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Residents use art to encourage civic engagement in their neighborhoods

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Throughout the summer, Dwelling Place interns from the Community Building and Engagement Department hosted ‘get out the vote’ poster-making at the Herkimer, Reflections, and Weston apartments. Each event allowed residents the freedom to...

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Many adoptees have deep pain from trauma of being separated from their first families

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 09-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

My mom, in Grand Rapids, answered the phone to a woman with a thick foreign accent, “Mrs. VanderWell?” “Yes.” she replied. “Elisa will not take her bottle to eat.” “How are you feeding her?”. They were...

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Bridge Street Market, the new market for everyone

by (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

Leer este artículo en español | Read this article in Spanish   It was a sunny summer afternoon, my mom, sister and I walked down Bridge Street all the way to the Stocking and visited for the first time the Moctezuma Store, one of the few...

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​Bridge Street Market, nuevo mercado para todos en la calle Bridge

by (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

Leer este artículo en inglés | Read this article in English Era una tarde soleada de verano, mi mamá, hermana y yo bajamos caminando por toda la calle Bridge Street hasta llegar a la Stocking y entramos a la Tienda Moctezuma. Unas personas en la...

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GRPS board approves moving special education programs to Kent ISD

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 08-07-2018 under NEWS

On Monday, August 6, 2018 Grand Rapids Board of Education voted to transfer center-based special needs programs administration over to the Kent Intermediate School District, or KISD. The vote was 7-1 with Dr. José Flores voting no. Over the last...

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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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Westside neighbors work with health department, press for answers over cancer concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-05-2018 under NEWS

A lot has happened since cousins Shane Smith and Jammie Danner began talking with former neighbors in southwest Grand Rapids about why so many of their loved ones were getting cancer. Since bringing their group's conversations to the public on a...

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Shawmut Hills needs more than great teachers, it needs investment from GRPS

by (SaraMelton)

Submitted 05-22-2018 under OPINION

Dear Board of Education,   I want to thank GRPS for being a place where I can raise children who see the world at large, where all languages are encouraged, differences are celebrated, and where my boys are learning side by side with families...

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Immigrant tells the story of their journey with a poem

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-24-2018 under VOICES

From Saturday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Movimiento Cosecha GR will be calling for a four-day Puente, a strike and boycott to show the power of immigrants in the West Michigan economy. To highlight one of the stories from area immigrants,...

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Contentious GRPS school board meeting over special education, calls to remove superintendent

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NEWS

A Grand Rapids Public Schools board meeting held on April 16, 2018 was a contentious meeting, preceded by a protest outside the administration buildings by special education advocates and ending in shouting and a call to the Grand Rapids Police...

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