Community Updates: Friday, July 14

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-14-2023 under NEWS

Grand Rapids City Commission Meeting Draws Dozens of Residents, Activists to City Hall  On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids City Commission held the first of its July meetings at City Hall. The meeting began with a moment of silence, the Pledge of...

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ACLU to host community discussion of criminal justice reform

by (amanda_a_sterling)

Submitted 06-19-2018 under NEWS

Questions about the relationship between police, prosecutors, and citizens continue to dominate the American consciousness. The United States has roughly 2.2 million people behind bars – one quarter of the world’s total prison population...

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Promote the Vote: A ballot initiative to improve Michigan's voting system

by (amanda_a_sterling)

Submitted 05-24-2018 under OPINION

Did you know that Michiganders lack the same access to the ballot enjoyed by residents of nearly every other state in the country? Early and multi-day voting, automatic voter registration, and no excuse absentee voting are just some of the ways...

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Community discussion targeting police practices misses mark

by (hodele91)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under OPINION

As I settled into my narrow seat, popcorn in hand, pencil poised and at the ready, I couldn’t help but notice the disconcerting feeling nestled in the pit of my stomach. All around me, community members both prestigious and not conversed and...

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ACLU to bring conversation on police practices to Wealthy Theatre

by (ACLU of Michiga...)

Submitted 10-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

On October 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Western Branch of the Michigan ACLU, along with our friends and partners in the fight for justice, is hosting an event at the Wealthy Theatre, titled “Avoiding the next Ferguson: A discussion on policing and community...

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City Commission holds public hearing on police, community relations

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

Last night’s City Commissioners Meeting included a public hearing on police and community relations. In light of the national events surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in Staten Island, Tamir Rice in Cleveland...

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West Michigan ACLU Attorney: proposed panhandling ordinance threatens free speech

by (Sara Ransom)

Submitted 07-25-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Three years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union of West Michigan challenged the anti-begging laws in Grand Rapids with a lawsuit after hundreds of people had been arrested and prosecuted for panhandling in Grand Rapids. In August 2012...

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Dr. Carl Hart to speak on science of addiction Tuesday at Wealthy Theatre

by (wealthytheatre)

Submitted 03-28-2014 under NONPROFITS

"One of Wealthy Theatre's most critical roles in this community is to advance dialog," says Wealthy Theatre director Erin Wilson, "and thanks to an almost unbelievable collaboration of partners, that's what we're doing on...

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Wealthy Theatre to host evening with Dr. Carl Hart

by (erictank)

Submitted 03-25-2014 under NEWS

On Tuesday April 1, at 5:45 p.m. the ACLU of Michigan will present "Ending the War on Drugs" with special guest Dr. Carl Hart.  Dr. Hart has 22 years of research into drug policy and will share his perspective based on his findings...

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American Civil Liberties Union discusses civil rights, poverty

by (nancyfinney)

Submitted 05-21-2012 under OPINION

On Wednesday May 16th, Miriam Aukerman of the American Civil Liberties Union spoke to a full audience for the Progressive Women’s Alliance. This meeting was open to the public and addressed the protection of civil liberties in a time of...

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