The Rapidian


Thinking outside the ballot box

Submitted 05-01-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

In my current 18 years, I have had elections that have come down to one vote. One vote! So, it does matter says Stephanie McMillen, Grand Rapids Interim City Clerk.


Local immigrant rights groups hold press conference over ICE detentions

Submitted 04-25-2018 under NEWS

Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE cohost a press conference decrying recent arrests by ICE in the Grand Rapids area and urged community members to attend a march on May 1, 2018.


Immigrant tells the story of their journey with a poem

Submitted 04-24-2018 under VOICES

An immigrant tells of their reason for coming to the U.S. from Guatemala: I stood witness to death: of my dear relative, they write.


Movimiento Cosecha plans people's march and other actions to fight for immigrant justice

Submitted 04-24-2018 under NEWS

From April 28 to May 1, there are several opportunities to join Movimiento Cosecha in the fight for immigrant justice. There will be an event celebrating children, a community meal, an action to support Driver's Licenses for all, and the traditional May Day march.


LINC holds town hall discussing civil rights ordinance proposal

Submitted 04-19-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, more than 50 people attended the town hall discussing discrimination in Grand Rapids in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and disability.


Screening of 'Nor Any Drop to Drink: The Flint Water Crisis' in Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NONPROFITS

The documentary will be shown Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS), Grand Valley University, Allendale Campus. This is an opportunity for Grand Rapids to learn more about the Flint Water Crisis and engage around issues of environmental justice.


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

Submitted 04-13-2018 under NEWS

LINC UP is proposing a new city ordinance in Grand Rapids calling for a Department of Civil Rights, a Disability Rights Commission, civil rights investigators, laws codifying their investigative process and strengthened prohibitions in employment, housing, and public accommodation.


The Michigan Truth Tour stops at Calvin College

Submitted 04-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, April 17, Calvin College hosts a guided town hall meeting as part of The Michigan Truth Tour.


Local business owner urges Grand Rapids to stay on lookout for tax scams

Submitted 04-11-2018 under VOICES

I graduated from GVSU last spring and started my own business. This is how my small business was nearly scammed by an IRS impersonator.


Thousands take part in March for Our Lives in Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-27-2018 under NEWS

Thousands of people took to the street for March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in downtown Grand Rapids and across the state and country. See more images from the march in this slideshow.