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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.

Eric Upchurch

YGB raising awareness and building community

Eric Upchurch

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3:00 at Philosopher stones. Join us for food, community building, resisting displacement, and an end to the state violence against Black homeless people. 

The Mayor and Chief Koval have made a final decision to remove the philosopher stones at the park on the top of state street and have started doing it on Monday the 10th. This has been a spot where Black homeless people and low income people gather and build community due to having no other place to go. A similar group of Black homeless people have been moved and criminalized for many years from Brittingham Park, to Peace Park, to concrete park to Philosopher stones park. Kicking people out of public space is not the answer, we need a day resource center, a wet shelter, better mental health services, better case management, better night shelter services, more affordable housing with supportive services, an end to over policing and criminalizing this group of people. There are some good steps being made in the city and county towards these ends. Black homeless people are at the root of the racial disparities in poverty, policing, and mass incarceration. This is an issue for all of us to be engaged on.



Social Good Summit

Entrepreneurship at its best incorporates the business of improving the world we live in -- caring, sharing, building community, and unleashing new creative economies. Join us for a daylong summit to collectively redefine entrepreneurship in terms that reconsider the value of social good in all the work that we do. Through a moderated panel discussion, participant engagement activities, and networking opportunities, we will, together, build a larger kind of entrepreneurship worthy of Wisconsin – one where prosperity benefits everyone, without exception.

The Social Good Summit is a new event organized by the founders of Madison Nonprofit Day, ESUCEO Inc., Rabble, Horizon Coworking, Mutual Aid Network, and Dane County TimeBank, in association with The

Wednesday, May 27 12:00pm

Wisconsin State Capital

Dr. Martin Luther King Street Entrance


The state is proposing to add $5 million to increase Wisconsin's prison population. The fight against the prison industrial complex continues, as we will continue to fight to build the people and not the jail. Join YGB to stand in solidarity with CUSH-Congregations United to Serve Humanity and other people of faith against the proposed resolution.

Our state has waged a war against black people and doubles down on many oppressive policies. Time to continue the fight.


Saturday, May 23 2015

9:30am - 11:30am

Capitol Square, Top of State St.

Madison WI, 53703

Meet at the top of state Street on the Capitol steps. There we can make some posters for those that don't have them. we're are going to ring the capital all the way around the building with our signs. Won't be as crazy as the graduation. learned something there. I am new at this and am laughing at my own inexperience. Come join us. Let's bring about awareness for TERRELL. I am a butterfly and I am flapping my wings.

Thursday, May 21 2015, 6:45pm

210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Tonight, Thursday May 21st at 7:00 pm the Dane County Board will be vote on whether to pass Resolution 556 “Investigating Alternatives to Incarceration, Solutions to Racial Disparities and Mental Health Challenges in the Dane County Jail and Throughout Dane County's Criminal Justice System” . Thank you!! for all you have done to show up to push for this to make it this far!! Come out for the vote today. Young Gifted and Black calls for the passage of this resolution and would see it as a great step in the right direction for Dane County. YGB and other organizations such as MOSES, No New Jail, NAMI, hundreds of individuals, and a few County Board Supervisors have been working tirelessly for months to get to this point. Today is a national day of action against state violence against Transgender and Cisgender Black Women and Girls. Too often their stories of police violence, over-incarceration, and criminalization are ignored due to the attention given to the horriffic violence against Black men. As a predominatly women and queer Black organization we see this resolution as a step towards the liberation of Black women and girls as well as Black people of all genders. (YGB will be holding more actions for Black women and queer people in June, so stay tuned!!) YGB's first action on November 25th culminated with close to 200 people registering and/or speaking in opposition to the building a new jail at the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee. At that time there was still the possibility of building a $130-$160 million jail in a new location or vast renovations. Due to hours of public testimony, conversations with County Board members, public education meetings, and weekly direct actions YGB has been able to shift the conversation. This policy has the potential to move Dane County from the bottom of the nation in Black-White disparities in incarceration, by implementing visionary approaches to alternatives to incarceration. The resolution moves YGB in the direction of our 4 demands related to the jail: 1) No New Jail: The resolution states that Dane County will not be building a new jail.
2) Free the 350: Workgroups will be charged with finding ways to divert people from incarceration and make their length of stay much shorter by programs such as community-based transformative justice programs, and lowering or ending bail.
3) End Solitary Confinement: One workgroup will make suggestions for how to get rid of solitary confinement in the jail.
4) Black Community Investment: All recommendations for programming or investments must keep Black leadership and interests central, including funding alternatives to incarceration and mental health services that are Black-led. To make this happen we must see substantial changes from all aspects of the Prison Industrial Complex in Dane County. We know the fight isn't over and will continue to put pressure on the institutions involved including the District Attorney, MPD and Police Departments in Dane County, and the Sheriff's Office. All Power to the People


