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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.,

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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.

YGB Events

YGB raising awareness and building community

Upcoming Rally - Invest In Communities, Not Cops
11 May 2016

Upcoming Rally - Invest In Communities, Not Cops

Friday May 13 at 3pm
404 E Main St.

This Friday, many of Madison's freedom fighters, including Freedom Inc., Groundwork, the No Dane County Jail Working Group, YGB, and the Madison community, will be coming together for a rally to protest the one year anniversary of the non-indictment of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny.
Kenny abused his authority as a police officer last year when he heartlessly murdered Tony Robinson, a boy who was in need of help, not execution. It is clear that the Madison Police have too much of a negative presence in the lives of our Black community members.
So that's why it's alarming that the MPD is about to spend $5 million per year in taxpayer money to hire 40 new police officers. This is not needed in Madison - cities with a similar population and crime rate to Madison function properly with 60 less officers than the MPD currently has, but yet we're still adding more.
Instead of increasing the amount of community-controlling police presence, we should be spending the $5 million on real community concerns, such as investing in Black mental health and providing economic empowerment programs to impoverished and marginalized Black neighborhoods. 'Build the people, not the jails!"
If you think that the Madison government and police department should listen to the needs of their own people, make sure to join the rally, this Friday at 3pm, at Cathedral Park.
Click here for more info.

6 Upcoming Ways To Participate In The Black Lives Matter Movement!

Art as Activism Workshop
May 26-8pm, Arts/Literature Laboratory in Madison
For a sliding scale donation of $10-50 dollars, you can join the Flourish! Creative Development Series, which aims to empower artists and advocate for their legal, financial, and social interests. They will provide workshops on fair pricing, intellectual property, and how to navigate biases in the art world, in an effort to empower our communities for the better! Click here for more info.

Demonstration Against Sexual Assault
May 37-8:30pm, Top of Bascom Hill
On this day, we will march against the sexual violence that has occurred repeatedly and shamefully throughout the school year on the UW Madison campus. We are done waiting for someone else to solve the issue - we have the right to feel safe walking home, and to speak out against these terrible events. So, come be a part of the movement against on-campus sexual assault! Click here for more info.

JUSTICE4TONY Reception at MMoCA Gallery Night
May 65-9pm, at the Social Justice Center in Madison
On this day, to honor the 14 month anniversary of the unjust shooting of Tony Robinson, Tony's friends and family will hold an event, which includes an intimate photographic art exhibit documenting the difficult emotional times the Madison community has faced in the aftermath of his brutal murder. There will be refreshments and a strong sense of community. Click here for more info.

Restorative Justice
May 176:30-8:30pm, Urban League of Greater Madison
This event will focus on the topic of “Accountability and Engaging the Community in a Non-Punitive Approach to Crime." It will be held at Madison’s Urban League. Click here for more info.

Racial Justice Tipping Point Kickoff
May 21st, 9am-5pm, James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation
On May 21st, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) will be holding a gathering and training for members of the fight for racial justice. After learning about one another's work, participants will move on to training, in which they will learn ways to gain more support and a larger following for their organizations. The three breakout sessions provided will include "organizational change for racial justice", "direct action", and "engagement for base building". The training team will include YGB's Brandi and Z!, along with many other freedom fighters. The timing couldn't be better for a day of unity, project development, and community organizing - a strong and productive step in the right direction! Click here for more info.

Public Meeting on Penn Park Shelter Replacement Project
May 25th, 6pm, Atrium Community Room at Village on Park
The city of Madison Parks Division is holding a public input meeting to hear what the community has to say about the proposed shelter replacement project underway in Penn Park. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

To empower our communities and our people, we must come to these events to show up and show out!

Racial Justice Tipping Point Kickoff!
21 Apr 2016

Racial Justice Tipping Point Kickoff!

On May 21st, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) will be holding a gathering and training for members of the fight for racial justice. Since we as a people are stronger united than divided, a main purpose of this event is to hear from other participants about their progress in achieving their goals. After learning about one another's work, participants will move on to training, in which you will learn ways to get more support and a larger following for your organization. The three breakout sessions provided will include "organizational change for racial justice", "direct action", and "engagement for base building". The training team will include YGB's Brandi and Z!, along with many other freedom fighters.

The timing couldn't be better for a day of unity, project development, and community organizing - a strong and productive step in the right direction!

 

When? May 21, 9am-5pm

Where? James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation - 2146 E. Johnson St, Madison WI

Register here!

 

 

MARCHING FORTH 1 Year Anniversary of The Murder of Tony Robinson
01 Mar 2016

MARCHING FORTH 1 Year Anniversary of The Murder of Tony Robinson

Friday March 4th at 3 PM
 
Library Mall
 
728 State St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Stand with US!!! We are Marching Forth on March 4th in honor of the life of Tony Robinson. Tony was 19 years old when he was viciously murdered at the hands of Madison Police Office Matt Kenny. He was unarmed when he was gunned down by Matt Kenny on March 6, 2015. Matt Kenny is still employed as a Police Office with the Madison Police Department. He has been granted the ability to move on with his life and the ability to

Black Mental Health: Defying and Surviving Racial Disparities Join us~!
18 Feb 2016

Black Mental Health: Defying and Surviving Racial Disparities Join us~!

