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.

Dec. 20, '14

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

Jan. 1, '15

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

Apr. 3, '15

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

Feb. 6, '15

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

Apr. 25, '15

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

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.

Jan. 27, '16

Janet Wilson, a 31-year-old Black woman from Detroit, is murdered by Dearborn police, who shoot her multiple times in her car during the afternoon rush hour.

Jan. 8, '16

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

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).

Nov. 8, '15

#DaysofAura

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