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Racism

Finding my role in the fight for equity

by (Urban Core Coll...)

Submitted 05-22-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This article has been written by Kendra Avila. Kendra Avila, originally from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee moved to Grand Rapids in 2015 for an internship, with no intentions of staying more than a few months.  Three years later, she now...

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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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LINC holds town hall discussing civil rights ordinance proposal

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-19-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, more than 50 people attended a town hall at LINC UP to discuss a Civil Rights ordinance proposal for the City of Grand Rapids. Jeremy DeRoo, Executive Director of LINC UP opened the meeting and welcomed attendees....

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New ordinance proposal calls for Civil Rights Department, robust anti-discrimination legislation in Grand Rapids

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-13-2018 under NEWS

“The citizens in Grand Rapids are totally unprotected from discrimination, totally. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has a couple good investigators and I mean a couple,” says Lyonel LaGrone, Policy Liaison for LINC UP, a local...

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Grand Rapids Neigborhood Summit keynote speaker to discuss going 'beyond a seat at the table'

by (Stacy Stout)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2018 is pleased to welcome Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD as the keynote speaker for this year’s event. This year’s summit will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley State...

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Better Body Image Conference aims to start conversation about positive body image in Grand Rapids

by (conniex721)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Better Body Image Conference aims to shape and redefine the concept of self and foster a positive body image by incorporating diverse definitions of beauty, cultivating positive speech around the body, and fostering self-compassion. The...

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Local NAACP wants policing changes after detainment of 11-year-old girl

by (jproth1)

Submitted 12-19-2017 under NEWS

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Leaders of the Greater Grand Rapids Branch of the NAACP and family members of 11-year-old Honestie Hodges gathered on Calder Plaza in front of City Hall Tuesday morning, December 19, 2017. The supporters are asking Grand Rapids...

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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist: Amy Norkus at ArtPrize 9

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

The Rapidian and GRTV interviewed a variety of audience members after the Jurors' Shortlist event to get their reactions with the help of Community Journalist, Jim Moreno and Cameraman, Brandon Cooley. ArtPrize volunteer and community member,...

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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist at ArtPrize 9

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

Art lovers, hopeful artists and various media filled the ArtPrize Studio at the ArtPrize Hub last night on 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE, eager to hear whom this year's jurors' selected for notice among this year's entries. The Rapidian and...

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City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

Yesterday, after months of fighting in court, the City was forced to release 5 recorded phone conversations between Officer’s Adam Ickes, Thomas Warwick, and the now fired Lt. Michael Janiskee. These conversations were related to a November...

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