To Black Students at WIMA

Six Black seventh graders at Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA) were sent racist threats by an anonymous emailer last week. In response, high schoolers at Washtenaw International High School (WIHI), which shares a building with WIMA, staged a sit-in to call attention to the racism they experience in their school. A judge declined to issue a warrant that would allow…

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Against White Supremacist Strategy

Nazi organizer Richard Spencer is coming to Michigan at the beginning of March. Two days of coordinated events—the first in metro Detroit, the second at Michigan State University—have been planned for Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5. The announcement on the website of the alt-right front group “Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas,” which…

We’re Trying to Destroy the World

An Interview with Frank B. Wilderson III, conducted by The Killer Bs (Jared Ball, Todd Steven Burroughs, and Hate) Jared Ball: We want to start with a question that was posed to you during a Q&A at which we were present. Someone asked you a question about police brutality. You said, “I’m not against police…

Aramark, Trinity, Maggots

Michigan may stop using private food vendors to provide food service in prisons kitchens after several years of dramatic problems related to inmates’ meals. MIRS reports that Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to announce a proposal to do so in his upcoming state budget presentation. The move follows three years of Metro Times and other…

Citizen Committee on Housing Affordability and Accessibility

This Wednesday (February 7) will be the first meeting of a newly established subcommittee of the Planning Commission. It will convene in the downstairs (basement) gallery at Riverside Arts Center at 7 p.m. The Citizen Committee will review and update the City of Ypsilanti’s 2013 Master Plan with a focus on preserving and enhancing housing…

#Justice4Daris

On December 10, 2017, William “Daris” Marshall was stopped by Westland cops who allege they found drugs in his vehicle. He was arrested and taken to jail where he suffered a medical emergency. According to Juston Delaforce, who was being held in the same cell, “Marshall was telling them ‘I’m having a seizure, I’m having…