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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.

Lew Blank

YGB raising awareness and building community

Lew Blank

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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.

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.

The following is a piece written by Eric Upchurch.

 

We are defined by our struggle, which is why - in some cases - we subconsciously perpetrate it in our effort to hold on to our identity. We proudly carry the torch of our oppression, like the validation of an emotionally abusive partner. We are Torch Bearers - continuously marching on each other. How can we expect White folks to “get it right” when we violate our own damn selves?! Here, we are Reflecting the Movement.

 

I’m talking about how the “burns” we’ve survived have become flames we religiously wield in a subconscious ritual to protect ourselves.

 

Dr. King said that the White Liberal that thinks they understand is the most dangerous enemy to the movement; but in that same spirit of thinking, what about People of Color and allies who think they can’t be a part of the problem? Where do they fit? Oh, because they definitely have a place in this.

 

It’s practical knowledge that there are sexists fighting for racial justice, racists fighting for healthy climate and polluters dedicated to ending sexism. There are abusive people “fighting” abuse, and racists “fighting” racism - sexists “fighting” sexism.

 

Search your feelings. You know it to be true. You’ve seen it happen in your work, but no one is in a hurry to raise their own hand in noble guilt. No one is willing to say, “I am a part of the problem in this way.” And this begs the question: Is it You Too?

THEY BEARED TORCHES

Once during some political education on sexism, I asked some gender non-conforming friends why I couldn’t be considered a Trans-Man. Their response was that I was a straight male and I didn’t fit the definition of a Trans-Man - which is defined as being born (assigned) female and transitioning to male; and I couldn’t help but think of how often they must have heard that same reaction, “You don’t fit the definition of a man (or woman). You don’t belong there.” Inflaming words?

 

They went on to tell me how they and their loved ones had been persecuted - burned -  for their identities and that it wasn’t something that could just be adopted. They cursed me for my comparison. They beared torches.

 

Is the goal for everyone to be accepted for the identity they choose? Or for us to add different genders to the list of things people cannot be? The torch of exclusion and rejection must be put down in every way possible to make room for the light of acceptance and inclusion. We can’t exclude our way into an inclusive world.

….we cannot oppress our way out of oppression.

I had a boss once. She was so oppressive and racist with her wielding of title power, that at times, it was a running joke between coworkers just how terrible she was. What’s more is that one of the organization’s goals was to make sure that this kind of shit didn’t happen; and here was the fearless “leader” proudly lighting the way with a flaming torch.

 

I later found out that she had a troubling home life, with kids that didn’t listen to or respect her, and a lack of acknowledgement and intimacy with her partner. Her lack of power at home was balanced by her abuse of power at work - waving her torch in a panic as if to shake it out. She was burned and so...burned.

 

She was unable to hear the cries of her employees as her cries had also gone unheard. She’d taken up the torch in her effort to light her way out of her own oppression; and she wasn’t putting it down for anybody. Still, we cannot oppress our way out of oppression.

She became her torch.

I was working with a person of color who I came to call friend. We were the only two people of color on an equity project covered in white people who controlled all of the funding. Despite my support of this person - always having their back, they never hesitated to criticize, or ridicule or throw me under the bus. Sometimes, it felt like they had a problem with me personally.

 

When I shared my feelings with her, I found out that she’d been burned by so many fellow coloureds in the past who treated her with the same criticism. In order to survive, she reconciled a changed even to her very values to the point where she no longer believes that people of color should look out for each other in white spaces. She beared a heavy torch. She became her torch.

 

Had she lived in a world where people of color looked out for each other, she would not have been hurt this way. But because she carries her torch with her - because she is defined by it and the hurt it caused her, she causes others the same.

 

I have to wonder what I’m holding because of it.

 

There’s no doubt about it. We’ve done good work as a community. All of those community, cause driven, protesting, program building, beloved game changing comrades in the struggle toward better, we’ve done good work. But we’ve also failed.

 

In our very serious and impactful work to make this world a better place, we are duplicating dynamics that give rise to many of the very isms we claim to be fighting. We are fighting ourselves with a subconscious ritual that we hope leads to success, but instead supports the continuation of our struggle in gross and subtle ways.

 

So how does it end?

An intellectual understanding of your habit doesn’t mean you’ve changed it. Practice, Practice, Practice, Dammit!

I’m not here to say that there’s only one way to put down the torch, nor am I saying that I bear no torches. What I can say from my own experience is that you can’t intentionally stop yourself from doing harm if you’re not willing to consider the possibility that you might be doing harm.

 

There has to first be an openness to the possibility that there might be a torch nearby...in the hand area.

 

Secondly, is a deep dive with a healthy environment to unpack the torch. What’s there and where does it come from? How does it show itself? Who does it impact? Listen, Linda.

 

Third, there must be a commitment to a reflective practice over time that helps us reverse the habit of picking up that torch. We think that because we notice a habit of ours, that it just goes away or doesn’t show itself in other ways. But an intellectual understanding of your habit doesn’t mean you’ve changed it. Practice, Practice, Practice, Dammit!

