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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.

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Staying Engaged This November

Dear YGB Community,


As the new jail plan progresses and Trump continues to advance a racist agenda, we must do everything we can at a local level to fight racial injustice and state violence. One way to keep the movement alive is to attend the events below:



Free the 350 Bail Fund Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 7, 6pm - UW Law School (975 Bascom Mall) Room 2260


On Tuesday, November 7, the Free the 350 Bail Fund will hold a panel discussion to hear from local Madison activists and UW Law Professor Michele LaVigne about their perspectives on the Free the 350 Bail Fund and the constitutionality of cash bail. Light refreshments will be provided. To donate to the bail fund, please click here.



Personnel and Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 5:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 351


On November 8, the Personnel and Finance Committee will hold a meeting on the upcoming budget, which includes the jail proposal. This will be our last opportunity to give public testimony at such a meeting, so be sure to show up and show out to advocate against the new jail and in favor of rehabilitative alternatives.



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How Can Madison Build More Great Neighborhoods?

Tuesday, November 7, 6pm - High Noon Saloon (701 E Washington Ave)


As Madison continues to grow, we must rethink how we design our neighborhoods. Next Tuesday at the High Noon Saloon, we will brainstorm how to create thriving communities with crucial amenities like grocery stores, led by a local panel of experts. This will be a free event, followed by a discussion session. For more info, click here.



Fight to Win: Shrinking Prisons / Strengthening Communities

Saturday, November 11, 12pm - Trinity United Church of Christ (400 W 95th St in Chicago)


On November 11 in Chicago, the “Fight to Win” event will be held. Here, there will be a discussion on organizing strategies for leading successful campaigns against jail construction, money bail, and our racist incarceration system. For more info, click here.



Malcolm X Free Screening

Thursday, November 16, 5:30pm - UWM Union Cinema (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)


On the UW Milwaukee campus, enjoy a free screening of the film Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee. For more info, click here.



Report Police Misconduct Here

There is a new Facebook page where you can report police misconduct, created by Police the Police. If an officer mistreats you, send the group a message. You can access the page by clicking here.

Staying Engaged This October

Dear YGB Community,

As we at YGB continue to develop our Needs Surveys to support our three track focus, Black Needs, Collective Analysis and Advocacy, we need YOU to keep the fight for racial justice alive!

Please attend the following October events to stay engaged and make your voice heard.

Derail the Jail: Housing Not Jails
Wednesday, October 4, at 5:30pm - 1202 Williamson St., Madison WI

YGB’s first rally in 2014 led right into the City County Building, chanting, “Build the People, NOT the jail!” The new Dane County Jail is set to cost $76 million over the course of 20 years - a whopping $504 per Madison household. On Wednesday, we’ll gather to discuss better ways to spend the $76 million that don’t involve locking people of color in a cage. For more info, click here.

People Over Pipelines: Protecting Our Homes and Water
Friday, October 27, at 6:30pm - Hotel Marshfield (2700 S Central Ave in Marshfield, WI)

Near Marshfield, Wisconsin, Enbridge is looking to push an oil pipeline through the heart of Wisconsin, threatening our beautiful rivers, our climate, and our communities. On October 27, we will come together to learn from those who would be threatened by the new pipeline, and examine the pipeline fights of the past to prepare for our resistance to Enbridge. For info and registration, please click here.


More Events

2017 Racial Justice Summit

October 3 and October 4 - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

This year’s YWCA Racial Justice Summit will focus on building collective liberation and how to work towards an end to state violence and racial profiling. For more info, please click here.

Tu Voz: Latinx Intersectionality
Tuesday, October 3, at 6pm - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St)

This Tuesday, “Tu Voz”, a Latinx/Chicanx support and discussion group will meet to discuss the intersectionality between race, gender, sexuality, and other factors. For more info, please click here.

Women and the Construction of Peace In Colombia
Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm - Predolin Hall 115 (at Edgewood College)

On October 3, come to experience a presentation and participatory workshop with Carol Rojas, an educator working with the Feminist Antimilitarist Network. Carol will demonstrate for us the importance of “antimilitarist working class feminism and the commitment towards the democratization of the Colombian state” at this event.

Fighting Fascism and Oppression: A Marxist Approach
Tuesday, October 3, at 7pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St.)

This Tuesday, IMT (International Marxist Tendency) Madison will hold a discussion on the IMT approach to fighting fascism and oppression, from the attacks in Charlottesville to swastikas in James Madison Park. For more info, please click here.

Safe and Thriving Community - Public Meeting
Thursday, October 5, at 6:30pm - Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Dr)

At this event, meet the Northside’s Neighborhood Navigators and learn about their efforts to engage the community and stop youth violence. For more info, click here.

Ritt Deitz Concert - Fundraiser for Refugee Assistance
Thursday, October 5, at 7pm - Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (2401 Atwood Ave)

This week in Madison, singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz will perform a concert with a suggested $20 donation to support the Mercy Corps Syria Crisis Response program, which is providing vital necessities like food, water, and clothing for Syrian refugees. For more info, click here.

