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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Scruggs talks criminal justice system reforms

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

Michael Scruggs, Democratic Candidate for Kent County Sheriff, has talked in part one and part two about the racial history behind his campaign and the changes he would like to make within the Sheriff's office. In this final portion of his...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma feels "Fortunate race has not been an issue"

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

Here are the first parts of Michael Scruggs' and Lawrence Stelma's interviews. The issue of race When asked if the question of race affects the election, Stelma didn’t think it was an issue. “We have a...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Scruggs focuses on reducing incarceration

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

Here are the first parts of Michael Scruggs' and Lawrence Stelma's interviews. Bringing a new perspective to the Sheriff’s office Given the historical context of the first part of his interview, Scruggs has some clear ideas about the...

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Free movie screening, project debut, celebrating natural hair

by (wealthytheatre)

Submitted 10-11-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Wealthy Theatre invites the community to a free event to celebrate natural hair, including the debut of a groundbreaking new video, and a free screening of Chris Rock's "Good Hair."   The event starts at 2:00 p.m. Saturday (doors...

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Student behind viral photo offers solutions during GVSU visit

by (fleuryj)

Submitted 10-06-2016 under NEWS

Leighton Watson, a 2014 graduate of the historically-black undergraduate college Howard University, is a West Michigan native who served as an advisor on President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing during the Ferguson crisis. He...

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Open letter to Forest Hills Public Schools superintendent from equity leaders, parents and alumni

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 09-20-2016 under OPINION

Dear Superintendent Daniel Behm & the Forest Hills Board of Education:   Mary Vonck Martha Atwater Susan Lenhardt Walter F. Perschbacher III Suzanne Callahan Michael Seekell Douglas Josephson It is with great concern that we write you...

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Lowell graduate returns to West Michigan to discuss the power of student activism

by (Ashley-benedict)

Submitted 09-20-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Leighton Watson is a graduate of Lowell High School and former Student Body President at Howard University and served as an advisor on the 21st century task force on policing with President Obama during the Ferguson crisis. Watson will visit Grand...

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Equity Drinks to feature two local candidates for office at The Meanwhile

by (misachievement)

Submitted 09-06-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

There is no question that “equity” and the disparities that exist, are topics discussed in the public sphere. From the looming presidential election to the countless hashtags of citizens slain due to police brutality, issues of equity,...

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In order to heal, communities must listen

by (balexander)

Submitted 08-16-2016 under OPINION

Each day I wake up, I am confronted with a singular truth; the world that lies outside my front door has no space for my pain. Not only is it void of space for my pain, my ability to achieve economic mobility and professional success essentially...

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Celebrating Loving Day in Grand Rapids and its legacy in justice

by (balexander)

Submitted 06-07-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Ever since I can remember I have been hopelessly in love with love. I would regularly consume the Disney fairytales as a child where men were always coming to the princess’s rescue. I had this addiction to the anime series "Sailor Moon,...

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