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Catalyst Radio: GR Rally in Support of Women's March on Washington

Submitted 01-20-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Co-host Jessica Young sits down with Jack Woller, Executive Director of Fountain Street Church, about the local effort in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.

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Amash and constituents clash at crowded town hall meeting

Submitted 01-19-2017 under NEWS

Video and annotated highlights of the Tuesday town hall meeting with U.S. Representative Justin Amash. The crowd became heated at the use of the term “Obamacare” and at mention of changes to Social Security.

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Landmark exhibition brings Ai Weiwei's vision to Meijer Gardens

Submitted 01-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

This will be Ai Weiwei’s first exhibition at a botanical garden or sculpture park.

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Kent ranks twenty-sixth out of 83 Michigan counties for child well-being

Submitted 01-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

After a 2016 Kids Count report ranked Kent County 26 out of 83 Michigan counties for child well-being, First Steps Kent launched a campaign to inform the community and help make sure kids are ready for kindergarten.

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Movie Review: "Always Shine" at the UICA

Submitted 01-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

"Always Shine" is screening in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts movie theater through January 26, 2017.

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During the Michigan State of the State, hold the Governor accountable

Submitted 01-17-2017 under OPINION

In what has been a Governorship bathed in mismanagement, scandal and decisions that have disparately affected our most vulnerable residents – today the Michigan Governor will need to deliver a State of the State that reads like the apology that never happed for victims of this administration.

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Why I'm marching in the Women's March on Washington

Submitted 01-17-2017 under OPINION

A Grand Rapids woman joins hundreds traveling more than 650 miles to march on Washington, D.C. Here's why.

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Father, son share a special bond

Submitted 01-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

For years now, Mark Romanack and his 21-year-old son, Jake, have traveled the roads together in their Dodge Ram pickup. They talk. They laugh. They plan a future.

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On MLK Day the Call to action is to resist

Submitted 01-16-2017 under OPINION

I believe that, in this moment, a call to unity echoes the kind of erasure that washes away the narratives of people like my grandmother.

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Feeding America West Michigan celebrates fourth record year

Submitted 01-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The organization provided 28.9 million pounds of food, making 2016 its fourth-consecutive year of growth.

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Catalyst Radio: "Fake News in the Headlines"

Submitted 01-13-2017 under NEWS

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Len O'Kelly and Eric Harvey, Assistant Professors of Communications at Grand Valley State University, on the topic of "fake news."

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Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

Four-part series offers 14 suggestions for increasing equity in Grand Rapids.

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Locals can join national minute of silence at Apartment Lounge

Submitted 01-12-2017 under NEWS

On January 21 at 1:00 p.m., women across the nation will be observing a minute of silence in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Locals can participate and view a live stream together at the Apartment Lounge from noon to 3:00.

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Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

Households with income of $55,000 can receive free tax preparation assistance. Learn how you can access this service through Heart of West Michigan United Way on this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger makes momentous debut in St. Cecilia Music Center

Submitted 01-11-2017 under OPINION

Marcelo Lehninger, Grand Rapids Symphony's new music director, conducts his debut appearance in historic 19th century St. Cecilia Music Center with Gilmore Young Artist Daniel Hsu

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Media literacy plays critical role in 2017

Submitted 01-10-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

I am a firm believer in the power of stories and media to shape ideas and shift culture. Media literacy is more than a tool for understanding, then, it is a civic duty. Media literacy skills might help us better understand and engage with the community issues and world around us.

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Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As we head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows? This is the last in a series of four articles.

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A Conversation with a diplomat: highlights of her global career

Submitted 01-09-2017 under NONPROFITS

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan presents a 3 part lecture series on Central Europe featuring diplomats who have served in the region. Here, former Croatian diplomat Dr. Jelena Polić highlights her career and the importance of keeping an eye on Central Europe.

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Catalyst Radio: ServeGR, connecting volunteers to meaningful service

Submitted 01-06-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Heather Colletto, the coordinator of ServeGR, a new online tool that connects volunteers to meaningful service opportunities in Grand Rapids.

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At NECM, healthy food is a universal language

Submitted 01-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

North End Community Ministry relies on volunteers, food donors and local farms to feed its diverse neighborhood.

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