Democracy in Chains: An Evening Talk w/ Nancy MacLean
Thursday, October 5, at 7pm - Madison Labor Temple Room 201 (1602 S Park St.)

Join historian and author Nancy MacLean as she talks about her new book, Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, which details the anti-democracy and anti-government politics that have plagued the modern American political system. For more info, please click here.

Concert Fundraiser in the Wake of #CVille
Saturday, October 7 at 2pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

Join the Madison IWW Defense Committee on October 7 to organize for community self-defense efforts in our neighborhoods. The event will serve food, include a yard sale, and host a variety of DJs and musical guests. Half of the proceeds will go to the Free the 350 Bail Fund. For more information, please click here.

WNPJ Community Energizer and Fundraiser
Saturday, October 21 at 6pm - Robinia Courtyard (827 E Washington Ave)

Please join the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) on October 21 for a community energizer to build community and meet other activists and organizations from around the area. The event will feature dancing, DJs, food, poetry, awards, and great networking opportunities. To buy tickets, click here.

Free Skool Series on Non-Violent Struggle and Direct Action
Tuesday, October 24, at 6:30pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

This event will discuss Mark Bray’s new book, Antifa: The Anti Fascist Handbook, with John Peck of Family Farm Defenders. For more info, click here.

Tell us about your social justice events coming up next month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject: Events.

Defend DACA Rally - Today at Noon!
09 Sep 2017

Defend DACA Rally - Today at Noon!

Dear YGB Community,

In 2012, President Obama and other law makers enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. This gave undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children protections and the ability to obtain work permits. These individuals, also known as Dreamers, are our friends, colleagues, students, and community members. The population of Dreamers is estimated to be at 800,000 and children of DACA recipients are estimated to be at 200,000. 

45 has called to end DACA, putting our most vulnerable community members in jeopardy of losing their children and their livelihoods. 

We must RESIST this decision and stand with the Dreamers in our community. 

There is a DEFEND DACA Rally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th to take to the streets to protest this decision.

This event is organized by Dreamers of UW-Madison and others DACA recipients along with allies. We must uplift their voices and show solidarity with them. 

Here are their requests and a schedule for Saturday: 


Good Afternoon Brothers & Sisters within the struggle,

Our team thanks you all from the bottom of our hearts for the amount of support and solidarity you have expressed for DREAMers! We would like to update you all with a few details about Saturdays Protest.

• 10:00am - Poster/Sign Making: Library Mall off of Langdon St.
• Noon - March begins at intersection of State St. and Lake St.
• 12:30pm - Forward Marching Band
• 12:45pm - Announcements/March Begins
• 1:15pm - Organize at the top of State St.
• 1:30pm➡️2:50pm - DREAMers & Organizers Speeches.
• 3:00pm - Finishing Remarks and Acknowledgements / Crowd Dispersal 

1. Please wear a cap and/or gown to the protest. (If you have one.) It will show solidarity and unify us as one community fighting for the rights of our neighbors!

2. Plan accordingly for weather and parking! 

3. Have a “meet up location”. Just incase someone gets lost.

4. No permit was obtained. So keep in mind that we seek NOT to give into institutions of power and white supremacy. We created a protest/march that gives our DREAMers the ability to express and control their own resilience, strength and narrative. 

5. That being said, THIS IS A PEACEFUL EVENT! Zero tolerance for hate! 

6. Only DREAMers and Event organizers will be allowed to speak. Again this is about them and what THEY need from US! How can we better help our brothers and sisters? We are ONE community!

7. There will be poster/sign making 10:00am-Noon Saturday morning at Library Mall off of Langdon St.

Thank you again to everyone for your continued support! Please SHARE this information with friends and family who plan to attend THIS Saturday. 

With Peace & Solidarity,

Jennifer Blanco
José Eladio Rea 
Karen S Perez-Wilson
Alondra Quechol


(Español/Spanish )
*** Detalles del evento*** 

Buenas tardes hermanos y hermanas dentro de la lucha,
Nuestro equipo les agradece a todos desde el fondo de nuestros corazones por la cantidad de apoyo y solidaridad que han expresado por DREAMers! Nos gustaría actualizarlos a todos con algunos detalles sobre la protesta de los sábados.

• 10:00 am - Cartel/diseño de poster: Ubicado en Library Mall por Langdon St.
• Mediodía - Empiece la reunión en la intersección de State Street. y Lake Street.
• 12:30 pm - Banda de marcha hacia adelante
• 12:45 pm - Anuncios / Comienzo de la marcha 
• 1:15 pm - Organizarnos en la parte final de State St.
• 1:30 pm a 2:50 pm - Discursos de DREAMers y organizadores.
• 3:00 pm - Comentarios de Finalización y Agradecimientos / Dispersión de Multitudes

