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Occupy Grand Rapids

Faith perspectives on Occupy Grand Rapids

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 05-08-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Occupy Grand Rapids found an ally in the faith community when it was allowed to set up camp on the grounds of Fountain Street Church. This act renewed a public discussion of the intrinsic link between faith and social justice,  though according...

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OGR 2012: Dean Vanderstelt, man on a mission

by (Anneblanding)

Submitted 03-23-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Dean Vanderstelt is on a mission to change the way society works. As a member of Occupy the Lakeshore, Vanderstelt works in solidarity with New York City’s Occupy Wall Street and more closely with Occupy GR. With participants from Kent, Ottawa...

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OGR 2012: Alex Beecroft weaves together Catholicism, activism

by (mollymclauhs)

Submitted 03-22-2012 under OPINION

I must admit, I know little about activism and less about Catholicism. I had a laid-back Protestant upbringing, but did attend mass a few times for cousin’s Confirmations and weddings. Most recently, I visited the Catholic Church in my sleep;...

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OGR 2012: Jewly Seeking Justice

by (TDeborahTosh)

Submitted 03-21-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

“It’s about time!” This was Jewly Warren’s reaction to the formation of Occupy Grand Rapids, an activist organization seeking to return political power to the people of America. The 39-year-old grandmother with a history of...

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OGR 2012: Mandi Creveling's happy accident

by (marybrown)

Submitted 03-20-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The Occupy Grand Rapids movement that began in October of 2011 has many different faces and stories. One of those faces is Mandi Creveling, a 24 year old GRCC student who has been with the movement since the beginning, although she sort of happened...

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OGR 2012: George Bartnick - Peace and Purpose

by (jennyg)

Submitted 03-19-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

For George Bartnick, an active member of Occupy Grand Rapids since the third day of its existence, being a part of the Occupy movement has led him to a greater sense of peace and purpose, which he hopes to pass along to others. To look at Bartnick...

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OGR 2012 : Diane Baum, forging a new way of communication

by (r.r.collins11)

Submitted 03-19-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The diversity within the Occupy movement is often highlighted as one of its greatest strengths by those involved, even by those outside of the movement who are familiar with its anatomy and intentions. From October 2011 and on into 2012, more than...

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OGR 2012: Occupy GR in a year of change

by (mlesert)

Submitted 03-19-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

For quite some time the year 2012 has loomed as a year of change. The Mayan calendar, depending on interpretations, is said to predict some great but as yet undefined change in the way we live. After the fall of 2008, when gas prices skyrocketed...

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David Cobb of Move to Amend visits Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 01-07-2012 under OPINION

On Thursday January 12, Fountain Street Church will host David Cobb of Move to Amend as the next event in the Duncan Littlefair Great Speaker Series. Local representatives of Move to Amend and Occupy Grand Rapids are co-hosting the event, focused on...

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Unemployment Action Day comes to Grand Rapids

by (scott warren)

Submitted 12-07-2011 under OPINION

"I don't think that it's the right solution to extend unemployment benefits. We have to deal with the cause of the problem and not the symptoms." – Justin Amash to Grand Rapids Press, Election Day 2010  In late December...

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