Framed multi-purpose joomla template

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.,

fist_2.jpg

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.

Blog

YGB raising awareness and building community

From the YGB White Curriculum: The Souls of Black Folk
27 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: The Souls of Black Folk

Support YGB when you purchase The Souls of Black Folk.

 

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois examines how there is a growing divide among the political ideals of the Black community between moderates and conservatives and aggressive, radical protesters. Throughout the book, Du Bois explains the necessary strategic framework for Black protest in order to end Black oppression.

 

Support YGB when you purchase The Souls of Black Folk with the Amazon link below.

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

 

From the YGB White Curriculum: What’s the Matter with Kansas
17 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: What’s the Matter with Kansas

Support YGB when you purchase What’s the Matter with Kansas.

 

What’s the Matter with Kansas by Thomas Frank is a comical, New York Times best-selling book about how conservatives won over the heart of America with explicitly anti-American policies. Nowadays, many average Americans see extreme conservatism as a good thing for the working class despite how it’s led to lower wages, increased wealth inequality, dwindling unions, and a weaker working class. Throughout the book, Frank explains how this misconception came to be.

 

Support YGB when you purchase What’s the Matter with Kansas with the Amazon link below.

 

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

From the YGB White Curriculum: When Affirmative Action Was White
17 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: When Affirmative Action Was White

Support YGB when you purchase When Affirmative Action Was White.

 

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson reveals how the New Deal programs of the 1930s and 1940s were largely favored towards white people. Southern Democrats specifically signed mechanism that excluded maids and farm workers. These policies were equivalent to Affirmative Action for white people argues Katznelson.

 

Support YGB when you purchase When Affirmative Action Was White with the Amazon link below.

 

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

 

 

Disastrous Wisconsin Bill Would Make Anti-Police Activity A "Hate Crime"
16 May 2017
0

Disastrous Wisconsin Bill Would Make Anti-Police Activity A "Hate Crime"

The recently proposed Assembly Bill 48 - whose full text can be found here - is self-described as a “Blue Lives Matter” bill. Drafted by Wisconsin Republicans, the bill seeks to classify anti-police activity as a “hate crime.” Currently, hate crimes are defined as crimes committed against someone due to their race, religion, gender, or disability. If AB 48 passes, police status will be included under this umbrella.

 

This ridiculous proposition neglects the entire purpose of classifying something as a hate crime in the first place: to protect the vulnerable from oppression. Police officers are certainly not vulnerable in a police state, and they have full authority - both physically and societally - over everyone in the city, making them the furthest thing from oppressed.

 

Protected classes are parts of us that cannot be chosen. Police officers can choose their job; people of color cannot choose their skin tone. Black Lives Matter rallies do not constitute discrimination against the police. On the contrary, they are calling for a moratorium to the rampant and systemic discrimination committed by the police. We MUST be able to talk about this without it being a hate crime!

 

It’s time for the Wisconsin legislature to get its priorities straight and realize that Madison’s low income people of color are the ones that are being discriminated against - not the officers in blue uniforms who marginalize them. Please tell your elected official to vote no on this bill.

More YGB Events for May!

Dear YGB Community,

 

Today in a memo to the common council, Chief Koval wrote that he is opposed to taking orders. This is because he knows he can be held accountable to orders but not recommendations.

Please send one more email - please write your alder tonight and ask them to issue the orders, as is, not recommendations, and here is why:

One of the complaints surrounding the creation of task forces and committees on problematic policing is the lack of enforcement of the recommendations yielded by these well-intentioned groups which is why Chief Koval said in today’s memo he’ll agree to recommendations but not orders. Chief Koval knows, we can’t hold him accountable to recommendations but we can maybe hold him accountable to lawful orders. There are municipalities in this state that require council approval of police policy. It’s normal. The orders are common sense changes, endorsed by law enforcement elsewhere.

Please, write your council member TODAY and ask them to issue orders not recommendations and share this with others.

 

 

In addition, we would like to alert you to these upcoming May events. Please show up and show out!


