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Racism

In Grand Rapids, equity work is co-opted for influence

by (balexander)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under OPINION

In the age of co-opted movements for the sake of advertisements gone terribly wrong (hey Pepsi, what's good?), the best way to look at a community’s commitment to equity is to look at the way it treats its organizers. My time in Grand...

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Faces of the Grand Rapids housing crisis: Minnie Dentmond

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-20-2017 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Homes for All met last Friday night at Baxter Community Center to talk about the housing crisis and gentrification in Grand Rapids. In this meeting, residents had an opportunity to join the Tenant Union, brainstorm ideas about housing...

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'Championing female leaders of color in West Michigan'

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Shannon Cohen and Patricia Sosa VerDuin began having conversations about the representation of women of color in leadership in the news while they got to know each other as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows. Cohen is the...

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New web show holds first live taping event

by (MixedReviewsGR)

Submitted 03-14-2017 under NEWS

The new web show Mixed Reviews Grand Rapids will tape its next episode, about gentrification in Grand Rapids, in front of a live audience this Thursday. After the initial conversation between the two guests, the audience will be invited to interact...

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Premiere of WMCAT student-produced documentary will highlight local social justice and equity

by (wmcat)

Submitted 02-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

Maybe you’ve cranked the volume up while listening to the latest post-breakup song, or you’ve listened to a song in remembrance of your childhood years or deceased loved ones; No matter what emotion you may be experiencing, music has the...

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Community advocate faces Grand Rapids' housing crisis, gentrification

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 02-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It’s a Tuesday night at City Hall, and LaDonna Norman approaches the microphone to address the meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission. For the past year or more, Norman has spoken during the public comment period at the end of nearly...

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Photo gallery of protest at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under NEWS

The protest at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport took place Sunday along with other protests nationwide in response to President Trump's executive order banning refugees and many other citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion recently facilitated by MiBiz, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As Grand Rapidians head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows...

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Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

Part 4 During a recent roundtable discussion with local small business owners, hosted by MiBiz, the all-white panel brought up the large economic gap between people of color and whites in Grand Rapids. As I continue the conversation in...

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Partners for a Racism-Free Community host "Loving" movie premiere, post movie discussion

by (balexander)

Submitted 11-22-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Partners for a Racism-Free Community in partnership with Celebration! Cinema will be hosting a screening and post movie discussion on the movie "Loving." The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is as poetic as...

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