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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.

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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.

If you know of any events for January that we missed, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Staying Engaged This November

Dear YGB Community,


As the new jail plan progresses and Trump continues to advance a racist agenda, we must do everything we can at a local level to fight racial injustice and state violence. One way to keep the movement alive is to attend the events below:



Free the 350 Bail Fund Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 7, 6pm - UW Law School (975 Bascom Mall) Room 2260


On Tuesday, November 7, the Free the 350 Bail Fund will hold a panel discussion to hear from local Madison activists and UW Law Professor Michele LaVigne about their perspectives on the Free the 350 Bail Fund and the constitutionality of cash bail. Light refreshments will be provided. To donate to the bail fund, please click here.



Personnel and Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 5:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 351


On November 8, the Personnel and Finance Committee will hold a meeting on the upcoming budget, which includes the jail proposal. This will be our last opportunity to give public testimony at such a meeting, so be sure to show up and show out to advocate against the new jail and in favor of rehabilitative alternatives.



More events



How Can Madison Build More Great Neighborhoods?

Tuesday, November 7, 6pm - High Noon Saloon (701 E Washington Ave)


As Madison continues to grow, we must rethink how we design our neighborhoods. Next Tuesday at the High Noon Saloon, we will brainstorm how to create thriving communities with crucial amenities like grocery stores, led by a local panel of experts. This will be a free event, followed by a discussion session. For more info, click here.



Fight to Win: Shrinking Prisons / Strengthening Communities

Saturday, November 11, 12pm - Trinity United Church of Christ (400 W 95th St in Chicago)


On November 11 in Chicago, the “Fight to Win” event will be held. Here, there will be a discussion on organizing strategies for leading successful campaigns against jail construction, money bail, and our racist incarceration system. For more info, click here.



Malcolm X Free Screening

Thursday, November 16, 5:30pm - UWM Union Cinema (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)


On the UW Milwaukee campus, enjoy a free screening of the film Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee. For more info, click here.



Report Police Misconduct Here

There is a new Facebook page where you can report police misconduct, created by Police the Police. If an officer mistreats you, send the group a message. You can access the page by clicking here.

Staying Engaged This October

Dear YGB Community,

As we at YGB continue to develop our Needs Surveys to support our three track focus, Black Needs, Collective Analysis and Advocacy, we need YOU to keep the fight for racial justice alive!

Please attend the following October events to stay engaged and make your voice heard.

Derail the Jail: Housing Not Jails
Wednesday, October 4, at 5:30pm - 1202 Williamson St., Madison WI

YGB’s first rally in 2014 led right into the City County Building, chanting, “Build the People, NOT the jail!” The new Dane County Jail is set to cost $76 million over the course of 20 years - a whopping $504 per Madison household. On Wednesday, we’ll gather to discuss better ways to spend the $76 million that don’t involve locking people of color in a cage. For more info, click here.

People Over Pipelines: Protecting Our Homes and Water
Friday, October 27, at 6:30pm - Hotel Marshfield (2700 S Central Ave in Marshfield, WI)

Near Marshfield, Wisconsin, Enbridge is looking to push an oil pipeline through the heart of Wisconsin, threatening our beautiful rivers, our climate, and our communities. On October 27, we will come together to learn from those who would be threatened by the new pipeline, and examine the pipeline fights of the past to prepare for our resistance to Enbridge. For info and registration, please click here.


More Events

2017 Racial Justice Summit

October 3 and October 4 - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

This year’s YWCA Racial Justice Summit will focus on building collective liberation and how to work towards an end to state violence and racial profiling. For more info, please click here.

Tu Voz: Latinx Intersectionality
Tuesday, October 3, at 6pm - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St)

This Tuesday, “Tu Voz”, a Latinx/Chicanx support and discussion group will meet to discuss the intersectionality between race, gender, sexuality, and other factors. For more info, please click here.

Women and the Construction of Peace In Colombia
Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm - Predolin Hall 115 (at Edgewood College)

On October 3, come to experience a presentation and participatory workshop with Carol Rojas, an educator working with the Feminist Antimilitarist Network. Carol will demonstrate for us the importance of “antimilitarist working class feminism and the commitment towards the democratization of the Colombian state” at this event.

Fighting Fascism and Oppression: A Marxist Approach
Tuesday, October 3, at 7pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St.)

This Tuesday, IMT (International Marxist Tendency) Madison will hold a discussion on the IMT approach to fighting fascism and oppression, from the attacks in Charlottesville to swastikas in James Madison Park. For more info, please click here.

Safe and Thriving Community - Public Meeting
Thursday, October 5, at 6:30pm - Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Dr)

At this event, meet the Northside’s Neighborhood Navigators and learn about their efforts to engage the community and stop youth violence. For more info, click here.

