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Navigating the waters of adoption and reunion: What is my story?

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 10-30-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This piece was written by John Glass. Growing up being adopted never felt terribly unusual. I had wonderful parents, a great sister, & an older brother who I idolized and was also adopted. To my parent’s credit, I always knew I was...

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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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New ordinance proposal calls for Civil Rights Department, robust anti-discrimination legislation in Grand Rapids

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-13-2018 under NEWS

“The citizens in Grand Rapids are totally unprotected from discrimination, totally. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has a couple good investigators and I mean a couple,” says Lyonel LaGrone, Policy Liaison for LINC UP, a local...

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Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

According to the City’s Traffic Stop Data Analysis study, Black drivers in the city of Grand Rapids are twice as likely to be pulled over by police as white drivers. The discussion of these results and the study's recommendations brought...

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Local lawyer to focus on ever-changing business aspects of marijuana law

by (NGarbaty)

Submitted 08-24-2015 under NEWS

With two Michigan organizations currently seeking more than 250,000 signatures to beat the Christmas deadline for getting their ballot proposals on the November 2016 ballot, local lawyer Robert Hendricks has been noticing a need in assisting those...

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Crossing Borders

by (DominicanCenter...)

Submitted 10-02-2013 under NONPROFITS

THE PROGRAM Offered at Dominican Center at Marywood, this six-session course, designed by JustFaith Ministries, offers the opportunity for prayer, reading and reflection about the issue of immigration.  We will explore public policy positions...

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We need immigrants

by (Benjamin Siekmeier)

Submitted 05-04-2012 under OPINION

Javier*, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, just got back from Guatemala 10 days ago. He had been deported a year and a half ago after he lost the case for his papers. Everybody knew he would come back. He is a noble man who would never abandon his wife and...

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