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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist: Amy Norkus at ArtPrize 9

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

The Rapidian and GRTV interviewed a variety of audience members after the Jurors' Shortlist event to get their reactions with the help of Community Journalist, Jim Moreno and Cameraman, Brandon Cooley. ArtPrize volunteer and community member,...

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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist at ArtPrize 9

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

Art lovers, hopeful artists and various media filled the ArtPrize Studio at the ArtPrize Hub last night on 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE, eager to hear whom this year's jurors' selected for notice among this year's entries. The Rapidian and...

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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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The #StandWithCharlottesville march: How did it go?

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 08-15-2017 under OPINION

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 hundreds gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for a solidarity march and peace vigil in support of those fighting the recent white nationalist terrorism in Charlottesville, VA. Wearing black as a symbol of mourning, we took over...

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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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