By Black Ink

Stand up for Cornelius! SHUT IT DOWN!

Cornelius Frederick was a 16-year-old boy who, after becoming a ward of the state, was held at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan—run by Sequel Youth and Family Services, a private, for-profit, national corporation with a track record of violence against youth. On April 29, after throwing a sandwich, Cornelius was tackled and restrained by staff…

We’re Never Going Back to Normal

The latest piece by the folks at MAPS: After George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police, the full autopsy revealed he was infected with COVID-19. Racists and defenders of the police have attempted to use this fact to distract from the overt brutality of the cops that killed him. But the presence of both the…

Ann Arbor Does Not March with Cops

On Tuesday, abolitionists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, interrupted a “peace and love” unity march with Ann Arbor police chief Michael Cox and mayor Christopher Taylor. As the police stopped making their speeches and started marching, abolitionists positioned at the first street corner cut off their path, unfurling a street-wide banner that read “AURA ROSSER—BLACK LIVES…

Lessons from the Damned

In “Solidarity Is Not a Market Exchange,” an interview with Robin D. G. Kelley conducted by Jack Amariglio and Lucas Wilson, Kelley pays tribute to Lessons from the Damned: Class Struggle in the Black Community, a fugitive book from the 1970s: Lessons from the Damned is this book that is black feminist practice laid out. In…

Joshua Williams on Friendship

What is a friendship? Is it two people that hang around each other or talk to each other every day, or just two people that party together? No—a friendship is a bond you make with someone. A bond you can’t break. A bond so strong that no matter what happens it won’t break. But when…

Fragments of Autobiography by Afeni Shakur

I was born in Lumberton even though my mother and my father and my sister were living in Norfolk, Virginia at the time, but my grandmother who lived in Lumberton got sick, so my mother went to Lumberton to see about my grandmother and I was born while she was there. A midwife delivered me.…

NURA #1

The sun’s red sparked my orange passion, I’m light like yellow. Fire raging inside of me, I’m a young mad nigga, mad with love, and rage, and hope that is contagious. Faith flew from my heart and took my veins with it. Still tethered to my being, my spirit lay out of me. Cast in…

January 2020 Message from Joshua Williams

This is my speech to all my people in the fight, so sit back and listen. I say to the people all around the world, fighting against slavery, fighting against racism, fighting against the system, I say to you, don’t get tired. Keep fighting. Be strong, because one thing about us is we are stronger…