By Black Ink

Privilege and the Registry

In the aftermath of Larry Nassar, Michigan has pushed over 30 bills through the House and Senate ostensibly under the familiar rhetoric of safety. Some of the bills—expanding sexual education and requiring schools to keep records about why employees leave—make sense in treating our sex crime problem holistically. Most of the bills, however, focus on…

Care Not Cops

Saturday, January 19, 7 pm Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsi A Community Conversation, facilitated by Solidarity & Defense, Huron Valley Before 2018 came to a close, a bunch of us gathered to discuss care networks that we imagine beyond policing. Our conversation touched on police funding, power mapping, recognizing our limits and…

Next Stop: Destitution

From Lundi Matin Contrary to all that we’re hearing, the real mystery is not that we revolted, but the fact that we didn’t do it sooner. What’s abnormal is not what we’re doing now, but all that we’ve put up with until now. Who can deny the bankruptcy of the system, from every angle? Who…

Care Not Cops

December 15, 7 pm Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsi A Community Conversation, facilitated by Solidarity & Defense, Huron Valley How could we address harm without police? How are we already resolving conflict without police? What tangible examples can you share from your own life? This evening will kick off with a brief slideshow as inspiration…

Remember Aura Rosser

[editor’s note: this communiqué was submitted anonymously] On the snowy morning of Friday, November 9th, a banner was hung on a pedestrian overpass over I-94 in Ann Arbor to greet workers as they commuted into the city. Reading “Remember Aura Rosser, Murdered by A2 Cops,” the banner both calls on the passer-by to remember Aura,…

An Interview with Emory Douglas

The Black Panther Party was the most significant radical organization in American history, and you’d be wrong if you thought that in order to achieve that prominence their graphic identity needed to follow convention. Not only did the Panthers create propaganda and visual materials that broke with the anaseptic conventions of mid-20th-century design and culture,…

D’Real Graham on School of Thought

School of Thought is a Washington, D.C. radio show that explores so­cial justice, higher education, and the city’s music scene. It’s broadcast out of WPFW’s studios every Monday from 7–8 p.m. EST. Last night, hosts Corinne Ruff and Shalina Chatlani spoke with educator/youth mentor/community organizer D’Real Graham. Listen to his segment below.

Nya’s Mighty Fight

For those of us looking for ways to stand up and care for black comrades in our community, here’s a timely one: help Nya Njee get the pay she’s owed by Mighty Good Coffee Company of Ann Arbor. Here is a bit about Nya’s plight, in her own words:   The following is a statement…

Attica

Cinda Firestone’s legendary film Attica (1974) is freely available at last, brought to us by a crew of folks who organized a free screening last week at Hasta Muerte, in solidarity with the 2018 #prisonstrike. Pictured above is 21-year-old Attica organizer Elliott “L.D.” Barkley, who was executed by prison guards after the rebellion had been…