Boredom Weeps

Boredom Weeps: Graffiti, Curses, Inscriptions of May 1968 was published May 1, 2018 by Black Ink and Interference Archive as a free 208-pp. paperback in an edition of 1,000 copies. The printed edition of the book is out of stock, so with pleasure we now offer up this digital version of the book. Download, delectate,…

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People & Poetry

Join Darius Simpson in celebration of his book Conversion Theory! With special guests Asaka the Renegade, Justin Gordon, Mikhaella, and Bayan. Sounds by DJ Kidd. Visual art by Diamond Symone. Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 p.m. Riverside Arts Center 76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti $5–$25 requested donation for entry (no one will be turned away for lack of…

The 1968 Flop

[Editor’s note: what follows is Peter Linebaugh’s keynote to the Global ’68 Conference at the Collège d’Études Mondiales, Paris, on May 2, 2018] It was the year of the Great Refusal, a “public moment” to quote Saint Just, when the social contract was challenged. Allen Ginsberg chanted “Om” amidst the police riot at the Chicago…

The Peoples’ Pac Man: A May Day Street Game

Tuesday, May 1 5:01 P.M. Downtown Ann Arbor Keep May Day fun and tell your boss to heck off as we take to Ann Arbor’s streets for some festive, working-class merriment (and maybe also mischief). To play the Peoples’ Pac Man, you either join—or create—a spawn point somewhere within the Ann Arbor game map. Each…

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…

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…