The Time is Ripe for a Food Policy Council in Kent County

by (Kent County Foo...)

Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

As the pandemic descended upon us last year, I remember the eerily silent grocery shopping trips and the urge to stock up on comfort items (pasta!) for my family. I frantically scoured the internet for bean seeds and potting soil, suspiciously sold...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Defund Police

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-07-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Steven Manskar, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, responds: “To protect all persons from encroachment upon their personal and property rights, governments have established mechanisms of law enforcement and...

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John Lewis joined other religious leaders in the call for justice

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 07-24-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Doug Kindschi, Director In the midst of so much negative news, the sad news of the death of John Lewis does remind us of this very positive and effective voice for social and racial justice. It also takes us back to that tragic event some...

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Amid racism and protests, can we find hope?

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-12-2020 under NONPROFITS

Racial justice is certainly the critical issue we face today.  The pandemic of racial injustice has even pushed aside the coronavirus pandemic. The murder of George Floyd and the worldwide response has brought this issue again to our...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can we have both Justice and Peace?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-01-2020 under OPINION

My tradition teaches, Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue!” Police officers who violate the boundaries of their training when using deadly force and cause injury or death should be prosecuted. Former police...

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Grand Rapids to observe International Day of Peace

by (Mary Patricia Beatty)

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

The annual observance of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, 2018, will once again be greeted by a Proclamation from the Mayor’s Office to “commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and...

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Screening of 'Nor Any Drop to Drink: The Flint Water Crisis' in Grand Rapids

by (Cedric Taylor)

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NONPROFITS

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is without question one of the most serious man-made disasters in recent memory. Most of us undoubtedly have seen news reports of brown, brackish tap water, bags of hair, skin rashes, marches and protests, crowded...

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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

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This holiday, support incarcerated folks by joining Season For Solidarity

by (Briana)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

This holiday season, support incarcerated folks by joining us for Season For Solidarity! Join us this Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational UCC (4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508) for A Season for...

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Join The Micah Center at City Hall to stand for dignity, protection for immigrants

by (The Micah Center)

Submitted 10-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

Will you act now to stand with the immigrant children of God in Grand Rapids?  Click here to quickly, easily email the City Commission and join us today to show support at the City Commission. Some of our most vulnerable, immigrant...

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