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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,

 

It’s not the leaders of a movement alone that make it strong - it’s EVERY member in the community staying engaged and active that wins the fight for justice.

 

That’s why this August, we need EVERYONE to show up and show out to these social justice-themed August events to keep the movement alive!

 

 

Building Unity - Water is Life - Solidarity Tour

Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. through Sunday, August 5 at 5 p.m. - Madison East Hy-Vee (3801 E Washington) Parking Lot

This weekend, Building Unity will begin a two day tour across the state of Wisconsin to fight in solidarity with Wisconsin Water Protectors. The tour includes stops in Stevens Point, Wausau, Keshena (where participants will join the Menominee Powwow and camp on the tribal land), and Menominee, Michigan (where participants will march in the Menominee Waterfront Festival Parade against the Back 40 Mine). For more info, click here.

 

 

Puerto Rican Family Festival

Sunday, August 5 at 11 a.m. - Humboldt Park Beer Garden (3000 S Howell Ave in Milwaukee)

 This Sunday, celebrate Puerto Rican culture, music, food, and dance in Milwaukee! For more info, click here.

 

 

Lanterns for Peace 2018

Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. - Tenney Park Locks (1500 Sherman Ave.)

 To mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima, this lantern-lit event will advocate for a peaceful, war-free world. For more info, click here.

 

 

Consent Culture Conference

August 9-10 at 8 a.m. - GSAFE (122 E Olin Ave., Ste 290)

 Hosted by GSAFE, this two day conference will engage conversation about consent and health equity. For more info, click here.

 

 

2018 LGBTQ Progress Awards

Thursday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. - 1451 Renaissance Place (1451 N Prospect Ave in Milwaukee)

 This event will honor activists for LGBTQ rights in the Madison area, including socializing, cocktails, and dinner. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

Freedom Inc.'s 17th Annual BBQ, 5k & Sports tournament

Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)

 Next Saturday, Freedom Inc. will host their 17th annual BBQ at Penn Park, featuring a 5k, sports tournament, and dance battle. For more info, click here.

 

 

Black Men's Health - Town Hall Forum

Thursday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. - St. Mary’s Hospital Conference Center (700 S. Park St.)

 This forum will offer a productive conversation on the health of Black men, discussed over a meal. For more info and registration, click here.

 

 

HER Summit - #Fight4HER Activist Training Conference

Saturday, August 18 at 9 a.m.

 This conference on August 18th will teach campaign and organizing skills and discuss issues like global health and reproductive justice. For more info, the exact location, and registration, click here.

 

 

QPoC Pride Brunch

Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m. - Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)

 This free brunch for LGBTQ people of color will include entertainment and hors d'oervres, hosted by the QPOC Pride planning committee and Our Lives Magazine. For more info, click here.

 

 

OutReach Pride Parade 2018

Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. - State Street

 The OutReach Pride Parade will be a massive event that will march up State Street and circle  Capitol Square. For more info, click here. To join the LGBTQ+ Latinx community at the march, click here.

 

 

Women's Equality Day

Thursday, August 23 at 5 p.m. - Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)

 To celebrate Women's Equality Day, join the Wisconsin Women's Network to listen to community leaders and discuss the future of feminism. For more info, click here.

 

 

Mexican Fiesta 2018

August 24-26 - 200 N Harbor Dr. in Milwaukee

From August 24 to 26 in Milwaukee, enjoy fun, food, culture, Mariachi, scholarship awards, and community at Mexican Fiesta 2018. For more info and tickets, click here.

The use of GPS monitoring for people on parole is ineffective, expensive, and oftentimes sends people to jail for doing nothing wrong.

 

In May 2017 alone, there were 52 arrests for wearers of ankle bracelets. Of these, 13 were a direct result of a malfunction in the GPS bracelet - with no violations of parole whatsoever. In other words, a quarter of those arrested did absolutely nothing wrong.

 

But in spite of cases like these, the Wisconsin state government has stood idly by as the use of GPS monitoring has roughly doubled in Wisconsin since 2013. This has led to a massive waste of Wisconsin tax dollars and lots of unnecessary jail time for people who did nothing wrong.

 

While it’s surely valuable for incarcerated people to be able to go to work and see their family while on parole, a much better way to do that would be simply to incarcerate less people by legalizing marijuana and implementing community control over the police. At the very least, we should place people on parole without any GPS tracking. There are plenty of ways to combat mass incarceration without replacing it with bad technologies like ankle bracelets.

 

Instead, unlike many states like Wisconsin’s neighbor, Minnesota, which don’t have a GPS monitoring system, Wisconsin dishes out $9.7 million every year to the flawed system.

 

These arrests of innocent people are in part a result of the poor GPS reception of the ankle bracelets, an issue that is especially pronounced in rural areas. Due to these technological errors, many innocent people are locked up for violating their parole because the GPS signaled they went to a prohibited place, even if they didn’t actually go there. These arrests further damage their family and social life, as well as their opportunity for employment.

