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The Latina Network of West Michigan Celebrates Their 5th Anniversary.

by (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 09-30-2019 under NEWS

  It was a lovely fall afternoon in 2014 when a group of dedicated Latinas met to explore the possibilities of a new initiative to offer culturally-responsive professional development in West Michigan region. This initial gathering transformed...

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United in sisterhood and ancestral strength: Latina women are powerful

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 10-16-2018 under OPINION

On Friday, October 12, 2018, fifty Latina leaders from across the state were recognized by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan as the “2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan” at the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in...

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Photo gallery: Cosecha GR walks to Lansing for immigrant rights

by (jproth1)

Submitted 10-11-2018 under NEWS

Over forty people with Movimiento Cosecha GR left Grand Rapids on Friday, October 5, 2018 and made a historic sixty-five mile march advocating for drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. The walkers also included members from the Bronson...

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Local immigrant rights groups hold press conference over ICE detentions

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-25-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, April 25, Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE cohosted what they called an emergency press conference at the corner of Hastings and Ottawa on Grand Rapids' northwest side.  About 20 people, both speakers and supportive...

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We must continue to fight for rights of all immigrants

by (Scastro329)

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

Cosecha is a movement that is working towards dignity, respect and permanent protection for all documented and undocumented immigrants through nonviolent actions to bring awareness that immigrants are vital assets to the United States as well as...

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Our neighbors, our friends, our future: Why I keep marching

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 05-04-2017 under OPINION

On Monday, May 1st, I had the honor of marching in solidarity for family unity and dignity for our undocumented community. I was humbled to see such a strong presence of love and support in our city. We marched for three hours, and while my legs and...

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Support 'A Day Without Immigrants' on May 1, 2017

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under OPINION

On Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m. I joined a group of immigrants and allies in the Calder Plaza for a peaceful demonstration organized by Movimiento Cosecha GR. Together we marched north to face the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE...

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Meet Civic Investor Paola Mendivil: Champion of Grand Rapids, Latina community

by (Kiran Sood Patel)

Submitted 04-10-2017 under VOICES

Born and raised in Mexico City, Paola Mendivil came to Tijuana, Baja California when she was 12. She attended high school there before dropping out. At age 17, her family came to Grand Rapids. “My family and I came to Grand Rapids not knowing...

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'Championing female leaders of color in West Michigan'

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 03-17-2017 under NEWS

Shannon Cohen and Patricia Sosa VerDuin began having conversations about the representation of women of color in leadership in the news while they got to know each other as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows. Cohen is the...

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What did we learn about "Un día sin Inmigrantes"?

by (Paola R. Mendivil)

Submitted 02-20-2017 under OPINION

Leer este artículo en español | Read this article in Spanish   I remember it well. People did not show up for work, companies were operating without many employees, students missed school and thousands of businesses didn’t open their...

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