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State Rep. Runestad pushes changes to Child Custody Act which prioritize rights of parents over children

by Marjorie Steele (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 08-18-2017 under OPINION

A bill is being proposed for a Michigan house floor vote this fall which would make radical changes to the Michigan Child Custody Act. House Bill 4691, which would rename the legislature to the Michigan Shared Custody Act, would automatically divide...

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Sharing best practices in ending homelessness at home

by Community Rebuilders (Jeffrey Clayton King)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25, 2017 – Grand Rapids based nonprofit housing agency, Community Rebuilders, has been selected as a host-site for the 2017 Transatlantic Partnership program. The Transatlantic Practice Exchange (the Exchange)...

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In Grand Rapids, equity work is co-opted for influence

by Breannah Alexander (balexander)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under OPINION

In the age of co-opted movements for the sake of advertisements gone terribly wrong (hey Pepsi, what's good?), the best way to look at a community’s commitment to equity is to look at the way it treats its organizers. My time in Grand...

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Student behind viral photo offers solutions during GVSU visit

by Jamie Fleury (fleuryj)

Submitted 10-06-2016 under NEWS

Leighton Watson, a 2014 graduate of the historically-black undergraduate college Howard University, is a West Michigan native who served as an advisor on President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing during the Ferguson crisis. He...

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Black healing matters

by Briana Urena-Ravelo (Briana)

Submitted 07-13-2016 under OPINION

This past week has not been easy to say the least. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have once again galvanized the country to speak out, to activate, to demonstrate, to say "Enough is enough." Black lives matter, Black...

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AFL-CIO Organizing Institute

by Steve Veldheer (Kent-Ionia Labo...)

Submitted 06-29-2016 under

The AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute (OI) will be rolling into west Michigan this summer– and if you’re interested in a job as a professional union organizer, or want to learn how to effectively run an internal organizing campaign at...

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Catalyst Radio: faith, LGBTQ+ communities, and spiritual violence

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 02-05-2016 under OPINION

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW In this episode of Catalyst Radio, we talk with Scott Burden, Graduate Assistant of the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley...

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Catalyst Radio: Partners for a Racism-Free Community

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-22-2016 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. week, this episode of Catalyst Radio features the local organization Partners for a Racism-Free...

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Catalyst Radio: Media Literacy

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-08-2016 under NEWS

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#RacisminGR discussion to come to CRC Office of Race Relations

by Avery Johnson (averym92)

Submitted 10-17-2015 under NEWS

On Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m., the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Race Relations  will be hosting the third of Partners for a Racism Free Community (PRFC)’s #RacisminGR discussions. Each of them has been held in a...

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