By Black Ink

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…

POC-Owned Businesses in Ypsilanti

Our post about the gentrification of Ypsilanti had some folks messaging us to ask for names of Ypsilanti establishments owned by people of color. Herewith a necessarily incomplete list, crowdsourced by Keep Ypsi Black followers. Contact us to add an entry! And keep in mind that we haven’t rigidly adhered to the official borders of…

Boredom Weeps

Boredom Weeps: Graffiti, Curses, Inscriptions of May 1968 was published May 1, 2018 by Black Ink and Interference Archive as a free 208-pp. paperback in an edition of 1,000 copies. The printed edition of the book is out of stock, so with pleasure we now offer up this digital version of the book. Download, delectate,…

The Peoples’ Pac Man: A May Day Street Game

Tuesday, May 1 5:01 P.M. Downtown Ann Arbor Keep May Day fun and tell your boss to heck off as we take to Ann Arbor’s streets for some festive, working-class merriment (and maybe also mischief). To play the Peoples’ Pac Man, you either join—or create—a spawn point somewhere within the Ann Arbor game map. Each…