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The Cap Times: "How Madison youth-centered programs work to avoid police interactions"

November 21, 2020

Shyra Adams spent her high school years presenting at Madison School Board meetings where she and other members of Freedom Inc.'s Youth Justice Squad spoke to rooms full of adults more than twice their age about their No Cops in School campaign.

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Urban Triage opens its first dedicated space on Madison’s south side

November 17, 2020

Madison-based nonprofit Urban Triage opened its new office and community space, located in the former UW South Partnership offices, to the public for tours on Sunday. To maintain adequate COVID-19 safety measures, the tours were held in small groups with strict social distancing and face-covering requirements. Urban Triage announced the grand opening on November 4 via press release.

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Urban Triage’s new location was formerly the UW South Partnership location. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gregory, May 2020.

WSUM: Urban Triage opens new gathering and work space to the public

November 16, 2020

Madison non-profit group Urban Triage opened its first community and work space on South Park St. Urban Triage’s grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony took place yesterday at noon to display the space to the public and press. Due to COVID-19, only three walk-through sessions were permitted so they also streamed a virtual tour.

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Channel3000: Urban Triage opens community space on Park Street

November 15, 2020

After years of building the foundation of Urban Triage from home, the team opened a community space in Madison, where everyone will have a seat at their table. “We want Black people to come to this space and feel at home, like they could just be here all day long,” Founder and CEO Brandi Grayson said. Urban Triage is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower and educate Black families, while fighting for an equitable community.

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NBC15: Urban Triage inspires transformation among Black families in leadership program

November 14, 2020

Urban Triage is working to empower the Black community, on Saturday celebrating the newest graduates from its leadership program. The Madison-based nonprofit aims to “foster, develop, and strengthen Black families' self-sufficiency, community leadership, advocacy, and family success,” according to its website. One way it is accomplishing that is through the Supporting Healthy Black Families (SHBF) workgroup.

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Madison365: Urban Triage to open new space on South Park St Sunday

November 11, 2020

Urban Triage, a nonprofit Black-led organization, announced the opening of their office and community space on Park Street next week, according to a statement. The space, located at 2313 South Park Street, is intended to be a Black cultural center, with a variety of clinics, workshops and trainings that will be led by Urban Triage, said Tatiana Dennis, the executive assistant to CEO Brandi Grayson.

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Wisconsin State Journal: "Know Your Madisonian: Activist Brandi Grayson says she's an 'agitator,' fighter for Black lives"

October 3, 2020

From organizing protests to calling out public officials at city meetings, disruption may be how many in Madison know Grayson best. It’s also one of the ways she makes her mark as an outspoken advocate for Madison’s Black community.

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Wisconsin Examiner: "Police Shootings, Racism, and Child Trauma"

September 4, 2020

Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake seven times in the back as Blake leaned into the driver’s side door of his car on Aug. 23, video of the incident shows. What the video doesn’t show is that three of Blake’s children were sitting in the back seat. The children, ages 8, 5 and 3, were forced to watch as Sheskey fired his gun at close range into their father.

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Madison365: Citizens call for resignation of alder who allegedly used misogynist slur during Council meeting

September 3, 2020

A Madison alder is facing calls to resign after someone could be heard uttering a misogynistic slur to refer to a constituent during a marathon Common Council meeting early Wednesday morning. Paul Skidmore, who has represented Madison’s far west side for 15 years, did not respond to a request for comment from Madison365, but told the Capital Times that the voice in the recording is not his.

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Wisconsin State Journal: "Wisconsin legislature takes no immediate action during special session on police accountability"

September 3, 2020

The Legislature on Monday afternoon opened a special session called by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on police accountability and transparency. But in what is known as a “skeletal session,” there was no debate and most senators were absent. The session will remain open until Thursday, when it could be closed or extended.

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WORT FM: "Police Oversight Board Approved After Years Of Consideration And Hours Of Public Comment"

September 2, 2020

Last night, during a nearly nine hour meeting, the Madison City Council voted for two major measures to create civilian oversight of the Madison Police Department. Many Madison residents spoke up at the virtual City Council meeting, showing their support the long-awaited measures to bring more accountability and transparency.

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Channel 3000: "Community members will soon oversee Madison police. Here’s how it works"

September 2, 2020

The City of Madison will soon begin the process of forming a Civilian Oversight Board and an independent police monitor position to help hold the Madison Police Department more accountable.

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Madison Magazine: "Madison Fitness Week goes virtual to support Urban Triage"

September 2, 2020

For the third year, Madison fitness studios are coming together to host classes to get Madisonians moving. But this year instead of one week, Madison Fitness Week is lasting a full month.

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The Daily Cardinal: "What new police accountability measures would mean for Madison"

September 2, 2020

A long summer of protests, marches and arrests has left many Madison residents calling for lasting change in how the police department is allowed to operate within the community. However, efforts to hold the Madison Police Department more publicly accountable have long been in the works.

