By JC

May Day Book Archives: The Prison Dictionary

Now available in digital form is 2015’s free May Day book, The Prison Dictionary. It was written by people incarcerated at ERDCC in Bonne Terre, Missouri. From the Introduction: The question remains: Why a “prison dictionary”? Put simply, we feel that the uncommon grouping of people of various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds within the prison…

All White Men

Some men have a knack for locating the bullhorns Some men have a knack for locating the podium steps Some men with bullhorns or podiums have lots to say Most men with lots to say have nothing to say All white men at the front of marches for Black Life have lots to say All…

May Day Book Archives: Premature Death

Now available in digital form is 2016’s free May Day book, Premature Death. It features four essays—by Third Coast Conspiracy, Civil Rights Congress, James Boggs, and Ruth Wilson Gilmore—which deal with the concept of “premature death” as that to which white supremacy/racial capitalism expose Black people in America daily. Download it here.

Free May Day Book #9: Cherish x Abolish

This year’s free May Day book is a compilation entitled Cherish x Abolish. It’s a 6 x 8.5-inch, 256-page paperback featuring Ruth Wilson Gilmore, bell hooks, Dev Hynes, Gilles Bertin, Kuwasi Balagoon, Toni Morrison, Zoé Samudzi, Jean Weir, Willem Van Spronsen, Michael Kimble, EZLN, Black Panther Party, Jean Genet, George Jackson, Kanno Sugako, Marilyn Buck,…

Saline, Michigan: 21st-Century Sundown Town

I remember when, a few years ago, friends in Ypsilanti, who are Nigerian, told me they were thinking of moving to Saline. “Please don’t,” I said, and I told them how I’d just been regaled by stories from an elderly friend who used to work at the Ford plant there, about how there was an…

“I Stand for Anarchy,” by Katerina Gogou

Don’t stop me. I’m dreaming. We’ve been through centuries of injustice. Centuries of loneliness. Not now—don’t stop me. Now here forever and everywhere. I’m dreaming of freedom. Gorgeous unique anyone, let’s restore harmony to the universe. Let’s play. Knowledge is joy. It’s not mandatory schoolwork— I dream because I love you. Big dreams of the…

Our Marilyn Buck

White people rarely recognize, let alone process and contend with, the effects of white supremacy on our own selves. These effects are in fact multifarious, and if we could only learn to recognize and consciously feel them, we’d be even more hellbent on destroying whiteness. The one effect I want to mention here is that…

White Men / Racial Murders

On September 18, 2018, Ray Mason’s unclothed body was found in the Huron River, near Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti. When his aunt, Pat Glover, identified his body, she saw there were injuries to his face and head. It’s believed Mason was beaten, robbed, stripped, and thrown into the river. “Ray came all the way from North…

Dedicated to Freedom: An Interview with Kavonna Smith

I’d tell you my name, but I go by many. Perhaps it’s a way to protect who I am. My life could end today.  With these words I desire to express what I stand for. In doing so, I hope someone feels me, sees me, and fucks with what I’m about. This body of work…