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What's Next for the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

by (Urban Core Coll...)

Submitted 02-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan has been providing social services to the Hispanic community for over 40 years. With a mission to educate, advocate and empower Latinos, the Center has unfortunately gone without leadership for more than a...

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United in sisterhood and ancestral strength: Latina women are powerful

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 10-16-2018 under OPINION

On Friday, October 12, 2018, fifty Latina leaders from across the state were recognized by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan as the “2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan” at the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in...

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Photo gallery: Cosecha GR walks to Lansing for immigrant rights

by (jproth1)

Submitted 10-11-2018 under NEWS

Over forty people with Movimiento Cosecha GR left Grand Rapids on Friday, October 5, 2018 and made a historic sixty-five mile march advocating for drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. The walkers also included members from the Bronson...

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Local immigrant rights groups hold press conference over ICE detentions

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-25-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, April 25, Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE cohosted what they called an emergency press conference at the corner of Hastings and Ottawa on Grand Rapids' northwest side.  About 20 people, both speakers and supportive...

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We must continue to fight for rights of all immigrants

by (Scastro329)

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

Cosecha is a movement that is working towards dignity, respect and permanent protection for all documented and undocumented immigrants through nonviolent actions to bring awareness that immigrants are vital assets to the United States as well as...

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Our neighbors, our friends, our future: Why I keep marching

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 05-04-2017 under OPINION

On Monday, May 1st, I had the honor of marching in solidarity for family unity and dignity for our undocumented community. I was humbled to see such a strong presence of love and support in our city. We marched for three hours, and while my legs and...

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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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Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

According to the City’s Traffic Stop Data Analysis study, Black drivers in the city of Grand Rapids are twice as likely to be pulled over by police as white drivers. The discussion of these results and the study's recommendations brought...

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What did we learn about "Un día sin Inmigrantes"?

by (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 02-20-2017 under OPINION

Leer este artículo en español | Read this article in Spanish   I remember it well. People did not show up for work, companies were operating without many employees, students missed school and thousands of businesses didn’t open their...

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Students to host neighborhood forum for Grandville Avenue mural project

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-01-2016 under NEWS

Local students from the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan will be hosting a neighborhood forum on Friday, February 26 to discuss a new mural along Grandville Avenue. Each year the SOL Peer Leaders...

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