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Catalyst Radio: Interview with Dominican sisters, anti-nuclear weapons activists

Submitted 02-23-2018 under NONPROFITS

Adreth Platte and Carol Gilbert have worked with the ploughshares movement to promote peace and oppose war, particularly nuclear arms. Both women are convicted felons, who have spent years in prison for their activism.

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Grand Rapids gun control advocacy group holds first meeting since Florida mass shooting

Submitted 02-22-2018 under NEWS

Michigan chapter for national group “Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America” meets on Sunday to discuss gun violence prevention

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Photo Gallery: Lunar New Year Grand Rapids style

Submitted 02-22-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Photos of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Lunar New Year celebration.

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Powerful, individual stories behind homeless numbers

Submitted 02-21-2018 under NONPROFITS

Numbers tell an important story, but more meaningful is the powerful story of each person represented by those numbers.

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition celebrates 50th year

Submitted 02-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Under the direction of local poet and artist Christine Krieger, Kent County’s own all-ages poetry prize weathers change, welcomes new and established poets to submit their work

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Watch party turns into political announcements

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Two local members from Oprah Winfrey's 60 minutes political focus group announce they are running for political office.

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Grand Rapids Neigborhood Summit keynote speaker to discuss going 'beyond a seat at the table'

Submitted 02-20-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit welcomes Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD as the keynote speaker. This year’s summit will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme speaks to the need for economic equity and importance of resident voice at decision-making tables.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the role of clergy?

Submitted 02-20-2018 under OPINION

What are the typical duties of clergy in your tradition who serve a congregation?

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Neighborhood organizations hold meetings informing residents about proposed zoning changes

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Area Neighborhood Associations held weekend meetings to inform residents of proposed zoning changes.

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Grand Rapids welcomes in Year of the Dog

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Hundreds of local residents converged on DeVos Place to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

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Kaufman Interfaith Institute introduces "Year of Interfaith Friendship" for 2018

Submitted 02-16-2018 under NEWS

Followers of multiple religions will be able to engage in community events ranging from movie screenings, book clubs, restaurant gatherings and others

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Grand Rapids Community College celebrates 10th annual Creating Connections Breakfast

Submitted 02-16-2018 under NEWS

The annual event brought donors and recipients together to experience the tangible results of scholarships.

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Catalyst Radio: The Rapidian dives into Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

Submitted 02-16-2018 under NEWS

In this episode of Catalyst Radio, The Rapidian interviews Stacy Stout and Erica Soto, of the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit planning team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

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The mystery lot of 269 Garfield SW

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NEWS

In September of 1965 a house on the city's west side sank into a sinkhole. Years after the sinking the land still sits empty. What is the story behind the property at 269 Garfield SW?

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Examining the U.S. Defense Budget: An expert speaks in G.R. on February 19

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council's "Great Decisions" series on Feb. 19 examines the U.S. Defense Budget. Are we getting "the right bang for our bucks"?

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Local environmental groups react to Governor Snyder's refusal to shut down Line 5

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Water Protectors, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and The Sierra Club call for immediate shut down of controversial pipeline

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A new kind of community garden

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Introducing a new model for community gardens and urban food growing called The Sharing Garden.

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Residents complain they have to ask for backyard chickens, firepits but developers could bypass public hearings

Submitted 02-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission wants to make changes to a city ordinance allowing 'by right development" eliminating neighborhood input.

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Artist feature from UICA: Curt Ikens

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Curt Ikens created new work for this solo show. Ikens' recent work grapples with diverse issues such as environmental sustainability, the awkward merging of Eastern and Western cultures, historicism, and child labor.

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Creating a community for those affected by rare disease

Submitted 02-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

On March 3, 2018, Calvin College and the Rare Disease Research Group will hold the first Rare Disease Symposium.

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