Free May Day Book #9: Cherish x Abolish

This year’s free May Day book is a compilation entitled Cherish x Abolish. It’s a 6 x 8.5-inch, 256-page paperback featuring Ruth Wilson Gilmore, bell hooks, Dev Hynes, Gilles Bertin, Kuwasi Balagoon, Toni Morrison, Zoé Samudzi, Jean Weir, Willem Van Spronsen, Michael Kimble, EZLN, Black Panther Party, Jean Genet, George Jackson, Kanno Sugako, Marilyn Buck,…

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Joshua Williams on Friendship

What is a friendship? Is it two people that hang around each other or talk to each other every day, or just two people that party together? No—a friendship is a bond you make with someone. A bond you can’t break. A bond so strong that no matter what happens it won’t break. But when…

Fragments of Autobiography by Afeni Shakur

I was born in Lumberton even though my mother and my father and my sister were living in Norfolk, Virginia at the time, but my grandmother who lived in Lumberton got sick, so my mother went to Lumberton to see about my grandmother and I was born while she was there. A midwife delivered me.…

Q&A with LaToya Maria

February 2020–February 2021, Black With Plants will publish Q&A’s on generating socioecological value in landscapes of exclusion, and on instituting—in historically emarginated environs—networks of decentralized survival programs rooted in African Diaspora agrarian and liberation strategies. Black folx (artists, Earth workers, plant-based healers, emerging revolutionaries) from across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States—a global…