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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.

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Staying Engaged This August

Dear YGB Community,


It’s not the leaders of a movement alone that make it strong - it’s EVERY member in the community staying engaged and active that wins the fight for justice.


That’s why this August, we need EVERYONE to show up and show out to these social justice-themed August events to keep the movement alive!



Building Unity - Water is Life - Solidarity Tour

Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. through Sunday, August 5 at 5 p.m. - Madison East Hy-Vee (3801 E Washington) Parking Lot

This weekend, Building Unity will begin a two day tour across the state of Wisconsin to fight in solidarity with Wisconsin Water Protectors. The tour includes stops in Stevens Point, Wausau, Keshena (where participants will join the Menominee Powwow and camp on the tribal land), and Menominee, Michigan (where participants will march in the Menominee Waterfront Festival Parade against the Back 40 Mine). For more info, click here.



Puerto Rican Family Festival

Sunday, August 5 at 11 a.m. - Humboldt Park Beer Garden (3000 S Howell Ave in Milwaukee)

 This Sunday, celebrate Puerto Rican culture, music, food, and dance in Milwaukee! For more info, click here.



Lanterns for Peace 2018

Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. - Tenney Park Locks (1500 Sherman Ave.)

 To mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima, this lantern-lit event will advocate for a peaceful, war-free world. For more info, click here.



Consent Culture Conference

August 9-10 at 8 a.m. - GSAFE (122 E Olin Ave., Ste 290)

 Hosted by GSAFE, this two day conference will engage conversation about consent and health equity. For more info, click here.



2018 LGBTQ Progress Awards

Thursday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. - 1451 Renaissance Place (1451 N Prospect Ave in Milwaukee)

 This event will honor activists for LGBTQ rights in the Madison area, including socializing, cocktails, and dinner. For more info and tickets, click here.



Freedom Inc.'s 17th Annual BBQ, 5k & Sports tournament

Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)

 Next Saturday, Freedom Inc. will host their 17th annual BBQ at Penn Park, featuring a 5k, sports tournament, and dance battle. For more info, click here.



Black Men's Health - Town Hall Forum

Thursday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. - St. Mary’s Hospital Conference Center (700 S. Park St.)

 This forum will offer a productive conversation on the health of Black men, discussed over a meal. For more info and registration, click here.



HER Summit - #Fight4HER Activist Training Conference

Saturday, August 18 at 9 a.m.

 This conference on August 18th will teach campaign and organizing skills and discuss issues like global health and reproductive justice. For more info, the exact location, and registration, click here.



QPoC Pride Brunch

Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m. - Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)

 This free brunch for LGBTQ people of color will include entertainment and hors d'oervres, hosted by the QPOC Pride planning committee and Our Lives Magazine. For more info, click here.



OutReach Pride Parade 2018

Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. - State Street

 The OutReach Pride Parade will be a massive event that will march up State Street and circle  Capitol Square. For more info, click here. To join the LGBTQ+ Latinx community at the march, click here.



Women's Equality Day

Thursday, August 23 at 5 p.m. - Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)

 To celebrate Women's Equality Day, join the Wisconsin Women's Network to listen to community leaders and discuss the future of feminism. For more info, click here.



Mexican Fiesta 2018

August 24-26 - 200 N Harbor Dr. in Milwaukee

From August 24 to 26 in Milwaukee, enjoy fun, food, culture, Mariachi, scholarship awards, and community at Mexican Fiesta 2018. For more info and tickets, click here.

Staying Engaged This July

Dear YGB Community,

 As the Trump Administration’s continues its ruthless assault on the rights of immigrants, people of color, and marginalized communities, we NEED to stand up and use our people power to fight back! Please use the July events below to come together and make it happen!

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 Riding 24 Hours in Support of Immigrants and Refugees

July 7 at 8am to July 8 at 8am - Olin Park (1156 Olin-Turville Court)


In response to Trump’s authoritarian attacks on immigrants and refugees, BiciClub Latino de Madison will organize a 24 hour bike ride to resist the Administration’s policies - and YOU can participate on your own bike, whether for one hour or all 24. For more info, click here.




