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This Environmentalist Went to Prison for a Crime She Says She Didn’t Commit—and It Transformed Her Activism

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Siwatu-Salama Ra was in her third trimester when she spent her first night in prison. She sat inside the walls of the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, some 40 miles southwest of Detroit, for 258 days. Ra is co-director of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, a local envi…

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