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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.

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Staying Engaged This August

Dear YGB Community,

 

This month’s back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio were devastating. With dozens dead, a government that truly represented its citizens would have immediately taken action to stop the threat of gun violence. 

 

With 90 percent of Americans supporting universal background checks to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands, it’s clear that there’s immense public support for reasonable gun control measures. But to no surprise, Congress did nothing. The reason is largely that our leaders are often held more accountable to groups like the NRA than to their own people.

 

We need to CHANGE this dynamic. We need to create a world where those making important decisions listen to our voices and the demands from the grassroots. That’s why building a movement of advocacy and action is essential to creating change.

 

You can support this movement and others by joining the Movement Fund, or by attending the August events below.

 

 

4th Annual Black Restaurant Week

Today through Sunday, August 18 from 10am-5pm - Madison Black Chamber of Commerce (2222 S. Park St. Suite 200)

 

Madison's 4th Annual Black Restaurant Week will be “Harnessing the Power of Black Excellence” by serving up delicious eats from Black-owned restaurants, food carts, caterers and specialty shops, including Anointed One Soul Food, Buraka Restaurant, Jamerica, and more. For more info, click here

 

 

Evicted Exhibit

August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 at various times - Mobile Design Box (753 North 27th St. in Milwaukee)

 

This free exhibit, based on Matthew Desmoned’s groundbreaking book Evicted, explores the painful process of eviction faced by many low-income renters. The exhibition will also feature original photography and data developed by Desmond's Eviction Lab. For more info, click here.

 

Africa Fest 2019

Saturday, August 17 at 12pm - McPike Park (202 South Ingersoll Street)

 

This annual celebration of African cultural heritages will feature food, a 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, music and dance, and stage performances, including one from the internationally acclaimed Dobet Gnahore & Na Afriki Band from Cote d’Ivoire. Proceeds go to providing clean water and building educational facilities to African communities. For more info, click here.

 

 

OutReach's Magic Festival: A PRIDE Celebration

Sunday, August 18 at 1pm - Warner Park (3110 N Sherman Ave)

 

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the 30th Anniversary of Madison’s first pride parade, this pride celebration event will feature entertainment, food, vendors, and activities for all ages. For more info, click here.

 

Self-Care Sunday Yoga 2019 Series - Summer Classes

Sunday, August 18 at 3pm - The Studio Yoga (625 Williamson St)

 

Hosted by the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness and their partner The Studio Yoga, this series of yoga sessions will focus on “mind-body-spirit health” and are priced based on what you can afford to donate. For more info and registration, click here

 

 

Social Good Summit 2019

Thursday, August 22 at 9pm - Collaboration for Good (7 North Pinckney St.) 3rd flr

 

The Social Good Summit is back again this year, and it will showcase social entrepreneurs and the ways that they are combining entrepreneurship with social change. For more info, click here.

 

 

Family Day with Children's Authors, the Upendo's!

Saturday, August 24 at 11am - The Progress Center for Black Women (5936 Seminole Centre Court in Fitchburg)

 

Hosted by the Progress Center for Black Women, this event will allow children to meet Karee Upendo, Avery Upendo, and Alex Hart-Upendo, the authors of "My Black" and "Bullies, bowties and brilliant Alex.” For more info, click here.

 

 

Black Latino Unity Picnic (11th) / Picnic por la Unidad

Sunday, August 25 at 1pm - Penn Park (2101 Fisher St)

This month in Penn Park, the 11th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic will bring different communities of color together to unite for better employment, housing, and living conditions. The event will feature music, food, and activities for children. For more info, click here.

