Dear YGB Community,
The 2018 Midterms are approaching, and Trump just proposed to end birthright citizenship, which would be DEVASTATING for children born to undocumented families. If there’s any time to resist oppression, advocate for justice, and get involved, it’s RIGHT NOW.
Be sure to stay engaged by getting active in the community and participating in the events below!
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Now, here are some November events that we would love to see you at!
Empowering Children/Ourselves to Talk About Skin Color & Racism
Saturday, November 3 at 10:30am - Sequoya Library (4340 Tokay Blvd)
Hosted by Families for Justice Dane County, this workshop will delve into concrete strategies for talking to children about racism. about skin color and racism with children. For more info, click here.
Grand Opening for the Progress Center for Black Women
Saturday, November 3 at 11am - The Progress Center for Black Women (5936 Seminole Centre Court in Fitchburg)
Fitchburg is opening a Progress Center for Black Women, and you can attend the opening on Saturday. For more info and registration, click here.
Wisconsin Black Historical Society's 30th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, November 3 at 5:30pm - Wisconsin Black Historical Society (2620 W Center St in Milwaukee)
This Saturday in Milwaukee, celebrate the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum’s three decade legacy of preserving Black history and culture. For more info, click here.
Open Mic Night: A Journey Through First Generations
Saturday, November 3 at 6pm - ZuZu Cafe (1336 Drake St)
This “Melanin Speaking” open mic feature artwork, poetry, and written work from the Lao and Cambodian Student Association. For more info, click here.
Vote on Nov. 6!
Tuesday, November 6 - Your nearest polling place
Voting day is next Tuesday!! Mark it in your calendars, and vote for candidates that support social justice and racial justice! To find your nearest polling place, click here!
Re-Entry Simulation MKE
Tuesday, November 6 at 9am - Project RETURN (2821 N 4th St Ste 202 in Milwaukee)
In order to best understand the experiences of those who return to prison after being previously incarcerated, this event in Milwaukee will have its participants step into the shoes of these individuals. For more info and registration, click here.
Native Americans and Trauma
Tuesday, November 6 at 1pm - Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)
This panel discussion in Milwaukee will focus on the cultural, historical, biological, political, and psychological trauma that has been inflicted on the Native American community. For more info and registration, click here.
November 8-24 - Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theatre (113 E Mifflin St)
Based on the book by Sagashus Livingston, this play this play depicts the lives of incredibly strong women who “went through the belly of hell and brought something good back.” For more info and tickets, click here.
Tenant Resource Center Fundraiser and Silent Auction
Friday, November 9 at 5pm - Brinklounge Madison (701 E Washington Ave)
To learn more about the Tenant Resource Center and support their cause of providing housing assistance and education to members of our community, please attend this fundraiser. For more info and a donation link, click here.
Courage for Racial Justice and Courage for Collective Liberation
Saturday, November 10 at 9am - Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 W Badger Rd)
This speech by anti-racist author and activist Chris Crass will discuss racial justice and collective liberation. For more info, click here.
SEANO (Southeast Asian New Opportunities)
Sunday, November 11 at 11am - UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St)
This meeting will discuss financial, educational, and social opportunities for southeast Asian students looking to attend UW-Madison or any campus. For more info and tickets, click here.
Madison Area Teachers for Social Justice
Saturday, November 17 at 9:30am - UW-Madison School of Education (1000 Bascom Mall)
This full day event will build community and examine how teachers can discuss social issues and social justice in the classroom. For more info and registration, click here.
Dear YGB Community,
We send out our Staying Engaged emails every month because we know that showing up matters. Attending and participating in events and actions is what builds the movements and people power that creates change.
That’s why it’s so important to support our work, show up and show out to the October events below!
Racial Justice Summit
October 2 and 3 at 8am - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)
This event on October 2 and 3 will explore racial justice, healing, and reconciliation through the mediums of spoken word, film, music, and performance art. For more info and registration, click here.
Discussion: Whiteness in Queer Spaces
Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30pm - Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (716 Langdon St)
This discussion will focus on whiteness in the LGBTQ+ community and how to make the community more inclusive. For more info, click here.
Thursday, October 4 at 6pm - A Room of One's Own Bookstore (315 W Gorham St)
This reading of “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements!”, which discusses Black, LGBTQ, and feminist grassroots activism throughout history, will be led by the author, Charlene A. Carruthers, herself. For more info, click here.
2018 MSA Conference
October 5 to 6 - UW Madison (more info on Facebook event)
The 2018 Muslim Students Association Conference will offer fun activities and amazing speakers. For more info, click here.
Latino Art Fair 2018!
Saturday, October 6 at 5pm - Overture Center for the Arts (201 State St)
This display at the Overture Center will exhibit paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and music from Latino artists! For more info, click here.
HIP HOP Fundraiser Bail Fund, One City Schools, Progress Center
Saturday, October 6 at 7pm - Art In (1444 E Washington Ave)
This event will bring local hip hop artists together to raise money for The Progress Center for Black Women, Free The 350 Bail Fund, and One City Schools. For more info, click here.
