By Black Ink

Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police

Editor’s note: This June 2020 op-ed by Mariame Kaba bears rereading and sharing. Congressional Democrats want to make it easier to identify and prosecute police misconduct; Joe Biden wants to give police departments $300 million. But efforts to solve police violence through liberal reforms like these have failed for nearly a century. Enough. We can’t…

Carceral Imaging: Three Communiqués from H.H. Gonzales

Hey J., I hope you are doing good and staying safe, this COVID-19 stuff has gotten crazy in here. They were bringing the National Guard in here to test us every week, but they said they weren’t coming in anymore because so many people coming in caught COVID while administering the test. Then our newly…

Where I Sit

A communiqué from H.H. Gonzales, sent 11/6/2020, before prisoners rose up and were locked down on Wed. 11/10 I sit in a cell about 5 feet by 10 feet with a bunk bed, two lockers, a sink, a toilet, and a chair, with a “bunkie” (a cellmate). The walls are concrete with many different levels…

Aura Rosser Lives: Abolition Now!

Today we continue to struggle in Aura Rosser’s memory. Aura was a beautiful artist who loved to cook. She had three children and was struggling with mental health. Instead of helping her, Ann Arbor Police officer David Ried fired the shots that killed her on the night of November 10, 2014. What’s happened since then?…

Townies to Schlissel: You’re a Murderer

Early Friday morning (10/30), two banners appeared in Ann Arbor attributing the current rise in local COVID cases to the University of Michigan. One banner, flying near the intersection of State and Liberty, reads “UM BROUGHT THIS OUTBREAK HERE”; the other reads “UM FIRES, SUES, ARRESTS STUDENTS, FUNDS COPS. WHY?” For months, many in the…

Black Flags Over Evanston

This was written by some anonymous students who attended the October 17th march to abolish Northwestern University’s police department. It provides a detailed account of the march and its moments of experimentation with moving in the streets ungovernable, and some positive feedback on the process of escalation. Escalation is good. Polarization is good. Burn down…

Ungovernable: An Interview with Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

William C. Anderson: What do you think about the current uprisings happening throughout the country in response to police violence? Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin: I think the uprisings are good but we’re seeing that they have limitations as a revolutionary uprising. These limitations allow the state to subvert the nature of uprisings as well as the…

Free HH!

CALL TODAY AND TOMORROW (9/9 and 9/10) Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC)Warden Scott Yokom517-780-5600 (Press 1 for Charles Egeler RGC, then 3 for main menu, then 0 for operator and ask for the warden’s office.) Michigan Department of CorrectionsDirector Heidi Washington517-241-7238 Sample Script [Remember, you do not have to give your real name,…