Young Gifted and Black: Staying Engaged For December

“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

Staying Engaged for December

Dear YGB Community,
In our last Staying Engaged email, we talked about the need for community engagement and our three main areas of focus: Understanding Needs, Building Collective Understanding, and Advocacy. Our capacity for action is only as strong as the community behind us, and we’re in need of folks willing to step up and help us in these key areas. If that’s you, please email us and let us know. Below are things to be aware of coming up next month.Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline!
December 1st will be the National Day of Action to support the water protectors
The Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota would pollute the Missouri River, contribute to climate change, and, worst of all, would illegally encroach on Native American lands without their permission. Now, the police and Army Corps plan to physically remove the peaceful protesters on December 5th so that oil companies can profit at the expense of the people and the environment. To show solidarity and fight back, we can do a number of things:

  1. Travel to the protest camps at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
  2. Build voice on social media with hashtag #NoDAPL
  3. Urge the Wausau-based Marathon County Sheriff Department to remove their officers from Standing Rock by calling (715) 261-1200.
  4. Contact your elected officials by clicking here.
  5. Sign the petition to the White House by clicking here.
  6. Donate to the movement by clicking here.
  7. More info on how to help can be found here.

Other Ways to Be Engaged

Windows In Black History

Saturday, December 3, 9-11am – James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E Johnson St)

The second event in the “Windows In Black History” series, this workshop will feature YGB’s Brandi Grayson, Justified Anger’s Karen Reece, and Groundwork’s Laura McNeill to guide participants in a two hour exploration of U.S. slavery and its impact on modern day society. Come ready to learn!

How Much Policing Do Madison Schools Need?

Tuesday, December 6, 7-8pm – Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St)

Madison just extended its use of police officers in schools for another three years, provoking fears among Madison students and parents that over-policing in schools will contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline. The Capital Times has assembled a panel of students, officers, and school board members to discuss. More info here.

How Do We Respond To A Trump Presidency?
December 3, 1-3pm – Rockford Public Library in Illinois
This Saturday, join the World Workers Party to discuss what the Trump presidency means for workers, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other oppressed groups. Click here for more info.

Please support our efforts by sharing or donating to our gofundme page here.

The United Nations recommends YGB demands to the United States! Learn more here.

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