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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

Join Voces de la Frontera in Protest Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant Bills In The Wisconsin Legislature
18 Feb 2016

Join Voces de la Frontera in Protest Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant Bills In The Wisconsin Legislature

Thursday, February 18th, 10:00 AM at the Capitol Building

In Wisconsin, there are currently a number of bills that threaten the basic rights of immigrants in our community. Bills AB 723/SB 533 and AB 450/SB 369 could have very negative effects on undocumented residents of our State, on law enforcement and on the safety of our communities. Below is a brief summary for each of these bills and their negative impact on Latino and immigrant communities. The Wisconsin assembly is scheduled to vote on this legislation on Tuesday, February 16. Young Gifted and Black supports Voces de la Frontera’s Day Without Latinos and Immigrants as a response to proposed legislation that threatens our immigrant family. Will you Join Us?

1) AB 723/SB 533: This bill will block local control and local IDs for undocumented people and those who lack documents to obtain

#FreeLisa Rally
14 Dec 2015

#FreeLisa Rally

Wednesday, December 16 9:00am

5005 University Avenue

Madison WI, 53705


On Wednesday December 16th at 9:00 am we will be holding a rally at Administrative Law Judge Cynthia Stoppel's office to say #FreeLisa We will deliver the petition that over 350 people have signed.

We will then go to Sara Wasserberg's office who is Lisa's Parole Officer at 5706 Odana Road #6.

Lisa is a Black trans woman who has been in solitary confinement for 8 months due to her gender identity. Solitary is Torture! She must be released.

*We demand that Lisa be let out of solitary confinement.
*We demand that Lisa be given time served, revocation dropped, and released from jail immediately.
*We demand that the conditions of her probation do not limit her gender expression as a woman.
*We demand that Lisa get full access to trans health care.

Lisa is being held on charges of “prostitution.” Sex work should not be criminalized. In Mitchell’s case, if she engaged in sex work, she did so out of poverty as she was homeless at the time of this arrest. Mitchell was initially charged for an altercation that she had with the person who solicited her for this work which has since been dropped because she was not at fault. Lisa would have otherwise been released from jail pending the resolution of these charges, except she was already under supervision by the state's Community Corrections Division.

While fighting her case, Lisa Mitchell has experienced transphobia at all levels of the criminal punishment system. She has been denied hormone therapy, has been called the wrong name and pronouns, her gender identity has been called deceptive and a disguise, and again, her long sit in solitary is only due to her gender identity. The harassment and criminalization of Lisa Mitchell due to being a Black trans woman must stop.

During the 1-hour per day she is allowed out of her cell, she has been working to get trans health care exclusions removed from Medicaid in Wisconsin. She is a tireless activist for all trans people and she needs our support now.

We say #HandsOffBlackWomen! #HandsOffLisaMitchell!

We will not stand for Lisa Mitchell serving any more time in jail or being sent back to prison. She has been criminalized due to poverty, her race, and her gender identity since she was a teen. She is now 35. It is time for Lisa Mitchell to be released, get full health care, get housing, and get a chance to truly advocate for trans people from the outside.

1 in 2 Black trans women are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in the US. We need to end this pattern of criminalization and we can take one step towards this by setting Lisa Mitchell free.

YGB And Freedom inc Featured in Madison's First Hair Show!
27 Oct 2015

YGB And Freedom inc Featured in Madison's First Hair Show!

Saturday, October 31 7:00pm

Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI 53713


YGB and Freedom Incwill be featured in Madison's first Hair show hosted by Vernee Nicole's House of Beauty on Friday October 31st (Halloween). This will be a beautiful gathering of Black people displaying our art through hair. Tickets are $15 

There also will be a Kinky hair class teaching you how to grow long, healthy hair for Black women. Tickets for this class is $25. 

