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City Commission passes resolutions regarding community, police relations

Submitted 07-27-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole meeting city officials discussed the Executive Summary for Community Talk Back Sessions and passed resolutions to hire PR and consulting firms.


#GRTalksBack on policing: meetings use small-group format

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NEWS

Using a small-group format, the City of Grand Rapids hosted its first Community Listening meeting on policing in the Third Ward.


City Connection: Mayor Bliss, Program Director Harris to discuss LEAD program and Mayor's 100 initiative

Submitted 06-12-2017 under NEWS

Shannon Harris, program director in the city's Our Community's Children office, will be the guest during the June 12 episode.


'Communities are going to see repercussions' from Trump after-school cuts, leaders say

Submitted 06-09-2017 under NEWS

GRPS and other school districts are alarmed by the proposed $9.2 billion cut in federal funding to schools, which would eliminate after-school and summer programs for 6,500 local students.


Community listening sessions: What will you say about policing?

Submitted 06-09-2017 under OPINION

In light of the recent traffic stop study and incidents involving young African-American males and the police, the City of Grand Rapids will hold a series of "Community Listening Sessions" to deepen engagement around the issue of policing. With up to $5 million on the table, what will you say?


Citizens' concerns remain over housing crisis, racial disparities at commission meeting

Submitted 06-08-2017 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids City Commission held their first of the summer's "Commission Night Out" meetings at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


We must continue to fight for rights of all immigrants

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

Cosecha is a movement working towards dignity, respect and permanent protection for all documented and undocumented immigrants through nonviolent actions to bring awareness that immigrants are vital assets to the U.S. as well as bring awareness that deportations separate and tear families apart.


Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan provides legal services to refugees, immigrants

Submitted 05-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan who provides legal council and support to immigrants and refugees in the area


City Commission 101: Five ways to be more effective when you go

Submitted 05-10-2017 under OPINION

How to prepare, speak up, and more. If you decide to attend a City Commission meeting, here are five things I wish someone had explained to me.


Recent police actions prompt citizens to press City officials to declare 'state of emergency'

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NEWS

At the City Commission meeting this week, 40 Black men stood in solidarity, citing 12-year-old boys held a gunpoint, the shooting of Malik Carey and research showing bias in the police department as examples of when officials failed to take necessary action to take care of its citizens.