Keeping Tabs: PPP Loans to Ypsi-Area Businesses

Keeping Tabs: PPP Loans to Ypsi-Area Businesses

Heidi Jugenitz

On July 6, the federal government released the names of organizations that have received forgivable loans of at least $150,000 through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to…

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…

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…