The Rapidian


Grand Rapids Neigborhood Summit keynote speaker to discuss going 'beyond a seat at the table'

by Stacy Stout (Stacy Stout)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2018 is pleased to welcome Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD as the keynote speaker for this year’s event. This year’s summit will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley State...

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Local NAACP wants policing changes after detainment of 11-year-old girl

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 12-19-2017 under NEWS

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Leaders of the Greater Grand Rapids Branch of the NAACP and family members of 11-year-old Honestie Hodges gathered on Calder Plaza in front of City Hall Tuesday morning, December 19, 2017. The supporters are asking Grand Rapids...

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Letter-writing effort to support local incarcerated woman, educate community

by Briana Urena-Ravelo (Briana)

Submitted 11-02-2017 under OPINION

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 and Monday, November 6, 2017 from 4 p.m.- 10 p.m., people will gather at Lantern Coffee Shop and Bar to write letters for Desirae Glatfelter. Glatfelter is a 29-year-old Black woman survivor of domestic violence. She is...

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City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

Yesterday, after months of fighting in court, the City was forced to release 5 recorded phone conversations between Officer’s Adam Ickes, Thomas Warwick, and the now fired Lt. Michael Janiskee. These conversations were related to a November...

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City introduces newly hired consultants from 21st Century Policing Solutions

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 08-21-2017 under NEWS

“We know the truth may hurt, but selective ignorance is fatal.” This a phrase Ronald Davis admits he’s fond of saying. And during the City’s press conference this past Thursday, August 17, 2017, to introduce Mr. Davis and the...

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Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Parent University to host screenings of American Divided

by Natalie Hart (Natalie Hart)

Submitted 08-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

On Wednesday, June 28, over 600 people gathered at Celebration Cinema South to watch two screenings of America Divided, a film series that explores some of America’s thorniest issues—criminal justice, housing equity, education,...

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City Commission passes resolutions regarding community, police relations

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 07-27-2017 under NEWS

Summer can mean vacations and family time for many of us. This tends to have an effect on the turnout at the City Commission meetings. That was clearly the case Tuesday as citizen attendance was down compared to the last few months. However that...

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Navigating through pride and prejudice

by Kwesi Robertson (kwesirobertson)

Submitted 06-16-2017 under OPINION

  Some of my gay friends and I see Pride month differently. Very differently. According to them, I get two months: February, for Black History month, and June, for Pride. I should feel honored, right? I have inherited the powerful but not as...

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Local First aims to help businesses create community change with upcoming equity workshop

by Local First (Local First)

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Change doesn’t come from individuals alone. At Local First, we believe that business can instigate positive change within a community. Not only does local business help create and stabilize communities, it has a major role in creating a...

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Recent police actions prompt citizens to press City officials to declare 'state of emergency'

by Russell Olmsted (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NEWS

During the final public comment period of Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting, forty people stood and spoke in solidarity about the need to declare a “state of emergency” around the racialized outcomes and systemic inequities...

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