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Bend the Bars 2019

Bend the Bars 2019 is only a few weeks away! Bend the Bars is a day-and-a-half long conference about strategies and tactics for supporting the prisoner movement and the struggle for a world without prisons. It will take place in Lansing, Michigan from August 23 thru August 24. And you’re invited! We recently finalized the…

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…

Message from Joshua Williams

On Sunday, June 30, 2019 we was on lockdown most of the day because of three inmate drug overdoses. Guys, I want to say this: when my feet first touched down in the streets of Ferguson I felt connected suddenly, because I felt the pain of the people out there. I felt what was going…

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…

Black w/ Plants: Toronto Q&A with Kortney Morrow

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Toronto? psychological wellness?  Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Toronto is a  booming, liberal, diverse city. It’s truly been a joy living in Toronto and if I was going to have kids…

Black w/ Plants: Nutrition Q&A with Alexis Atkins

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Nutrition? Washington, D.C., + its Public Health? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   I want readers to know that obtaining proper nutrition education can be emotionally, mentally and physically healing. By consuming…

Black w/ Plants: Hiking Q&A with Kyla Peterson

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about hiking? caring for plants + bees? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Hiking can be an intimidating term for some people, but it can be as simple as taking the scenic route…

Learning from M5/L

Just over a year ago—March 5, 2018—antifascists converged in Lansing, Michigan to confront the white nationalists who were planning on attending Richard Spencer’s talk at Michigan State University. The successes of this weekend have been well documented: Richard Spencer cancelled the rest of his college tour, prominent white nationalist lawyer Kyle Bristow announced he would be…

Black w/ Plants: Erin Leigh Kiyoko Kobayashi and D’Real Graham on (Black w/) Plants, Health and Wellness

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. Leigh Kiyoko: I noticed over the winter, you turned 32. Happy belated birthday! The last year you also made a major career change: You went from serving in managerial, Chairman and Board Member roles within the non-profit youth and education domain for over ten years into creating W/Plants, a botanical shop based in Union Market, DC.…