The Rapidian


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.


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.


Abrahamic Dinner offers taste of what's to come during year of Interfaith Friendship

Submitted 04-20-2018 under NEWS

Christian, Muslim, Jewish faith leaders delivered messages to diverse audience over a Mediterranean dinner at the event.


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.


WMEAC to host fourth annual Blue Tie Ball

Submitted 04-19-2018 under NEWS

Fundraiser will celebrate Earth Day and help raise money for water protection programs put on by West Michigan Environmental Action Council


Contentious GRPS school board meeting over special education, calls to remove superintendent

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NEWS

It was preceded by a protest outside the administration building by special education advocates and ended in shouting and a call to the Grand Rapids Police Department over an alleged altercation between the head of school security, Larry Johnson and leader of the advocate group, Lily Cheng Schulting


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.


Three hundred trees to be planted during Mayor's Greening Initiative on April 28

Submitted 04-06-2018 under NEWS

Mayor will join volunteers planting 300 trees in West Grand Rapids, where also hundreds of tree will be given away to local school and GR residents


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.


Get your child involved at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Submitted 03-26-2018 under NEWS

One of the programs now running at the library is called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.