TAR: Protest Against Family Separation

Tuesday, July 10 at 1pm - 5315 Wall St


On July 10, join Tuesday Action & Resistance (TAR) at Ron Johnson’s Madison office to protest ICE, family separation, and our government’s assault on immigrants and refugees. For more info, click here.




Día de las Familias Latinas at the Jefferson County Fair

Sunday, July 15 at 12pm - Jefferson County Fair (503 N Jackson Ave in Jefferson)

 Next weekend in Jefferson, join La Movida Radio for a full day of music, contests, and Mexican food to bring Latinx families together. For more info, click here.




Saving Our Babies: Community Forum for Black Mothers

Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30pm - Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S Park St) Suite 200

 This event, hosted by the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, will host a community forum regarding the low birth rates of Black infants in Dane County, which is racially disproportionate and can lead to childhood illness and early death. For more info and registration, click here.




EEWI Webinar

Friday, July 20 at 9am - Online

 On July 20, Economic Empowerment Wisconsin (EEWI) will host an online webinar discussing paid leadership roles and strategies to empower entrepreneurs of color in Wisconsin. For the Facebook link, click here. For the Eventbrite link, click here.




Unidos 22nd Anniversary

Friday, July 20 at 6pm - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

 For 22 years, UNIDOS has been serving survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault in Wisconsin’s Latinx community. This anniversary event at Monona Terrace will celebrate UNIDOS’ work and honor these victims. For more info and tickets, click here.




Building the HIVE

Saturday, July 21 at 11:30am - Online

 On July 21, the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE) will offer an online webinar that will discuss the organization’s efforts to support needs-based resource development for Black businessmen. For the Facebook link, click here. For the Eventbrite link, click here.




2018 Unity Picnic & Black Expo

Saturday, July 21 at 12pm - Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S Park St) Suite 200

 The 4th Annual Unity Picnic will feature music, dance, food, and face painting, held in partnership with the Black Business Expo. For more info, click here.




Inclusive Leadership: Unconscious Bias, Trust & Decision-Making

Monday, July 23 at 9:30am - DreamBank Madison (1 N Pinckney St)

 This workshop will discuss how an inclusive work culture can promote both diversity and profitability. For more info and registration, click here.




Disability Pride Festival

Saturday, July 28 at 12pm - Tenney Park Shelter (1500 N Sherman Ave)

 This festival will celebrate the lives and civil rights of people with disabilities. For more info, click here.




Mercadito de Centro Hispano

Every Wednesday at 4pm - Centro Hispano (810 W Badger Rd)

Every Wednesday at 4pm throughout the summer, Centro Hispano will host a community market where buyers can interact with farmers. For more info, click here.

Staying Engaged This June

Dear YGB Community,

We need to stay engaged every month in order to build people power. Please attend/share the following events to stay active in the community and the movement for racial justice!

Juneteenth Community Service Project
Friday, June 15 at 5:30pm - UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S Park St)

Join the Madison Alumnae chapter to collect items for children care kits for the Beacon Homelessness Resource Center. For more info, click here.

Juneteenth Poetry Slam at South Camps
Friday, June 15 at 6pm - Madison College South (2238 S Park St)

This Juneteenth poetry slam will have the theme of "the resilience of a people." For more info, click here.

Juneteenth Day Celebration brought to you by Kujichagulia-MCSD
Saturday, June 16 at 11am - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)

This celebration of African American freedom, heritage, and accomplishments will also advocate for a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. For more info, click here.

Facing Unconscious Bias
Saturday, June 20 at 8am - State Bar of Wisconsin (5302 Eastpark Blvd)

This morning training will help us examine our own unconscious biases and perceptions. For more info, click here.

Engaging Men in the #MeToo Era
Wednesday, June 20 at 9:30am - Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (3020 W Vilet St in Milwaukee)

This event, led by A Call To Men CEO Tony Porter, will demonstrate how men can participate in the #MeToo movement and express healthy - not toxic - behaviors. For more info, click here.

Jail, Justice and Community
Thursday, June 21 at 6pm - Linneman's Riverwest Inn (1001 E Locust St in Milwaukee)

This event, presented by the ACLU, will give important updates on campaigns like #CloseMSDF (the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility), The Milwaukee Police: Community Accountability Initiatives, and Lincoln Hills — Bring ‘em Home. For more info, click here.

EEWI Webinar
Friday, June 22 at 11:30am - Online

This online meeting will allow you to help build the strategic vision and outline paid leadership roles for Economic Empowerment Wisconsin (EEWI), a collaborative initiative supporting entrepreneurs of color. For more info, click here.

3rd Annual Evening of Dreaming
Friday, June 22 at 6pm - Centro Hispano (810 W Badger Rd)

This evening, Centro Hispano will feature documentary filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez and his film, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo. For more info and registration, click here.

Building the HIVE
Saturday, June 23 at 11:30am - Online

This online webinar will attempt to develop the strategic direction of the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE), an organization providing needs-based resource development for Black Entrepreneurs. For more info, click here.

Blues for Mister Charlie
Saturday, June 23 at 7pm - Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (501 E Badger Rd)

This play by Black Olive Community Theatre will put James Baldwin’s “Blues For Mister Charlie,” which discusses Medgar Evers, the murder of Emmett Till, and the Civil Rights Movement, on stage. For more info, click here.

Stories within the Letters: An Evening of Celebrating Our Lives
Friday, June 29 at 6pm - Madison College (1701 Wright St)

This event will commemorate LGBT Pride Month through the lens of storytelling. For more info, click here.

Bail/Eviction Prevention Fund Hip Hop Fundraiser
Saturday, June 30 at 6pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

The Free the 350 Bail Fund is doing incredible work to bail out people of color from the Dane County Jail. At this fun hip hop fundraiser, half of the proceeds will go to the fund, and the other half will go to the Eviction Prevention for Black Moms fund. For more info and ways to donate, click here.

PrideFest Milwaukee 2018
Multiple dates - Milwaukee Pride (200 N Harbor Dr in Milwaukee)

Wisconsin's largest and longest-running LGBTQ pride celebration will take place in Milwaukee from June 7 to 10. For more info and tickets, click here.

Queer Shorts: Unity
Multiple dates - Bartell Community Theatre (113 E Mifflin St)

These short plays from StageQ will discuss unity and the LGBTQ+ community. For more info, specific dates, and tickets, click here.

Staying Engaged This May

Dear YGB Community,


As we continue to develop our three core areas - Black Needs, Building Analysis, and Advocacy - there is a lot of work we must do on the ground to combat racism and state violence. You can do your part when you show up and show out to the following May events!



2018 Madison College Pow Wow

Saturday, May 5 from 11am-5pm - 1701 Wright St


This Saturday, Madison College will hold a full day Pow Wow event. For more info, click here.



March for Cannabis

Saturday, May 5 from 1-4pm - MacArthur Square Parking Structure (841 N James Lovell St in Milwaukee)


The criminalization of marijuana is one of the leading causes of mass incarceration for people of color in Wisconsin. This Saturday in Milwaukee, join hundreds of people to march for the legalization of cannabis. For more info, click here.



PDA: Public Display of Asianess

Sunday, May 6 from 11am-3pm - Saints Madison Juice Co. (821 Williamson St.)


This event will celebrate Madison’s Asian community, complete with food and refreshments. For more info, click here.



Madison, WI - MILWAUKEE 53206 Screens w/ La Follette School

Monday, May 7 from 6-8pm - Marquee Cinema (1308 Dayton St, Union South)


On Monday, this screening will showcase “MILWAUKEE 53206,” a film about the lives of people of color in the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. For more info, click here.



The Pathway to Allyship

Monday, May 7 from 7-9pm - Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 W Badger Rd)


Led by Justified Anger, this event will delve into the experiences of four white Madisonians on the pathway to understanding allyship. For more info and tickets, click here.



MeToo: Taking a Stand Against Women’s Oppression

Tuesday, May 8 from 6-7:30pm - 906 Historic W Mitchell St in Milwaukee


In response to the misogynist presidency of Donald Trump, speaker Nicole Colson will discuss the MeToo movement through the lens of women’s rights and socialism. For more info, click here.



MKE Reads "Color of Law" Launch Party

Wednesday, May 9 from 5-7pm - 3334 N Holton Street in Milwaukee


This book reading will discuss “Color of Law,” a book about redlining and America’s history of racist housing policy. For more info, click here.