 

And it could get even worse. A bill was proposed in Wisconsin in February that would punish bracelet wearers with a felony if they intentionally failed to charge their ankle bracelets, which targets people with low incomes and long work hours and expands our epidemic of mass incarceration. This draconian move could tarnish the lives and career opportunities for many people who wear the bracelets.

 

We don’t need to spend $9.7 million a year on this failed system. Instead, we should spend our funds to provide services, economic and mental health resources to our communities of color in order to give people power, not chains.

 

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In order to make any progress, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.

 

You can help by Joining our Coalition of Supporters, or by donating here.

 

If you have any personal stories of racial violence to share, please reach out to us at YGB by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear YGB Community,

 As the Trump Administration’s continues its ruthless assault on the rights of immigrants, people of color, and marginalized communities, we NEED to stand up and use our people power to fight back! Please use the July events below to come together and make it happen!

 Find out more about YGB Support at YGBCoalition.org

 

 

 Riding 24 Hours in Support of Immigrants and Refugees

July 7 at 8am to July 8 at 8am - Olin Park (1156 Olin-Turville Court)

 

In response to Trump’s authoritarian attacks on immigrants and refugees, BiciClub Latino de Madison will organize a 24 hour bike ride to resist the Administration’s policies - and YOU can participate on your own bike, whether for one hour or all 24. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

TAR: Protest Against Family Separation

Tuesday, July 10 at 1pm - 5315 Wall St

 

On July 10, join Tuesday Action & Resistance (TAR) at Ron Johnson’s Madison office to protest ICE, family separation, and our government’s assault on immigrants and refugees. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

Día de las Familias Latinas at the Jefferson County Fair

Sunday, July 15 at 12pm - Jefferson County Fair (503 N Jackson Ave in Jefferson)

 Next weekend in Jefferson, join La Movida Radio for a full day of music, contests, and Mexican food to bring Latinx families together. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

Saving Our Babies: Community Forum for Black Mothers

Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30pm - Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S Park St) Suite 200

 This event, hosted by the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, will host a community forum regarding the low birth rates of Black infants in Dane County, which is racially disproportionate and can lead to childhood illness and early death. For more info and registration, click here.

 

 

 

EEWI Webinar

Friday, July 20 at 9am - Online

 On July 20, Economic Empowerment Wisconsin (EEWI) will host an online webinar discussing paid leadership roles and strategies to empower entrepreneurs of color in Wisconsin. For the Facebook link, click here. For the Eventbrite link, click here.

 

 

 

Unidos 22nd Anniversary

Friday, July 20 at 6pm - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

 For 22 years, UNIDOS has been serving survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault in Wisconsin’s Latinx community. This anniversary event at Monona Terrace will celebrate UNIDOS’ work and honor these victims. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

 

Building the HIVE

Saturday, July 21 at 11:30am - Online

 On July 21, the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE) will offer an online webinar that will discuss the organization’s efforts to support needs-based resource development for Black businessmen. For the Facebook link, click here. For the Eventbrite link, click here.

 

 

 

2018 Unity Picnic & Black Expo

Saturday, July 21 at 12pm - Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S Park St) Suite 200

 The 4th Annual Unity Picnic will feature music, dance, food, and face painting, held in partnership with the Black Business Expo. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

Inclusive Leadership: Unconscious Bias, Trust & Decision-Making

Monday, July 23 at 9:30am - DreamBank Madison (1 N Pinckney St)

 This workshop will discuss how an inclusive work culture can promote both diversity and profitability. For more info and registration, click here.

 

 

 

Disability Pride Festival

Saturday, July 28 at 12pm - Tenney Park Shelter (1500 N Sherman Ave)

 This festival will celebrate the lives and civil rights of people with disabilities. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

Mercadito de Centro Hispano

Every Wednesday at 4pm - Centro Hispano (810 W Badger Rd)

Every Wednesday at 4pm throughout the summer, Centro Hispano will host a community market where buyers can interact with farmers. For more info, click here.

Dear YGB Community,

We need to stay engaged every month in order to build people power. Please attend/share the following events to stay active in the community and the movement for racial justice!


Juneteenth Community Service Project
Friday, June 15 at 5:30pm - UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S Park St)

Join the Madison Alumnae chapter to collect items for children care kits for the Beacon Homelessness Resource Center. For more info, click here.


Juneteenth Poetry Slam at South Camps
Friday, June 15 at 6pm - Madison College South (2238 S Park St)

This Juneteenth poetry slam will have the theme of "the resilience of a people." For more info, click here.


Juneteenth Day Celebration brought to you by Kujichagulia-MCSD
Saturday, June 16 at 11am - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)

This celebration of African American freedom, heritage, and accomplishments will also advocate for a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. For more info, click here.


