From Abolition

“Just Cause” or “Just Because”?

As time has permitted, and circumstance demands, I find myself wondering. With COVID giving an overwhelmingly unjust advantage to prosecutors that allows them to forego court rules, delay indefinitely for “COVID-like symptoms” or close contact, that allows a person to be held indefinitely while awaiting the opportunity to present their case before a judge, that…

Prison Isn’t Free: The Costs of Being Incarcerated

As I’ve been sitting in the belly of the beast, it has been a whirlwind of new discoveries. None have been more impactful than the pressures of surviving financially while incarcerated in the MDOC. Through time, unaccountability, and privatization, they have mastered the ability to force prisoners to survive on the most minimal amount of…

A Case in Support

Today I bring you another case where the injustice system has worked to keep another Washtenaw county parolee behind bars for over a year after he beat his case. Yes, after he beat his case in a court of law, Armani Shabazz, MDOC #860854, is still waiting in a prison cell a year later, awaiting…

Purgatory On Purpose

The world is experiencing the pain and suffering of this pandemic. Businesses are forced to close due to sickness and being understaffed, supplies are in high demand due to shipping shortages, hospitals are undersupplied, overcrowded, and understaffed. Basically everything is experiencing lack and limit, distress and difficulty, as we strive to maintain and survive through…

Free H.H.! Prosecutorial Persecution and Pitfalls

[Submitted by Friends of H.H.] We can all take a deep breath, avert our gaze, and rest easy. Washtenaw County now has a progressive prosecutor—Eli Savit, whose platform claims that (1) coercive plea bargaining, (2) over-prosecution, (3) prolonged pre-trial detentions, (4) aggressive prosecution of drug possession charges, and (5) racial inequity are things of the…

EMUPD: What It Doesn’t Do and Why We Don’t Need It

Although its got a new sports facility and a recently renovated Engineering and Technology building, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has been known more for the ongoing austerity its workers and students face. If the administration isn’t selling off rights to its parking or dining halls or dorms, it’s firing secretaries in departments whose secretaries are…

Building a Midwest Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

This document is the product of a group of revolutionaries in the so-called “Midwestern” region of the United States, to clarify a regional political trajectory for revolutionary abolitionist practice in the Midwest. We define it as a “trajectory” because we think that any strategy and analysis we outline should be subject to constant critique, development,…

3rd Zap for H.H.

Another week has gone by and H.H. is still in SMHU. We need to keep the pressure on to show the MDOC that WE DON’T GIVE UP. Conditions in the Egeler segregation unit continue to be cruel and inhumane. H.H. hasn’t had clean clothes in 4 weeks, continues to be cuffed whenever he leaves the…

2nd Zap for H.H.

After three weeks, H.H. is still in SMHU (segregation) which means we need to keep calling to get him out.  After a confrontation with a white supremacist, H.H. was sentenced to 30 days Loss of Privileges (LOP). Instead of LOP he was put in detention in the Special Management Housing Unit (SMHU). This means lights…