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Let’s Have a Ball This Fall if that’s All There Is

Let’s Have a Ball This Fall if that’s All There Is

SoulGalaxyGirl

The last time Jupiter and Pluto had a rendezvous it was around the turn of the Century, and we got the Spanish Flu. This year they met up in March and April during the first global wave of Covid-19. Again in late June (resurgence), and…it…

Call to Action: No Evictions! Housing Now!

Call to Action: No Evictions! Housing Now!

Isaac Levine

In response to the end of the Michigan Eviction Moratorium, the Washtenaw County General Defense Committee has organized an action taking place to resist the coming wave of evictions locally. “On Wednesday, August 19th, at 12:30 pm, the Washtenaw General Defense Committee (GDC), in collaboration…

Analyzing the Donors of Candidates in the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Race

Analyzing the Donors of Candidates in the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Race

Ruth Cassidy, with data entry & research help from other contributors

Although prosecutors wield major influence and power in the criminal justice system, this position receives relatively little attention and scrutiny in comparison to other local electoral positions. According to the Youth as Cultural and Civic Leaders collective, the county prosecutor decides 1) who gets charged,…

A Vote of No Confidence: Following the Ypsilanti Township Clerk Race

A Vote of No Confidence: Following the Ypsilanti Township Clerk Race

Brian Little

As a recent arrival to Ypsilanti Township from Ypsilanti I was new to local township politics. While often overshadowed by nearby municipalities, Ypsilanti Township’s population of 53,362 is more than double the City of Ypsilanti and shouldn’t be overlooked. I’ve noticed the attention on social…

Destroy the Table: Speeches at the 7/20/20 #BLM Action

Destroy the Table: Speeches at the 7/20/20 #BLM Action

Isaac Levine

On July 20th, Terril “Goochie” Cotton organized his third Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Ypsilanti. When asked if he is ever going to stop organizing protests he responded, “I don’t want to—if I could I’d do it everyday.” What’s Left captured 2 speeches from…

When We Awaken

When We Awaken

Krystle DuPree

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen magnificent displays of human kindness and unity. Communities are rebirthing age-old traditions and practices of caring for one another in a time of crisis. Through mutual-aid groups and organizations, members provide (or exchange) resources⁠—from long-term housing or shelter…

Letter to the Editors

Letter to the Editors

Along with article submissions from the community, What’s Left periodically receives messages of support from readers. If you’d like to submit a story idea, inquiry, or send a message you can reach issue 5 co-editors Amber and Desiraé at contact@whatsleftypsi.com or here. 7/5/2020 Hello, I…

Street Interviews at the 6/20/20 #BLM Action

Street Interviews at the 6/20/20 #BLM Action

interviews/editing/music by Isaac Levine, camera by Donald Harrison

On June 20th, Ayanna Bennett organized a Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Ypsilanti and highlighted that “#BLM is not a moment—its a movement.” What’s Left captured moments from the action and interviewed demonstrators in the street asking, “can you imagine an Ypsi without police?”…

An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Ask a Wobbly #1

An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Ask a Wobbly #1

Jason Bombach

I would be willing to bet you hate your job. You probably work too many hours, for terrible wages, and live one paycheck away from desperation. You might even be like me and have two or more jobs—that is if you’re lucky enough to have…

Timeline of Mayor Beth Bashert’s Pattern of Anti-Blackness

Timeline of Mayor Beth Bashert’s Pattern of Anti-Blackness

Brian Geiringer & Amber Fellows, with organizing help from Ruth Cassidy and other What's Left Contributors

Ypsilanti, Michigan Mayor Beth Bashert made national news on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, after video surfaced of her comment from the previous night’s City Council meeting (full video here). During a vote to reinstate Ka’Ron Gaines as a Human Relations Commissioner, Bashert states “since I…

Ward 3 City Council Seat Filled

Ward 3 City Council Seat Filled

Ruth Cassidy

Ypsilanti City Council voted on June 4, 2019 to appoint Annie Somerville to the vacant City Council seat in Ward 3. City Council’s process lacked transparency and did not reflect public constituent input. In-person interviews of candidates to fill the Ypsilanti Ward 3 City Council…

City Council Ticker 2

City Council Ticker 2

Racial Equity and Representation Since her inauguration on November 12, 2018, Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert has decided not to reinstate two Black city commissioners to their respective commissions. A Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Mayor Bashert has not nominated a single non-white Ypsilanti…

Black Commissioners Not Reappointed by Mayor

Black Commissioners Not Reappointed by Mayor

In Ypsilanti, the mayor has the sole power to nominate people to the city’s commissions. City commissions are government bodies made up of volunteers who make decisions that affect Ypsilanti. Some commissions merely advise City Council; others actually have the final decision-making power over city…

Collective bravery: #BLM protest in Ypsi

Collective bravery: #BLM protest in Ypsi

Interviews by Amber Fellows

June 6th was a hot day in Ypsilanti; a day when over a thousand people took to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest domestic terrorism from the police. Upon entering downtown Ypsilanti it was difficult to miss the…

Comic

Comic

Dr. Ruby
Puzzle

Puzzle

Editor’s Note: None of the numbers can be zero!