Ritt Deitz Concert - Fundraiser for Refugee Assistance
Thursday, October 5, at 7pm - Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (2401 Atwood Ave)

This week in Madison, singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz will perform a concert with a suggested $20 donation to support the Mercy Corps Syria Crisis Response program, which is providing vital necessities like food, water, and clothing for Syrian refugees. For more info, click here.

Democracy in Chains: An Evening Talk w/ Nancy MacLean
Thursday, October 5, at 7pm - Madison Labor Temple Room 201 (1602 S Park St.)

Join historian and author Nancy MacLean as she talks about her new book, Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, which details the anti-democracy and anti-government politics that have plagued the modern American political system. For more info, please click here.

Concert Fundraiser in the Wake of #CVille
Saturday, October 7 at 2pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

Join the Madison IWW Defense Committee on October 7 to organize for community self-defense efforts in our neighborhoods. The event will serve food, include a yard sale, and host a variety of DJs and musical guests. Half of the proceeds will go to the Free the 350 Bail Fund. For more information, please click here.

WNPJ Community Energizer and Fundraiser
Saturday, October 21 at 6pm - Robinia Courtyard (827 E Washington Ave)

Please join the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) on October 21 for a community energizer to build community and meet other activists and organizations from around the area. The event will feature dancing, DJs, food, poetry, awards, and great networking opportunities. To buy tickets, click here.

Free Skool Series on Non-Violent Struggle and Direct Action
Tuesday, October 24, at 6:30pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

This event will discuss Mark Bray’s new book, Antifa: The Anti Fascist Handbook, with John Peck of Family Farm Defenders. For more info, click here.

Tell us about your social justice events coming up next month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject: Events.

Defend DACA Rally - Today at Noon!
09 Sep 2017

Defend DACA Rally - Today at Noon!

Dear YGB Community,

In 2012, President Obama and other law makers enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. This gave undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children protections and the ability to obtain work permits. These individuals, also known as Dreamers, are our friends, colleagues, students, and community members. The population of Dreamers is estimated to be at 800,000 and children of DACA recipients are estimated to be at 200,000. 

45 has called to end DACA, putting our most vulnerable community members in jeopardy of losing their children and their livelihoods. 

We must RESIST this decision and stand with the Dreamers in our community. 

There is a DEFEND DACA Rally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th to take to the streets to protest this decision.

This event is organized by Dreamers of UW-Madison and others DACA recipients along with allies. We must uplift their voices and show solidarity with them. 

Here are their requests and a schedule for Saturday: 


Good Afternoon Brothers & Sisters within the struggle,

Our team thanks you all from the bottom of our hearts for the amount of support and solidarity you have expressed for DREAMers! We would like to update you all with a few details about Saturdays Protest.

• 10:00am - Poster/Sign Making: Library Mall off of Langdon St.
• Noon - March begins at intersection of State St. and Lake St.
• 12:30pm - Forward Marching Band
• 12:45pm - Announcements/March Begins
• 1:15pm - Organize at the top of State St.
• 1:30pm➡️2:50pm - DREAMers & Organizers Speeches.
• 3:00pm - Finishing Remarks and Acknowledgements / Crowd Dispersal 

1. Please wear a cap and/or gown to the protest. (If you have one.) It will show solidarity and unify us as one community fighting for the rights of our neighbors!

2. Plan accordingly for weather and parking! 

3. Have a “meet up location”. Just incase someone gets lost.

4. No permit was obtained. So keep in mind that we seek NOT to give into institutions of power and white supremacy. We created a protest/march that gives our DREAMers the ability to express and control their own resilience, strength and narrative. 

5. That being said, THIS IS A PEACEFUL EVENT! Zero tolerance for hate! 

6. Only DREAMers and Event organizers will be allowed to speak. Again this is about them and what THEY need from US! How can we better help our brothers and sisters? We are ONE community!

7. There will be poster/sign making 10:00am-Noon Saturday morning at Library Mall off of Langdon St.

Thank you again to everyone for your continued support! Please SHARE this information with friends and family who plan to attend THIS Saturday. 

With Peace & Solidarity,

Jennifer Blanco
José Eladio Rea 
Karen S Perez-Wilson
Alondra Quechol


(Español/Spanish )
*** Detalles del evento*** 

Buenas tardes hermanos y hermanas dentro de la lucha,
Nuestro equipo les agradece a todos desde el fondo de nuestros corazones por la cantidad de apoyo y solidaridad que han expresado por DREAMers! Nos gustaría actualizarlos a todos con algunos detalles sobre la protesta de los sábados.

