Category Archives: Ypsilanti

Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Merritt Bankes

What follows is our official exit interview with Merritt Bankes, who just recently left Ypsilanti, headed for Tecumseh. MARK: Can you please state your full name for the record? MERRITT: Merritt Bankes. MARK: OK, let’s start at the beginning… What kind of kid were you? MERRITT: Feral! A free-range chicken! [Laughs.] I didn’t even wear […]

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Melvin Parson and the campaign to create a world-class urban farm in Ypsilanti

Melvin Parson and I have been working off an on for the past two years on an interview for this site. It began as an Ypsilanti Immigration Interview, and, over time, as we dug deeper into his work with We The People Growers Association, evolved into something more about his dream of establishing a world-class […]

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Today in fake news: Edgy Day

Over the past several years, we’ve seen a number of instances in which fake news stories, having been seeded through bots by entities that want to stoke the fires of racial animus and political tribalism in the United States, have spread like wildfire across the internet thanks to real people, who, it would seem, care […]

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Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips of Ypsilanti is mocked by young Trump supporters in Washington, DC

If you’ve been on social media today, you’ve likely seen footage of a smirking, young Trump supporter appearing to mock a Native American drummer in Washington, DC during yesterday’s Indigenous Peoples March. If the Native American man in the video looks familiar to those of you who, like me, live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, it’s because […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Caleb Elijah Zweifler

If you’re planning to attend the DIYpsi art fair this weekend, be sure to swing by the table of illustrator Caleb Zweifler, who, early next week, intends to hitchhike his way out of Ypsilanti, the town that he’s called home for the past decade. Following is his official Ypsilanti exit interview. MARK: What’s your full […]

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