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Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan provides legal services to refugees, immigrants

Submitted 05-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan who provides legal council and support to immigrants and refugees in the area


City Commission 101: Five ways to be more effective when you go

Submitted 05-10-2017 under OPINION

How to prepare, speak up, and more. If you decide to attend a City Commission meeting, here are five things I wish someone had explained to me.


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

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NEWS

At the City Commission meeting this week, 40 Black men stood in solidarity, citing 12-year-old boys held a gunpoint, the shooting of Malik Carey and research showing bias in the police department as exmaples of when officials failed to take necessary action to take care of its citizens.


Our neighbors, our friends, our future: Why I keep marching

Submitted 05-04-2017 under OPINION

On Monday, May 1, 2017, I had the honor of marching during "A Day Without Immigrants" in solidarity for family unity and dignity for our undocumented community. Our greatest success comes not from climbing on each other to reach the top, but by reaching out and navigating life's challenges together.


City Connection: Special Events Supervisor, Mayor Bliss to talk about city events

Submitted 05-01-2017 under NEWS

Evette Pittman, Special Events Supervisor, will be the guest on the May 1 episode of City Connection.


Apoye 'Un Día Sin Inmigrantes' el 1º de Mayo, 2017

Submitted 04-26-2017 under OPINION

Este lunes, a los inmigrantes y sus aliados se les pide que participen en la huelga faltando al trabajo y a la escuela, no yendo de compras (incluyendo la gasolina), y serrando sus negocios ese día en solidaridad. En Grand Rapids, se le pide a la gente que se reúnan en el Parque Garfield donde habrá


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

Submitted 04-25-2017 under OPINION

This Monday, allies and immigrants are asked to strike from work, school, shopping (including gasoline purchases), and to close their businesses on that day in solidarity. In Grand Rapids, people are asked to gather at Garfield Park for a program and a walk toward Calder Plaza.


Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

Discussion of traffic stop study brought representatives of the City, the Grand Rapids Police Department and community members together for five town hall meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19, 2017.


Outcry over police stop, housing funds packs City Commission

Submitted 04-12-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. was packed to overflowing with people sitting in the aisles, standing in the corners and spilling out into the hallway. Concerns over cuts to housing funding and a recent police stop drew the crowd.


Neighborhood Summit debuts video showcasing record attendance, community participation

Submitted 04-11-2017 under NEWS

This year's Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit on March 4, 2017 grew from four workshops to 17 and hosted almost 400 community members.