Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Circles of Solidarity

It’s hard not to lose faith in human beings right now; it’s difficult not to despair at people’s capacity to (often-suddenly, voraciously) turn on whole categories of humans, intent on … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Most of Us Are Already Illegal

Rainy, gray-gloomy day. News across Turtle Island of white supremacist attacks and even murder as well as white supremacist infrastructure readying its brutal, annihilationist power. Politicians on all sides, from … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

This Is What Community Self-Defense and Solidarity Looks Like, or Should!

This work-in-progress list is intended as counter to the rising fascism, and hopefully as an anecdote to the spineless liberalism that wants to somehow merely love fascism away. It’s one … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Bookended between “Bitter” and “Sweet”

“Bittersweet”: that’s the lone word, more than any other, that has stuck with me throughout the long, winding journey of gathering the pieces for an anthology on grief, loss, and … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whatever Way the Wind Blows

This Sunday morning, a sulfury smell filled my nostrils when I walked outside — a stench hanging heavy over SW Detroit, where I live. Usually, such foul air stays further … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

2 Vigils, 1 Night, 49 Names: #Orlando

2 vigils for Orlando on ‪1 Detroit night. The first was politicians, nonprofits, clergy, and even a cop as speakers-at-you. It was party-festive multicolored balloons as backdrop for media photo … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Gets Shut Down; What We Pry Open

There is that trite phase “one door closes, and another opens,” that gets used too often as awkward condolence to those who’ve lost things and especially people they love. No … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment