The Rapidian

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Community journalists reflect on state of media, Grand Rapids in 2017

Submitted 12-27-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Erica Soto, Paola Mendivil, Kwesi Robertson, Amy Carpenter and Russell Olmsted discuss the uniqueness of our platform and need to tackle Grand Rapids' most important issues.

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Catalyst Radio: Refugee Education Center aims to help refugee children and families in West Michigan

Submitted 12-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

This episode features an interview with Susan Kragt of the Refugee Education Center.

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

Submitted 12-19-2017 under NEWS

The supporters are asking Grand Rapids Police Department to conduct a full internal investigation, collaborate with the officers' union, immediately release all body-camera footage within the next 12 to 24 hours and provide counseling to Hodges and her mother at the City’s expense.

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Family traumatized after bail bondsman break-in, no police protection

Submitted 12-13-2017 under NEWS

Maynard DeGarmo of Raspberry Bail Bonds and three others forcibly entered the Wilkerson home on Eastern Avenue at around 7:30 the night of December 8, 2017 traumatizing the children within.

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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

Being poor should not be a crime. Banning panhandling for any amount of time criminalizes poverty and encourage police officers to hassle the poor and homeless.

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This holiday, support incarcerated folks by joining Season For Solidarity

Submitted 12-12-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Join us this Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational UCC, 4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508, at A Season for Solidarity.

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Catalyst Radio: Tami VandenBerg talks legalization of cannabis

Submitted 12-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

Jessica Young speaks with Tami VandenBerg on the history of cannabis prohibition in the state of Michigan and its impact on different communities.

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Catalyst Radio: WMEAC talks watersheds, pipelines, environmental conservation

Submitted 11-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

WMEAC celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and has many accomplishments to celebrate including this year’s Grand River cleanup which included over 1,300 volunteers.

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Focus on Issues - Accessibility & Inclusion

Submitted 11-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

Guests from Disability Advocates of Kent County, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, and Scott in the System discuss accessibility and inclusion for the disabled community

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Equity Service Policy passed without new measures for GRPD

Submitted 11-16-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, while most community memebers voiced their support for the measure as being a step in the right direction, many also expressed their concern over the Grand Rapids Police Department being left largely outside the purview of the new Equal Protection Policy.

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