The Rapidian


West Michigan's far-left join together to protest one year of Trump in office

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 01-25-2018 under NEWS

On January 20, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration, around 50 people representing groups from West Michigan's Far-left joined together on Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were there to raise awareness that they...

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Hundreds marched to defend DACA recipients in Grand Rapids

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-06-2017 under NEWS

Hundreds of Grand Rapidians held a vigil and marched around downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in response to the Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that the Trump administration was going to rescind the Deferred Action for...

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Protesters disrupt planned Labor Day walk

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 09-05-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

After a one-year hiatus, the Grand Rapids Labor Day Bridge Walk was back in full stride on Monday, September 4, 2017. As hundreds of participants lined up to start the five-mile walk, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was disrupted from addressing...

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Support 'A Day Without Immigrants' on May 1, 2017

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under OPINION

On Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m. I joined a group of immigrants and allies in the Calder Plaza for a peaceful demonstration organized by Movimiento Cosecha GR. Together we marched north to face the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...

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Family unity: Why I march for our undocumented community

by Erica Soto (Erica Soto)

Submitted 03-07-2017 under OPINION

There are so many beautiful qualities in the people who come to this country from different areas of the world. We are all foreigners to billions of people, but in the words of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “Diversity is our strength...

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¿Qué aprendimos sobre "Un día sin Inmigrantes"?

by Paola Mendivil (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 02-20-2017 under OPINION

Leer este artículo en inglés | Read this article in English   Lo recuerdo bien. Gente no se presentó a trabajar, las empresas estaban operando sin muchos empleados, los estudiantes faltaron a la escuela y miles de negocios no abrieron sus...

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Photo gallery of protest at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under NEWS

The protest at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport took place Sunday along with other protests nationwide in response to President Trump's executive order banning refugees and many other citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Catalyst Radio: GR Rally in Support of Women's March on Washington

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-20-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

In this conversation, Jessica talks with Jack Woller about solidarity, the Women's March on Washington happening following the inauguration of Donald Drumpf, and the local rally at Fountain Street Church. The Grand Rapids Rally in Support of...

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Is your love strong enough?

by Briana Urena-Ravelo (Briana)

Submitted 11-11-2016 under OPINION

“Justice is what love looks like in public”-Dr. Cornel West "Love implies anger; a man who is angered by nothing, loves nothing." -Anonymous. On Tuesday night, White supremacy reared its ugly face but powerful hand and elected...

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'Unity before justice is insulting'

by Siangani Odera (Siangani)

Submitted 07-19-2016 under OPINION

The idyllic portrayal of a nation in racial unity is one of America's most pervasive mythos. But when exactly was America united racially? From slavery, to Jim Crow and segregation in the Reconstruction Era, to the current age of mass...

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