Racism

Human trafficking in Grand Rapids continues amid pandemic

by (Brett)

Submitted 07-10-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As Grand Rapidians and Americans continue openly confronting the issues of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the issue of human trafficking lingers on behind the scenes. It’s an issue not disconnected from the pandemic’s impacts or centuries...

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Struggling with Racism on the Fourth of July

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 07-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Doug Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute I am writing this week’s column on the Fourth of July, not in a big crowd watching fireworks, but quietly reflecting on our country, its history – both the good and the bad...

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Faith communities call for racial justice: A Jewish reflection

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-19-2020 under NONPROFITS

Note from Douglas Kindschi, Director Faith communities from Minneapolis to Washington to the Vatican have joined the chorus responding to the protests with calls for racial justice.  Evangelical responses in Minneapolis included helping in...

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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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Love in a Time of Pandemic

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 05-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

We welcome back Kelly Clark, as we continue our series from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute staff. Kelly has led grant-funded international projects developing interfaith conferences and writing with contributions from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim...

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Does the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association contract promote police officer misconduct?

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under OPINION

A citizen-based analysis of the current state of police-community relations in the City of Grand Rapids has revealed a consistent narrative: there is a clear resistance from the GRPD to accept accountability.   The pattern in practice of GRPD...

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Concerned community members speak at Kent County Commission Public Comment

by (Movimiento Cose...)

Submitted 10-12-2018 under NONPROFITS

After over three months of appeals to the Sheriff and the Kent County Commissioners, there has been no action by Kent County’s elected officials to end the unnecessary and violent contract with ICE.   GR Rapid Response to ICE receives...

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Backlash to Cosecha disruption at ArtPrize showcases problem with typical 'West Michigan nice'

by (Movimiento Cose...)

Submitted 09-25-2018 under NONPROFITS

Complicity with ICE by Kent CountyIn the last three months, organizers from Movimiento Cosecha GR and Grand Rapid Rapid Response to ICE have worked in partnership on a campaign to #EndTheContract between Kent County and Immigration and Customs...

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Catalyst Radio: Interview with Lyonel LaGrone on working towards a local human rights ordinance

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 08-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

On today’s Catalyst Radio hour, Lyonel LaGrone, Policy Liaison at Linc Up, will talk about his efforts to strengthen Grand Rapids’s civil rights ordinance in an effort to stop discrimination in our city. To learn more or get involved,...

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Meeting with Kent County officials ends with Movimiento Cosecha GR members walking out

by (jproth1)

Submitted 08-07-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Members of Movimiento Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE met with representatives from Kent County on Monday, August 6, 2018 to discuss ending the County's contract with ICE. The meeting, facilitated by Assistant County Administrator...

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