1. Por favor venga vestido con su cap y vestimiento de graduación . (Si tiene uno.) ¡Mostrará solidario y nos unirá como una comunidad que lucha por los derechos de nuestros vecinos!
2. Planifique de acuerdo con el clima y el estacionamiento!
3. Tener una "reunión de ubicación". Sólo en caso de que alguien se pierde.
4. No se obtuvo permiso. Así que ten en mente que no buscamos dar en instituciones de poder y supremacía. Hemos creado una protesta/marcha que da a nuestros DREAMers la capacidad de expresar y controlar su propia resiliencia, fuerza y narrativa.
5. Dicho esto, ¡ESTE ES UN ACONTECIMIENTO PACÍFICO! ¡Tolerancia cero para el odio!
6. Sólo DREAMers y Organizadores de eventos podrán hablar. Otra vez esto es acerca de ellos y lo que ELLOS necesitan de NOSOTROS! ¿Cómo podemos ayudar mejor a nuestros hermanos y hermanas? ¡Somos UNA comunidad!
7. Habrá un cartel /diseño de posters a las 10:00am a 12:00pm el sábado por la mañana en Libary Mall de Langdon Street.
¡Gracias de nuevo a todos por su continuo apoyo! Por favor, COMPARTA esta información con amigos y familiares que planean asistir a ESTE sábado.

Con Paz y Solidaridad,

Jennifer Blanco
José Eladio Rea 
Karen S Perez-Wilson
Alondra Quechol

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.


Click here to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.


Click here to learn more about our fundraiser.


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.


Staying Engaged This August

Hello YGB Community,

In light of all that's been happening in our city, we're happy to share a list of opportunities to come together and build community. It's this kind of fellowship that helped YGB build community and strategy at the recent WiLD training. Please stay tuned for some next steps from us on moving toward real and lasting change that elevates community power. Until then, please enjoy these upcoming opportunities to stay engaged.

Darbo-Worthington Peace Walk and Block Party
Thursday, August 24, at 4pm - Mentoring Positives Inc. (414 Rethke Av)

On August 24, Mentoring Positives will host an event that will feature art provided by Community Unity Arts, local food carts for an excellent dinner, and a march through the neighborhood to call for peace and justice. By sharing food and art together, our community members will become connected on a deeper level. Click here for more info.

Infamous Mothers Campaign
All Month

Infamous Mothers is an organization based in Madison that “taps into, cultivates and releases the power of women who mother from the margins of society.” One of Infamous Mothers’ latest campaigns is to donate 10,000 of their books to mothers in low-income communities, prisons, domestic abuse shelters, drug rehabilitation facilities, and YWCAs. Please support this effort by donating here (August 30 is the last day to donate).

Other Events:

SURJ MKE Workshop: Civil Rights History Bus Ride

Saturday, August 5, at 10am - Wisconsin Black Historical Society (2620 W Center St in Milwaukee)

This Saturday, the Milwaukee organization SURJ MKE will be hosting a historic bus tour of some of Milwaukee’s most important sites from the Civil Rights Movement. The bus tour will feature Peggy Rozga, who was part of the NAACP Youth Council in the 60’s. More info here.

SE WI NORML at Center St Daze
Saturday, August 5, at 11am - E Center St. in Milwaukee

We know that the criminalization of marijuana is a leading cause of the disproportionate amount of people of color in the Dane County Jail. During Milwaukee’s Center Street Daze event this Saturday, stop by the SE WI NORML tent to buy t-shirts and pins in support of legalizing marijuana. More info here.

Immigration Information Forum
Saturday, August 5, at 1pm - South Division High School (1515 W Lapham Blvd in Milwaukee)

This Saturday in Milwaukee, there will be a public forum to learn and discuss the latest updates on immigrant rights in America - specifically, what’s going on with DACA, how AB190 will hurt immigrant communities, what Milwaukee is doing on the topic of immigration, and more. More info here.

Social Good Summit
Thursday, August 17, at 9am - Madison Public Library (201 W Mifflin St.)

If Madison’s businesses dedicated more of their focus to uplifting marginalized communities, our city would be in a much better place. This all-day conference will mobilize social good entrepreneurs with resources and community input. Part of Madison’s Forward Fest. More info and tickets here.

African Fest Madison
Saturday, August 19, at 11am - Central Park (202 S Ingersoll St.)

To celebrate the diversity of our heritage, the African Fest on August 19 will bring together Madisonians to enjoy Africa’s culture, food, music, and people. More info here.

Sanfoka MKE 2017
Saturday, August 19, at 2pm - Washington Park Bandshell (4599 W Lloyd St in Milwaukee)

On August 19, Sanfoka Milwaukee will host a free festival to celebrate “the beauty of Black lives, music, and culture.” More info here.

Back to the Silk Road
Saturday, August 20, at 12pm - Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (501 E Badger Rd)

Gather together on August 20 to enjoy a drum circle, goods to purchase, and food to support social change through collective work. More info here.

Data for Impact Conference
Tuesday, August 22, at 8am - Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.)

As part of the Forward Festival, the Data for Impact Conference will provide a vital lesson on how to use small, detailed pieces of data to make a big difference in issues like racial justice. More info here.

9th Black/Latino Unity Picnic
Sunday, August 27, at 1pm - 1602 S Park St.

Join us on August 27 for the Black/Latino Unity Picnic (Noveno Picnic por la Unidad) to unite over the commons struggles of working people of color. The event will feature music, poetry, delicious food, activities for children, and dancing. More info here.

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.


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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