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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.

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DGRI to bring champion of data-driven goals to speaker series

Submitted 01-13-2015 under NEWS

Theresa Reno-Weber will be sharing how her team in Louisville uses data and performance-based government strategies to improve services, build transparency and increase involvement at the city government level.

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Mightier than the sword

Submitted 01-08-2015 under OPINION

As an open and welcoming news source for all, empowering local residents to become citizen journalists, the news coming from Paris has hit us hard here at The Rapidian. It's also made us stronger.

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OKT responds to urban food growing debate in Muskegon

Submitted 01-07-2015 under NONPROFITS

Recently, MLive reported that Muskegon city commissioners are discussing regulating urban food growers. Here is OKT's response.

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Mayor discusses city chickens, term limits, police relations on City Connection

Submitted 01-05-2015 under NEWS

Mayor Heartwell answered questions about the new term limits, backyard chickens and more live on Monday night, for his monthly show City Connection.

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Backyard Chicken Ordinance to be discussed at Public Hearing

Submitted 12-23-2014 under NEWS

With public support, the Backyard Chicken Ordinance could make it legal for qualified citizens to own chickens for a two-year trial. The Grand Rapids City Commission is hosting a public hearing to gauge citizens' opinions on the subject.

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Focus on Issues: Community Outreach Court

Submitted 12-19-2014 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids' Heartside social service organizations have teamed up with legal service organizations and the Grand Rapids District Court to form the Community Outreach Court.

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New police chief notes lowering recidivism rates; continues to seek ways to lower rates further

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

A conversation with GRPD Chief of Police David Rahinsky reveals he's looking at ways to address recidivism in Michigan- which at a 28% rate is significantly lower than the national level. Rahinsky says it's still too high.

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City Commission holds public hearing on police, community relations

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

Most citizens in favor of body cameras spoke of transparency as a big issue with police, but others also noted privacy concerns.

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Formal public hearing set to explore implications of police body cameras

Submitted 12-09-2014 under NEWS

On Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m., City Commissioners will convene for a formal public hearing on whether or not police body cameras should be enacted into policy.

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