The Rapidian


Photo slideshow: Marching in support of drivers licenses for all

Submitted 05-04-2018 under NEWS

Organized by Movimiento Cosecha, marchers took to the streets of Grand Rapids calling for drivers licenses for all.


Lass Laugh Comedy Festival makes its debut this month

Submitted 05-03-2018 under NEWS

Kristin Hirsch thought up the idea of Lass Laugh, and Amy Gascon believed in this vision and wanted to help bring it to light. The community for Lass Laugh started building long before opening night.


West Michigan Woman announces 2018 Brilliance Award winners

Submitted 04-30-2018 under NEWS

The West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards honored 30 finalists and 10 winners at their second-annual event held at the Amway Grand Plaza. Hundreds attended to cheer on those who have made remarkable contributions to our community—especially with regard to women's empowerment.


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.