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Mayor Bliss answers questions live on first City Connection appearance

Submitted 02-08-2016 under NONPROFITS

Addressing conversations about policy and community relations, affordable housing and other citizen questions live on Monday night, Mayor Bliss took over City Connection on GRTV and The Rapidian this Monday, February 8.

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Local Westside school collecting water for Flint Public Schools

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Harrison Park Elementary students and staff are collecting bottled water to send to the schools in Flint to help with the water crisis.

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New community council seeks stronger civil discourse with, accountability for police

Submitted 01-26-2016 under OPINION

Are assault rifles really the best way to protect and serve our city? Inspired by this question, a new volunteer group- the Community Police Relations Council- works to form a collaborative engagement towards accountability in how we are policed.

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Co-founder of Black Lives Matter to speak at GVSU, simulcast in downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization, will direct a workshop and deliver a keynote as a part of GVSU's MLK Commemoration Week.

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Building four-season neighborhoods: Snowmen, skating rinks, safe roads, sidewalks for everyone

Submitted 01-12-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Creating a neighborhood that brings neighbors together year round includes many elements- from safety to fun activities- and can be achieved through large organized efforts as well as by you and your neighbors.

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Preventing displacement in Heartside

Submitted 01-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

A recent Rapidian article discussing Heartside and gentrification sparked a response from Dwelling Place Executive Director Dennis Sturtevant. Sturtevant has over 37 years working in Heartside and has been Executive Director at Dwelling Place for 27 years.

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Equity Drinks to include police chief in public discussion on rifle purchases

Submitted 12-29-2015 under NEWS

Local discussion group to continue pushing forward conversations on race, policing at Rezervoir Lounge on January 7, 2015.

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GRPD rifle purchase splits Commissioners, residents

Submitted 12-17-2015 under NEWS

On December 15, the Grand Rapids City Commission approved the purchase of 65 rifles for the GRPD.

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City Commission to vote on GR Forward plan

Submitted 12-08-2015 under NEWS

GR Forward will head to a final vote at the City Commission on Dec. 15, following months of public forums and approval from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.

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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.

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