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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

No New Jail (Disparities in Mental Health)

Wednesday, August 12th 5:00 PM

City County Building

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Madison, WI 53703

As a result of our work in the streets, the county has agreed to halt spending on the jail and instead engage the community in workgroups that will make recommendations focusing on Mental Health, Length of Stay, and Alternatives to Incarceration. This Wednesday, the Mental Health workgroup will have one of its final meetings. We are asking our community to show up and raise voice to end racial disparities in the jail. End solitary confinement ● Establish community­based mental health resources that interrupt arrest and incarceration (see interruption programs LEAD under Resources) ● Create an on­call 24/7 field team of mental health crisis professionals, and eliminate current policies and practices that rely on so­called 'mental health' police officers. ● Establish a mental health toolkit to support Dane County’s Circuit Court Judges. This includes but is not limited to screening tools or assessment to determine placement; options of treatments/services need to be available (especially for individuals without health insurance); and whether a toolkit should be integrated into all criminal courtrooms.● Increase funding and access for programs that take an innovative approach and are Black­centered and Black­led such as Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health.

Madison Pressing Forward: The Fight for Justice for Tony Robinson and to End Police Brutality
11 Aug 2015

Madison Pressing Forward: The Fight for Justice for Tony Robinson and to End Police Brutality

Wednesday, August 12th 4:30PM

State Capitol Building

MLK Entrance


In the five+ months since the MPD shooting and killing of unarmed 19 year old Tony Robinson, over 520 lives have been taken by police officers across the U.S. In Madison, the confrontation of Black people by police has jumped to 11 Black people for every 1 White person, up from 8:1 last year. The movement for change continues to push ahead to stop state sanctioned and MPD approved violence. Please join the Robinson-Irwin family on WED AUG 12th at 4:30 PM (CST) at the steps of the WI State Capitol for an important press conference announcement regarding upcoming actions in the case of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr.  #JUSTICEFORTONY

Stop Criminalizing Homelessness
11 Aug 2015

Stop Criminalizing Homelessness

Wednesday, August 12th 3:00PM

Philosopher's Grove

The Intersection of W. Mifflin & State St.

The City of Madison has a history of criminalizing the poor and homeless. From strategic placement of ATMs to funded programs that displace the homeless. The Police and the Mayor have removed the stones from Philosopher's Grove in an effort to displace the homeless community. Operation Welcome Home and YGB will be standing against the targeting of the homeless. Come and have food and continue building community to assert our right to exist in public. We will not be moved.

Build the People Not the Jail
11 Aug 2015

Build the People Not the Jail

Tuesday, August 11th 5:30 PM

Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI 53713

The Alternatives to Incarceration workgroup (formed around Resolution 556 to interrupt jail spending) will be having one of its last meetings. We're urging community members who are available to attend the meeting and help us hold the county to their word to end incarcerations racial disparities. Implement a program with a Black­led organization running a transformative justice program that is not tied to the court system or the police department. (see Project NIA, as well as Freedom Inc, Operation Welcome Home and Christ the Solid Rock )● Increase mental health treatment and in­depth care such as Community Support Programs.● Develop and support the inclusion of culturally­specific care/counseling services by Black­led organizations. ● Create Day Reporting Centers and parallel programming.● Implement policies that require police to refer people to alternatives rather than jail. ● Locate all current Dane County Alternatives to Incarceration programs within one or more clustered “one­stop shopping” facilities with a priority of addressing racial disparities in incarceration and racially equitable access to participating in jail alternative programs.

"We the 350" Stories of Poverty, Racism and Incarceration in Wisconsin
09 Aug 2015

"We the 350" Stories of Poverty, Racism and Incarceration in Wisconsin

Saturday November 7 @ 8:00pm

Sunday November 8 @ 2:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts

Promenade Hall

Madison, WI 53705

We the 350 is a narrative-based performance exploring themes of racism, poverty, and incarceration in Wisconsin. The content of the 45 minute performance is based in interviews done with Black activists in Wisconsin about their experiences as youth and adults living in some of the most racially segregated (Milwaukee) and racially disparate (Madison) cities in the country. 
The performance paints a compelling picture of what the intersections between racism, poverty, and disparate incarceration rates for Wisconsin’s Black population look like in someone’s daily life. We the 350 explores the ways that state structures rely on intersections between race and class, along with many other intersections, to maintain racially disparate arrest and incarceration rates in Wisconsin.

Please be advised that the show includes narratives describing physical, mental and sexual violence.

This event is sponsored by the Young Gifted & Black Coalition, UW-Madison’s Comparative US Studies and Overture Center’s Community Arts Access Program.

Honoring lost Black Lives: Black BBQ
08 Aug 2015

Honoring lost Black Lives: Black BBQ

Sunday, August 9, 3:00pm

Penn Park

2101 Fisher St

Madison, WI 53713


This Sunday, august 9th, marks the one year anniversary of Michael Browns murder. It will also be the day Aprina Paul is laid to rest, nearly two years after she was murdered. Let's remember all Black Lives lost, from Michael, to Aprina, to Tony, to Tamir, to Sandra, and countless more. This will be a BBQ in remembrance, bring food, bring laughter, bring heart and love as we embrace this life long struggle. So join us this Sunday at 3:00pm at Penn Park. There will be a vigil later to close out the event. #BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName

Best Policing Practices? From Ordinary Encounters to Deadly Force
07 Aug 2015

Best Policing Practices? From Ordinary Encounters to Deadly Force

Tuesday, August 18

7:00pm - 8:30pm

4070 Vilas Hall

800 University Avenue

Madison WI 53705

Join M. Adams (Young Gifted and Black and Freedom Inc), David Couper (priest and former MPD Chief of Police), Everett Mitchell (former prosecutor and current pastor) and Noble Wray (form MPD Chief of Police) for a conversation about policing practices in Madison and beyond. Moderated by Dr. Karma Chavez August 18th, 7 pm 4070 Vilas Hall
800 University Ave
(it’s the classroom in the middle of the 4th floor; accessible ramp to 3rd floor elevator is on corner of University and Park St.) Childcare will be provided! Please RSVP to Karma by Sunday August 16th with the number and the ages of your children. More info: Karma, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young Gifted & Black Teach-In & Community Potluck
05 Aug 2015

Young Gifted & Black Teach-In & Community Potluck

Saturday, August 8, 3:30pm

OM Build - OM Village (formerly tiny houses)

304 N Third St, Madison WI 53704


Members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB) will provide a teach-in so that we may understand their purposes in a community context. This is an opportunity to listen, learn, and then share food and exchange ideas.

3:30pm Teach-In
5:00pm Community Potluck

OM Build - OM Village
304 N. Third Street
Madison, WI 53704

*We have about 15 chairs, bring a chair if possible.


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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