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The Cap Times: Madison City Council approves 'milestone' police oversight measures

September 2, 2020

With community members urging action, the City Council supported creating Madison's first independent monitor and civilian review board to bring greater community accountability over the police department. The council’s near unanimous votes early Wednesday morning follow five years of a resident-led city Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee studying the MPD’s policies, practices and procedures and weighing input from community members and experts.

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Tone Madison: "Law enforcement agencies are targeting and surveilling Black activists in Madison"

September 1, 2020

From federal prosecutions to snatch-and-grab arrests, local activists face an alarming but familiar pattern of repression.

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Madison365: "Protesters in downtown Madison ask city to 'invest in Black children, Black leaders and Black communities'"

September 1, 2020

Protesters in downtown Madison are demanding the Legislature take the state’s special session seriously after lawmakers took no action Monday.

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Wisconsin Examiner: "Republicans hold special session in name only"

September 1, 2020

Once again on Monday, Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats were confronted by the existential fact of the current state Legislature: Republican leaders can and will quash action on any issue just by not showing up.

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The Cap Times: "Wisconsin Republicans recess special session on policing as Democrats demand action"

August 31, 2020

As Democrats urged action on legislation to tweak policing practices in Wisconsin, the special session seeking to do just that was gaveled in and adjourned within seconds in both chambers Monday afternoon.

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Up North News: "Republicans Ignore Yet Another Special Session, Take No Action on Police Reform Bills"

August 31, 2020

The snub to victims of police violence is likely to be compounded by Tuesday’s Kenosha visit from President Trump.

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27 WKOW: "Legislature gavels in for special session, take no votes on police reform"

August 31, 2020

The Wisconsin State Legislature officially gaveled in for Gov. Tony Evers special session on police reform, but no votes were taken and only a handful of lawmakers showed up.

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NBC 15: "Community members take concerns to the streets of downtown Madison"

August 31, 2020

Community members took to the streets downtown Monday night, following a special session called by Gov. Tony Evers to pass a package of bills on policing policies that ended with no action.

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NBC 15: "Black lawmakers, community organizers urge increased investment before special session"

August 31, 2020

Members of the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Black Caucus were joined by community leaders and organizers in front of the state Capitol on Monday to push for legislation to address policing and find solutions to end gun violence.

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WTMJ-4: "Racial justice, gun violence prevention groups demand more funding for anti-violence programs"

August 31, 2020

Racial justice and gun violence prevention groups are demanding that the Wisconsin legislature increase funding for anti-violence programs in Wisconsin.

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FOX 47: "'They failed us': Lawmakers take no action during special session on police reform"

August 31, 2020

State lawmakers took no action in a special session on police reform on Monday, despite calls from Black lawmakers and community leaders asking for change. Only a few people were there to see the Assembly gavel into the special session before recessing until Thursday, a move that took less than 30 seconds.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Monday's legislative session on policing policies ended after seconds and GOP leaders aren't promising action later"

August 31, 2020

As tensions simmered over a police shooting and the killing of two protesters in Kenosha, Republican legislative leaders convened a special session on policing policies Monday for less than 30 seconds and gave no assurances they would eventually act.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Athletes sign letter of solidarity with Invest In Us"

August 30, 2020

More than 40 professional athletes signed a letter in solidarity with the Invest In Us coalition, demanding accountability for the Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake.

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ABC News: "Athletes sign letter of solidarity with Invest In Us"

August 30, 2020

More than 40 professional athletes signed a letter in solidarity with the Invest In Us coalition, demanding accountability for the Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake.

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Wisconsin State Journal: "'Absolutely horrific': Madison responds to Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake"

August 25, 2020

Protesters in Madison again took to the streets Monday as outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Sunday roiled the nation.

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Madison365: "Community Shares of Wisconsin Announces $6,000 in 2020 Inspiring Voices Grants"

August 20, 2020

Community Shares of Wisconsin announced on Thursday that 2020 Inspiring Voices grants will be given to Inspire Barber College, Natural Circles of Support and Urban Triage.

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Brava: "Solidarity in the City"

August 6, 2020

On the afternoon of May 30, 2020, a crowd of thousands gathered at the top of State Street to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson and countless other Black people that had been killed, primarily by police, the last several years. The protesters walked around the Capitol Square, headed down East Washington Avenue, and on to Williamson Street, where Robinson was shot in 2015 by a Madison police officer. We talked to six Madisonians about their take on this momentous time, and how we can move forward - with solidarity - as a city, and as a nation.

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In the News: "Q&A session will attempt to clarify MMSD restraint policies"

April 9, 2020

Urban Triage featured in the Cap Times for co-hosting panel with First Unitarian Society, the Community Response team and several members of the Building Capacity to Protect Black Children.

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In the News: "Urban Triage: Innovative Grassroots Movement Empowers Black Parents and Supporters"

June 14, 2019

Urban Triage featured in Madison365 for its innovative approach to combating racial inequity.

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