taxpayer money to hire 40 new police officers. This is not needed in Madison - cities with a similar population and crime rate to Madison function properly with 60 less officers than the MPD currently has, but yet we're still adding more.
Instead of increasing the amount of community-controlling police presence, we should be spending the $5 million on real community concerns, such as investing in Black mental health and providing economic empowerment programs to impoverished and marginalized Black neighborhoods. 'Build the people, not the jails!"
If you think that the Madison government and police department should listen to the needs of their own people, make sure to join the rally, this Friday at 3pm, at Cathedral Park.
Click here for more info.


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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