To find out how to buy tickets contact Alix Shabazz or Tī S. Banks on facebook or via phone (608)210-9623

Let's Get Free Sundays: School Do' & a Movie
27 Oct 2015

Let's Get Free Sundays: School Do' & a Movie

Sunday, November 29

3:00pm - 6:00pm

2312 S Park St.

Madison, WI 53713


Starting November 29th, Bring your kid to get a free school hair do' Sundays at 3pm. Tired of doing hair, don't know how, or don't have time? No Problem! We will do your baby's hair for free while they watch a movie and eat snacks. Every Sunday 3-6 at 2312 S Park st. Starting November 29th.

YGB Recruitment Gathering
27 Oct 2015

YGB Recruitment Gathering

Tuesday, November 17
6:00pm - 8:00pm
2312 S Park St
Madison, WI 53713

To anyone interested in being more involved with YGB, we are having our first recruitment gathering November 17th from 6-8pm at the UW South Madison Partnership Space 2312 S Park st.

This is an opportunity to learn more about YGB's ideology, different campaigns, and how to get involved. If you want to help our communities get free, come out and build with us!

Any questions please contace Alix Shabazz on fb or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Surviving Violence: Panel of Unsung Heroes
13 Oct 2015

Surviving Violence: Panel of Unsung Heroes

Friday, November 13
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Urban League of Greater Madison
2222 S Park St, Ste 200
Madison, Wisconsin 53713
Surviving Violence: Panel of Unsung Heroes Panel and community discussion on Violence against Black women, Queer and Trans folks. This will be a panel of Black survivors of different forms of violence, from domestic violence, to rape, to poverty. We will be hearing the stories of our unsung heroes and having a community discussion about healthy ways of survival . There will be light refreshments provided.
Drop The Mic: Open Mic Featuring OLMECA
09 Oct 2015

Drop The Mic: Open Mic Featuring OLMECA

Friday October 9th!!  6-10pm Come out for a night of hip hop, poetry, dance, music and community building!
Sharpen your skills with our writing workshop from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Open Mic from 7:30pm-8:30pm 
Performances from 9:00pm to 10:00pm 

Where:  Fountain of Life Church
633 W. Badger Rd
Madison, WI 53713

Also featuring: T Banks,  ANT da Hope Boy, Jaranerxs Anti-Policiales, and Breaking for Justice,

This is open to all and especially for all people of color, and queer, and trans* folks 

Co-hosted by YYGB, Freedom Inc,  Urban Community Arts Network, Justified Anger 

DJ'd by  DJ Boyfrriend !! RSVP on Facebook  Olmeca is a bilingual hip-hop artist/producer who describes his upbringing and gives social commentary with, charisma and intelligence. His work has been featured on CNN Latino, Democracy Now, ABC,FOX, NPR, URB Magazine and TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli , La Santa Cecilia, Maldita Vecindad and shared the stage with KRS – One, Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Ana Tijoux, Joe Strummer (The Clash), Julieta Venegas, Pete Rock, X Clan among others. With migrant parents, Olmeca grew up in L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his music mix of genres and cultural sensitivity. He coexists between hip-hop and latin alternative audiences. Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe building a network of supporters as an independent artist. He is credited for supporting a new phase in Latin alternative music in the United States that mixes hip-hop with Latin American sounds. Come Join Us, Speak Your Truth, and Build with the People!!!

#HandsOffBrandi! JAM Chief Koval's/City Attorney's Phones/Emails
04 Oct 2015

#HandsOffBrandi! JAM Chief Koval's/City Attorney's Phones/Emails

Madison Police target Black Lives Matter Organizer Brandi Grayson
CALL for National and International Solidarity
TELL MPD and the City Attorney to 
STOP the HARASSMENT and drop the citations!

On OCT 5, 2015 1PM-3pm Central Time show your solidarity by calling/emailing Madison Police Chief Koval and City Attorney Michael May. 

JAM their phone lines and emails to say #HandsOffBrandi!
Spread this NATIONWIDE. We must protect each other! 



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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