The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's South East Neighborhood

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


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.


Eighth annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival held at Wealthy Theatre

Submitted 04-09-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Directors Gustavo Rondon and Catalina Mesa speak on behalf of their films and the festival as a whole, as well as it's crucial importance to the community.


Civil discourse series seeks to cultivate community

Submitted 04-03-2018 under NONPROFITS

Three-part civil discourse series will be held at the Wyoming Branch of the Kent District Library on April 10,17 and 24.


Latin American Film Fest coming to Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-03-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Nine films will be featured from seven different countries, with two directors giving Q&A sessions.


All of the Above Hip Hop is empowering youth voices

Submitted 03-30-2018 under NONPROFITS

All of the Above is an after school program in Ottawa Hills High that empowers youth to use Hip Hop in promoting social justice, and finding their own voice.


Get to Know: Mercy Supply Co.

Submitted 03-28-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Rusty Zylstra, once a teenage punk musician, developed essential skills in the DIY culture that contributed to the skills he developed while starting his own handmade clothing and leather goods business.


Former ambassador, Carter Center CEO speaks on global health

Submitted 03-22-2018 under NONPROFITS

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters (ret.), CEO of the Carter Center in Atlanta, talks about global health equity, ethics and eradication on March 26.


Local nonprofit helps small businesses thrive at Indie Flea Market

Submitted 03-20-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids organization the Vendor Exchange is working to create a community of artisans to help them grow.


Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center holds walkout in solidarity with GRPS, to promote safe community

Submitted 03-14-2018 under NEWS

We had parents and board members that were interested in supporting through participation. We also had many students who wanted to be involved, especially those with older siblings in GRPS schools, said Principal Lisa Heyne.