Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

What’s in a Name? Everything!

On Tuesday, September 26, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members interrupted a “debate” on whether to consider changing the name of a University of Michigan building. This “conversation” … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

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