I recently collaborated on a project with an incredible organization based out of Washtenaw County, Michigan, called Radical Washtenaw.
Radical Washtenaw (RAW) is a collective of artists and activists that coalesced after police officer David Ried killed Aura Rosser, a 40-year-old African American woman, in Ann Arbor in November of 2014. The collective published this powerful retort in response to the prosecutor’s decision that declared David Ried innocent, and prevented his indictment for homicide. Among RAW’s aims is to aid in the struggle against increasing economic segregation; to offer love and protection to the downtrodden; to be in the streets; to post art, sounds, and writing by supporters of the movement; to expose abuse; and to erode white ignorance about Black life and its many plights.
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that each of these topics resonate with me from the deepest levels of my being. Getting connected with the leadership of this organization was nothing short of a miraculous blessing. Though about 900km (or 560 miles for all of my American readers) separates us, it’s become remarkably clear to me that we are on the same wavelength, working tirelessly towards the same overarching goals.
I wrote a piece for RAW that was published this week. I don’t want to say too much because I’d love for you to see it yourself here.
I’m elated to have had the opportunity to collaborate with this wonderful organization and I hope you will all send them some love!
…Now, I’m at work on my lunch break and have to go do things. Please let me know your thoughts on Ottawa to RAW!
Til next time,