Staying Engaged This July

 

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains." ~ Assata Shakur
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Staying Engaged This July

Dear YGB Community, The Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential nomination are heating up. But while change at the highest levels of our political system is extremely important, what’s just as essential is keeping advocacy and action alive at the grassroots. That’s why we’re asking all of our Movement Allies to support Advocacy and Action by making a monthly donation to the Movement Fund. You can also keep this grassroots energy strong by attending and sharing the social justice July events below:
Transformational Leadership Series
Every Sunday for 12 weeks, beginning on July 7, from 2-5pm - Dane County Timebank (1202 Williamson St) Suite 107 Every Sunday for 12 straight weeks - beginning on July 7 - this series of workshops will delve into privilege, systemic racism, and systems of power and oppression. The series will be led by Davette Baker, Regional Organizing Director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and will include discussions, activities, and film. Conversations will also include movements, community organizing, and action towards justice. For more info, click here.
LiberateMKE: MPD History/City Budget Process Info Session
Tuesday, July 9 from 6-8pm - Progressive Baptist Church (8324 W Keefe Ave in Milwaukee) This information session will discuss the #LiberateMKE campaign, the history of the Milwaukee Police Department, and ways you can use your voice to affect the City of Milwaukee budget process. The event will include food. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Milwaukee's 1st Annual Grassroots Organizing Conference
Wednesday, July 10 from 9:30am-4:30pm - Wisconsin Center (400 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee) This event in Milwaukee is hosted by the Southside Organizing Center and will focus on grassroots organizing, led by Tony Baez, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, and Jesus Salas. For more info, click here.
July Home to Stay Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 10 from 11am-2pm - Employ Milwaukee (2338 N. 27th St in Milwaukee) This free resource fair will provide a “one stop shop” of resources to individuals affected by the criminal justice system, including housing, employment, healthcare, GED support, and drivers license recovery. For more info, click here.
African American Breastfeeding Gathering
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6:30pm - 2312 South Park Street This event, hosted by the African American Breastfeeding Alliance of Dane County, will bring together mothers, pregnant women, and their families together to learn about the benefits of breast-feeding and enjoy conversations about shared experiences. For more info, click here.
End Prison Slavery
Monday, July 15 from 5-6:30pm - Milwaukee Public Library (814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee) Room 2A On July 15, two members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) will lead an activity for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee to support research, write letters, enter data, and develop ideas to combat mass incarceration in the Wisconsin prison system. For more info, click here.
Lunch at Short Stack Eatery with The Progress Center for Black Women
Thursday, July 18 from 11am-1pm - Short Stack Eatery (301 W Johnson St) The Progress Center for Black Women has been awarded Short Stack Eatery’s Organization for the Month. To celebrate, this event will feature a lunch with founder Sabrina Madison and proceeds will go to the center. For more info, click here.
Latino & Black Chamber Mixer, and reception for Joaquin Altoro
Thursday, July 18 at 6pm - Fresco Rooftop Restaurant (227 State St) This event, led by the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce, will welcome Joaquin Altoro, the newest addition to the Tony Evers administration who is an advocate for Latino and Black Economic Development. The reception will also include networking opportunities. For more info, click here.
Potluck and Mass Incarceration Discussion
Thursday, July 18 from 6:30-8:30pm - Harmony House (1149 N. 21st Street in Milwaukee) This potluck in Milwaukee will include a discussion on mass incarceration. For more info, click here.
Madison Disability Pride Festival
Saturday, July 27 from 12-5pm - Tenney Park Shelter (1500 N Sherman Ave) This annual event will bring together communities in Madison and the surrounding area to celebrate disability pride. The event is free and will feature music, art, food, activities, and performances. For more info, click here.

 
YGB has launched the Movement Fund, which uses referral marketing to build a funding pool that supports needs, builds awareness, drives advocacy and action and gives back to our partners. Join The Movement at MovementFund.com 

Please support our efforts by visiting our donate page here and making a monthly contribution! To join our coalition of supporters, please click here.

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Staying Engaged This June

Dear YGB Community,

Last May, the state of Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion, restricting women’s reproductive rights even in cases of rape and incest. It’s just another example of those in power taking away the human rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Politicians only think they can get away with acts like this when they are unafraid of pushback, protests, and civil disobedience from the grassroots. That’s why we need to build power and fight back!

