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5 Years Since

Saturday, November 9, 2019 will be the five-year anniversary of the murder of Aura Rosser by two white Ann Arbor cops.   5 years since November 9, 2014 Ann Arbor police department shot and killed an innocent black woman named Aura Rosser We rose up Ann Arbor city council publicly announced they’re nothing (and still…

“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…

Locked Up

Introduction Prison has come out of the shadows into the limelight, as not a day passes without some allusion to “solving the problem” of the State’s overflowing dungeons. Advances in surveillance technology are offering alternative models of isolation and control that could see a large number of the latters’ potentially explosive inmates defused and—opportunely tagged…

The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner

2019’s free May Day book was The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner by Saidiya Hartman, an 80-page sewn paperback, edited and designed by Crisis in collaboration with the author, and published in an edition of 1000 copies. It was available for free at Bookbound Bookstore, For Keeps Books, Hasta Muerte, Interference…

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…