Take the YGB Racial Justice Survey!
Dear YGB Community,
So many of you have reached out asking about Racial Equity and Social Justice trainings.
A huge part of the fight for social justice is making sure every organization that we can reach does everything it can to change the tides of inequity and injustice to empower marginalized members of the wider community.
We’re putting together a free webinar to share some of the key methods that organizations and individuals can use to make their world more equitable. We want to make sure this webinar is AWESOME!
YOU can help us make it awesome by answering a few short questions so we can make sure we’re meeting the needs of our community.
YOU have the power to make change. Please take the survey here:
We are looking to survey how organizations stand on issues of racial justice and better understand their wants and needs. With this information, we will develop informed strategies to assist your organization with trainings and strategies to combat racial discrimination and injustice.
To help us develop these strategies, please fill out the form by clicking the button above.
YGB Launches Movement Fund
Since its founding in the Fall of 2014, YGB has helped organize too many direct actions to count, countless freedom schools, education sessions, community conversations, debates, resource workshops and helped raise funds to meet the needs of Black and Brown people in WI and across the U.S.. Still, our organization - labeled "radical," "dangerous," and "unfindable," has remained at the fringes of financially established organizations without consistent funding. The community has missed out because of it.
While Madison and the surrounding areas continue to benefit from YGB and collaborator social justice work, the entrenched funding structures continue to avoid committed support that values and sustains real grassroots work. Our experience is not unique.
Throughout the state of Wisconsin and across the nation, our story is lived by innumerable social change agents who just want to continue making a difference and need a little support to get there; but funders and fundraisers fail to realize a mutual benefit. In some cases, the initiatives must sacrifice impact and core values in order to become palatable to mainstream funders.
This is a big deal, and sheds light on why some of the problems we aim to solve persist in the city with the highest non-profits per capita in the state.
TO MAKE REAL CHANGE, WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY WE FUND CHANGE
Movement Fund is a crowdsourced tool to build funding for low barrier grants that support social good work that may fall outside of the usually supported criteria. Grants focus on key areas including Meeting Needs, Building Awareness, Advocacy and Action.
"It's our way of bringing independence and consistency to a broken funding world." ~ Sed Smith, YGB Organizer.
Movement Fund rewards community partners that help build a network of dedicated monthly contributors who support more grants.
As a result, community partners and volunteers can generate revenues that they can choose to donate back to the fund, or improve their bottom line when they join the movement and share the opportunity to contribute.
Movement Fund makes grants to individuals and small organizations, and helps those who build the fund earn when they share the fund's opportunities.
"We believe that, if we can help improve the bottom line of organizations that get involved, we can build consistent funding for those who are too often forgotten AND create more resources for social good work." ~ Sed Smith
The fund has already made grants but plans to use this crowdsourced referral marketing structure to generate a new level of social justice funding for our community.
Learn More about Movement Fund and Join the Movement at MovementFund.com
Who Can Apply for Funding and What Does it Cover?
Any organization or individual seeking to continue or launch initiatives that Meet Needs, Raise Awareness, promote Advocacy and Action and/or have a social justice or social good focus may apply. Applicants DO NOT need to be a registered non-profit.
Individuals may also apply to help meet their own basic needs.
Find our more about the application process and criteria here
Who Can Be a Collaborator to Earn Rewards by Building the Fund?
YGB invites Organizations and individuals that wish to support Movement Fund by sharing opportunities to donate, opportunities to apply for grants, and opportunities to partner and earn. Partner links are tracked and partners earn a small percentage of donations that occur as a result of their sharing.
Ideal Movement Partners are organizations who already have a social justice presence and participate in community giving of some kind, membership based organizations with members who would love to pay slightly higher monthly fees to support social good initiatives, organizations or individuals with large audiences or contact lists, and passionate individuals who want to earn and raise funds for important work at the same time.
Find our more about becoming a Movement Partner here
What's the Best Way for Me to Support this?
The Movement Fund has a major goal of building a strong monthly donor base and using those funds to make grants for social good. You can help by 1) Making a monthly donation here, 2) Sharing the grant opportunity with your networks, 3) Sharing the Movement Partner Opportunity with your networks.
Each of these will help build the Movement Fund and increase our capacity to sustain social good work.
You can start your monthly donation here
YGB Has Just Launched a Movement Fund that rewards partners and makes grants to support social justice work. Learn More 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.
Powerful Event Shows Solidarity Between Palestine and Madison’s Black Community
This Monday, January 30, an event was held at the Urban League of Madison discussing the connected persecution of Palestinians in the Middle East and Blacks in America. The presentation began with an information session about the United States' imperialistic actions on the borders of the world. On the US-Mexico border, for instance, the boundary divides indigenous desert tribes, and it is common for American guards to rape immigrants and place children as young as five in detention centers for months to separate them from their mothers.
The presenters outlined an equally desperate situation in Palestine. A 16 year old activist in Palestine named Ahed Tamimi was supposed to speak at the event but was denied her visa due to "administrative review" during the Obama Administration. Tamimi's town is under threat of being changed from Zone B (under half Israeli control and half Palestinian Authority control) to Zone C (under 100% Israeli control). The Israeli government can declare any area Zone C in a heartbeat, instantaneously making people like Tamimi "squatters" set to be evicted by illegal Israeli settlements (funded with billions of American dollars). Palestinians have no right to a translator or due process, an unfair and unjust system that perpetuates apartheid.
But Tamimi is fighting back, using an advocacy movement to protect her homeland.
Further along in the presentation, the occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank in Gaza and the occupation of Black communities in America were tied together and connected to the military-industrial complex. Every year, for example, the Urban Shield convention meets near Oakland, California, where local police departments (such as the LAPD and the NYPD) meet with international militaries (such as those of Israel, the Philippines, and Bahrain) to train, militarize, and exchange military tactics. One of these tactics was a form of tear gas that was tested by the Israeli military on Palestinians before being brought to police departments in the United States. The military-industrial complex also ties in with economics, as Hewlett Packard holds info for ICE, inmates in California, and Palestinian civilians.
Today, to stop the persecution and colonialism of both Blacks and Palestinians, we must unite together against mass incarceration, American funding to Israel, the military-industrial complex, and xenophobic actions like Trumps Muslim ban. We stand for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Movement and Community Control over the Police, among other community-based solutions, to solve these devastating problems.
Curriculum for White People
Petitioning 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