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Negotiations for white space: Quest to enact robust human rights ordinance in Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-17-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

To gain true equality in Grand Rapids a new municipal vision of belonging must be imagined. A belonging that allows black and brown bodies to speak into the formation and reconfiguration of policies that actually protect them from illegal discrimination.


Catalyst Radio: Interview with Movimiento Cosecha GR about Kent County's contract with ICE

Submitted 07-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Host Jessica Young speaks with Jose Jimenez and Sergio Cira from Movimiento Cosecha GR, a peaceful movement that is fighting for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for immigrants in the United States.


City Connection: Mayor Bliss joined by Jonathan Peerboom from Next Step West Michigan

Submitted 07-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

The guest for tonight’s show is Jonathan Peerboom from Next Step West Michigan.


Protesters against ICE take over Kent County commission meeting

Submitted 06-28-2018 under NEWS

Over 120 people protested outside at Calder Plaza and at the Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 28, 2018 against Kent County's contract with ICE and the detaining of undocumented immigrants.


Former Commissioner White withdraws from appointment consideration at City Commission meeting

Submitted 06-14-2018 under NEWS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said the commission would confer with the city's human resource department and start an application process to fill the position. The commission also adopted the 2019 budget. Public comment centered on the rental application fee ordinance again.


Business usurps public purpose in Residential Rental Application Fee Ordinance

Submitted 06-11-2018 under OPINION

It is important that we stay civically engaged. This is an example of how injustice quietly and swiftly creeps into our municipal code of ordinances.Tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. this ordinance will be discussed at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting.


City meeting hears concerns over rental application fees, stories from Westside Cancer Crisis group

Submitted 06-07-2018 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission held their quarterly night out this past Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Harrison Park Elementary School.


Photo Gallery: Immigrant right march, vigil held for families killed, separated by ICE

Submitted 06-06-2018 under NEWS

Movimiento Cosecha GR, an immigrant rights group, held a vigil and march Saturday, June 2, 2018 for the National Day of Mourning.


Forum provides opportunity to discuss environmental issues with local political hopefuls

Submitted 06-05-2018 under NONPROFITS

Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood for a forum on environmental topics.The Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment is a free event providing you with the opportunity to listen to, and ask local candidates about, their views on environmental policy.


City Connection: Mayor Bliss speaks to DGRI's Andy Guy about GR Forward Plan

Submitted 06-04-2018 under NONPROFITS

On this month's episode of City Connection, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is joined by Andy Guy, Chief Outcomes Officer for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to discuss the GR Forward plan.