NEXT STEP: Email and Show Up to Support Safe Police Policies
Tuesday, May 16, 4:30pm and 6:30pm - City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) Room 201

This Tuesday, two vital meetings on police conduct will be held at the City-County Building downtown. These meetings will discuss proposed common sense changes that will force the Madison Police Department to reduce their use of force, make it safer for emotionally disturbed people, and other recommendations that lead us in the right direction. Please show up to voice support for these, and then advocate that we go even further and implement Community Control Over the Police. In addition to attending the meetings, it is also vital that we email our alders to persuade them to vote for these changes. The emails of our alders and a sample letter can be found here.


No War in Syria!
Friday, May 19, 6:30pm - Jesse White Community Center (412 W Chicago Av in Chicago) Room 132

As the U.S. continues to arm terrorist groups in Syria, bomb innocent people in Yemen, and give billions of taxpayer dollars to Saudi Arabia, it’s clear that our military intentions are steeped in more than just humanitarianism. Western oil companies, big banks, and arms manufacturers are some of the real driving forces for war. Attend this important discussion in Chicago to talk about these issues and learn how to build an effective movement to demand money for human needs, not more war. More info here.


No U.S. Wars In Syria and Yemen
Saturday, May 20, 2pm - 953 Jennifer St

In Syria, the U.S. is escalating with nuclear-armed countries, supporting rebels that align with ISIS and Al Qaeda, and paving the way for another disastrous regime change like the one in Iraq. In Yemen, our drone strikes have killed hundreds of innocent civilians. This Saturday, an event hosted by the World Workers Party of Wisconsin will feature an expert panel that will discuss these conflicts and advocate against more war. More info here.


Community Meeting at First Unitarian Methodist
Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - First Unitarian Methodist (203 Wisconsin Av)

Make Room For Youth (MRFY) was founded in 2010 to develop and maintain housing for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in Dane County. This community meeting will fill us in on MRFY’s latest activities, share data on homelessness in Madison, and brainstorm about where we can go from here. More info here.



Show up and show out to these events!

Sincerely,
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition

From the YGB White Curriculum: Punished
04 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: Punished

Support YGB when you purchase Punished.

 

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor M. Rios, a former gang member who went on to get a PhD at UC-Berkeley, explains the struggles of youth of color to come of age amidst issues with poverty, violence, and institutionalized racism. These problems begin at a young level with elementary school teachers labeling them as “dangerous,” and this translates to the school-to-prison pipeline. Rios calls this the “youth control complex” and argues that we need social programs and positive reinforcement to solve these problems.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Punished with the Amazon link below.

 

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

From the YGB White Curriculum: At the Dark End of the Street
03 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: At the Dark End of the Street

Support YGB when you purchase At the Dark End of the Street.

 

At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L McGuire describes “Black women, rape, and resistance - a new history of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the rise of Black power.” In the book, McGuire explains that Rosa Parks was not simply “tired” one day when she chose to sit down in no man's land as history books would tell you. In fact, she was part of the larger movement for Black rights and an end to the assault of Black life.

 

Support YGB when you purchase At the Dark End of the Street with the Amazon link below.

 

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

 

From the YGB White Curriculum: Dog Whistle Politics
03 May 2017
0

From the YGB White Curriculum: Dog Whistle Politics

Support YGB when you purchase Dog Whistle Politics.

 

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez describes forms of discrimination that are akin to that of a dog whistle: they may be imperceptible to some, but to others they are a nuisance. For instance, mentions Lopez, President Ronald Reagan used dog whistle language by describing people of color in need of food stamps as “welfare queens” and “strapping young bucks.” Lopez explains how this language is still used by politicians and plutocrats today at a heightened level following the election of Obama, and it has led to the demolition of unions, the defunding of public schools, and an increase in wealth inequality.

 

Support YGB when you purchase Dog Whistle Politics with the Amazon link below.

 

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

 

Page 1 of 13

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 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GOFUNDME

YGB functions without traditional funding. We are not tied to the stipulations that come with large donors. Instead, we are supported by the direct will of The People. This gives us the freedom to raise our voice and mobilize our community toward an end to State Violence. Please help support this freedom by sharing or conotributing to our GoFundMe page.

SHARE OR SUPPORT OUR GOFUNDME PAGE 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. 

SHARE US

OUR LOCATION

STAY CONNECTED

During high activity times, we send about two emails per week to keep you informed.
Don't worry, we hate spam!