Black Lives Matter

A timeline and context for local BLM activism and coalition-building (in southeastern Michigan).

Radical Washtenaw (RAW) is a collective of artists and activists in Washtenaw County, Michigan, that coalesced after the police murder of Aura Rosser in Ann Arbor in November of 2014. Among our aims is to aid in the struggle against the increasing economic segregation in this county; to offer love and protection to the downtrodden; to be in the streets; to post art, sounds, and writing by ourselves as well as by anyone who moves this movement; to expose abuse when we learn of it; and to erode white ignorance about Black Life and its many plights. The more our work develops, the more we need you.

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Feb. 26, '12

Trayvon Martin murdered in Sanford, Florida, by a white man; Black Lives Matter Movement sparks

2014-08-09 00:00:00

Aug. 9, '14

Michael Brown, Jr., murdered by white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri; BLM Movement catches fire

2014-11-09 00:00:00

Nov. 9-10, '14

Aura Rosser murdered in Ann Arbor by white police officer

2014-11-15 00:00:00

Nov. 15, '14

Radical Washtenaw (RAW) holds Vigil Against Police Violence

2014-11-24 00:00:00

Nov. 24, '14

Grand jury fails to indict officer who killed Mike Brown; Black Lives Matter Movement becomes an conflagration

2014-11-25 00:00:00

Nov. 25, '14

RAW holds Funeral for Justice in Ypsilanti; Over 1,000 protesters march through downtown Ann Arbor, birth of Ann Arbor to Ferguson

2014-12-05 00:00:00

Dec. 5, '14

Ann Arbor to Ferguson (AA2F) holds meeting, over 500 attend

2014-12-12 00:00:00

Dec. 12, '14

Black Lives Matter protesters, including EMU students, disrupt shopping at Briarwood Mall

2014-12-15 00:00:00

Dec. 15, '14

AA2F/RAW march and “Pack the City Council”

2014-12-30 04:43:41

Dec. 20, '14

RAW advocates that the WCSO evaluate the county's Law Enforcement Citizen Oversight Commission and its mission.

2015-01-01 04:43:41

Jan. 1, '15

RAW challenges the Sheriff to earmark future budgets for remediation and multicultural training for the department.

2015-01-31 00:00:00

Jan. 30, '15

Washtenaw County Prosecutor fails to indict AAPD officer who killed Aura Rosser

2015-01-31 00:00:00

Jan. 31, '15

AA2F/RAW march and civil disobedience protesting non-indictment

2015-02-06 04:43:41

Feb. 6, '15

RAW challenges WCSO's Community Engagement Officer to limit the number of shooting deaths by any means necessary.

2015-03-02 00:00:00

Mar. 2, '15

AA2F/RAW Black members hold guerrilla theater at Ann Arbor City Council meeting demanding justice for Aura Rosser and end to racist policing; birth of Guerrilla Theater Group

2015-03-16 00:00:00

Mar. 16, '15

AA2F/RAW pack the Ann Arbor City Council in silent protest

2015-04-02 00:00:00

Apr. 2, '15

AA2F/RAW and others publish People’s Retort to the Prosecutor’s Report, a retort with teeth rejecting state police and county prosecutor investigations of Aura Rosser’s death

2015-04-03 04:43:41

Apr. 3, '15

RAW demands that John Seto (AAPD) step down and apologize to the family of Aura Rosser.

2015-04-25 04:43:41

Apr. 25, '15

RAW attends ENPACT workshop, in an effort to ensure the WCSO kept its promise (re: improving human relations).

