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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.

Eric Upchurch

YGB raising awareness and building community

Eric Upchurch

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 Violent Police Arrest Peaceful Protestors

April 14, 2015 – Madison, WI

            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.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/fergusontomadison or ygbcoalition.org.

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April 14, 2015 10:30 am

 Madison, WI

 East, West, Middleton, and Sun Prairie High Schools will meet outside of East and West High Schools at 10:30am.

 

In solidarity with demonstrators across the nation, Madison high schoolers are once again walking out of class and taking their protest against state violence to the streets. This Tuesday, April 14, students from East, West, Middleton, and Sun Prairie High Schools will meet outside of East and West High Schools at 10:30 am.  

The Young Gifted and Black Coalition helped to coordinate this action as part of the National Day of Action, a nationwide protest against police murder and mass incarceration taking place in states across the continental U.S. and Hawaii. Madison protesters will focus the protest on the epidemic of police killings of Black people all over the country as well as demand justice for Tony Robinson, an unarmed Black youth killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny on March 6th.

YGB recognizes all police  killings as part of a system of state violence that continues to harm the Black community. The impacts of state violence are felt nowhere more so than in Madison, where Black people are arrested at a rate of 11:1 in comparison to their white counterparts. YGB’s months of protests have targeted this system with the “Build the People, Not the Jail” campaign. After the police killing of Tony Robinson, YGB’s efforts have honed in on bringing justice for Tony and his family.

Madison youth have been called to action by the killing of their peer, and Tuesday’s walk-out marks their third walk-out in pursuit of justice. As YGB member Alix Ade Shabazz said, "While some may object to the fact that students will be missing class, others among us celebrate that they are writing history."

UPDATE

Violent Police Arrest Peaceful Protestors

 

April 14, 2015 – Madison, WI

 

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.”

#TonyRobinsonJr Family Press Conference to Dane County DA 4.6.2015
The family of slain Black teen #TonyRobinsonJr held a press conference 4.6.2015 at Dane County Courthouse demanding #Justice4tony and outlining their next steps as the community waits for the charging decision of the DA against MPD Ofc Matt Kenny. Jerome Flowers speaks for the Robinson family and Matthew Braunginn of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition answers questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7iCCU-opbs

1. No new jailBuild The People Not The Jail. Immediately abandon and denounce proposals under consideration with the Dane County Board of Supervisors for a new or renovated Dane County Jail. YGB instead proposes human rights solutions that make jails obsolete. Those solutions include ensuring the human right to housing, food, education, and health care for Black people.

2. Invest in the Black community – When the most marginalized win, everyone wins. Black people have historically been the most impacted by the various forms of state violence. Solutions to this violence must address root causes from the viewpoint of those most impacted. YGB therefore demands investment in Black community-led resources and alternatives aimed at addressing the root causes of racial disparities.

3. Release the 350 - Immediately release 350 Black people locked up in the Dane County Jail due to crimes of poverty. When legislation and policies create barriers that result in poverty, that poverty is a form of state violence. In Dane County 75% of Black children are living at or below the poverty line. The Madison Police Department arrests Black people at a rate of 11 to 1 compared to whites. While 6% of the County population is Black, the Dane County Jail population is nearly 50% Black. Each day, the Dane County Jail houses around 800 people. Without structural racism, the jail should be only 6% Black and not 400 black people incarcerated in Dane County Jail. In order to directly address racial disparities in the jail, YGB demands the release of 350 Black people incarcerated due to crimes of poverty. Let them out and keep them out.

*Poverty and Incarceration statistics taken from “Race to Equity Report”

4. End solitary confinement – Mental health officials confirm that solitary confinement (and any involuntary confinement) is a direct assault on the mental wellness of a person. It is unjust and inhumane. Most of the people in solitary confinement in Dane County Jail and in the US are Black. As such, Blacks are most impacted by the violence of solitary confinement and as a result many develop mental wellness challenges or a worsening of previous mental wellness challenges. So YGB demands an immediate end to solitary confinement. 

 

JUSTICE FOR TONY ROBINSON

On Monday, March 30th Jasmine Richards, Co-founder of #Blacklivesmatter was arrested by Pasadena, Ca police. The arresting charge was initially failure to appear, which basically means Ms. Richards missed her court date. Later on Jasmine Richards was charged with making “terrorist threats”, trespassing, petty theft, and evading police. We know these trumped up charges are an attempt by the police to dissuade the organizers and community in Pasadena, Ca to continue organizing for justice for Kendrec MceDede. Jasmine had just been involved with organizing a peaceful demonstration held on the anniversary of the death of Kendrec McDade.

Kendrec McDade was 19 years old, the same age as Tony Robinson when he was

"An indictment may be a step on the road to justice." said Mathew Braugninn of YGB. "But, and indictment won't bring Tony back. An indictment is not a conviction and and indictment does not sing-handedly address the racial disparities that plague our community."

YGB was formed in 2014 in response to the police killing of unarmed black youth, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Recognizing that Madison and Dane County have some of the worst racial disparities between Blacks and whites in the United States, the founders of YGB believed it necessary to build on the momentum of Ferguson by fighting for black liberation at home.

Tuesday April 7 2015, 7:30pm

Wisconsin Union Theater

800 Langdon St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

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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.
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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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