Category Archives: Ypsilanti

1,000 march in support of Black Lives Matter in Ypsilanti

My friend Donald Harrison, one of the founders of the iFFY film festival, took his video equipment to yesterday’s Black Lives Matter march in Ypsi as part of his Citizen Activist Media initiative. Check it out. Ypsilanti Black Lives Matter Protest June 20, 2020 from 7 Cylinders Studio on Vimeo. [As for iFFY, Donald tells […]

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How should a community respond when an elected official admits to racism and asks for another chance?

Tuesday night, during Ypsilanti’s City Council meeting, Mayor Beth Bashert, when discussing the re-appointment of Ka’Ron Gaines as a City Human Relations Commissioner, said the following. “Since I will be crucified if I vote against any black person on any commission, I’m going to vote yes,” she said. And, with that, yet another political career […]

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Today’s Black Lives Matter protest in Ypsilanti

We may not be a big city, like Philly, Houston, Chicago, or DC, but, for our size, Ypsilanti had one hell of a turnout today in support of Black Lives Matter. I’m incredibly proud of my home town right now, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Terril Cotton and the other organizers […]

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Mark’s Covid Diary… May 25, 2020

Last year on Memorial Day, my son and I discovered a giant vernal pool teaming with tadpoles at Riverside Park, so we thought we’d go back today in hopes of finding more. While we didn’t find any frogs or tadpoles, there was plenty for us to talk about. Among other things, we saw a family […]

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A maskless Donald Trump visits Ypsilanti for a taxpayer-funded mini-rally and celebrates the “good bloodlines” of Michigan’s most notorious antisemite

Donald Trump was just miles away from my home today. Ostensibly, he was here in Ypsilanti to talk with Ford Motor Company employees about their efforts to produce ventilators in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but the event had almost all the earmarks of a Trump campaign rally. [Trump hasn’t been able to hold rallies […]

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