Groundwork Anti-Racism Workshop
Every Sunday starting October 7 - Trinity United Methodist Church (1123 Vilas Ave)
Groundwork will provide another series of fantastic anti-racism workshops, every Sunday from October 7 to November 18, which will help participants recognize and combat white privilege. For more info, click here.
Lecture by Dalia Mogahed (on Muslims and Islam)
Sunday, October 7 at 1:30pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St)
This lecture by American-Egyptian scholar Dalia Mogahed will attempt to demystify Muslims and Islam. For more info, click here.
21st Century Indian - Author Louis V. Clark III
Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30pm - Verona Public Library (500 Silent St in Verona)
This talk in Verona will be led by Oneida author and poet Louis V. Clark III, who will go into detail about his story and his culture. For more info, click here.
Mindfulness & Racial Justice: A Path For All of Us
Friday, October 12 at 6pm - Anderson Auditorium at the Predolin Humanities Center (959 Edgewood College Dr)
In this discussion, Rhonda Magee will discuss how mindfulness and compassion can improve our quest for racial justice. For more info, click here.
The Justice Tour
Saturday, October 13 at 2pm - Centennial Hall (733 N 8th St in Milwaukee)
This discussion in Milwaukee, led by community experts, will touch on race-based policing and mass incarceration in Wisconsin. For more info, click here.
ResourceFULL Black Businesses October 2018
Thursday, October 25 at 5pm - 2300 S Park St in the Community Room
The Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment is at it again with another ResourceFULL event, featuring networking, food, music, and giveaways of up to $10,000! For more info, click here.
Words of Worth: Letters to the Border
Monday, October 29 at 7pm - Community Immigration Law Center (944 E Gorham St)
On October 29, the Community Immigration Law Center will host a session in which participants will write letters of support to non-citizens and asylum seekers currently held in detention centers. The night will also include a discussion of immigrant rights issues. For more info, click here.
Racial Justice Film Festival
Every Saturday in October at 6pm - International Cooperative Housing (140 W Gilman St)
The Racial Justice Film Fest will be held every Saturday from October 6 to October 27 and will present films countering white colonialist capitalist patriarchy, including Get Out, the 13th, and Moonlight. For more info, click here.
Latinx Heritage Month 2018 Events
Multiple Events - UW Madison Multicultural Student Center (716 Langdon St)
Latino Heritage Month events continue this October, featuring speakers, dances, and discussions. For more info and details, click here.
A case in which a Madison non-profit organizer accused Forward Community Investments (FCI) of racial and economic bias raises important questions about how lenders should treat low-income borrowers of color.
On July 16, 2016, Felicia Davis met with two loan specialists from FCI and requested a $250,000 loan in order to purchase a facility to house a daycare center. As someone who lived homeless in Chicago for seven years, Davis told YGB that her dream was to provide a safe place for under-resourced youth in Madison.
“Identifying a location inside the community, providing youth programs and creating community involvement through the participation of the residents is vital to the transformation that is needed in the Brentwood Neighborhood,” Davis wrote in a questionnaire response to FCI.
While Davis lacked a significant funding base, she had a successful track record of providing quality care for children. Within two years, Davis said her non-profit was serving 60 youth on Madison’s north side, providing academic and career support at the Warner Park Community Center, the organization’s temporary base.
From the get-go, Davis believed that she was going to receive a loan from FCI to make her vision of owning a physical space for her own community center a reality. After a site visit on August 3 that FCI described as "wonderful," FCI provided Davis with a Letter of Interest on October 7, stating that FCI may “potentially provide financing to purchase a suitable building for daycare expansion of DSS, contingent on it meeting [certain criteria].”
Although things were looking bright for Davis, they quickly turned sour. In a meeting with FCI staff on April 24, 2017, Davis told YGB that she was asked to provide a guarantee that 50% of her budget was already being provided by other lenders. As a low-income owner of a non-profit, Davis did not have these financial resources.
FCI, which lists racial and economic equity as one of their top priorities, says on their website: “At FCI we believe that racial equity exists when people of color are able to fully participate in the political, cultural, and economic decisions of their community [and] are guaranteed fair treatment and access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, to advance their well-being, achieve their potential, and realize their vision of success.”
To Davis, FCI failed to realize this mission. As a woman of color without sufficient funds, she felt that she didn’t receive “fair treatment” due to her low economic starting point and her skin color as well.
“You sit in my face and you tell me that you don’t wanna help me because I don’t have a million dollars in the bank?” Davis told YGB. “And you claim that you believe in racial equity, social justice?”
In a letter sent on April 2, 2017, Salli Martyniak, the president of FCI, conceded that her organization made mistakes in communicating with Davis.