Beautiful Gate ~ Interview with Theresa and Bonita

Beautiful Gate ~ Interview with Theresa and Bonita

Amory Zhou

It’s Saturday at Beautiful Gate Church in Ypsilanti. Families and individuals are lined up outside, coming in two-to-three at a time, to get groceries for the week. Many of the folks know one another––they may be neighbors, friends, or just people who see each other…

City Council Ticker 4

City Council Ticker 4

Brian Geiringer

City Boards and Commissions During discussion of a Human Relations Commission recommendation to increase diversity in board and commission appointments on Nov 5, Councilmember Somerville suggests creating a report of demographic information from city commissioners through a voluntary survey of commissioners.  In a 3-to-3 decision…

Publicly Funded Communal Housing

Publicly Funded Communal Housing

Jim Clark

A major concern for the at-risk community and homelessness-relief advocates is affordable housing. Access to shelter is extremely important for survival, especially in Michigan winters, and our county resources do a good job with the resources they have. The actual shelter itself may only help…

Action First: Organizing Against Gentrification in Ypsilanti — Interview with Sarah Schulman

Action First: Organizing Against Gentrification in Ypsilanti — Interview with Sarah Schulman

Interview between Sarah Schulman, Amber Fellows, Isaac Levine, and Bryan Foley Conversation transcribed by Karlie Ebersole Intro written by Isaac Levine
Privatization At EMU

Privatization At EMU

Colton Ray

Privatization hasn’t been spoken about much this year at EMU, at least in public. The administration, going from Housing and Residence Life staff all the way up to the Board of Regents, don’t even use the term. Instead, they prefer the term “partnership.” That way,…

Street Questions

Street Questions

Christine Gliha and Brian Geiringer

Despite the cold of late January, we hit the streets on a couple evenings to talk to folks who were out and about in Ypsilanti. Question 1: What will Ypsi look like in 2030? Question 2: Last Saturday, people gathered across the country for National…

8 Questions with Alize Asberry Payne

8 Questions with Alize Asberry Payne

Desiraé Simmons

Alize Asberry Payne is the first Washtenaw County Equity Officer. She started in her position in July 2019. Given the racial inequities between the 48197 & 48198 zip codes and the rest of the county, I wanted to learn more about how she will approach…

We Must Reject The Hate You Gave

We Must Reject The Hate You Gave

Desiraé Simmons Submitted by Julia Bayha

How many ways do I have to see  The hate you give? How many examples are enough So I may simply live? When can I cry uncle and you’ll agree I’ve paid a high enough price to finally be  Free? Where can I feel safe?…

Spring’s Symphony

Spring’s Symphony

SoulGalaxyGirl

What’s that wet, willing, wistful wind that’s dancing in the air? It’s Pisces! The season of empathy, fluidity, and bringing the symphony that we’ve been composing since last year’s Spring Equinox to a wonderful heart-wrenching climax. It’s fitting that this season is the realm that…

Barbara Rodman Obituary

Barbara Rodman Obituary

David & Gail Kuhnlein

Barbara Mahase Rodman (July 15, 1927 – November 22, 2019) “left the Fair” peacefully surrounded by family in her final days.  She used to have a dream many years ago that she spoke of often. She was at the fair and her son, Davey (1959-1977),…

Peace House

Peace House

by Sheri Wander and Lauren Tatarsky

The Catholic Worker Movement began in May 1933 when a journalist named Dorothy Day and a philosopher teamed up to publish and distribute a radical newspaper called “The Catholic Worker.” Grounded in the belief in the dignity of every person their movement committed itself to…

Street Questions

Street Questions

by Eddie Zhou, Brian Geiringer, and Aaron Apsey
Through the Dark to December

Through the Dark to December

by SoulGalaxyGirl

We may be approaching a sweet holiday season. I say this cautiously because I don’t want you to get too excited. Keep your expectations low, and stay grateful. Because last time I said Autumn would be amazing and….I dunno. Its kinda like predicting the weather…