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Immigrant Heritage Month Profile: Meet Wafa Haddad

by (Queenofgr)

Submitted 06-28-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Immigrant Heritage Month, I asked several friends and connections who immigrated to Grand Rapids to share a little about their heritage. The goal of this endeavor is to help educate and inform myself and others in the community about...

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Immigrant Heritage Month Profile: Meet Katie Bozek, Ph.D., LMFT

by (Queenofgr)

Submitted 06-28-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Immigrant Heritage Month, I asked several friends and connections who immigrated to Grand Rapids to share a little about their heritage. The goal of this endeavor is to help educate and inform myself and others in the community about...

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Immigrant Heritage Month Profile: Meet Laura Armenta

by (Queenofgr)

Submitted 06-27-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

  For Immigrant Heritage Month, I asked several friends and connections who immigrated to Grand Rapids to share a little about their heritage. The goal of this endeavor is to help educate and inform myself and others in the community about the...

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Immigrant Heritage Month Profile: Meet Amer Gerzic

by (Queenofgr)

Submitted 06-27-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Immigrant Heritage Month, I asked several friends and connections who immigrated to Grand Rapids to share a little about their heritage. The goal of this endeavor is to help educate and inform myself and others in the community...

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#GRTalksBack on policing: meetings use small-group format

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NEWS

On Monday June 12 at 12 p.m., the first of a series of Community Listening meetings on policing, hosted by the City Commission, took place at the Michigan First Credit Union on Breton and Burton. Attendees were directed to the basement room and...

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Grand Rapids Symphony violinist honored with national award for Music for Health initiative

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 06-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hospitals are places were most people would rather not be. More than 10 years ago, Grand Rapids Symphony’s Diane McElfish Helle found herself visiting her father in a neuro-intensive care unit in Pittsburgh. “In an ICU, anxiety, fear and...

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From an organizer's perspective: Why the Asian Festival is important

by ([email protected])

Submitted 05-23-2017 under OPINION

I live for art, culture, and education. To me all three are inextricably tied. My educational and artistic goals have always been fueled by my love of variety, and personal experiences as an immigrant, person of color and Asian American woman. For a...

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Local artist feature from UICA: Ashley Trieu

by (UICA)

Submitted 05-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts invites you to learn more about West Michigan's creative workforce, neighboring cultural organizations, and about ways to engage with Grand Rapids' art-scene with interviews and guest features...

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Support 'A Day Without Immigrants' on May 1, 2017

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under OPINION

On Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m. I joined a group of immigrants and allies in the Calder Plaza for a peaceful demonstration organized by Movimiento Cosecha GR. Together we marched north to face the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...

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Meet Civic Investor Paola Mendivil: Champion of Grand Rapids, Latina community

by (Kiran Sood Patel)

Submitted 04-10-2017 under VOICES

Born and raised in Mexico City, Paola Mendivil came to Tijuana, Baja California when she was 12. She attended high school there before dropping out. At age 17, her family came to Grand Rapids. “My family and I came to Grand Rapids not knowing...

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