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Calls to boycott Fannies Corner follow alleged attack of customer

Submitted 11-17-2015 under NEWS

The community rallied behind an Renee Ray at Fannies Corner on Monday, calling for justice at the party store near Franklin and Eastern. Ray says she was attacked by the owner with a metal pipe, and feels the police didn't take her case seriously enough.


ACLU to bring conversation on police practices to Wealthy Theatre

Submitted 10-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

[FULL VIDEO OF EVENT] In an effort to better understand and defuse the potential for injustice at the hands of police in Grand Rapids, this panel discussion on October 28 brings together city, federal and community stakeholders to discuss the relationship between the police and the public.


#RacisminGR discussion to come to CRC Office of Race Relations

Submitted 10-17-2015 under NEWS

dThe third of a four part series discussing racism in the Grand Rapids community hosted by Partners for a Racism Free Community will be taking place at the CRC Denominational building on October 20.


Local nonprofits, communities work to welcome Syrian refugees

Submitted 10-12-2015 under NEWS

As Syrian refugees arrive in the Grand Rapids area, local Syrian-Americans, along with Bethany Christian Services and other local nonprofits, are helping them build new lives, find work and connect with culture.


She Rides her Own Way to host Women and Bikes speaker series

Submitted 09-15-2015 under NEWS

On September 17, four local panelist will talk about how biking has made a positive impact on their lives at bicycling event at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.


Just get over it, Part II: "I would've just gone to the police"

Submitted 09-14-2015 under OPINION

The second part of Sara Chittenden's story. GVSU is still under investigation and nothing has happened.


East Hill resident seeks to increase female presence in bike culture

Submitted 09-01-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Bike enthusiast Johannah Jelks wants to bring more women into the Grand Rapids bike culture through her campaign, She Rides Her Own Way. The final product will help to link bikers, retail and nonprofits together through advocacy and promotions.


Using green spaces to change the narrative

Submitted 08-25-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Public parks can help us create better communities and disrupt stereotypes when we adopt a mindset of connected collectivism.


Dementia Expert Returns to Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-29-2015 under NONPROFITS

Dr. Len Lecci returns to Covenant Village of the Great Lakes with the latest information and advice for maintaining brain health. He’ll present “Maximizing Your Memory Health” on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m.


Cautionary signs foster well-being, unique identity of East Hills

Submitted 07-28-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

In an effort to improve the safety and recognition of his community, Eric Tank started making hand-crafted “Slow Down” signs for his neighbors. To date he's made 19 signs, and the movement has since spread to other communities in Grand Rapids.