Pull Over Prevention (POP) is an effort to empower motorists – especially people of color and immigrants in our community – to avoid discriminatory interactions with law enforcement.

POP provides repairs for automotive issues including lights, tires, and fluids, which are used by police to stop or fine motorists. We also give consultations with knowledgeable mechanics and promote access to local resources. We regularly host Pull Over Prevention Clinics in our community.

Notice to attendees: Have you tested positive or showed symptoms for the COVID-19 virus after you attended a POP event? Were you exposed to someone with COVID-19 before you attended a POP event?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, please contact us immediately so we can help other attendees protect themselves and their loved ones.

Events

May 2021

Pull Over Prevention + Vaccine Clinic, Ypsilanti

Saturday May 22 2021
10:00 AM-02:00 PM
Masjid Ibrahim, 315 S Ford Blvd, Ypsilanti, Michigan

We will provide free car repair of lights, tires, and fluids to prevent interactions with law enforcement.

Washtenaw County Health Department will also provide free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at this event, to anyone 18 years old or over. No appointments necessary!

For complete information on the vaccines, please see WCHD’s COVID-19 Vaccination page.

Past

2021

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 (Ypsilanti)
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Jackson)
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021 (Ypsilanti)
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021 (Ypsilanti)

2020

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (Ypsilanti) cancelled
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 (Ypsilanti)
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 (Ypsilanti)
  • Saturday, August 22, 2020 (Ypsilanti)

We graciously thank our hosts for allowing use of their space. For more details on past events, contact us.

About

Pull Over Prevention is our direct response to the police brutalization of Black individuals and forced deportations of immigrants in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County. Our effort also confronts the economic inequality that causes people of color to face unaffordable traffic fines and lose their means of transportation.

Through POP we aim to build communal solidarity, fostering relationships where friends and neighbors help each other. We organize local mechanics who share their skills, accept donated materials to give away, and partner with democratic grassroots organizations to promote access to their resources.

We drew inspiration the DSA New Orleans Direct Service Committee, who have held Brake Light Clinics since 2017 and published Gimme a Brake! (Light): A DIY Guide. POP was started in July 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by police.

As long as the racist and classist institution of policing exists, we will work outside their systems of oppression to truly protect and serve our community.

Pull Over Prevention is supported by the Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America (HVDSA), Peace House Ypsi, and The Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti (The MANY).

Contact

If you need help with your car outside our events, please first see our “Get help” section.

If you need other help or want to help, or want updates on future events, POP welcomes your contact. If you want to start a car repair clinic in your community, we also welcome your questions.

Email us at pop@ypsimutualaid.org.

Message us on Facebook.

Text message us at +1 (833) 578-0425. Send just the word “pop” to receive regular updates about our events.

Securely message our organizers via Signal. Available contacts:

Get help

Starting May 2021, POP mechanics will accept requests for help outside POP Clinics on a limited basis. We’re still new to this and have limited capacity among our organizers and volunteers, so please bear with us.

Depending on the request, POP volunteer mechanics may perform simple repairs, show how to perform repairs yourself, diagnose issues, and give advice on how to deal with issues. The repairs can be more complicated than POP Clinic repairs (lights, tires, fluids) but it still depends on the volunteer’s ability and the costs involved.

Before you request help

We want to avoid giving false expectations, so please bear in mind:

  • No guarantees. We cannot repair or diagnose every issue, especially if it’s a major or severe issue, but it does not hurt to ask us anyway.
  • You may wait a few weeks. The volunteers have varying availability and personal capacity, but we will try to keep you updated while you wait.
  • We can’t cover the cost of parts. We can’t afford expensive parts, but we may be able to refer you to organizations who can alleviate a part of the cost.

How to request help

Contact us and provide as much information as you can:

  • Your car’s make, model, year
  • Your car’s location – city is good enough
  • Description of the issue

When we get your request, we’ll forward it to POP volunteer mechanics. We’ll let you know if they ask for more information. When a volunteer picks up the request, we will give you their availability, contact information, and what they have offered to do.

Don’t hear from us after a few weeks? Please contact us again, as we may have missed you.

If you have the ability, we welcome monetary donations online and at our events. We use donations to maintain our supply of automotive parts. The MANY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, processes our donations and administers our funds.

We also accept non-monetary donations at our events, such as:

  • Food and beverages, to feed attendees and volunteers
  • Drawing materials, educational materials, and toys, to care for children of attendees
  • Print materials related to human and immigrant rights, to inform attendees

Please feel free to contact us to coordinate your donation.

We may also accept other items (such as winter clothing) to give away to attendees, depending on the event. Please see Events for details.