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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

MPD: Hands Off Brandi!
02 Sep 2015

MPD: Hands Off Brandi!

Friday, September 4:30pm

Villager Mall 

Madison, WI 53703


Rally at Villager Mall (2300 S. Park St.) 4:30 PM Sept 4th


Last night, Brandi Grayson, a member of the Young Gifted and Black Coalition was pulled over by a Madison police officer who issued her a warning for a broken headlight. The stop occurred directly after officers came to her house when she wasn’t home and preceded to talk to her children. This traffic stop was the latest in a string of incidents involving the Madison Police Department citing Brandi without her knowledge, repeatedly calling her phone, and sitting outside of her home--which is on a cul-de-sac with only one other home, no traffic, and in the Town (not City) of Madison.

"every encounter between police and a Black activist must be taken very seriously"

After the death of Sandra Bland in Texas following what should have been a minor traffic stop, every encounter between police and

YGB RALLY Black Women's Lives Matter Too: Justice 4 Cierra Finkley

TBA, Today or Tommorrow (During Cierrra's Initial Court Appearance)

Dane County Courthouse

215 S Hamilton St

Madison, WI 53703


Cierra Finkley was just charged with first degree reckless homicide after stabbing her abusive boyfriend who was trying to kill her and her 5-year-old daughter. Cierra's boyfriend had a history of regularly abusing her. 

This is very similar to the case of Marissa Alexander, a Florida resident who was facing over 60 years in prison for trying to protect her and her children from an abusive partner. 

Too often Black Women are not seen as victims of violence. Whether it be Sandra Bland as a victim of State violence or Cierra Finkley, a victim of domestic violence; Black Women's lives matter too! 

Come help Young Gifted and Black support the family of Cierra Finkley in front of the court house! Her daughter shouldn't have to loose her mother just for to live. #justice4Cierra#blacklivesmatter

Correct time and date TBA (it is based on Cierra's court date)

YGB to be Honored at Women's Equality Day in Milwaukee
18 Aug 2015

YGB to be Honored at Women's Equality Day in Milwaukee

Woman’s Equality Day
Saturday, August 29, 2015
2:00 to 4:00 PM

Milwaukee Public Library – Central Downtown
(Community Room Number 1)
814 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Come & celebrate the 95th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Celebrate with many other Women’s Groups:

  • 9to5 Wisconsin

  • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

    (Milwaukee& Madison Branches)

  • American Association of University Women – Milwaukee Chapter

  • League of Women Voters – Milwaukee Chapter

  • First Unitarian Society’s Womanspirit Group

  • Raging Grannies

Renew again the great victory with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The courageous political campaign, which spanned 72 years, was carried out by tens of thousands of persistent women and men.

Celebrate today’s women working for Equal Pay, Voter Rights, Immigrants' Rights, and to End State Violence, Mass Incarceration & Trafficking.

We will honor steadfast leaders and recognize young women who are taking the baton forward for justice.

All invited to join us, free and open to the public.

Call Janet Nortrom at 414-964-3764 with questions.

Go to for updates.

For those wishing to carpool from Madison, we will be gathering at 11:30am in the parking lot behind the Madison East Shopping Center, //,-89.3452566,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xfb086b9c57252e12" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">E Washington at E Johnson.  The parking lot is accessible through the Shopping Center.  Contact Dace Zeps at 608-358-2940 for more information.

Racial Justice in Madison: Segregation and Incarceration in the Creative City; a Symposium
11 Aug 2015

Racial Justice in Madison: Segregation and Incarceration in the Creative City; a Symposium

November 6th, 7th & 8th

The title of the symposium is "Racial Justice in Madison: Segregation and Incarceration in the Creative City". There are two great keynotes-- one by renowned Sociologist Cedric Robinson and the other by famed Ferguson activist Jamala Rogers--as well as panels with activists and academics on state violence, ethnic studies, and segregation and gentrification. It will be a truly unique and unprecedented event.

Racial Justice in Madison: Incarceration and Segregation in the “Creative City”

Comparative US Studies, The Havens Center and Young Gifted and Black Coalition present a symposium


November 6-8, 2015


Friday Keynote Elvehjem L160, 5:30PM Cedric Robinson


Saturday Symposium Pyle Center 

Saturday Keynote

Jamala Rogers 9AM

Incarceration and State Violence (panel) 10:30AM

The Segregated City (panel) 1:30PM

Ethnic and Indigenous Studies in the University (panel) 3PM

Wrap-Up 4:30Pm


Saturday 8PM & Sunday 2PM Promenade Hall, Overture Center

We The 350: Stories of Poverty, Racism & Incarceration in Wisconsin

Fighting Bob Fest

Saturday, September 19, 11:00am

Breese Stevens Field

917 E Mifflin St

Madison, WI 53703


At 11am come join YGB for a conversation about combating a long and lasting history of oppression and inequality in our colonial relationship with the United States For more details on Fighting Bob Fest, see the link below to the official event page.

Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup

Wednesday, September 9th 5:30

Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI 53713

Tax Policy Creates Economic and Racial Disparities

Tuesday, September 8th 6:30pm

Elvehjem L140

750 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706


As we know, the wealth gap is more than just the 99% and the 1%. The average wealth of a white family is 16x that of a Black Family. Come and learn how tax policy helped create economic and racial disparities, what Catholic Social Justice teaches us, and what we can do to mend the wealth gap.


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 functions without traditional funding. We are not tied to the stipulations that come with large donors. Instead, we are supported by the direct will of The People. This gives us the freedom to raise our voice and mobilize our community toward an end to State Violence. Please help support this freedom by sharing or conotributing to our GoFundMe page.



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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