Facing Unconscious Bias
Saturday, June 20 at 8am - State Bar of Wisconsin (5302 Eastpark Blvd)

This morning training will help us examine our own unconscious biases and perceptions. For more info, click here.


Engaging Men in the #MeToo Era
Wednesday, June 20 at 9:30am - Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (3020 W Vilet St in Milwaukee)

This event, led by A Call To Men CEO Tony Porter, will demonstrate how men can participate in the #MeToo movement and express healthy - not toxic - behaviors. For more info, click here.


Jail, Justice and Community
Thursday, June 21 at 6pm - Linneman's Riverwest Inn (1001 E Locust St in Milwaukee)

This event, presented by the ACLU, will give important updates on campaigns like #CloseMSDF (the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility), The Milwaukee Police: Community Accountability Initiatives, and Lincoln Hills — Bring ‘em Home. For more info, click here.


EEWI Webinar
Friday, June 22 at 11:30am - Online

This online meeting will allow you to help build the strategic vision and outline paid leadership roles for Economic Empowerment Wisconsin (EEWI), a collaborative initiative supporting entrepreneurs of color. For more info, click here.


3rd Annual Evening of Dreaming
Friday, June 22 at 6pm - Centro Hispano (810 W Badger Rd)

This evening, Centro Hispano will feature documentary filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez and his film, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo. For more info and registration, click here.


Building the HIVE
Saturday, June 23 at 11:30am - Online

This online webinar will attempt to develop the strategic direction of the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE), an organization providing needs-based resource development for Black Entrepreneurs. For more info, click here.


Blues for Mister Charlie
Saturday, June 23 at 7pm - Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (501 E Badger Rd)

This play by Black Olive Community Theatre will put James Baldwin’s “Blues For Mister Charlie,” which discusses Medgar Evers, the murder of Emmett Till, and the Civil Rights Movement, on stage. For more info, click here.


Stories within the Letters: An Evening of Celebrating Our Lives
Friday, June 29 at 6pm - Madison College (1701 Wright St)

This event will commemorate LGBT Pride Month through the lens of storytelling. For more info, click here.


Bail/Eviction Prevention Fund Hip Hop Fundraiser
Saturday, June 30 at 6pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St)

The Free the 350 Bail Fund is doing incredible work to bail out people of color from the Dane County Jail. At this fun hip hop fundraiser, half of the proceeds will go to the fund, and the other half will go to the Eviction Prevention for Black Moms fund. For more info and ways to donate, click here.


PrideFest Milwaukee 2018
Multiple dates - Milwaukee Pride (200 N Harbor Dr in Milwaukee)

Wisconsin's largest and longest-running LGBTQ pride celebration will take place in Milwaukee from June 7 to 10. For more info and tickets, click here.


Queer Shorts: Unity
Multiple dates - Bartell Community Theatre (113 E Mifflin St)

These short plays from StageQ will discuss unity and the LGBTQ+ community. For more info, specific dates, and tickets, click here.

Dear YGB Community,

 

As we continue to develop our three core areas - Black Needs, Building Analysis, and Advocacy - there is a lot of work we must do on the ground to combat racism and state violence. You can do your part when you show up and show out to the following May events!

 

 

2018 Madison College Pow Wow

Saturday, May 5 from 11am-5pm - 1701 Wright St

 

This Saturday, Madison College will hold a full day Pow Wow event. For more info, click here.

 

 

March for Cannabis

Saturday, May 5 from 1-4pm - MacArthur Square Parking Structure (841 N James Lovell St in Milwaukee)

 

The criminalization of marijuana is one of the leading causes of mass incarceration for people of color in Wisconsin. This Saturday in Milwaukee, join hundreds of people to march for the legalization of cannabis. For more info, click here.

 

 

PDA: Public Display of Asianess

Sunday, May 6 from 11am-3pm - Saints Madison Juice Co. (821 Williamson St.)

 

This event will celebrate Madison’s Asian community, complete with food and refreshments. For more info, click here.

 

 

Madison, WI - MILWAUKEE 53206 Screens w/ La Follette School

Monday, May 7 from 6-8pm - Marquee Cinema (1308 Dayton St, Union South)

 

On Monday, this screening will showcase “MILWAUKEE 53206,” a film about the lives of people of color in the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. For more info, click here.

 

 

The Pathway to Allyship

Monday, May 7 from 7-9pm - Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 W Badger Rd)

 

Led by Justified Anger, this event will delve into the experiences of four white Madisonians on the pathway to understanding allyship. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

MeToo: Taking a Stand Against Women’s Oppression

Tuesday, May 8 from 6-7:30pm - 906 Historic W Mitchell St in Milwaukee

 

In response to the misogynist presidency of Donald Trump, speaker Nicole Colson will discuss the MeToo movement through the lens of women’s rights and socialism. For more info, click here.

