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Hunger rate rises in West Michigan, Upper Peninsula according to new report

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report concluded that 49 million Americans struggled with hunger in 2013, including one in seven people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

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How working with people on the streets turned me into a drug policy reformer

Submitted 04-21-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

When I dove into work with our homeless communities 15 years ago, I began to understand that another way of helping our neighbors dealing with homelessness and drug addiction is needed- one based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

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Show us your potholes

Submitted 04-14-2015 under NONPROFITS

Inspired by the City's new 311 app, The Rapidian is asking local citizens to take pictures of their potholes for their newest photo challenge in Picturesque, called "Pothole Patrol."

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Mayor Heartwell responds live to citizen concerns

Submitted 04-13-2015 under NONPROFITS

On Monday, April 13, Mayor Heartwell answered questions live on GRTV and The Rapidian. He answered questions about the DisArt Festival and the Year of Art & Access, Proposition 1 and access to quality food for all residents.

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Downtown residents invited to share thoughts about future of city

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NEWS

Mix, Mingle and Share Your Voice hopes to prompt residents to meet their neighbors and learn about important issues in the community.

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GVSU’s Change U to focus on collective climate justice

Submitted 04-06-2015 under NEWS

The social justice program’s final segment will be a two part series on climate issues, analyzing the effects of capitalism on the environment and developing ideas for systematic change.

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Breastfeeding rights under scrutiny

Submitted 03-25-2015 under VOICES

As a nursing mother I was denied my right to nurse my child as needed. Despite Michigan's “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act," I was directed to nurse only in a small study space. Grand Rapids Public Library needs to take steps to create a a safe, welcoming breastfeeding environment.

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Mayor Heartwell answers citizen questions live on City Connection

Submitted 03-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Heartwell answered questions from local citizens on Monday night, like one from Rapidian intern Maddie Forshee about city provisions for its homeless population during the cold months.

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First neighborhood summit to encourage residents to voice priorities for their communities

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NEWS

"Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City" is the first summit of its kind in Grand Rapids, bringing together leaders and citizens with the goal of strengthening local communities.

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State economy loses $435 million to landfill

Submitted 02-23-2015 under NEWS

Due to a lack of community participation in recycling, the governor has developed a recycling initiative to increase residential recycling access statewide.

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