Ambition | Black Women's Leadership Accelerator

Friday, May 11 from 7-11am - 1701 Wright St


This experience will help Black women grow and accelerate in their careers. For more info, click here.



Home Is Where The Racism Is

May 16 to 18 - Yatra Studio (646 W Washington Ave)


This gallery show will discuss oppression, racism, and equity through portraits, interviews, and historical material. For more info and tickets, click here.



Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit

Wednesday, May 16 from 8am-4pm - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)


This one day summit, hosted by the Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison Region Economic Partnership, will discuss economic development and diversity. For more info, click here.



Promoting Dignity and Equity in the Workplace: A Stop Hate Project Workshop

Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 from 9am-3pm - Wisconsin State Capitol (2 E Main St) Room 411


This two day interactive workshop led by Ubuntu will work to apply dignity to professional settings as a way to increase equity and address hate speech. For more info, click here.



From A Different Perspective

Wednesday, May 16 from 6-7:30pm - Threshold (2717 Atwood Ave)


On May 16, Ad 2 Madison will be bringing together a diverse team of Madison community leaders to discuss the pathway to professional success for people from marginalized communities. For more info and tickets, click here.



2018 LGBT Business Equality Summit

Thursday, May 17 from 8-11:45am - ManpowerGroup (100 Manpower Place in Milwaukee)


This event, led by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will be a great networking opportunity with remarks from state and national leaders on the LGBT business community. For more info and tickets, click here.



2018 Walk for Children

Saturday, May 19 from 9am-12pm - Next Door Milwaukee (2545 N 29th St in Milwaukee)


The 2018 Walk for Children will address the importance of funding critical early childhood education programs through a one-mile walk and various festivities. For more info and tickets, click here.



Somos Latinas Book Launch

Saturday, May 19 from 1-3pm - Wisconsin Historical Society Press (816 State St)


The book “Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists” by Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez will be launched at the Wisconsin Historical Society, complete with a book signing. For more info and tickets, click here.



Restoring Justice for our Youth

Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30-7pm - Urban League of Greater Professionals (2222 S Park St) Suite 200


This event, led by Freedom Inc.’s Jessica Williams, will discuss how to bring justice to youth in our communities. For more info, click here.



Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrant Justice & The Faith Community

Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-8pm - Lussier Community Education Center (55 S Gammon Rd)


On May 23, Sergio M. González, who researches how Latino immigrants have developed in Wisconsin throughout the 1900s, will give a talk on immigration. For more info, click here.

Staying Engaged This March

Dear YGB Community,

Many find the xenophobic, bigoted actions of the Trump Administration to be discouraging, reasons to give up the fight. But in reality, they should serve the exact opposite purpose - the Administration’s regressive actions should serve as motivation for us to fight oppression!

This month in the Madison area, there are a variety of events related to social justice. Please show up and show out to these events to fight for grassroots change!

Women of Color in the Workplace
Monday, March 5 at 6 p.m. - UW Madison Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.)

This panel discussion will extend the #MeToo movement to integrating women of color into the workplace. This is especially important since, according to a survey, just 3% of C-suite roles are occupied by women of color. For more info, click here.

Isabelle Ferreras: The Urgency of Making Workers Citizens
March 6 and 7 at 4pm (Room 6191, Helen C. White Building), March 8 at 12:20pm(Room 8108, Social Sciences Building)

For the first week of March, Isabelle Ferreras, a professor of sociology from Belgium, will present three lectures on the UW Madison campus on the topics of making workers citizens, corporate despotism, and firms being political entities. For more info, click here.

#TonyRobinson #BlackLivesMatter
Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. - Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.)

On March 6, for the three year anniversary of the murder of Tony Robinson, Police the Police Wisconsin will have an event at the Social Justice Center. For more info, click here.

Social Justice 101: Writing as Social Justice
Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St.)

This workshop will discuss how to write effectively on social justice issues to resist, heal, and share. For more info, click here.

Empowerment Challenge 2018
ThursdayMarch 8

This online campaign will discuss homelessness in Milwaukee and attempt to raise $40,000 for shelter services. You can access the website here and the Facebook page here.

Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for Students with Disabilities
Thursday, March 8 at 12pm - UW Madison School of Education (1000 Bascom Mall)

This Thursday, WISCAPE will host a panel discussion and Q&A on how colleges can be inclusive for students with disabilities. For more info, click here.

Social Justice Speaker: Kimberly Foster
Thursday, March 8 at 12pm - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St.)

On March 8, Kimberly Foster, the Editor-In-Chief of For Harriet, will give a speech about social justice at UW Madison. For more info, click here.

Women Against Hate
Thursday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. - Milwaukee City Hall (200 E Wells St. in Milwaukee)

Women Against Hate is a new art exhibition using illustrations to elevate marginalized groups in America. It will be showing in Milwaukee on March 8. For more info, click here.

Circle Up Documentary Screening and Local Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. - Wisconsin Institute of Discovery (330 N Orchard St.)

Circle Up is a new documentary that tackles crime and punishment through a restorative justice lens. On March 10, the movie will be screened and a panel discussion will follow. For more info, click here.

Immigration Works: Series of Information Workshops
Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30pm - South Central Federation of Labor (1602 S Park St.)

This information workshop will discuss the importance of immigration. For more info, click here.

Social Justice Speaker: Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Thursday, March 15 at 12pm - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St.)

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a Muslim college basketball player known for wearing a hijab while playing on the court, and she will speak at UW Madison this March. For more info, click here.

Mental Health Response Training
Thursday, March 15 at 6pm - OutReach LGBT Community Center (2701 International Ln. Suite 101)

This training, hosted by Madison Degenderettes, will train community members on how to respond to mental health crises and suicidal thoughts. For more info, click here.

Ubuntu: Black Student Discussion Group
Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. - UW Madison Black Cultural Center (716 Langdon St. Room 106)

Ubuntu is a support group and safe community space for Black students at UW Madison. For more info, click here.

Nonviolence Training Workshops
Friday, March 16 at 5pm and Saturday, March 17 at 9am - Pres House (731 State St.)

This two-day event will discuss the Kingian Nonviolence Theory. For more info, click here.

Stand Up for Environmental Justice
Friday, March 16 at 8pm - Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E Locust St. in Milwaukee)

This evening event hosted by Groundwork Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Transit Riders Union will feature Jamaican tunes for environmental justice. For more info, click here.

Flawless Drag Show
Friday, March 16 at 9 p.m. - FIVE Nightclub (5 Applegate Ct.)

This benefit drag show will help Disability Pride Madison raise money for their annual Disability Pride Festival. For more info, click here.

A Call to Action: Reflections on Our History and Our Future
Sunday, March 18 at 3pm - Centro Hispano (810 Badger Rd.)

This event will offer a reflection on Latino immigration from the past to the present, as well as ways to act to help immigrants in the United States. For more info, click here.

Voices from Solitary Confinement
Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. - Plymouth Church (2717 E Hampshire St. in Milwaukee)

Although the U.N. has labeled solitary confinement as torture, Wisconsin still puts hundreds of people through solitary confinement, particularly people of color. This event in Milwaukee will allow you to hear stories from people who have dealt with such cruel practices. For more info, click here.

Madison Moms Demand March Meeting
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm - Meadowridge Branch Library (5740 Raymond Rd.)

This March member meeting will feature a training for how to talk to legislators about gun sense policies. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Resisting Injustice - MMG Law Annual Conference
Friday, March 23 at 8:30am - Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E Gorham St.)

This MMG Law Annual Conference will discuss ways for community service providers and legal professionals to resist injustice, especially against immigrants, in the legal system. For more info and tickets, click here.

Madison March For Our Lives
Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. - Library Mall (728 State St.)

In solidarity with the national “March For Our Lives” rally, Madison will host a sister rally on March 24 to demand sufficient gun control to reduce the likelihood of shootings like the devastating one in Florida. The march will advocate for stricter gun regulation like a ban of assault weapons and comprehensive universal background checks, which would significantly reduce the likelihood of someone like Nikolas Cruz from getting his hands on an AR-15. For more info and registration, click here.

At the same time in Milwaukee, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, another sister march will be held. For more info on that event, click here.

To donate to the March For Our Lives Wisconsin GoFundMe, click here.

Sonya Renee Taylor Reading and Book Signing
Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. - A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W Gorham St.)

