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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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Behind the polite personality of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch lies a troubling record in race relations.

 

Gorsuch has been repeatedly called “the next Scalia,” which is troubling in itself. The late Justice Scalia was ultra-conservative and opposed policies such as Affirmative Action and allowing the City of Richmond to direct contracts specifically to entrepreneurs of color. If Gorsuch continues this legacy of failing to give an economic advantage to those who have been historically disenfranchised - people of color - our racial disparity epidemic will inevitably persist.

 

Gorsuch, while a student at Columbia University, criticized anti-apartheid protesters in South Africa. Gorsuch also vocalized support for gentrification, limited voting rights, and right wing Nicaraguan Contras. One of Gorsuch’s most infamous rulings was in 2009, when he was the only judge to rule against Alphonse Maddin, a Black truck driver who had to abandon his truck due to nearly dying from hypothermia in -27 degree temperatures.

 

With such a passion for regressive policies that favor corporations over human rights, it’s clear that Neil Gorsuch does not have our best interests at heart. And we are here to change that. Please help us build power by donating here. For more information on Neil Gorsuch, please click here.

Support YGB when you purchase Another Country.

 Another Country by James Baldwin is a novel written in 1962. Set in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, the book depicts the then-taboo issues of bisexuality, interracial couples, and extramarital affairs. The novel touches on race, nationalism, and internalized oppression through the perspective of one of its main characters, jazz drummer Rufus Scott, and describes the struggle for love between African Americans and white liberals in spite of all obstacles.

Support YGB when you purchase Another Country with the Amazon link below.

If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Notes of a Native Son.

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin is a nonfiction book that tackles issues of race in both Europe and America. In the book, Baldwin breaks down stereotypes and stigmatizations of Black people in the media and literature and points out the hypocrisy of Black slaves praying to white Gods. Baldwin dives into Black history throughout the book and compares how Black Americans, unlike Blacks in France, had their history created from forceful relocation.

Support YGB when you purchase Notes of a Native Son with the Amazon link below.

If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

Support YGB when you purchase We Real Cool.

We Real Cool by bell hooks is a collection of ten essays on how white supremacy marginalizes Black males. In addition to Black criminalization, which will incarcerate nearly one third of Black men over the course of their lives, bell hooks also connects the book to patriarchy and sexism.

Support YGB when you purchase We Real Cool with the Amazon link below.

If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

Support YGB when you purchase The ISIS Papers.

The ISIS Papers by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing delves into the loosely defined concept of Afrocentricity. Throughout the book’s essays, Welsing examines the “pioneering achievements in architecture, science, and philosophy” by African civilizations that have been washed over by Eurocentrism. The book also touches the issues of homosexuality and sexism.

Support YGB when you purchase The ISIS Papers with the Amazon link below.

If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

 

As President Trump aims to be tough on crime and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who once infamously said "good people don't smoke marijuana," looks to be just as punitive, it seems that the War on Drugs is poised to expand. In February, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated just that by saying, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement [on recreational marijuana]."

We know that people of color have been historically targeted for non-violent drug offenses. We know that if criminalizing drugs - even minor ones like marijuana - were the solution to crime, we wouldn't be seeing the problems we have today. We wouldn’t see a need to expand the effort unless this method of criminalization is actually adding to the problem. We also know that if we legalize, tax, and regulate drugs, they will become safer, and our prison population - specifically of inmates of color - will significantly drop.

But Trump and Sessions want to take us in the opposite direction. They want to expand a failed, ineffective policy that has criminalized people of color for non-violent, harmless acts - many in survival.

Please help us resist such bigoted policies. Support YGB here.

Over the past few years, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has committed 37 violations of conduct against Sharon Irwin alone.
 
Sharon Irwin is the grandmother of Tony Robinson, the unarmed Black teen gunned down by officer Matt Kenny. Koval has repeatedly harassed, disrespected, and bullied her and the rest of her family.
 
When Koval called Irwin a "raging lunatic," he'd crossed a line that he was used to crossing without punishment. Although Koval faced no punitive charges from the Police and Fire Commissioners (PFC), he has been "admonished" for his unprofessional misconduct. But admonishment is not a deterrent to these escalating levels of abuse of power. To read more, please click here.
 
It is no surprise that such an adamant defender of the status quo of state violence against Black bodies would lack the empathy to treat opposing viewpoints with the protection and respect they deserve. We must demand that Chief Koval faces real punishment for his harmful actions. We must demand real accountability to the community. We must demand Community Control Over Police. We need real accountability now, before another Tony Robinson happens.
 

Please support our efforts by sharing or donating to our gofundme page here.

The United Nations recommends YGB demands to the United States! Learn more here.

Sign the Petition to fire Matt Kenny here!

Dear YGB Community,

This Tuesday, the Havens Center for Social Justice will host an event that you can’t miss! At the UW Madison Writing Center (6171 N Park St) on Tuesday, March 14 at 4pmthere will be a free lecture by award-winning activist Jamala Rogers: ¨Why Dismantling Racism is Central to Democracy." Rogers has worked with an extensive list of racial justice groups in St. Louis and around the country, including the National Black Political Assembly, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, and the protests in Ferguson following the murder of Mike Brown, and her message is vital to our movement. 

For more info on the event, please click here.

Please join us on Tuesday to listen to Jamala Rogers!

Support YGB when you purchase The Blueprint for Black Power.

 

The Blueprint for Black Power by Dr. Amos N. Wilson is a “moral, political, and economic imperative for the twenty-first century.” The book argues that white people have power from ownership of real estate, and that “true power must rest in the ownership of the real estate wherever Afrikan people dwell.” The Blueprint for Black Power goes into great detail for a master plan for Black liberation.

 

To get your copy of the The Blueprint for Black Power on Amazon, please click below.

If you would like to see our entire list of book recommendations, please click here.

Dear YGB Community,

The Madison Police Department Ad Hoc Review Committee, a panel of Madison residents addressing police-community relations, just released a community survey about the MPD. The 22 question survey asks community members for their opinions on how effective and fair the MPD is. By answering the survey questions with a critical lens, we can push for radical reform of the local criminal justice system.

Please take the survey by clicking on this link here: http://www.cityofmadison.com/mpdstudy/

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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

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 

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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