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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

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! 


DA Final Decision: Drop the Charge for Cierra Finkley Rally
20 Sep 2015

DA Final Decision: Drop the Charge for Cierra Finkley Rally

Thursday, September 24

7:45am - 9:00am

Dane County Courthouse

215 S Hamilton St

Madison, WI 53703


The DA's office will decide this day if they will charge 24 year- old Cierra Finkley, a mother who heroically defended her and her daughter's life from an attacking partner, with 1st Degree reckless homicide. Cierra called police on multiple occasions throughout this abusive relationship and even took out a restraining order on her attacker. On the day of her arrest, Ms. Finkley called the police 3x after her ex tried to run her and her daughter over with a car and threatened to kill them both. None of those police calls lead to Cierra and get child getting to safety. The police arrived promptly however, when Cierra was forced to stab her ex after he kicked her door down threatening to kill her and baby Carla. Cierra, as many Black women are, was not viewed as a victim by Madison Police Department. Now she is being further traumatized by violence from the state. On this day we will find out if the DA's office believe that #Blacklivesmatter. Show up to support, and tell the DA's office that "Surviving Violence is Not a Crime!" #justice4Cierra #handsoffBlackwomen

Stand up Fight Back: Court Support for #BlackLivesMatter Protestors
20 Sep 2015

Stand up Fight Back: Court Support for #BlackLivesMatter Protestors

Monday, September 21 2:00pm

City County Building

210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Madison, WI 53703


Come stand in solidarity with those that stand for justice on Monday, September 21st. Two will have trials to face punishment for standing in solidarity with students who walked out on East Wash April 14th to demand an end to state violence. It's important that we not only show support to these individuals, but that we show that we will not be quiet. We will not be polite and sit by as our bodies and lives are stolen by the state and their corporate sponsors. #Justice4Tony #BlackLivesMatter #Freethe350

Take Back the Bike Path
17 Sep 2015

Take Back the Bike Path

Thursday, September 17 7:00pm

Burr Jones Field

1820 E Washington Ave.

Rally at Central Park ~8:30pm


EVENT IS HOSTED BY Dayna Long and Maddy Ziegler not YGB. Brandi Grayson will be speaking at the event. Early on the morning of 9/12, a homicidal misogynist raped and attempted to kill a woman along the Capitol Trail Bike path, near Livingston. Join us on Thursday to take back the bike path. We'll march from Burr Jones Field to Central Park to show solidarity with the victim who survived against the odds and denounce this horrible crime in our community. We'll paper the trail with anti-rape signs and stickers and take back the bike path that should be safe for each and every one of us at any time, day or night. If you're a cyclist, bring your bike. Everyone should bring flashlights, signs, and your righteous indignation and heartache about what has happened here. Let's heal together and take back our bike path.

SankofaBCH training for Black therapists, case managers and social workers.
13 Sep 2015

SankofaBCH training for Black therapists, case managers and social workers.

Saturday, September 26th 1-4pm
UW South Side Partnership
2312 S. Park St (Villager Mall)
Join SankofaBCH for a training for Black therapists, case managers and social workers. This training is aimed at Black undergrad and graduate students, recent graduates and professionals in the field. This type of work can be challenging anywhere and there are certain struggles in doing the work in Madison and Dane county. We will discuss ways to be successful, find support, and offer the best possible care to the people you are working with. This is an opportunity to build community with one another and to learn from a team of experienced Black therapists, case managers and social workers doing culturally relevant care. You will leave with a greater understanding of how to best use your skills and with more support and confidence.

Dates of training:
September 26th 1-4pm
October 3rd 1-4pm
October 10th 1-4pm

UW South Side Partnership. 2312 S. Park St (Villager Mall)

$100 Contact us for scholarship information

Food and childcare will be provided.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.


A Community Meeting on Policing in Madison : recruitment/training, racial disparities, use of force, 911 logistics, and mental health
13 Sep 2015

A Community Meeting on Policing in Madison : recruitment/training, racial disparities, use of force, 911 logistics, and mental health

September 21, 2015


301 Riverside Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Brandi Grayson will be on the panel.

A Madison Community Conversation: Building Healthier Systems of Public Safety and Community Justice
Hosted by the Community Response Team
The Community Response Team (CRT) invites you to participate in a community conversation focused on important citizen and police officer safety

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 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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