community organizing

Parent leader Tabitha Williams reflects on Lead Education Day 2018

by (Healthy Homes C...)

Submitted 04-24-2018 under NONPROFITS

I was excited to attend Lead Education Day this year. This event is an opportunity to engage with legislators while addressing issues on lead from many different perspectives, giving legislators insight to what parents, children, and the affected...

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Why parent voices matter more

by (Healthy Homes C...)

Submitted 03-19-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoning were told in local news this past week. Tabitha Williams, a leader in the grassroots parent group, Parents for Healthy Homes, won an award from WMEAC’s Women...

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Catalyst Radio: An anthology for grassroots activism in Grand Rapids

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 02-17-2017 under NEWS

In this conversation, Dani Vilella shares information about the submission-based book project: Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology. As a part of the "Rust Belt Series" through Belt Publishing, the book will be a collection of...

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Catalyst Radio: On the Ground's embedded journalism in Garfield Park and Burton Heights

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 12-09-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

In this episode, we interview Michelle Jokisch Polo, project editor for On the Ground, an embedded journalism project through Rapid Growth Media that highlights and celebrates the communities found along South Division Avenue that touch the Garfield...

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Calls to boycott Fannies Corner follow alleged attack of customer

by (Siangani)

Submitted 11-17-2015 under NEWS

"Boycott Fannies""No justice No money""We will not tolerate disrespect""Justice for Renee" These were the chants coming from local residents gathered outside of Fannies Corner Store (725 Eastern Ave SE) near...

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Claiming your place at the table

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 09-22-2015 under OPINION

On September 21, 2001, a group of about 25 people representing all sectors of the food community - from farmers to schools to clinics to social agencies addressing hunger - gathered at what is now known as Feeding America West Michigan. With...

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Community Orchard idea taking root in MLK Park

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-25-2013 under NEWS

Friends and neighbors of Martin Luther King Jr. Park have set plans in motion to plant a public orchard in the park in early October. The project, named Martin Luther King Community Orchard, has so far garnered the support from the neighborhood and...

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Williams honored for nearly 50 years of community & political action

by (Charlsie Dewey)

Submitted 02-17-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

When Mary Alice Williams first began participating in community organizing in the 1960s going door-to-door meant literally that. She said that engaging people was a one-by-one, house-by-house effort. Today, Williams remains involved in community...

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