The Rapidian

Elections

Calling all Mamavists!

Submitted 09-28-2018 under OPINION

We have neither adequate political representation at the local, state and national levels nor enough collective wealth to directly influence the political process. What we do have is enough sense to know a lot of policy prevents Michigan families from obtaining basic resources and opportunities.

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Public kept from room at Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting

Submitted 09-27-2018 under NEWS

The Kent County Board of Commissioners held its monthly meeting today, Thursday, September 27, 2018 without anyone from the public in the room. Residents who come for public comment were instructed to sit in a room next door and watch the meeting on closed circuit tv.

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Former Ottawa County Clerk endorses 'Promote the Vote' ballot initiative

Submitted 09-25-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Daniel Krueger, former Ottawa County Clerk for 36 years, announced his support for Proposal 3, also known as the ‘Promote the Vote’ ballot initiative. The ballot proposal would amend the state’s constitution to secure voting changes regardless of which party is in power in the state of Michigan.

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Faith, family, love for community fuels Williams' bid for GRPS school board

Submitted 09-21-2018 under NEWS

This self-described church girl from Missouri whose family relocated to Grand Rapids during her middle school years speaks directly and passionately when describing her love for the community and the community’s children.

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Regional French Consul General to discuss economic opportunities, political, cultural goals long-time U.S. ally

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Guillaume Lacroix, the Consul General of France to the Midwest, will be interacting with the people and organizations of West Michigan on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

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Grand Rapids to observe International Day of Peace

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

United Nations International Day of Peace in Grand Rapids will be celebrated on Sunday, September 23, 2018 with a Peace Walk in St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden on the front lawn of the Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids at Marywood at 1:00 p.m.

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Residents use art to encourage civic engagement in their neighborhoods

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Dwelling Place summer get out the vote events allowed residents the freedom to drop by and paint a poster, register to vote, check their registration status and more.

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People's Commission to end the ICE contract takes over Kent County Commission

Submitted 09-14-2018 under NEWS

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 community members took over the Kent County Commission Meeting to stage a "People’s Commission," which heard public comment and "voted" to end a controversial contract between the Kent County Jail and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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New Grand Rapids city manager discusses family, fitness, first 90 days

Submitted 08-28-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

I think Grand Rapids has the benefit of seeing growth coming and learning from the experiences of Austin and other communities to make sure it is smart, sustainable and equitable.

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COAST program brings together community members, students to increase understanding, advocacy for disability rights

Submitted 08-28-2018 under OPINION

I participated in the most recent of these workshops, referred to as COAST (Community Organizing and Advocacy Strategies Training), in July 2018. This program brought people of different backgrounds together to learn the ways to find and solve disability-related community issues.

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