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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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Tuesday, May 19 9:30am

City County Building

210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Please come out to support folks who were arrested at the occupation of East Wash after the student walk-outs at local high schools on April 14th, a national Day of Action Against Police Brutality. We want a court presence to show that these arrests were unnecessary and we want the charges dropped! City County Building
Room 203

Monday, May 18 6:00pm

Doyle Administartion Building

545 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI

Board of Education Public Hearing on Monday, May 18th at 6:00pm at the Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton St., McDaniels Auditorium. This is a hearing on Madison Metropolitan School District's recent policy proposal regarding the race-based mascot and logo issue. MMSD will be holding a Board of Education public hearing regarding the newly created policy proposal that requires our school district to refrain from playing other school district athletic teams that have an American Indian mascot or logo. This policy will also require our school district to ensure that all of our students will have a safe and healthy learning environment. This means that our school within our own district will be required to have students, staff, and faculty to not wear attire that depicts race-based mascots and/or logos. If a student or staff or faculty member is seen wearing such attire that person or persons will be asked to turn their shirt, etc... inside out or be sent home to change. This is a unique approach and stance on this issue, as MMSD is the only school in the state who has taken this strong of a stance on the issue. There are however other school districts with similar policies in place.

Sunday, May 17 2015

1:00pm - 5:00pm

University of Wisconsin Law School

975 Bascom Mall, Room 3260, Madison, WI


1-3pm: Jail Support 101 training by Chicago Action Medical (street medics). Anyone can do jail support! Participants will share their own experiences and learn how to support protesters in preparing for the possibility of arrest, advocate for people who have health needs in jail, track arrested people through the legal system, care for handcuff injuries and support arrestees as they are released. 3-5pm: Legal observer training by National Lawyers Guild Chicago, NLG Chicago Legal Observer Program. Learn how to monitor, record, and hopefully deter police and government misconduct during events and protests. This interactive training will cover all aspects of effective legal observing and include information on local laws. Both trainings open to all community members, activists, law students, legal workers, and lawyers. If you are looking for a skillset to contribute to the movement, come to one or both of these free trainings! These trainings are organized by Madison Nlg in support of the work of all Black Lives Matter activism, and particularly YGB Ferguson To Madison.

Meet at Badger Bowl at 5:30PM The FIGHT for justice for Tony Robinson's murder--leaves US no choice!! We demand a dual track UN investigation of the murder of Tony Robinson. As well as an investigation of the racial disparities that plague our county and our city. Our second demand is community control over the police. Tomorrow we WILL teach YOU why these demands are important. Just think----Matt Kinney murdered our child within 20 seconds. That is not justice but State violence.

The entire system is unjust. The entire system is setup to work against black and brown people. The Department of Justice, nor the State, nor local city officials, DA or the Chief of Police HAD the courage to hold Matt Kenny accountable. This was cold blooded murder!! This is the Black community TAKING back power to hold the police accountable. The death of Tony Robinson is about power. The black community will not be set free until we have Black power. Power to hold the police accountable for police violence and racial disparities. It's time my people. We'll see you tomorrow!!

Black-OUT Wednesday Answering the National Call for a Black Spring

Out of respect for Tony Robinson’s family, Young Gifted and Black will not hold an action on Tuesday May 11, 2015, after District Attorney Ismael Ozanne makes his announcement regarding whether officer Matt Kinney will be charged with the death of 19-year-old black teenager Tony Robinson. We call community members to use Tuesday to remember Tony and reflect on the complex ways state violence impacts Black lives.


We will resume our actions on Black Out Wednesday May 12, 2015, the first day of action in Black Spring, a national movement for Black Liberation. Black Spring recognizes the death of Tony as connected to the killings of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones. It is a movement that recognizes the poverty, mass incarceration, evacuated education systems, and physical and mental health struggles that Black people face all as injuries incurred in the war against Black people across in America. The long winter is over. It is time to grow and move in to spring, demonstrating resistance and resilience against the assault on Black people in Madison and across the country.


We will gather for a mass action at 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning at Williamson and Few St in front of the house where Tony was murdered. We ask workers, students, families, and community members who share our vision to stand up for Black lives as a part of this Black Spring movement, and Walk Out on Black Out Wednesday. NO WORK. NO BUSINESS. NO SCHOOL. NO JUSTICE? NO PEACE.

#BlackLivesMatter #Justice4Tony #YGB

Saturday May 9, 2015

10:30am - 12:30pm

Steps of the Capitol, State Street Side

As we watch the protests in Baltimore and remember Tony Robinson in Madison, we are reminded of the many mothers who mourn the deaths of their children to police brutality and racial injustice. This Mother's Day weekend take action to remember and demand an end to state violence in our community. Join us on Saturday, May 9, on the State St steps of the capitol, 10am-noon for sign making and art as protest. As mothers and supporters gather in Washington, D.C. for the Million Moms March against police violence and racial injustice, we will gather in Madison in a family-friendly action for justice. #blacklivesmatter #justicefortony #millionmomsmarch #mothersforjustice "Until the killing of black men, black mother's sons, become as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens." -- Ella Baker

Saturday May 9th, 12:30pm

Sunset Park, 300 E. Sunset Ct

Madison, WI 53705

We are not expecting to receive justice for the killing of our unarmed teen, Tony Terrell Robinson. Madison is home to the WORST racial disparities in the Nation. So, instead of waiting for DA Ismael Ozanne to announce that he will not be charging officer Matter Kenny (as is the story with most police killings of unarmed black people), we'll be asking OUR neighbors and community members to sign our petition to the United Nations. We're requesting A Dual Track Independent Investigation conducted by the United Nations and Organization of American States – Because local and federal officials have demonstrated the inability- or unwillingness- to protect or bring justice to our communities, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) must conduct the independent investigation on dual tracks: first, the killing of unarmed 19 year old Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny. And second, the gross racial disparities in employment, education and wealth in Dane County, Wisconsin, as well as the use of police as an occupying force in Black communities. We'll meet at Sunset Park (300 E. Sunset Ct) at 12:30 PM this Saturday May 9th. Come join us. Eat AND Enjoy the weather as we advocate for justice. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE Sign the Petition here:

Wednesday May 20, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Overture Center

201 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Calling all poets, dancers, musicians, singers, visual artist, and mc's !!! ***If you are a youth or know a youth still Interested in Performing, Please hit me up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., message me on Facebook, or
call/text me at (312)- 802-3977**** Young Gifted and Black and Justified Art are showcasing youth ages 8- 21 MAY 20th to express themselves and feeling towards State Violence and the Killing of Black People from Police Brutality. We are looking for youth ages 8-21 to comet and share your talent with everyone at the Overture Center.
All art showcased must have a social justice message and be inclusive! WED. MAY 20th is the Date of the Actual performance.

Everyone is Welcome. ***If you are a youth or know a youth still Interested in Performing, Please hit me up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., message me on Facebook, or
call/text me at (312)- 802-3977****

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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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