Sonya Renee Taylor is an author who writes about systems of oppression, radical self-love, and body empowerment. On March 26, she will do a book reading and signing. For more info, click here.

Staying Engaged This February

Dear YGB Community,

With the rights of the Dreamers being eroded, a newly-found 27:1 homelessness disparity in Madison, and continued efforts by the Trump Administration to make life even worse for people of color, we need your support now more than ever.

Please show up and show out to a wide range of events this Black History Month! (See Below)

Wisconsin Black Arts Festival 2018
February 2-4 - Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (3020 W Vliet St in Milwaukee)

This week, show your love for Black arts by attending the Wisconsin Black Arts Festival in Milwaukee, featuring dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists of color. For more info, click here.

Hip Hop Benefit Concert
Saturday, February 3 at 7pm - Art In (1444 E Washington in Madison)

The Free the 350 Bail Fund needs all the support it can get. This Saturday, the bail fund will host a local underground hip hop party for people aged 21 and older, with 100% of the proceeds going to the fund. For more information on the event, click here. To donate to the bail fund, click here.

Black History Soiree
Saturday, February 3 at 10pm - Camp Trippalindee (601 Langdon St)

After you’re done with the Hip Hop Benefit Concert, head over to Camp Trippalindee to celebrate Black History Month with drinks. For more info, click here.

Do It Like Durham! Discussion with Takiyah Thompson
Sunday, February 4 at 2pm - 2146 E Johnson St

This Sunday, join Takiyah Thompson - one of the first eight activists arrested in the Durham protests last year to remove a Confederate statue - to discuss how to combat white supremacy. For more info, click here.

Social Justice in Religion and Secularism
Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm - UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon St)

On Tuesday, the Center for Religion will discuss the intersections between social justice, religion, and secularism. For more info, click here.

Black Voices - Black History Month Wednesdays
Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm - Urban League (2222 S Park St)

Black Voices - Black History Month Wednesdays will kick off on February 7 to celebrate historical Black poetry, including Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maya Angelou. For more info, click here.

Black and Brilliant 2018
Thursday, February 8 at 11am - Madison College (1701 Wright St)

This event, hosted by the Madison College Black Student Union, will showcase Black participation in the political process, featuring guest speakers and lunch. For more info, click here.

Ambition - Black Women’s Leadership Accelerator 
Friday, February 9 at 7am - Urban League (2222 S Park St)

Every month from February to October, on the second Friday of the month, the Black Women’s Leadership Accelerator will be held, which will help Black women to excel in their professional careers. For more info, click here.

Free Screening of Hidden Figures
Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30pm - Marquee Theater at Union South (1308 W Dayton St)

On February 13 at Union South, watch a free screening of “Hidden Figures”, a film about three women of color who worked for NASA, followed by a talkback on the underrepresentation of women of color in STEM fields. For more info, click here.

In Conversation with Lena Waithe
Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St)

For Black History Month, Emmy Award winning screenwriter, producer, and actress Lena Waithe will deliver a keynote speech, addressing cultural sensibilities and challenging audience to think outside of conventional norms. For more info, click here.

Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson
Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm - Jewish Museum Milwaukee (1360 N Prospect Ave in Milwaukee)

This event on February 13, led by historian Reggie Jackson, will explain Milwaukee’s long history of racist redlining practices in the first part of a three part series. For more info, click here.

The second part of the series, which will feature a documentary and a lecture from former Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Ralph Hollman, will be held at the same time and same place exactly one week later. 

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Sunday, February 18 at 7pm - Varsity Theatre (1326 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee)

This event will show a documentary about a family’s fight for justice for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times by the Milwaukee Police in 2014. A talkback will follow the screening. For more info, click here.

Hidden Impact of Segregation
Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm - Progressive Baptist Church (8324 W Keefe Ave in Milwaukee)

This event in Milwaukee, featuring Reggie Jackson and hosted by the Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee, will discuss the effects of segregation as part of the church’s Black history program. For more info, click here.

Ball & Chain: A Play by Tiffany Ike
Thursday, February 22 at 7pm - Union Wisconsin Room at UW Milwaukee Student Union (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)

“Ball & Chain” is a play about Blackness and masculinity, told through the narrative of basketball phenom Deandre Washington. For more info, click here.

