Community updates: Friday, Oct. 15

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 10-15-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids renames streets for Martin Luther King Jr., César Chávez Grand Rapids city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the renaming of two major city streets in honor of civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and César E. Chávez....

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Refugees are a blessing, not a burden

by (BarbaraHampton)

Submitted 06-18-2021 under OPINION

If you don’t want to live a boring life – if you want to live a full, rich life – you should get involved with refugees. That’s what I have found through my work in Grand Rapids. After my retirement, I began teaching English...

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Grand Rapids Organizations Impacted by Lowest Refugee Cap in US History

by (hadaribeiro)

Submitted 10-06-2020 under NEWS

“My name is Moo Kler. I came as a refugee. I was born in Burma and moved to Thailand when I was little, maybe two or three years old. We fled from the government and had to move to a refugee camp; we then became refugees. I lived in a...

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Catalyst Radio: Refugee Education Center aims to help refugee children and families in West Michigan

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 12-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Host Jenny Kinne speaks with Susan Kragt, executive director of the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Refugee Education Center. The mission of the organization is to help refugee families who are already living here and who want to integrate more fully...

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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist: Kelly Davis at ArtPrize 9

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

The Rapidian and GRTV interviewed a variety of audience members after the Jurors' Shortlist event to get their reactions with the help of Community Journalist, Jim Moreno and Cameraman, Brandon Cooley. Community member Kelly Davis discusses...

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Justice for our Neighbors West Michigan provides legal services to refugees, immigrants

by (GRTV)

Submitted 05-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Raquel Owens, Site Director from Justice For Our Neighbors West Michigan, discusses some of the options for our community's immigrant and refugee population.  With the site...

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Refugee students serve those in need at Union High School

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

If you need food and you visit the Mobile Pantry at Union High School, chances are the person who serves you will be a refugee. Refugee students, explains school improvement facilitator Halima Ismail, are at the heart of Union's partnership with...

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Our call to stand with refugees

by (worldrenew)

Submitted 02-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

"I am not an immigrant. There are relatively few of us who can say this, but I am one of the Native Americans that can make that claim. I remember the waves of immigrants who have washed over this country, not all honoring the people already...

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Photo gallery of protest at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under NEWS

The protest at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport took place Sunday along with other protests nationwide in response to President Trump's executive order banning refugees and many other citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Bethany Christian Services helps refugee families adjust to life in West Michigan

by (GRTV)

Submitted 12-21-2016 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Nathan Slauer, VISTA Leader at Bethany Christian Services, discusses the current refugee crisis, the refugee resettlement efforts of the organization, and how folks in the community can get...

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