justice

John Lewis joined other religious leaders in the call for justice

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 07-24-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Doug Kindschi, Director In the midst of so much negative news, the sad news of the death of John Lewis does remind us of this very positive and effective voice for social and racial justice. It also takes us back to that tragic event some...

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Amid racism and protests, can we find hope?

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-12-2020 under NONPROFITS

Racial justice is certainly the critical issue we face today.  The pandemic of racial injustice has even pushed aside the coronavirus pandemic. The murder of George Floyd and the worldwide response has brought this issue again to our...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can we have both Justice and Peace?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-01-2020 under OPINION

My tradition teaches, Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue!” Police officers who violate the boundaries of their training when using deadly force and cause injury or death should be prosecuted. Former police...

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Grand Rapids to observe International Day of Peace

by (Mary Patricia Beatty)

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

The annual observance of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, 2018, will once again be greeted by a Proclamation from the Mayor’s Office to “commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and...

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Screening of 'Nor Any Drop to Drink: The Flint Water Crisis' in Grand Rapids

by (Cedric Taylor)

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NONPROFITS

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is without question one of the most serious man-made disasters in recent memory. Most of us undoubtedly have seen news reports of brown, brackish tap water, bags of hair, skin rashes, marches and protests, crowded...

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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

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This holiday, support incarcerated folks by joining Season For Solidarity

by (Briana)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

This holiday season, support incarcerated folks by joining us for Season For Solidarity! Join us this Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational UCC (4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508) for A Season for...

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Join The Micah Center at City Hall to stand for dignity, protection for immigrants

by (The Micah Center)

Submitted 10-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

Will you act now to stand with the immigrant children of God in Grand Rapids?  Click here to quickly, easily email the City Commission and join us today to show support at the City Commission. Some of our most vulnerable, immigrant...

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City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

Yesterday, after months of fighting in court, the City was forced to release 5 recorded phone conversations between Officer’s Adam Ickes, Thomas Warwick, and the now fired Lt. Michael Janiskee. These conversations were related to a November...

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Outcry over police stop, housing funds packs City Commission

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-12-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. was packed to overflowing with people sitting in the aisles, standing in the corners and spilling out into the hallway. Concerns over cuts to housing funding and a recent...

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