A key part of fighting back is supporting youth of color in their development. Our partner and fellow member of the Movement Fund, Youth Emerging Successfully (YES!), is leading a POWERFUL, game-changing program to teach 28 underserved, system-involved youth of color how to use strategic development to build their own movements. 

We currently have 28 youth registered, but we only have enough funding for 10 kids. $32,000 more is needed to fill in the gap.

We would feel horrible if we couldn’t provide this service to EVERY child who could benefit from it. Can you make a donation to YES! through the Movement Fund to help us reach $32,000?

To make a donation to help YES! complete this fantastic program, please click here.

In addition to supporting these youth, we also need to show up and show out at social and racial justice-focused events across Madison and the state of Wisconsin. Please consider attending the events below:



PrideFest Milwaukee 2019
June 6-9 - Milwaukee Pride (200 N Harbor Dr in Milwaukee)

From June 6 to June 9, celebrate pride and Wisconsin’s diverse LGBTQ cultures and communities on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. To get tickets and learn more, click here.

Be sure not to miss specific events during the festival, including the QTPOC Pride Social, a community space for LGBTQ people of color on the night of June 8, and the Milwaukee Pride Parade, which will take place on the afternoon of June 9.


Social Justice Saturday: Talk with Your Kids about Reparations
Saturday, June 8, at 10am - Freedom Inc (1810 South Park Street)

Hosted by Freedom Inc. and Families for Justice, this family-friendly workshop will focus on reparations and how to talk to children about the concept. The adults will begin by discussing the historical legacies that lead to calls for reparations today, followed by a series of activities with the children. Snacks and coffee provided. For more info, click here.


Wellthy Woman Empowerment Series
Saturday, June 8 at 11am - Summit Credit Union (2939 S Fish Hatchery Rd in Fitchburg)

Hosted by the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness, this free event will help you improve your health, your money, and your life. Part of a four part series, this workshop will lead you through a journey of honesty and self-reflection, including tips, skills and strategies for budgeting, smart spending, saving, repairing your credit, and building wealth. For more info, click here.


Racism in Healthcare Panel - Black Women Birthing
Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30pm - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E Pittsburgh Ave in Milwaukee)

This panel discussion will be centered on racism in the health care Black womxn receive, specifically focusing on the birthing experience. The panel will also cover the work that the panelists are doing to combat these issues to fight for reproductive justice. For more info, click here.


Mental Health Peer Support Group for LGBTQ Youth
Wednesday, June 12 and 26, at 4pm - MKE LGBT Community Center's Project Q Youth Services (1110 N Market St #2 in Milwaukee)

With the LGBTQ community being especially vulnerable to mental health issues, this open peer support group will provide a free and confidential space for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing one or more mental health diagnoses. Meetings are biweekly. For more info, click here.


Latinx Lgbtq+ Support Group
Thursday, June 13 at 5:30pm - Aurora WALKER'S POINT CLINIC (130 W Bruce St, Ste 200 in Milwaukee)

This support group is designated for LGBTQ members of the Latinx community. For more info, click here.


Juneteenth Day Festival 2019
Wednesday, June 19, at 10am - Starting at the corner of North 19th and West Atkinson Avenues in Milwaukee

The 58th Annual Juneteenth Day Festival will feature a parade, musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, and community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages. For more info and the sign-up to be in the parade, click here.


Meet Patrick Jones, author of the Selma of the North
Thursday, June 20, at 6pm - Coffee Makes You Black (2803 N Teutonia Ave in Milwaukee)

This event will allow you to meet Patrick Jones, the author of The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, describing the distinctive movement for racial justice in Milwaukee. For more info, click here.


2nd Annual Eastside Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch
Saturday, June 22, at 11am - Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building (214 Waubesa Street)

This Juneteenth soul food brunch will serve as a block party and a community forum to celebrate African American culture. 3-on-3 basketball games will be included. For more info and tickets, click here.


Amplify: Advocates of Color Conference 2019
June 27 and June 28 at 10:15am - Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center (11600 W Park Pl in Milwaukee)

This free annual conference for advocates of color in Wisconsin will create a safe space of healing and self-reflection, ONLY for folks that identify as people of color and/or Native/Indigenous. The space is also perfect for folks that work in the domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking fields. For more info, click here.

