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#GRTalksBack on policing: meetings use small-group format

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NEWS

Using a small-group format, the City of Grand Rapids hosted its first Community Listening meeting on policing in the Third Ward.


Community listening sessions: What will you say about policing?

Submitted 06-09-2017 under OPINION

In light of the recent traffic stop study and incidents involving young African-American males and the police, the City of Grand Rapids will hold a series of "Community Listening Sessions" to deepen engagement around the issue of policing. With up to $5 million on the table, what will you say?


Citizens' concerns remain over housing crisis, racial disparities at commission meeting

Submitted 06-08-2017 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission held their first of the summer's "Commission Night Out" meetings at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


Wellspring Lutheran Services works to strengthen families, transform communities

Submitted 06-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Wellspring Lutheran Services who assists families, seniors, and provides rehab and therapy solutions


Grand Rapids Pride Center celebrates LGBTQ month with series of events, festival

Submitted 06-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

This year GR Pride Fest is proud to welcome headliner, Billy Gilman. The Grand Rapids Pride Festival is June 17, 2017 at Calder Plaza.


We must continue to fight for rights of all immigrants

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

Cosecha is a movement working towards dignity, respect and permanent protection for all documented and undocumented immigrants through nonviolent actions to bring awareness that immigrants are vital assets to the U.S. as well as bring awareness that deportations separate and tear families apart.


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


Disability Advocates' Adaptive Home Solutions helps resolve barriers to independent living

Submitted 05-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Disability Advocates of Kent County who works alongside people with disabilities seeking to lead self-directed lives.


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 examples of when officials failed to take necessary action to take care of its citizens.


Access of West Michigan develops poverty solutions through unique partnerships

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Access of West Michigan who works with community partners to create sustainable solutions to poverty