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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mothers of boys stopped at gunpoint by police, 'trying to make change'

Submitted 04-06-2017 under NEWS

The mothers of the 12- to 14-year-old boys who experienced a high-risk police stop with full backup would like community support as they try to create change.

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Safe and Supported program offers free therapy for LGBTQ youth

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Pride Center and Arbor Circle introduce the Safe and Supported Program, which offers free therapy and counseling for LGBTQ youth.

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When grown men point loaded weapons at 12-year-old boys, none of us should sleep well at night

Submitted 03-29-2017 under OPINION

If we as a city are to truly fight racism, we must measure the impact, not the intent, of city-sponsored grown men who pointed loaded guns at 12-year-old boys.

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Safe Haven Ministries empowers women, supports them in personal decision making

Submitted 03-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Safe Haven Ministries, a nationally recognized organization that supports women by addressing issues of domestic abuse

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'Without Dégagé, I would have been lost'

Submitted 03-21-2017 under NONPROFITS

After spending months working with Kiel, our Resource Coordinator, Chuck was able to receive keys to his very own apartment.

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Citizens speak out on public trust in law enforcement, ask for trust in return

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Citizens gathered at LINC gallery to tell the State of Michigan what it would take to strengthen public trust and confidence in the police. One response: "Trust me."

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Local poet organizes women's self-defense class, poetry reading

Submitted 03-14-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Chalene Jones, a local poet and physical therapist, has put together an event designed to educate, empower, and connect women, female-identified, and LGBTQ+ individuals in West Michigan.

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