Care Not Cops

Saturday, January 19, 7 pm Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsi A Community Conversation, facilitated by Solidarity & Defense, Huron Valley Before 2018 came to a close, a bunch of us gathered to discuss care networks that we imagine beyond policing. Our conversation touched on police funding, power mapping, recognizing our limits and…

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Next Stop: Destitution

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Black w/ Plants: Colloquial Term(s)

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Black w/ Plants: A Playlist

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Black w/ Plants: Black-owned Shops, Etc.

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