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Hey, Friend! Welcome to our June Newsletter! Are y'all ready for a fun-filled month? We are! Read more to find out about our impact this month, Juneteenth events, and more!
Hey Friend, happy June!

It has been a packed month here at Urban Triage, but we are just getting started! First of all, I would like to give a huge shout-out to our staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication to our mission and vision. As always, we are because of you.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the Dane County Collaboration of Black Service Providers (DCCBSP).

If you didn't know, DCCBSP is a collaboration that we spearheaded in early 2020 to combat a lack of service provider collaboration in the Dane County area. Our collaboration has spent years building the trust of the Black community so that we are better able to serve them.

This year we coordinated a rapid response alongside the collaboration to combat the housing crisis head-on. Since March, our collaboration assisted over 1,500 people with rental assistance, and that is huge.

Also, Happy Pride Month from all of us at Urban Triage! I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of the LGBTQ movement, and the role that many Black people played to create the rights, safety, and acceptance of all LGBTQ people in our country. From the Stonewall riots to the continuation of LGBTQ activism today, it is important that we remember the role that many Black people played in the LGBTQ movement. We will continue supporting and holding space for all LGBTQ members of our community. 

This month we also celebrate Juneteenth, a time to come together as a community to celebrate and honor Black liberation, freedom, and success. While Juneteenth was originally created to celebrate the freedom of slaves in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, we know that today Black people everywhere are still experiencing terrorist acts, inequity, and injustice.

With that being said, this Juneteenth we are raising $25,000 to combat the ongoing housing crisis that our community is facing. Since the 1930’s Black people have been denied the right to adequate housing and given minimal to no resources to combat circumstances created by white supremacy racism. To give families peace of mind and security, we are asking you to show up and show out in support of Black Lives to ensure that families in our community are not dealing with the stress of housing insecurity. 

Urban Triage will always be a non-profit that is For the People By the People, and we could not do this without you. Please continue to show up on the frontlines and donate today, I'll see you there.

Supporting Black Businesses & Black Liberation this Juneteenth
Get your calendars ready! There are so many events happening this weekend in celebration of Juneteenth! Check out the list below and click on the names of the events to find out how you can support Black businesses and Black liberation this weekend!

Shades of Black Cultural Festival: Starting on June 17th at Hilldale Shopping Center there will be a magical, musical evening supporting Black artists, musicians, and poets beginning at 4:00 pm. Urban Triage is excited to announce that we are sponsoring these events, and we'd love to see you there!

Starting at 4:00 pm on June 18th at 99. W Mifflin Street we'll be alongside the youth painting the streets, our faces, and shopping Black-owned at the Black Kids Matter Event!

On June 19th we're yelling "Let Freedom Ring!" and celebrating at Elver Park (1250 McKenna Blvd). Join us at 4:00 pm as we support local organizations, businesses, and Black people from across the state!

Finally, on Sunday, June 20th we will march in solidarity with our Fallen Soldiers, and honoring the lives taken due to police brutality and other terrorist acts that Black people face across the country. We will head out from Tony Robinson's House (1125 Willy St) at 4:00 pm and end at McPike Park, where Black community leaders & activists will meet us to speak, teach, and inspire.

*Click the links above for more information!

#IssaUsThing Juneteenth Celebration Come celebrate, shop, dance, and sing at the #IssaUsThing Juneteenth Celebration! Starting at 11:00 am at Elver Park (1250 McKenna Blvd), there will be multiple Black-owned business vendor booths, Black musicians, food, and laughter all day until 9:00 pm!

*Click the link above for more information!

Juneteenth Soul Food Brunch: Celebrate Black Men, Boys & Fathers on Sunday, June 20th with an amazing soul food brunch provided by Artemis Provisions & Catering! Head over to the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) to pick up your meal! All proceeds will benefit the Black Male Emergency Resource Fund.

*Click the link above to sign up!

Kujichagulia Center for Self Determination: Madison's longest-standing Juneteenth celebration is back this year to celebrate the richness of Black culture through singing, dance, music, story-telling, drama, and other visual presentations. Kick the day off by enjoying an amazing parade departing from the Fountain of Life Church at 10:45 am, and ending at 11:15, and then head over to Penn Park to enjoy food, music, vendor tables, and more from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm!

*Click the link above for more information!

In addition to these Juneteenth events, Kujichaguila is hosting several presentations over the course of a few days in collaboration with Pasture & Plenty. Click here for more information!
June 15th and 16th, EQT by design are helping with community engagement by working on a new project around "Green and Complete Streets," which is a focused street-redesign process. The importance of it is in how our neighborhood streets are redesigned, to focus on cars, pedestrians, bikes, buses, or some combination. The re-design would also include helping the city deal with the impacts of climate change and reducing its carbon footprint.

Mad Lit is a new series of free outdoor events happening this summer on the 100 block of State Street. The goal is to increase foot traffic downtown and support local music, visual arts, and businesses owned by Black people.

Events will take place every other Friday evening from 8 pm-11 pm, and are open to all ages. Mad Lit will run from July 2nd through October 3rd.

As you know, we are an organization for the people, by the people. It is through your donations that our work is possible. See the list below for items that are needed to continue supporting our work.

  • Laptops for workgroup participants
  • Visa & Walmart Gift Cards
  • Universal iPad stand
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Full List

Thank you for donating, we are because of you!
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