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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.


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.


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.


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.


Love matters: GR Forward speaker says love important factor in city-building

Submitted 02-03-2015 under NEWS

Peter Kageyama, author of "For the Love of Cities," will be visiting Grand Rapids on Thursday, February 12He says civic engagement can take many forms, as a way to act upon our love for places.


The rewards of serving one's neighborhood

Submitted 02-03-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

ECA board member Heather Colletto reflects on the responsibilities and benefits of neighborhood involvement, including realizing the impact of a community association when a gas station was proposed for a busy Eastown corner.


Mayor Heartwell responds to citizen concerns on police relations, street plowing, fracking

Submitted 02-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

This month's live open forum included a conversation about the 12 point plan.


Grand Rapids weighs in on free community college proposal

Submitted 01-30-2015 under NEWS

Community college administrators, GRCC students, and politicians respond to President Barack Obama's idea to provide federal and state funding to cover the first two years of college education for all American citizens.


Story Matters: Rozann Mueller shares students' challenges and motivations in pursuing GED

Submitted 01-28-2015 under NONPROFITS

Rozann Mueller describes students in Alternative Directions’ GED program.


Catalyst Radio: Change U social justice series begins Jan. 23 with Confronting Structural Violence

Submitted 01-16-2015 under NEWS

Offered through Grand Valley State University’s LGBT Center, Change U is a series of four free monthly sessions focusing on Confronting Structural Violence, the Non-profit Industrial Complex, Queering LGBT Rights and Climate Justice. The series’ aim is to address systems of oppression.