Staying Engaged This May

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Staying Engaged This May

Dear YGB Community,

The Trump Administration is currently attempting to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census - a decision that is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court. The information from the responses to this question could potentially be used for deportations and immigration enforcement. It’s the latest example of Trump’s attempt to threaten the safety of immigrants, prioritizing racist beliefs over human lives.

To stop the xenophobic actions of this administration, we must fight back. Help build the movement by showing up and showing out at the events below.


May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All
Wednesday, May 1 at 11am - Capitol Square (2 E. Main St.)

On May 1, buses from across the state will bring Wisconsinites to Capitol Square, where tens of thousands of immigrant workers and allies will participate in the Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants general strike - no work, no school, and no buying. The protest will use the peoples’ economic leverage to pressure the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrant families and low-income people in Wisconsin. For more info, click here.


Affordable Housing Action Alliance monthly meeting
Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30pm - The Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St)

This monthly meeting made up of housing advocates and community members discusses ways to increase the amount of affordable housing in Dane County. For more info, click here.


Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Friday, May 3 at 10am - 1819 Aberg Ave

This free training led by the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights and the Dane County Job Center will explain equal opportunity laws and employment practices, and actions that can constitute discrimination against an individual's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The training will discuss best practices for employers and individual rights and responsibilities. For more info and registration, click here.


Ojibwe Language Table Spring 2019
Friday, May 3 at 3pm - American Indian Student Cultural Center (215 N Brooks St) 3rd floor

Every Friday at 3pm, this table offers a free opportunity to speak Ojibwe or learn a bit of the language. For more info, click here.


African Languages Film Festival
Friday, May 3 at 3pm - Department of African Cultural Studies (1410 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Dr)

This event will feature short films made by Department of African Cultural Studies language learners, including movies in Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, and Yoruba. For more info, click here.


Tar Sands Storytelling Tour: Milwaukee
Monday, May 6 at 3pm - MobCraft Beer (505 S 5th St)

Tar sands pipelines are destroying waterways and harming Native American communities and sacred sites. This event will bring together ten artists from across the state to tell the story of tar sands in Wisconsin. For more info, click here.


Meet the Mirnavator!
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm - UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S. Park St)

This free public lecture will feature ultramarathon runner Mirna Velario, also known as The Mirnavator, who is described as an “African-American plus-sized adventure athlete...who wins at every turn simply by being comfortable in her own skin.” For more info, click here.


Behind the Curtain: The Community Cost of Incarceration
Sunday, May 12 at 10:15am - Bethel Lutheran (312 Wisconsin Ave)

Wisconsin has the highest rate of incarceration for African Americans in the United States, with 1 in every 8 Black men behind bars. And although over a billion dollars per year are spent on corrections in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find out where our tax dollars are being spent. This presentation, led by Karen Reece of the Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, will explain sentencing practices, the damages incarceration inflicts on communities, and the difference between jails and prisons. For more info, click here.


Increase the Peace
Friday, May 17 at 5:30pm - Warner Park Community Recreation Center (1625 Northport Dr)

This event at Warner Park will focus on community healing and peace-building. The evening will feature a meal, childcare, art for all-ages, games, and guided conversations.


UpStage Stigma 2019
Friday, May 17 at 8pm - High Noon Saloon (701 E Washington Ave)

In honor of May being Mental Health Month, this event will feature a mix of poets, musical artists, actors, storytellers, and dancers and will focus on the struggles that people facing mental health issues of all races, genders, and backgrounds endure and overcome. For more info, click here.


Talk Saves Lives: Resources for the LGBTQ Community
Monday, May 20 at 9am - Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N Market St) Floor 2

Studies show that LGBTQ+ youth can be up to three times as likely to commit suicide as non-LGBTQ+ youth. This event - featuring a resource fair, a panel discussion, and a Q&A - will discuss why this is, how to detect warning signs in loved ones, and how to prevent suicide in the LGBTQ+ community. For more info and free registration, click here.