 

 

MKE Reads "Color of Law" Launch Party

Wednesday, May 9 from 5-7pm - 3334 N Holton Street in Milwaukee

 

This book reading will discuss “Color of Law,” a book about redlining and America’s history of racist housing policy. For more info, click here.

 

 

Ambition | Black Women's Leadership Accelerator

Friday, May 11 from 7-11am - 1701 Wright St

 

This experience will help Black women grow and accelerate in their careers. For more info, click here.

 

 

Home Is Where The Racism Is

May 16 to 18 - Yatra Studio (646 W Washington Ave)

 

This gallery show will discuss oppression, racism, and equity through portraits, interviews, and historical material. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit

Wednesday, May 16 from 8am-4pm - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

 

This one day summit, hosted by the Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison Region Economic Partnership, will discuss economic development and diversity. For more info, click here.

 

 

Promoting Dignity and Equity in the Workplace: A Stop Hate Project Workshop

Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 from 9am-3pm - Wisconsin State Capitol (2 E Main St) Room 411

 

This two day interactive workshop led by Ubuntu will work to apply dignity to professional settings as a way to increase equity and address hate speech. For more info, click here.

 

 

From A Different Perspective

Wednesday, May 16 from 6-7:30pm - Threshold (2717 Atwood Ave)

 

On May 16, Ad 2 Madison will be bringing together a diverse team of Madison community leaders to discuss the pathway to professional success for people from marginalized communities. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

2018 LGBT Business Equality Summit

Thursday, May 17 from 8-11:45am - ManpowerGroup (100 Manpower Place in Milwaukee)

 

This event, led by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will be a great networking opportunity with remarks from state and national leaders on the LGBT business community. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

2018 Walk for Children

Saturday, May 19 from 9am-12pm - Next Door Milwaukee (2545 N 29th St in Milwaukee)

 

The 2018 Walk for Children will address the importance of funding critical early childhood education programs through a one-mile walk and various festivities. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

Somos Latinas Book Launch

Saturday, May 19 from 1-3pm - Wisconsin Historical Society Press (816 State St)

 

The book “Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists” by Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez will be launched at the Wisconsin Historical Society, complete with a book signing. For more info and tickets, click here.

 

 

Restoring Justice for our Youth

Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30-7pm - Urban League of Greater Professionals (2222 S Park St) Suite 200

 

This event, led by Freedom Inc.’s Jessica Williams, will discuss how to bring justice to youth in our communities. For more info, click here.

 

 

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrant Justice & The Faith Community

Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-8pm - Lussier Community Education Center (55 S Gammon Rd)

 

On May 23, Sergio M. González, who researches how Latino immigrants have developed in Wisconsin throughout the 1900s, will give a talk on immigration. For more info, click here.

Support YGB when you purchase The Black Panthers Speak.

 

The book, “The Black Panthers Speak,” edited by Philip S. Foner, provides readers with a “sweeping collection of the most vital and representative writings of the Black Panther party.” The book includes excerpts from Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton, and Panther women like Kathleen Cleaver, as well as perspectives on the party’s court battles and our country’s power structures.

 

Support YGB when you purchase The Black Panthers Speak by clicking on the image below.

 

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

 

Support YGB when you purchase From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

 

The book, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, recounts the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City and the protests against police impunity that followed. In response to the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor argues that, given the long history of structural racism in the United States, we should initiate a broaden push for Black liberation movement as a whole.

 

Support YGB when you purchase From #BlackLivesMatter to Black LIberation by clicking on the image below.

 

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

 

Support YGB when you purchase Detroit: I Do Mind Dying.

 

The book, “Detroit: I Do Mind Dying” by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, documents the history of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, an organization of Black workers at a Chrysler plant in Detroit, and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a group of Black Marxists that was also based in Detroit. The book chronicles the movement for Black liberation led by these groups and its importance in the fight for workers rights for people of color.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Detroit: I Do Mind Dying by clicking on the image below.

 

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

 

Support YGB when you purchase Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981.

 

This book by Philip Foner recounts the radical history of Black workers in the American labor movement between 1619 and 1981. While these movements may be traditionally framed as white-dominated, they were actually led largely by workers of color. This serves as an important reminder that the "working class" is not just white, but it is strongly led by Black workers and union members.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Undivided Rights by clicking on the image below.

 

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

 

Support YGB when you purchase Undivided Rights.

 

Undivided Rights describes the largely unknown history of women of color organizing for their reproductive rights. The book outlines the personal stories and experiences of women of color and how women of color have used activism to resist reproductive coercion in their communities. This message conveyed in this book is especially important as it demonstrates the integral leadership of women of color in defending their reproductive rights, something that pushes beyond the mainstream pro-choice narrative.

 

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

 

 

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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

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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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