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Expecting a Non-Indictment

Anticipating a continuation of historic and recent national trends, the Young, Gifted & Black Coalition (YGB). expects Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to announce his decision not to indict Madison police officer Matt Kenny for breaking into an apartment and shooting unarmed 19 year old Tony Robinson multiple times in response to a distress call for help.

The Young, Gifted & Black Coalition (YGB). are holding a community form and press conference to announce their plans for the expected non-indictment and future actions. The press conference will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the South Madison Partnership Space, located in the Villager Mall, at 2312 S. Park St., Madison, WI, beginning at 5:00pm. The Press Conference will be live streamed here.


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Family of Tony Robinson Speaks on Independent Investigation

On Friday April 3, 2015, the Madison Police Department released hundreds of documents related to the police killing of Tony Robinson, Jr. None of these documents referred to the moment when Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny encountered and killed Tony Robinson, Jr. As a result, the family of Tony Robinson, Jr. is quickly losing faith in the supposedly independent process that produced the report that District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is currently reviewing.

“We worry that the MPD and other officials are setting up a kangaroo court,” said Jerome Flowers, Tony Robinson’s friend. “Tony’s character is what’s being put on trial.”

The family of Tony Robinson, Jr. will hold a press conference to share their concerns with the investigation and pending release of the DA’s decision. The family will also lay out their requests for the District Attorney and the Madison Police Department. Supporters will meet in front of 1125 Williamson Street, the house where Tony was killed at 11 am on Monday April 6th. Supporters will then march to the County Courthouse at 215 S. Hamilton Street to hold the press conference in front of the building. For more information visit:


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 Violent and Unlawful Arrests 

Between 6:30 and 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 14th, Madison Police officers at the intersection of East Washington and 4th Street arrested more than ten peaceful protestors. Roughly 35 people, mostly youth remained in the intersection after a day-long protest, for which residents shut down East Washington for several hours to demand justice for Tony Robinson and as a part of a national action against police violence and mass incarceration. As the young people continued to sit in the intersection, 30-40 officers approached the group from the west, spanning both sides of East Washington. The officers approached the youth telling them they had 5 minutes to leave before they would be arrested. While the youth deliberated as to whether they would take arrests, the police ambushed the group. Officers arrested three people initially, Jivonte Lee Davis, Mary Jo Walters and another protestor.

They subsequently approached Leslie Amsterdam (Peterson), a member of the media, who was recording the arrests. They told her to move, and when she revealed herself as a member of the media, they destroyed her camera and forcibly arrested her. The remaining youth then decided that since they could not be in the street without being arrested, they would march legally in the crosswalks across East Washington during the light changes. After roughly an hour, they were caught in the median during a light change. Two adults, Adeyemi Balogun and Brandi Grayson attempted to protect the youth from the police.

“They grabbed Brandi and dragged her, so I grabbed her,” reported Balogun. “Then they jumped on me. They came up behind me and grabbed my neck. Then another cop grabbed me and they had me wrapped up. They just kept saying ‘stop resisting, stop resisting!’ But I wasn’t doing anything.” Grayson was violently thrown to the ground and then drug along the ground before she was arrested. Balogun along with approximately six more people, including youth, were arrested at that time. Marnie Schroeder, another arrested person described the scene: “He [CJ Terrell] wasn’t talking, wasn’t doing anything and they slammed him to the ground. They had their knee on his neck and his face in the dirt. I tried to put my hand under his face to protect it, but then they arrested me.” Community members are outraged but unsurprised by this gross display of state power by MPD. “This is a clear example of the state violence we have been talking about for months,” said Grayson. “They brutalized me, and they arrested our babies who were mourning and protesting against the police violence that led to the murder of their friend, Tony Robinson.”



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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