Wisconsin Climate Strike!
Friday, May 24 at 11am - Location TBD

Climate change is real and is a serious problem - and it is set to affect low-income people and communities of color the most. On May 24th, join students and allies from across the globe to strike for the climate. For more info, click here.

YGB has launched the Movement Fund, which uses referral marketing to build a funding pool that supports needs, builds awareness, drives advocacy and action and gives back to our partners. Join The Movement at MovementFund.com 


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Staying Engaged This April

 

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Staying Engaged This April

Dear YGB Community,

On Wednesday, we learned about an El Paso border patrol station where immigration authorities crammed migrant families into a parking lot because there was no room indoors. This is just one of many examples of the rights of marginalized communities being sacrificed while we spend billions on new wars, new prisons, and locking up people of color. Back home, we spend money on police and metal detectors in schools while our children are brutalized by the very people who are supposed to guide them. You can fight back and build a resistance movement. Show up and show out to the following Madison area April events:

Affordable Housing Action Alliance monthly meeting
Wednesday, April 3 at 4:30pm - The Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St) This monthly Social Justice Center meeting will bring together housing advocates and community members who are interested in increasing the amount of affordable housing in Dane County. For more info, click here.

Tenant Rights 101 - What You Need to Know For Next Year!
Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm – Dejope Residence Hall (640 Elm Dr) Lake Mendota Room This short presentation on the basics of tenant rights in Madison will make sure that if you signed a lease, you won’t get screwed. For more info, click here.

LGBTQ Health Summit
Thursday, April 4 at 2:30pm - UW Madison School of Nursing (701 Highland Ave) This conference will bring together healthcare providers, students, and community members to discuss ways to improve the health of LGBTQ+ individuals. The summit will include workshops, breakout sessions, and speeches from community advocates, including T Banks. For more info, click here.

Survivors & Allies Day of Healing
Saturday, April 6 at 9am - First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr) This event will feature self-care workshops involving sexual assault survivors and allies, including discussions on bystander intervention, healing after trauma, and providing a space for women of color to continue their healing process. For more info and registration, click here.

Social Action Shabbat Dinner with Sagashus Levingston
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6pm - Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Dr) This Shabbat service will feature a special program with Sagashus Levingston, the author of the book Infamous Mothers. Levingston will share stories of marginalized mothers and open up a dialogue about stereotypes and social issues. For more info and registration, click here.

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7pm - Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago St) This event will bring together six poets laureate from the Great Lakes region to reading from the new book, Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. The book calls on readers to fight on behalf of victims of social injustice. For more info and registration, click here.

Disparities in Educational Attainment
Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm - One Alumni Place (650 N. Lake Street) This event will cover disparities in education between different demographic groups in the U.S. For more info and tickets, click here.

VANG + talkback with Mary Swander
Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm - Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago St) This event will feature Iowa Poet Mary Swander, who will perform her play Vang, which tells the stories of immigrant farmers - including a Hmong family, a Sudanese man, a Mexican woman, and a Dutch boy. For more info, click here.

Palestinian Culture Night: Existence is Resistance
Friday, April 19 at 8pm - UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon St) This event, hosted by UW Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, will feature dinner, spoken word, poetry performances, Dabka performances, art, and dancing to celebrate Palestinian culture. For more info and registration, click here.

2019 Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow
Saturday, April 27 at 11am - Madison College (1701 Wright St) The Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow is back, a community event to celebrate the heritage of Wisconsin’s indigenous people. For more info, click here.

 
YGB has launched the Movement Fund, which uses referral marketing to build a funding pool that supports needs, builds awareness, drives advocacy and action and gives back to our partners. Join The Movement at MovementFund.com 

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Staying Engaged This March

Dear YGB Community,

As we aim to shift power to the people, to self determine and meet our own needs, we’re building the Movement Fund that will support local grassroots social justice initiatives. Please consider joining The Movement by making a monthly donation at MovementFund.com.

