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Why poor people don't go to bike shops

Submitted 09-27-2016 under NONPROFITS

At The Spoke Folks, our goal is to ensure everyone has access to a safe and reliable bike. As a part of this, we have known disenfranchised communities, especially communities of color, need our services the most.


Forest Hills flag incident is teachable moment for adults: Consider the realities of others before acting

Submitted 09-20-2016 under OPINION

Actions have consequences that hurt other people, that’s why bullying is so bad.


Young Leaders Against Violence accepting applications for new "agents of change"

Submitted 09-20-2016 under NONPROFITS

Young Leaders Against Violence or YLAV is a youth-led coalition against relationship and sexual violence. YLAV is now accepting applications from high school and college age students in Kent County.


Lowell graduate returns to West Michigan to discuss the power of student activism

Submitted 09-20-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

An interview with student leader, Leighton Watson on what the Black Lives Matter movement means to him and the importance of student voices.


Young Leaders Against Violence (YLAV) calls for teen leaders to help eliminate violence in our community

Submitted 09-14-2016 under NONPROFITS

YLAV mentors and youth discuss violence prevention and encourage other teens to get involved in this latest segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase.


GoSite ramps up for ArtPrize Eight

Submitted 09-13-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

GoSite is expanding its expertise by collaborating with GRAM Guest Services and ArtPrize Visitor Support to ensure visitors to ArtPrize Eight have a memorable experience.


Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?

Submitted 08-31-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

By the numbers, we should be capable of ending homelessness. But we aren’t, and our progress in that direction is too slow to keep up with our city’s breakneck growth.


Cleaning up after the storm: an interview with East Hills' Rachel Lee

Submitted 08-23-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

"It's not just asking, 'What do you do in the storm?' but also, 'What do you do after the storm?' and 'How do you take care of what's happened?'" says Lee.


Solutions Summit on policing: No healing, just solutions

Submitted 07-29-2016 under NEWS

This Saturday, Partners for a Racism-Free Community is creating space for the community to drive the conversation around policing and its role in this space.


Heartside meeting to revitalize neighborhood association

Submitted 07-12-2016 under NEWS

Residents and community members in Heartside meeting monthly to reform neighborhood association and address concerns together.