Word Power Youth Open Mic & Poetry Slam
Friday, February 23 and 30, at 6pm - Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St)

This open mic and poetry slam will feature youth between ages 13 and 19 sharing their poetry, music, and moves! For more info, click here.

Social Justice Leadership Retreat
February 23-25 - Green Lake Conference Center

This three day conference held by the UW Madison Multicultural Student Center will take 60 students and 10 facilitators to the Green Lake Conference Center to discuss identity, allyship, privilege, and leadership. To apply or learn more, click here.

Free Screening of The 13th Hosted by MUM
Monday, February 26 at 5pm - Marquee Theater at Union South (1308 W Dayton St)

On February 26 at the Union South, enjoy a screening of “The 13th”, a groundbreaking documentary that covers America’s racist mass incarceration system. For more info and registration, click here.

Whose Streets?
Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm - UW Milwaukee Union Cinema (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)

On the last day of February, join UW Milwaukee to watch the documentary “Whose Streets?”, which provides an account of the uprising in Ferguson told by the people who lived it. For more info, click here.

In order to make any progress, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.

You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

If you have any personal stories of racial violence to share, please reach out to us at YGB by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us 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..

Staying Engaged This January
05 Jan 2018

Staying Engaged This January

Dear YGB Community,

This Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration expanded the racist War on Drugs. The Justice Department accomplished this by allowing prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana criminalization laws in states that have already legalized the drug. This decision is a major blow to the marijuana legalization movement, and will effectively incarcerate even more people of color.

We absolutely MUST resist Trump’s racist agenda. You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

In addition, please show up and show out to the upcoming events below!

Black Women’s Wellness Talk
Saturday, January 7 at 2pm - Barnes and Noble at East Towne Mall (1 E Towne Mall)

Start the New Year by joining the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness to discuss how to optimize the health of women of color. For more info, click here.

8 More Police Officers?
Monday, January 8 at 4:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 354

We already have too many cops in Madison, and the MPD is trying to add eight more. On Monday, the Finance Committee will be debating whether or not to hire these eight cops, and we must attend the committee’s meeting to pressure our representatives to stop over-policing our neighborhoods! For more info, click here.

Inclusive Leadership Workshop
Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30am - DreamBank (1 N Pinckney St)

This session will explain how to foster an inclusive work culture, and how such an environment can promote equality, diversity, and success. For more info, click here.

MLK Free Community Dinner
Friday, January 12 at 4:30pm - UW Gordon Commons (770 W Dayton St)

For the MLK holiday weekend, enjoy a buffet dinner and a performance by Madison Music Makers to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King. For more info, click here.

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 14 at 1pm - Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (929 N Water St in Milwaukee)

Only two cities have celebrated MLK’s birthday annually since 1984: Atlanta and Milwaukee. Keep Milwaukee’s tradition alive by joining this celebration of his legacy through the mediums of art, speech, and writing. For more info, click here.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2018
Monday, January 15 at 9am - Milwaukee Public Library (310 W Locust St in Milwaukee)

On MLK Day in Milwaukee, meet at the library for a full day of activities to honor Martin Luther King, including poetry, music, dance, crafts, and games. For more info, click here.

33rd Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance
Monday, January 15 at 5pm - Overture Center (201 State St)

To celebrate MLK day, enjoy a freedom sing-in, award show, and a series of speeches to remember King. Featured speakers include Mayor Soglin and Frank Humphrey, President of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference. For more info, click here.

Women’s March WI Anniversary Day of Action
Saturday, January 20 at 10am - Milwaukee County Courthouse (901 N 9th St in Milwaukee)

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the original Women’s March, we will march on January 20 in Milwaukee to advocate against Trump’s bigoted agenda. For more info, click here.

Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin
Saturday, January 20 at 1pm - Friends of Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave)

This event will bring together three prominent Madison-area writers of color - Fabu, Sherry Lucille, and Catrina Sparkman - to share poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be Black in Wisconsin today. For more info, click here.

MLK Day 2018: Defining Character Through Service and Justice
Monday, January 22 at 3pm - Memorial Union (800 Langdon St)

To honor MLK, a special event will be held on the UW campus that will offer a free dinner, social justice art, student speakers, and conversations on diversity and service. For more info and registration, click here.