"What did we do wrong? Lots!", she wrote. "We didn't tell her 10 months ago that this funding plan was not good for either FCI or DSS...we should have told her that we would consider a gap loan if she wasn't able to raise all of the money prior to opening...[additionally], we didn't help her with solid advice about running a daycare center. This would have been a perfect place to ask our credit analyst, Jenn Wendtland, to sit in on a meeting a talk about daycare centers and what a solid budget should incorporate."
However, in an interview with YGB, Martyniak defended the organization’s decision to have strong capital requirements for awarding loans.
According to Martyniak, FCI regularly ensures that a company has sufficient financial reserves - whether in cash on hand or through pledges for loans and grants - before awarding loans. This practice is an attempt to maintain low default rates among FCI’s loans, something that Martyniak says is essential to pleasing its philanthropist donor base.
Due to FCI’s capital requirements for receiving loans, Martyniak said that Davis would be better off seeking other sources of funding like grants, which FCI awards at $3,000 per month to smaller and less financially stable organizations.
“The last thing that we want to ever do is to provide a loan, to provide a debt, to a non-profit that cannot afford to maintain that debt, to pay us back, or to really be a sustainable non-profit,” Martyniak told YGB. “Because, if they’re not successful, it’s not just a matter of the fact that we don’t get paid back - the fact is that we’ve seen non-profits go out of business and we’ve seen what that does to the community and the people that they’re serving.”
This response seems inadequate to Davis, who notes that under-resourced organizations often go out of business because of practices that discriminate against those with less financial backing from donors, investors, and organizations like FCI.
The case of Davis and Martyniak raises important questions about how we should view lending as a society. How do we provide financial opportunities to those most at risk like Felicia, while also allowing organizations like FCI to be fiscally responsible and satisfy their donors? How can we level the playing field for loan access without leading to high default rates for lending agencies?
Perhaps the solution lies in organizations like the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE), which grants tens thousands of dollars in low-barrier grants to low-income entrepreneurs of color every year. It may also lie in affordable governmental assistance to emerging non-profits, financed through tax dollars. Or perhaps the solution is a policy or initiative that no one is discussing.
We at YGB are trying to answer these questions as well, and we are trying to find ways to help out low-income people of color like Felicia Davis.
Dear YGB Community,
Justice is not won by Congressmen, bureaucrats, or businessmen alone. Justice is won when the most underserved people - people of color, women, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community - band together and use our community power to create change.
It is vital that you take your part in this community power by staying engaged with Madison area social justice events this September! Please consider participating in one of the September events below!
Monday, September 3 at 12pm - Madison Labor Temple (1602 S Park St)
Laborfest ‘18 will collect hygienic products and food gift cards for homeless students in Madison. It will also feature music, food, activities, and a silent auction. For more info, click here.
Indian Summer Festival
September 7-9 - Summerfest (200 N Harbor Dr in Milwaukee)
The Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee is the “largest celebration of Native culture in the Midwest,” featuring music, drum jams, powwows, and food! For more info and tickets, click here.
Disrupting Biases: An Individual Commitment
Wednesday, September 12 at 11am - The Madison Club (5 E Wilson St)
This workshop explores how biases affect company culture and how we can identify biases and create more inclusive workspaces. For more info, click here.
Social Entrepreneurship Lunch & Learn
Monday, September 17 at 12pm - Synergy Coworking (5201 Old Middleton Rd)
This lively lunchtime discussion will discuss social entrepreneurship and making businesses support their surrounding communities. For more info, click here.
2018 Change-Maker Awards Event
Thursday, September 20 at 5pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St) at Varsity Hall
This event, hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin, will honor 27 change-makers across Wisconsin for their work in social and environmental justice. For more info and tickets, click here.
UW-Madison First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour
Friday, September 21 at 2pm - Memorial Union (800 Langdon St)
This walking tour will cover seven Native American landmarks across the UW Madison campus. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Love, InshAllah: A Night of Storytelling
Friday, September 21 at 7pm - Madison Central Library (201 W Mifflin St)
This night of storytelling will feature young Muslim couples sharing their love stories, reminding everyone of the diversity of the American Muslim Community. For more info, click here.
10th Annual Black Women's Wellness Day
Saturday, September 22 at 9am - Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way)
This 10th annual event, hosted by the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness, will focus on solutions for the personal and community well-being of Black women in the Madison area. The event will feature workshops, demos, and vendors. For more info and tickets, click here.
Real Life Library Volume 5: Justice For All?
Saturday, September 22 at 11:30am - Goodman South Library (2222 S Park St)
This powerful event will feature real experiences with the criminal justice system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and restorative justice. For more info, click here.
2018 Black Women's Empowerment March
Saturday, September 29 at 9am - Milwaukee; exact location TBD
The 2018 Black Women’s Empowerment March in Milwaukee will advocate for Black liberation and the end of oppressive systems. For more info, click here.
Latinx Heritage Month 2018
Multiple events throughout September (click on link below)
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center, featuring a Latinx pride march, a cookout, cultural presentations, and much, much more! For more info, click here.
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
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.
In order to make any progress, we have to Build our collective understanding and Build collective analysis to advocate for better collaborative solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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