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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.