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Equality

Baxter's Threads Sewing Class proudly presents fourth Biennial Quilt Show

by (Baxter Communit...)

Submitted 09-04-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Baxter Community Center’s Threads Sewing Class proudly presents the fourth Biennial Quilt Show. This exclusive Quilt Show Event features excellent historical and personal stories. This year’s quilt show’s theme is “A...

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Comedy, community and baseball: A tale by Rhea Butcher

by (brittany.devon)

Submitted 03-28-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Rhea Butcher grew up a fellow midwesterner in Akron, Ohio. They are a standup comic, writer and actor, who now resides in Los Angeles. They have appeared on CONAN, released their own solo album, Butcher, and created the show Take My Wife alongside...

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Navigating through pride and prejudice

by (kwesirobertson)

Submitted 06-16-2017 under OPINION

  Some of my gay friends and I see Pride month differently. Very differently. According to them, I get two months: February, for Black History month, and June, for Pride. I should feel honored, right? I have inherited the powerful but not as...

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Locals can join national minute of silence at Apartment Lounge

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 01-12-2017 under NEWS

The video begins with a shot of stairs -- a symbol of rising up. The theme continues as the band BETTY sings their anthem, “Rise.” Women and men of all kinds raise their first fingers, then stand up. They are standing, said local...

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Response to Mayor Bliss: Real kindness requires justice

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-15-2016 under OPINION

Dear Mayor Bliss, I hear that your heart is heavy about the recent increase in blatant prejudice and bigotry. We are all saddened and want to help create a safe space for our neighbors of color, for our residents who have immigrated, for those who...

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Statement from Mayor Bliss: Respecting and supporting each other

by (Mayor Rosalynn Bliss)

Submitted 11-14-2016 under NEWS

Hello Friends and Neighbors: Now that a few days have passed since the election, my heart is heavy as I hear from many of our fellow residents who have been subjected to hateful, racist, sexist and/or homophobic comments - comments made to them...

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Equity Drinks to feature two local candidates for office at The Meanwhile

by (misachievement)

Submitted 09-06-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

There is no question that “equity” and the disparities that exist, are topics discussed in the public sphere. From the looming presidential election to the countless hashtags of citizens slain due to police brutality, issues of equity,...

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New non-profit provides scholarships to improve educational equity for trans community

by (breensea)

Submitted 04-05-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Thursday, March 31, 2016 was Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to bring recognition and honor to the accomplishments of trans folks around the world, while spreading knowledge and awareness of the trans community. It was on this day the...

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We need to stop talking about inner beauty and start teaching our girls to take action

by (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under OPINION

The battle to bring women into the boardroom is a long one, and although we’ve made significant progress in recent years, it’s far from over. It’s not an obvious battle with clear sides, like the racism that’s raging in city...

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Local Black Lives Matter chapter brings learning home from international retreat

by (Kyd Kane)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Black Lives Matter hosted its first international retreat on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit, Mich on June 18, during the Allied Media Conference. Twenty-six chapters, including Black Lives Matter Grand Rapids (BLM GR), were in...

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