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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

The Issue of "Violence" in Social Movements

Monday, May  18  2015

7:00pm - 8:30pm

800 University Ave, Madison, Wisconsin
Join Freedom Inc and Young Gifted and Black's M. Adams, Professor Will Jones (UW Dept. of History) and Professor Pam Oliver (UW Dept. of Sociology) for a conversation about violence in social movements historically through the present day. Questions that will be considered include: What is violence? Why does state violence get framed as normal, but protestors breaking windows is framed as violent and out of line? Do charges of violence and calls for peace maintain the status quo? Do such calls discipline protestors? How have such charges functioned historically? The panel will address these questions and more. It will be facilitated by Dr. Sara McKinnon. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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.. 7 pm, L160, Elvehjem Building, UW's campus


Personnel and Finance Committee To Discuss Jail Alternatives Resolution

Monday 5/11/2015 5:30pm

City County Building 

210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Madison, WI 53703

At 5:30 (Meeting is at 6:00) Join YGB for a brief teach in and then for the Personnel and Finance meeting where they will be discussing the Resolution that community members have been testifying about the past 3 months.

Justified Art! Opening Reception

Friday 5/1/2015

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St. Madison, WI 53703

You are invited to the Justified Art! public reception! Join us on the first floor of the Overture Center in Gallery I for an evening of art, live music, poetry readings, and spoken word performances with refreshments provided by Fresco. Our celebration on May 1st coincides with the city-wide Gallery Night organized by MMoCA, so if you have other art to check out, make sure to add Justified Art! to your list! Justified Art! runs through Sunday, May 31st. More details to come. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. EXHIBITING ARTISTS Sy Abudu, Brad Baranowski, Anthony Black, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Blanche Brown, Poet Fabu, Jiayu (Olivia) Chen, Halie Conyers, Rolando Cruz, Margaret DeLima, Linda Friend, Rosita González, Linda P. Hancock, Jovita Hogan, Kelli Hoppmann & Ann Orlowski, Tom Jenz, Mutope J. Johnson, Jerry Jordan, Molly Krochalk, Doran London, Michelle Louis, Stephen Marc, Fidencio Martinez, Vernon McCombs, Allen Moore, James Morgan, DarRen Morris, Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, Franklynn Peterson, Bonnie Peterson, Yvette M. Pino, Cynthia Reynolds, Leonel Salazar, Isaac Scott, Barry Sherbeck, Amber Sowards, Camaron Spencer, Wanda Tapp, Lynn Tarnoff, Rhea Vedro, Danielle Washington, Nafis White, and Jave Yoshimoto.
GALLERY HOURS Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, 9 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, 10:30 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 12 PM – 5 PM

Civil Rights in an Age of Extremism - a Nation 150th anniversary event

150 anniversrary Panel 4302015

Thursday 4/30/2015


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

227 State St. Madison, WI 53703

A conversation about race, immigration, policing, and what civil rights mean today in Wisconsin & America. Featuring Gary Younge (The Nation & The Guardian), Christine Neumann-Ortiz (Voces de la Frontera), Rep. Mandela Barnes, and M Adams (Young, Gifted and Black & Freedom Inc). Moderated by John Nichols (The Nation & The Capital Times). Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discussion will also be broadcast on the Madison City Channel on Friday, 5/1, at 8 pm, and again over the weekend.

The Nation Magazine is the oldest weekly news magazine in the country, celebrating its 150th anniversary with events across the country. Don't miss the big Madison anniversary celebration at Monona Terrace Convention Center on 4/30 at 7 pm: For a complete list of anniversary events across the country, please visit Many thanks to our co-host, the Havens Center and to our sponsor, The Livingston Inn. Thanks also to the Madison Department of Civil RIghts and to following UW schools and departments for co-sponsoring this panel discussion: Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Civil Society & Community Studies, Communication Arts, History, and Sociology.


Madison Urban-area Ministry (MUM) Teach-In With YGB Open To The Public Session 1

Monday May 11 7pm-9pm

First Congregational Church

1609 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726

Madison Urban-area Ministry (MUM) Teach-In With YGB Open To The Public Session 2

Saturday May 16 1pm-3pm

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

6205 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705

Madison Urban-area Ministry (MUM) Teach-In With YGB Open To The Public Session 3

Sunday May 17 3pm-5pm

First Unitarian Society of Madison

900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705

Hosted by FUS, Orchard Ridge UCC and Madison-area Urban Ministry. Members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition (YGB) will provide us with information so that we may understand their purposes and actions, in a historical and community context. This is an opportunity provided by and for members of the faith community, so that we may listen, learn, and then have time for questions. Free childcare is available by registering with Becky Schigiel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRESS CONFERENCE & MARCH: Stand With Tony “Terrell" Robinson’s Family, Following the D.A. Announcement

Tuesday May 12, 2015

4:00pm - ?

Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St.

Madison, WI 53704

For accurate info on events planned by Tony’s family, do not rely on anyone (including schools, city, county, other groups) outside of the Tony Robinson Family or their spokespeople for information on this or future events hosted by the family.
WHAT’S HIS NAME? HE NEEDS YOU NOW! At 2:30pm on Tuesday, May 12th, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne will release his determination on whether or not to indict Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny. Following his determination, we will meeting in front of the Social Justice at 1202 Williamson St. 4:00 p.m - Meet in front of the Social Justice Center
4:30 p.m - Press conference with Tony’Terrell’s family
4:45/5:00 p.m. - March from the Social Justice Center up to the Capitol steps. SEE YOU THERE! BEFORE YOU MARCH TOMORROW, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS SO THAT YOU MAY PROTECT THEM: 1. Print this “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CARD” now, share with your friends and read it. Your safety depends on it. 2. Incase your phone is confiscated, to protect your video, record using one of these applications but don’t wait until you’re in the street to download the application. Do it now. 3. Charge your phone tonight and clear your storage so you can record everything tomorrow. It is legal to video the police. 4. If you don’t have an attorney, write this attorney’s number down w/permanent marker on your arm or on a piece of paper in your pocket. Don’t just add it to your phone since that can be confiscated.
Vata Edari: 414-779-0074 5. Question: How much distance does one have the right to when in between a crowd and a police barricade? Answer: the officers decide based on their comfort level and their feelings regarding this matter will be supported in the court of law. If they ask for space and you don’t give it, you will be arrested.

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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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