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When grown men point loaded weapons at 12-year-old boys, none of us should sleep well at night

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-29-2017 under OPINION

Last night, I couldn't sleep. It was 2 a.m., but my mind was still at the City Commission meeting, where three mothers told the story of their sons - 12 to 14 years in age - being stopped at gunpoint by police. (Their comments are at about 31:...

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Citizens speak out on public trust in law enforcement, ask for trust in return

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

The Gallery at Linc Up (Madison and Hall) hosted about 20 people on Thursday night who gathered to discuss public trust and law enforcement. The forum was conducted by Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). MCOLES is the...

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"Know Your Rights" training about immigrant concerns held at local restaraunt

by (Kathleen Underwood)

Submitted 02-09-2017 under NEWS

Wednesday evening, February 8, 2017, Michigan United, a statewide organization committed to participatory democracy at all levels, provided “Know Your Rights” training to more than 40 community members about the rights of immigrant...

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'Unity before justice is insulting'

by (Siangani)

Submitted 07-19-2016 under OPINION

The idyllic portrayal of a nation in racial unity is one of America's most pervasive mythos. But when exactly was America united racially? From slavery, to Jim Crow and segregation in the Reconstruction Era, to the current age of mass...

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New community council seeks stronger civil discourse with, accountability for police

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under OPINION

On December 15, 2015, the City Commissioners of Grand Rapids voted 5-2 in favor of allowing the purchase of 65 assault rifles for the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). If you weren’t aware of this, then stop and take a moment to process...

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Co-founder of Black Lives Matter to speak at GVSU, simulcast in downtown Grand Rapids

by (Brianna Pannell)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

On Wednesday, January 20, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) will host Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization that began in 2012. Cullors is based from the Los Angeles area and is known as a freedom...

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Equity Drinks to include police chief in public discussion on rifle purchases

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 12-29-2015 under NEWS

Equity Drinks is focusing on developing a network for people who identify as working to advance equity in Grand Rapids. We believe understanding the complexity of those doing the work sets a foundation for action. In August of 2014, Equity...

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Candidates answer citizen questions on gentrification, race, police, LGBTQIA

by (Holly)

Submitted 08-01-2015 under NEWS

For our last set of citizen questions answered by the mayoral candidates, we’re addressing questions of social ills and issues: housing and gentrification, race, police relations and welcoming LGBTQ residents. All questions were collected at...

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Story Matters: W. Paul Mayhue calls out problems of racial discrimination with police leadership, trespassing

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

After attending the mayoral debate at Wealthy Theatre, former Kent County Commissioner W. Paul Mayhue sat down to talk with us about the problems with race in Grand Rapids that he's seen with policing and laws.   We build community when we...

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New police chief notes lowering recidivism rates; continues to seek ways to lower rates further

by (Lee Bloomquist)

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

"Your question is timely,” says our new Chief David Rahinsky of the Grand Rapids Police Department when presented with accounts of remarkably low rates of recidivism among participants in a Peace Education Program at San Antonio’s...

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