2015-04-27 00:00:00

Apr. 27, '15

Terrance Kellom shot and killed by ICE agent in Detroit

2015-05-01 00:00:00

May 1, '15

AA2F/RAW May Day March for Justice! followed by fundraising concert to benefit children of Aura Rosser

2015-05-20 00:00:00

May 20, '15

AA2F/RAW show of force and Open Letter to Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission

2015-05-21 00:00:00

May 21, '15

AA2F #SayHerName Silent Black Tape Protest in solidarity with National Day of Action to End State Violence Against Black Women and Girls

2015-06-19 00:00:00

Jun. 19, '15

#StandWithCharleston vigils in A2 (AA2F) and Ypsi (RAW). Protesters in Ypsi wait all night outside jail for detained protester to be release

2015-06-21 00:00:00

Jun. 21, '15

For National Day of Action to #StandWithCharleston, RAW/AA2F create memorials in Ypsi

2015-06-27 00:00:00

Jun. 27. '15

AA2F Community BBQ, a smash hit in spite of the rain

2015-07-03 00:00:00

Jul. 3, '15

RAW sponsors Confederate Flag Burning Weekend

2015-07-13 00:00:00

Jul. 13, '15

Black Lives Matter activist Sandra Bland found dead in jail in Waller County, Texas, murder suspected; BLM Movement conflagration inspires strike back with organized fight back

2015-07-16 00:00:00

Jul. 16, '15

Michaelangelo and Makiah Jackson killed in Detroit during a high-speed police

2015-07-18 00:00:00

Jul. 18, '15

RAW launches Stop Bully Cops petition campaign in Ypsilanti

2015-07-24 00:00:00

Jul. 24-26, '15

RAW/AA2F activists participate in Movement for Black Lives Convening

2015-08-09 00:00:00

Aug. 9, '15

RAW/AA2F observe one year since the murder of Mike Brown: The Space Between: On the Ground for Michael Brown

2015-08-21 00:00:00

Aug. 21, 2015

Fuck the Police Rally and Pique-Nique

2015-08-25 04:43:41

Aug. 25, '15

#BlackTransLivesMatter Vigil in Ann Arbor

2015-09-01 00:00:00

Sep. 1, '15

We organize to fully engage all citizens in public life and to build voting power for communities of color, and the under-represented. All interested parties are encouraged to attend #FreedomTuesdayz (and are welcome to stand in solidarity 6:45-7:45pm) with local concerned citizens near City Hall (1 South Huron Street, downtown Ypsilanti).

2015-10-31 04:43:41

Oct. 31, '15

RaW Prints #LovesBlack T-Shirts

2015-11-05 00:00:00

Nov. 5, '15

One Year After: Aura Rosser's Black Life Matters

2015-11-08 04:43:41

Nov. 8, '15

#DaysofAura

2015-11-08 04:43:41

Nov. 13, '15

Radical Washtenaw launches keepypsiblack.org

2015-11-11 04:43:41

Nov. 11, '15

Stand with Mizzou on the UM Diag

2015-11-19 04:43:41

Nov. 19, '15

The Black Student 10-Point Plan is published, and presented to Eastern Michigan University's Interim President on Friday, November 20, 2015.

2015-11-22 05:54:03

Nov. 22, '15

#YearWithoutTamir : Vigil on the Anniversary of Tamir Rice's murder

2015-12-15 04:43:41

Dec. 15, '15

Remarks to Council, Dec. 15, 2015

2015-12-23 17:39:13

Dec 23, '15

Kevin Matthews Murdered by Dearborn PD

2016-01-05 19:26:03

Jan. 5, '16

Remarks to Council, Jan. 5, 2016

2016-01-08 04:43:41

Jan. 8, '16

AA2F changes its name to Ann Arbor Alliance for Black Lives (A34BL).

2016-01-14 04:43:41

Jan. 14, '16

Why Are Black People in Ypsilanti Disproportionately Arrested on Bench Warrants?

2016-01-20 04:43:41

Jan. 20, '16

Local A34BL and RAW activists commemorate the day Aura Rain Rosser would have turned 42 years old with a light-brigade action in Ann Arbor.

2016-01-20 04:43:41

Jan. 20, '16

Aura Rain Rosser would have turned 42 years old on Jan. 20, 2016. #DaysofAura

2016-01-23 04:43:41

Jan. 23, '16

RAW begins organizing door-to-door around arrest rates in Ypsilanti.

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