In addition to joining The Movement, below are some key events to help you stay engaged. Please attend and share...


2019 WI LGBTQ Summit
Saturday, March 2 at 8:30am - The Westin Milwaukee (550 N Van Buren St in Milwaukee)

This summit will create a network of members of the LGBTQ community and allies to understand LGBTQ issues and join efforts to fight against homophobia and transphobia. For more info and tickets, click here.


Immigration Policies: DACA and Keeping Families Together
Saturday, March 2 at 9:30am - Alverno College (3400 S. 43rd Street in Milwaukee)

This free event, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, will discuss DACA and the family separation policies executed by ICE. For more info, click here.


Hashtag to Headlines: the Gaza Great March of Return

Sunday, March 3 at 2pm - First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr)

Palestinians - like Black Americans - are facing occupation, criminalization, and a systemically oppressive and unequal state. On Sunday, Ahmed Abu Artema, a Palestinian refugee, activist, and writer, will talk about the future of nonviolent actions in Palestine and the prospects of peace. For more info, click here.


BAMFest Opening Event & Panel
Monday, March 4 at 7:30pm - MSC Lounge at the Red Gym (716 Langdon St)

BAMFest - or the Black Arts Matter Fest - will kick off on Monday with an art gallery and several performances. For more info, click here.


EXPO MKE March Meeting
Tuesday, March 5 at 6pm - Welford Sanders Enterprise Center (2821 N. Vel Phillips Avenue in Milwaukee)

This monthly meeting from EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing) will discuss the Columbia University Justice Lab's report on mass supervision in Wisconsin, including testimonies from people impacted by Wisconsin’s punitive system of mass supervision. For more info, click here.


Milwaukee Women's Strike Film
Friday, March 8 at 6pm - King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio Gallery (2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr in Milwaukee)

To celebrate International Women’s Day, this event will feature a free screening of Say Here Name, the Life and Death of Sandra Bland, followed by a panel discussion. For more info, click here.


Community Coworking Day at the Progress Center for Black Women
Wednesday, March 13 at 8am - Progress Center for Black Women (5936 Seminole Centre Ct in Fitchburg)

This event - held every second Wednesday of the month - will offer Black women the perfect opportunity to work alongside fellow community members in an inclusive and inspiring workspace. Wifi and refreshments will be offered. For more info, click here.


Social Justice & Evaluation Conference
Friday, March 15 in Madison WI | Exact time and location TBD

This social justice-focused conference will be led by Vu Le, the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a Seattle nonprofit that strengthens organizations led by people of color and collaborates with diverse communities. For more info and registration, click here.


WI Youth Strike for Climate Justice
Friday, March 15 at 11:30am - Madison East High School (2222 E Washington Ave)

Climate change already kills hundreds of thousands of people every year - disproportionately those who are impoverished and oppressed - and it’s only getting worse. On March 15, hundreds of students in Madison will march from East High School to the Wisconsin State Capitol to demand climate justice. Buses will be available at Madison high schools and cities across Wisconsin to transport youth. For more info and to RSVP, click here.


Trans/forming Allyship: Awareness to Action for Trans Inclusion
Saturday, March 16 at 9am - James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E Johnson St)

This event will discuss the discrimination faced by transgender Americans and strategies for allies to support transgender community members. For more info and tickets, click here.


Annual Latino Business Excellence Awards Gala
Saturday, March 16 at 5pm - Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr)

The Latino Business Excellence Awards Gala of 2019 will offer Spanish cuisine, music, art, dancing, and a program highlighting the Latino Chamber of Commerce’s accomplishments. Proceeds will go towards community services and business programs. For more info, click here.


Afrofuturism
Monday, March 18 at 6pm - Alumni Memorial Union (1442 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee)

This discussion will delve into Afrofuturism, which imagines a future in which arts, science, and technology are seen through a Black lens. For more info and registration, click here.

Staying Engaged This November

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.


Infamous Mothers
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.

Staying Engaged This October

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.

 

 

Author Reading of “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements!”

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.

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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  

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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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