The Rapidian

Black Lives Matter

ACLU to host community discussion of criminal justice reform

by (amanda_a_sterling)

Submitted 06-19-2018 under NEWS

Questions about the relationship between police, prosecutors, and citizens continue to dominate the American consciousness. The United States has roughly 2.2 million people behind bars – one quarter of the world’s total prison population...

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Is your love strong enough?

by (Briana)

Submitted 11-11-2016 under OPINION

“Justice is what love looks like in public”-Dr. Cornel West "Love implies anger; a man who is angered by nothing, loves nothing." -Anonymous. On Tuesday night, White supremacy reared its ugly face but powerful hand and elected...

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Student behind viral photo offers solutions during GVSU visit

by (fleuryj)

Submitted 10-06-2016 under NEWS

Leighton Watson, a 2014 graduate of the historically-black undergraduate college Howard University, is a West Michigan native who served as an advisor on President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing during the Ferguson crisis. He...

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Lowell graduate returns to West Michigan to discuss the power of student activism

by (Ashley-benedict)

Submitted 09-20-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Leighton Watson is a graduate of Lowell High School and former Student Body President at Howard University and served as an advisor on the 21st century task force on policing with President Obama during the Ferguson crisis. Watson will visit Grand...

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I wish my life mattered

by (balexander)

Submitted 07-14-2016 under OPINION

I find myself writing variations of the same idea and telling very different stories that lead to the same theme. The first version of this story is about how I feel like a fish trying to breathe on the sand with those who could choose to throw me...

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Black healing matters

by (Briana)

Submitted 07-13-2016 under OPINION

This past week has not been easy to say the least. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have once again galvanized the country to speak out, to activate, to demonstrate, to say "Enough is enough." Black lives matter, Black...

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You'd stop killing us, if you thought we deserved to live

by (balexander)

Submitted 07-07-2016 under OPINION

If fear were a form of social control – the world is doing an effective job of making examples of black and brown bodies. When bombs terrorized mosques, Muslim communities and Middle Eastern spaces half way across the world the silence of the...

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

by (Brianna Pannell)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

On Wednesday, January 20, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) will host Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization that began in 2012. Cullors is based from the Los Angeles area and is known as a freedom...

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Art, activism and ArtPrize: Critical Discourse hosts bold criticism, open discussion

by (Mary Brown)

Submitted 10-03-2015 under OPINION

I entered the auditorium for Friday night's Critical Discourse event at the ArtPrize Hub, "Reflecting the Times: Art and Activism" with one burning question to present to the artist on the panel. I was not interested in so much of the...

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Illuminating Moments: "In A Promised Land..." illustrates history at ArtPrize

by (katelewisceramics)

Submitted 10-01-2015 under NEWS

Shawn Michael Warren, a representational oil painter, did not come from Harvey, IL to Grand Rapids, MI to win ArtPrize. However, his painting, in the top 25 of the 2-D category right now, is achieving his goal of calling attention to...

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