Friday, February 26th 
6:30-8:30 

UW Madison South Side Partnership
2312 S. Park St
Madison, WI 53713

This is a free event; donations will be accepted. Snacks will be provided.   The event is sponsored by: Operation Welcome Home, Groundwork, Freedom Inc, Young Gifted and Black and QuARE. Livingston will give a talk about his work addressing racism from a Black mental health perspective.  He will engage the audience in a conversation about how to survive and defy the prevalent racism and racial disparities that have been highlighted recently, but have

Operation Welcome Home Freedom Schools
18 Feb 2016

Operation Welcome Home Freedom Schools

February 22nd, March 7th and 21st, April 11th and 25th.

2pm - 4pm in Room 302 at Central Library

OWH is a grassroots organization fighting for Human Rights and to end the root causes of homelessness. Join OWH Freedom Schools focused on making housing a human right, ending the criminalization of homelessness, and working for Black liberation. 2pm-4pm Room 302

Join Voces de la Frontera in Protest Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant Bills In The Wisconsin Legislature
18 Feb 2016

Join Voces de la Frontera in Protest Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant Bills In The Wisconsin Legislature

Thursday, February 18th, 10:00 AM at the Capitol Building

In Wisconsin, there are currently a number of bills that threaten the basic rights of immigrants in our community. Bills AB 723/SB 533 and AB 450/SB 369 could have very negative effects on undocumented residents of our State, on law enforcement and on the safety of our communities. Below is a brief summary for each of these bills and their negative impact on Latino and immigrant communities. The Wisconsin assembly is scheduled to vote on this legislation on Tuesday, February 16. Young Gifted and Black supports Voces de la Frontera’s Day Without Latinos and Immigrants as a response to proposed legislation that threatens our immigrant family. Will you Join Us?

1) AB 723/SB 533: This bill will block local control and local IDs for undocumented people and those who lack documents to obtain

#FreeLisa Rally
14 Dec 2015

#FreeLisa Rally

Wednesday, December 16 9:00am

5005 University Avenue

Madison WI, 53705

 

On Wednesday December 16th at 9:00 am we will be holding a rally at Administrative Law Judge Cynthia Stoppel's office to say #FreeLisa We will deliver the petition that over 350 people have signed.

We will then go to Sara Wasserberg's office who is Lisa's Parole Officer at 5706 Odana Road #6.

Lisa is a Black trans woman who has been in solitary confinement for 8 months due to her gender identity. Solitary is Torture! She must be released.

*We demand that Lisa be let out of solitary confinement.
*We demand that Lisa be given time served, revocation dropped, and released from jail immediately.
*We demand that the conditions of her probation do not limit her gender expression as a woman.
*We demand that Lisa get full access to trans health care.

Lisa is being held on charges of “prostitution.” Sex work should not be criminalized. In Mitchell’s case, if she engaged in sex work, she did so out of poverty as she was homeless at the time of this arrest. Mitchell was initially charged for an altercation that she had with the person who solicited her for this work which has since been dropped because she was not at fault. Lisa would have otherwise been released from jail pending the resolution of these charges, except she was already under supervision by the state's Community Corrections Division.

While fighting her case, Lisa Mitchell has experienced transphobia at all levels of the criminal punishment system. She has been denied hormone therapy, has been called the wrong name and pronouns, her gender identity has been called deceptive and a disguise, and again, her long sit in solitary is only due to her gender identity. The harassment and criminalization of Lisa Mitchell due to being a Black trans woman must stop.

During the 1-hour per day she is allowed out of her cell, she has been working to get trans health care exclusions removed from Medicaid in Wisconsin. She is a tireless activist for all trans people and she needs our support now.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/hands-off-lisa-mitchell

We say #HandsOffBlackWomen! #HandsOffLisaMitchell!

We will not stand for Lisa Mitchell serving any more time in jail or being sent back to prison. She has been criminalized due to poverty, her race, and her gender identity since she was a teen. She is now 35. It is time for Lisa Mitchell to be released, get full health care, get housing, and get a chance to truly advocate for trans people from the outside.

1 in 2 Black trans women are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated in the US. We need to end this pattern of criminalization and we can take one step towards this by setting Lisa Mitchell free.

 

 

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YGB TO PETITION THE UNITED NATIONS

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  

SIGN THE PETITION HERE SIGN THE PETITION HERE 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GOFUNDME

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.

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FIRE MATT KENNY

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.

SIGN THE PETITION TO FIRE MATT KENNY HERE

ABOUT US

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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