Segregated Housing in Ypsilanti

President Franklin Roosevelt’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) transformed the housing and mortgage markets during the Great Depression, offering loan guarantees to builders and long-term mortgages to qualified borrowers. From the 1930s to the 1960s, however, the FHA considered loans in segregated African-American neighborhoods, as well as integrated ones, as highly risky. The FHA’s underwriting rules…

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88ALASKA

We talked with legend Tateanna Hinds about her and Ike’s project 88ALASKA. 88ALASKA Radio airs every Sunday from 8–10 p.m. EST on 1shotradio.net. Can you say a bit about what 1Shot Radio is?   1Shot Radio is a platform that works to uplift the underground culture by giving exposure to musicians, producers, DJs, small businesses, and creatives…

How a Flawed Criminal Justice System Put a Pregnant Detroit Activist Behind Bars

Siwatu-Salama Ra is the kind of young Detroiter who inspires hope. Raised between Northwest Detroit and California, the black mom began fighting for environmental justice in the city at just 19 years old, taking on polluters like Southwest Detroit’s Marathon Oil Refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. Now, seven years later, the 26-year-old…

Building toward Mutual Aid: A Training

Sunday, April 8 2–8 p.m. Off Center Gallery 64 N. Huron, Ypsilanti The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,”…

Out but Not Free: Surviving After Women’s Prison

The new episode of Rustbelt Abolition Radio features Karmyn, a writer and artist who was discharged from Michigan’s Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility after being locked up for seven years. She speaks about the struggle to maintain a sense of self during and after imprisonment, and how the fear of state retaliation continues to saturate…

Ashanti Alston’s Black Anarchism

Introduction Many classical anarchists regarded anarchism as a body of elemental truths that merely needed to be revealed to the world and believed people would become anarchists once exposed to the irresistible logic of the idea. This is one of the reasons they tended to be didactic. Fortunately the lived practice of the anarchist movement…

March 5, East Lansing!

On Monday, March 5th at 12 noon, hundreds will converge in East Lansing, Michigan in a mass mobilization against neo-Nazi and Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer and the systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and fascism that he represents. The goal of our mobilization is simple: to show that the Alt-Right, which since its creation has done…