Madison Area Business Equality Summit
Tuesday, January 30 at 1pm - American Family Insurance (6000 American Parkway)

On January 30, American Family Insurance will host a summit to promote business equality for members of the LGBT community and give participants a chance to network and discuss issues of LGBT economic empowerment. For more info, click here.

We cannot build this movement without your support. You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

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Staying Engaged This December

Dear YGB Community,


As we continue to fight state violence and build community, we need your voice to keep the fight alive.


Please attend the events below, and make sure to follow the Free the 350 Bail Fund on Twitter!



Solutions & Strategies 2017

Saturday, December 2, at 10am - Madison College Truax Campus (1701 Wright St), Room D1630

This Saturday, a Madison365-led panel discussion and Q&A will be held to discuss issues facing communities of color over the past year, and what solutions we should consider. For more info, click here.



Liberation Publication - Public Meeting

Tuesday, December 5, at 5pm - Michelangelo’s Coffee House (114 State St)

Liberation is a grassroots feminist newspaper based in Madison. Come learn about Liberation’s goals and hear its most recent updates at Michelangelo’s next Tuesday! To learn more, click here.



Undocumented In Dane County

Tuesday, December 5, at 6pm - Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Dr)

Join Fabiola Hamdan, a bilingual social worker, to learn about the day-to-day struggles that undocumented immigrants experience in Dane County. The event comes with a dinner. To buy tickets and learn more, please click here.



Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, at 5pm - 545 W Dayton St

We know that putting police in schools won’t solve our community problems and will instead enforce the school-to-prison pipeline. This Wednesday, meet with Freedom Inc. to speak out against police in schools at an Ad Hoc committee meeting. For more info, click here.



Intersectionality & White Privilege Training

Saturday, December 9, at 10am - AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32 (8033 Excelsior Dr)

Next Saturday, Groundwork will conduct a powerful training about intersectionality and white privilege, allowing participants to understand systemic racism and enhance their allyship for people of color. Get tickets and learn more about the event by clicking here.



Heather Bruegl Lecture on Native American History in Wisconsin

Saturday, December 9, at 2pm - Civil War Museum (5400 1st Ave in South Kenosha)

Next Saturday in South Kenosha, historian Heather Bruegl will present a lecture on Native American history, past and present, in Wisconsin. To learn more, click here.



A Peaceful Reconciliation After Sikh Temple Attack

Sunday, December 10, at 1:30pm - Monona Terrace Convention Center (1 John Nolan Dr)

On August 5, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a white supremacist killed six people at a Sikh temple in a disgusting act of hatred and bigotry. On December 10 at Monona Terrace, there will be a free public event to reflect on the incident. Please RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.



Art For Clean Water

Monday, December 11, at 6pm - Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery (2827 Atwood Ave)

This year’s VHP art sale will send all proceeds to providing clean water to Lweza, Uganda. Enjoy art and cupcakes for a good cause! What could be better? For more info, click here.



Madison Vigil To End Gun Violence

Monday, December 11, at 7pm - Madison Mennonite Church (1501 Gilbert Rd)

This December marks five years since the Sandy Hook shooting, and a vigil will be held to remember the horrific event and advocate for ending gun violence. For more info, click here.



Youth (Re)Engagement Fall 2017 Visioning Session

Tuesday, December 12, at 4:30pm - McGovern Park Senior Center (4500 W Custer Ave in Milwaukee)

On December 12 in Milwaukee, participants in this session will work together to brainstorm solutions to create a more just Milwaukee. To learn more and RSVP, click here.



Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Saturday, December 16, at 2pm - Fitchburg Public Library (5530 Lacy Rd in Fitchburg)

On December 16, three African American writers from Wisconsin - Fabu, Sherry Lucile, and Catrina Sparkman - will discuss poetry and prose in a way that sheds light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today. For more info, click here.



Women Your Mother Worried About - Resistance and Resilience

Saturday, December 16, at 3pm - High Noon Saloon (701 E Washington Ave)

This afternoon event will feature trans women and AMAB non-binary writers in the country who will speak stories from the heart. For more info, click here.


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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