 

What works for me is meditation, focusing on a sensory perception, like the breath, and allowing all other thoughts and sensations to come and go as freely as the breath. This helps me practice not reacting to thoughts and influences - not being controlled by my reactions. This gives me sharper eyes to see myself and little by little, put down my own torches.

 

I wish the same for all of us on this journey toward real and lasting change.

 

This is one installment of a series of Reflections of our movements that I hope will be helpful to those that find value.

Love and Peace,

Eric U. II

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.

Dear YGB Community,

 

With a 16:1 arrest disparity, we know that cops in schools are just another way for the criminal justice system to put Black bodies into jails. This monumental waste of our tax dollars instills fear in our kids, disproportionately arrests and suspends children of color, and enforces the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 5pm, we will join Freedom Inc. to demand #NoCopsInSchools! At that time, the Madison School Board’s Education Resource Officer (ERO) Ad Hoc Committee will hold a meeting, and we need to make it heard loud and clear that we need our schools to be demilitarized!

 

The meeting will be held at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W Dayton St), and it is vital that we show up and show out to demand Community Control Over the Police and #NoCopsInSchools!

Dear YGB Community,

 

In the face of the xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies of our president, we must continue to fight for immigrant rights.

 

Please call your legislators and tell them to attend the upcoming hearing and to protect immigrant rights.

 

It’s vital that we raise voice to protect the 800,000 children that have been targeted and marginalized by Trump’s rescinding of DACA. To do this, it is vital that we pressure the Wisconsin legislature to abandon Assembly Bill 160, which attempts to ban sanctuary cities in Wisconsin, allowing the police to violate the rights of immigrants even further.

 

On Wednesday, September 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Wisconsin State Capitol, we will meet to hold a public hearing on immigration reforms and fight back. The hearing, which will be held in Room 411 South, will feature dairy farm workers, DACA recipients, and many others. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to speak about why immigrant rights are important to you.


In addition to showing up and showing out next Wednesday, please
call your legislators and tell them to attend the hearing, to listen to the stories of these speakers, and to protect immigrant rights.

 

If you would like to volunteer for the event, please email Rabbi Bonnie Margulis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear YGB Community,

 

We must fight back. Please call your legislators and tell them to uphold free speech.

 

There are three bills currently being debated in the Wisconsin Legislature - AB 395, 396, and 397 - that are attempting to restrict the right to assemble for peaceful protesters in Wisconsin, regardless of whether or not they are acting violently. These proposed laws, which are in direct violation of freedom of speech and the First Amendment, and yet another vicious attempt by the status quo to silence the voices of dissidents.

 

Of course, speeches at rallies and protests can be strong, intense, and invigorating. But the right to communicate this way is integral to our democracy and vital to the life-or-death needs of those who are protesting. Accordingly, the ACLU of Wisconsin has come out strongly against these bills.

 

We must fight back. Please call your legislators and tell them to uphold free speech.

Dear YGB Community,

 

We know all too well how the arrest disparity perpetrated by Madison Police creates more harm than good in our community. What's more, they are arresting folks for crimes of poverty.

 

Just recently, a homeless Black man in Madison was arrested due to crimes of poverty, and it is vital that we understand that a stronger social safety net, better public housing resources, and policies in place to end racial disparities, could have stopped this from happening.

 

This man should not be punished - the system that put him into that situation should be punished. But instead, this man is now locked in a cage with a $2,000 bail that he cannot afford, and ZERO resources to help change his situation.

 

The Free the 350 Bail Fund is trying to raise funds to potentially free this man from behind bars by paying his $2,000 bail. Please click on this link to donate now.

 

Dear YGB Community,

 

Last week, President Trump ended the DACA program, effectively making 800,000 additional children eligible for deportation from the United States. This xenophobic and immoral act is a disgusting attempt to violate the rights of the hundreds of thousands of innocent, hard working immigrants that make up the fabric of our country and are as American as any of us are.

 

Please click here to protect the children affected by the repeal of DACA.

 

Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of being put into a dangerous, life threatening situation. We need to do everything in our power to protect them.

 

By joining the Defend DACA Phone Bank, held from September 15-20 at the Madison Labor Temple, you can directly encourage fellow Madisonians to protect these children by contacting their representatives and advocating for immigrant rights. By signing up for a shift, you can persuade hundreds of people to take vital, desperately needed action!

 

To sign up for a time to work at the phone bank, please click here.

 

If you want to support the cause from home, please contact your representatives by clicking here and telling them to support the DREAM Act 2017.

 

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: 

 

***EVENT DETAILS *** 
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.

Agenda:
• 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

#madisonwi

(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.

Agenda:
• 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

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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:

www.facebook.com/fergusontomadison.

 

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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 TO PETITION THE UNITED NATIONS

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