By JC

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…

Interview with Josh MacPhee

Polymath editor, designer, artist, archivist, organizer, and father Josh MacPhee is in town for the symposium Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design and the Institution. He’s also got two curated walls (one of which is above) in Have We Met: Dialogues on Memory and Desire, up now at the Stamps Gallery. Tell us about your…

Gentrification as Ypsi Reality

If you’ve tried to have a conversation with a white friend about gentrification, it’s pretty likely you reached an impasse the moment you posed any sort of critique of “revitalization.” If you’ve tried to have such a conversation with a white Ypsilanti resident about the readily apparent gentrification of this city, it’s even more likely…