• 10:00 am - Cartel/diseño de poster: Ubicado en Library Mall por Langdon St.
• Mediodía - Empiece la reunión en la intersección de State Street. y Lake Street.
• 12:30 pm - Banda de marcha hacia adelante
• 12:45 pm - Anuncios / Comienzo de la marcha 
• 1:15 pm - Organizarnos en la parte final de State St.
• 1:30 pm a 2:50 pm - Discursos de DREAMers y organizadores.
• 3:00 pm - Comentarios de Finalización y Agradecimientos / Dispersión de Multitudes

1. Por favor venga vestido con su cap y vestimiento de graduación . (Si tiene uno.) ¡Mostrará solidario y nos unirá como una comunidad que lucha por los derechos de nuestros vecinos!
2. Planifique de acuerdo con el clima y el estacionamiento!
3. Tener una "reunión de ubicación". Sólo en caso de que alguien se pierde.
4. No se obtuvo permiso. Así que ten en mente que no buscamos dar en instituciones de poder y supremacía. Hemos creado una protesta/marcha que da a nuestros DREAMers la capacidad de expresar y controlar su propia resiliencia, fuerza y narrativa.
5. Dicho esto, ¡ESTE ES UN ACONTECIMIENTO PACÍFICO! ¡Tolerancia cero para el odio!
6. Sólo DREAMers y Organizadores de eventos podrán hablar. Otra vez esto es acerca de ellos y lo que ELLOS necesitan de NOSOTROS! ¿Cómo podemos ayudar mejor a nuestros hermanos y hermanas? ¡Somos UNA comunidad!
7. Habrá un cartel /diseño de posters a las 10:00am a 12:00pm el sábado por la mañana en Libary Mall de Langdon Street.
¡Gracias de nuevo a todos por su continuo apoyo! Por favor, COMPARTA esta información con amigos y familiares que planean asistir a ESTE sábado.

Con Paz y Solidaridad,

Jennifer Blanco
José Eladio Rea 
Karen S Perez-Wilson
Alondra Quechol

Staying Engaged This September

Dear YGB Community,

The level of catastrophe in Houston is drastic. According to the New York Times, Texas has already experienced 47 deaths due to Hurricane Harvey, many of whom are poor and homeless people of color who couldn’t afford the resources to protect themselves.

To help those affected, YGB is leading a fundraising campaign to help out grassroots organizations who are on the ground doing real, direct work for those affected by the hurricane.

We will not give any money to the Red Cross, which is known to mismanage funds and whose CEO makes $561,000 a year. Instead, we will make sure that our efforts to help the people, are led by the people themselves. Specifically, grassroots efforts led by Keshia Thomas, Fundi Fe, Sean Scott and more.


Click here to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.


Click here to learn more about our fundraiser.


Additionally, please show up and show out to the following September events in the Madison area:



Summit on Poverty

September 6 and 7 - 631 E Chicago St in Milwaukee

The Summit on Poverty will address how to dismantle systems of poverty in a way that connects to racism and sexism. Register by clicking here.



JVN Day 2017: The Reverb

September 8 through 10 - Various Locations

To celebrate the life of hip hop artist John Vietnam Nguyễn, the JVN Project will perform a Hip Hop festival, featuring three days of free events! For times and locations, please click here.



Stand Up to Anti-Muslim Hate

Saturday, September 9 at 8am - 315 E Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee

This Saturday in Milwaukee, we will engage in a counter-protest against the anti-Muslim organization ACT for America. More info here.



Freedom Health Day and 5K

Saturday, September 16 at 9am - Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Ave)

The 2017 Freedom Health Day is a series of fun events hosted by Freedom Inc. The day will feature dance battles, basketball, volleyball, chess, a community BBQ, and a 5k run, walk, and stroll. To register, please click here.



9th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day

Saturday, September 16 at 9am - Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way)

On September 16, a variety of engaging speakers and inspiring workshops will motivate women of color in Madison to reignite their health, mind, and spirit. The event will feature fitness demos, lectures, and a Wellness Fair complete with nearly 50 different vendors and exhibitors. Register by clicking here.



Art Show and Open House

Sunday, September 17 at 12pm - Madison Christian Community (7118 Old Sauk Rd)

DarRen Morris is a former gang member who is currently incarcerated. He is also a painter who depicts the wounds of life inside of prison, and, in partnership with Edgewood professor Judith Adrian, has co-authored the book “In Warm Blood.” At this event, you can view Morris’ artwork and hear from Adrian about her relationship with him. For more info, please click here.



Returning Prisoner Simulation

Monday, September 18 at 1pm - 1701 Pearson St

This “Monday with MUM” event will feature the Returning Prisoner Simulation, a role play in which participants must navigate their first month after being released from jail in a search for housing, jobs, and support. To register, click here.



Step Up: Courageous Conversations

Tuesday, September 19 at 5pm - Agrace HospiceCare (5395 E Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg)

This highly interactive workshop will teach its participants how to effectively communicate in difficult conversations to push for social change and resist microaggressions, discrimination, and inequities. More info here.



Movie Screening: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes

Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm - Barrymore Theatre (2090 Atwood Ave)

On September 27 at the Barrymore Theatre, there will be a free screening of “Walk A Mile in Their Shoes,” a film that follows the lives of five marginalized individuals. 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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