By Black Ink

EMUPD: What It Doesn’t Do and Why We Don’t Need It

Although its got a new sports facility and a recently renovated Engineering and Technology building, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has been known more for the ongoing austerity its workers and students face. If the administration isn’t selling off rights to its parking or dining halls or dorms, it’s firing secretaries in departments whose secretaries are…

Building a Midwest Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

This document is the product of a group of revolutionaries in the so-called “Midwestern” region of the United States, to clarify a regional political trajectory for revolutionary abolitionist practice in the Midwest. We define it as a “trajectory” because we think that any strategy and analysis we outline should be subject to constant critique, development,…

3rd Zap for H.H.

Another week has gone by and H.H. is still in SMHU. We need to keep the pressure on to show the MDOC that WE DON’T GIVE UP. Conditions in the Egeler segregation unit continue to be cruel and inhumane. H.H. hasn’t had clean clothes in 4 weeks, continues to be cuffed whenever he leaves the…

2nd Zap for H.H.

After three weeks, H.H. is still in SMHU (segregation) which means we need to keep calling to get him out.  After a confrontation with a white supremacist, H.H. was sentenced to 30 days Loss of Privileges (LOP). Instead of LOP he was put in detention in the Special Management Housing Unit (SMHU). This means lights…

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…