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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

Protest On July 21st

On Thursday at 4pm, we met at the Police Union (660 John Nolen Drive) to demand officer accountability and community control over the police. There were arrests, and then the rally was brought to the corner of Rimrock and John Nolan, where we faced extreme heat and extreme rain to demand justic for the National Day of action. There were arrests, and they had absolutely no purpose - the street wasn't even opened up after arrests were taken. You can read our article about the afternoon by clicking here.

Handing Out Informational Leaflets

On Wednesday, July 20th, at 7pm, organizers for #BlackLivesMatter handed out leaflets to thousands of people at the Concert on the Square as outreach to the general public. They informed those who didn't understand the details and nuances of our cause, explained why we wanted Community Control over the Police, and even to the stage to demand justice.

Common Council Meeting on Blue Lives Matter Petition

On Tuesday, July 19th, at 6pm there was a Common Council meeting on the subject of a “Blue Lives Matter” related petition. YGB and Freedom Inc. brought in dozens of organizers to hold Chief Koval accountable for his apathetic behavior to our cause. This important meeting was preceded by a teach in to clarify exactly what we want (Community Control over the Police). You can read the article we wrote about our response to the pro-Blue Lives Matter crowd by clicking here.

Sign Making w/ Groundwork, YGB, and Freedom Inc.

On, Monday, July 18th at 5pm, Groundwork, YGB, and Freedom Inc. held an hour-long sign-making session. This sign-making was followed by a 6-8:30pm training for direct action and civil disobedience for organizing and protesting. This took place at the Pres House, 731 State Street. More info here.

Tony Robinson Video Screening

May 25, 6:30-8:45pm

Madison's Central Library, Rooms 301/302

On May 25th, join LakeFrontRow to watch the Madison-area premiere of "19, The Tony Robinson Shooting: A Case of Deadly Bias", brought to you by director Tim Poehlmann-Tynan. This film analyzes forensic evidence and Madison Police Department audio/video recording to push back against the conflicting narratives of the unjustified shooting of Tony Robinson.

According to LakeFrontRow Cinema, "against an overwhelming soundtrack of newsreel audio and hip-hop, 19 is an uncompromising exorcism of Madison's relationships with race and violence. But it's also a humanizing document in search of justice, truth and love. While moving images all on their own, footage of city-wide protests and candlelight vigils also buttress the importance of Robinson as a young man, as person of color, and as human."

Following the moving and educational film, a panel will be held with the director as well as WI State Representative Chris Taylor and YGB's Brandi Grayson.

Click here for more info.

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!

 

 

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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