social justice

New Ordinances Proposed by Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Receive Pushback from Activists and Community Members

by (AlaynnaDressler)

Submitted 12-16-2022 under NEWS

At its meeting on December 6, the Grand Rapids City Commission received and filed a communication from Joshua Lunger, the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. In this communication, the...

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Food Without Barriers: An Interview with Lisa Oliver King from Our Kitchen Table

by (Kent County Foo...)

Submitted 10-28-2021 under NONPROFITS

Earlier this year, the Kent County Food Policy Council launched to strengthen and grow the food system in Kent County. As we build momentum, discuss, and prioritize issues, we are gathering information and engaging with our...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it selfish to enjoy our own resources when others are in need?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-29-2018 under OPINION

Doug Van Doren, the pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ, responds: “Care for the marginalized was clearly Jesus’ example and is absolutely central to the Gospel. Thus it must be the orientation of a follower. Here are but a few...

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State Rep. Runestad pushes changes to Child Custody Act which prioritize rights of parents over children

by (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 08-18-2017 under OPINION

A bill is being proposed for a Michigan house floor vote this fall which would make radical changes to the Michigan Child Custody Act. House Bill 4691, which would rename the legislature to the Michigan Shared Custody Act, would automatically divide...

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Sharing best practices in ending homelessness at home

by (Jeffrey Clayton King)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25, 2017 – Grand Rapids based nonprofit housing agency, Community Rebuilders, has been selected as a host-site for the 2017 Transatlantic Partnership program. The Transatlantic Practice Exchange (the Exchange)...

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In Grand Rapids, equity work is co-opted for influence

by (balexander)

Submitted 04-07-2017 under OPINION

In the age of co-opted movements for the sake of advertisements gone terribly wrong (hey Pepsi, what's good?), the best way to look at a community’s commitment to equity is to look at the way it treats its organizers. My time in Grand...

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Student behind viral photo offers solutions during GVSU visit

by (fleuryj)

Submitted 10-06-2016 under NEWS

Leighton Watson, a 2014 graduate of the historically-black undergraduate college Howard University, is a West Michigan native who served as an advisor on President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing during the Ferguson crisis. He...

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Black healing matters

by (Briana)

Submitted 07-13-2016 under OPINION

This past week has not been easy to say the least. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have once again galvanized the country to speak out, to activate, to demonstrate, to say "Enough is enough." Black lives matter, Black...

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AFL-CIO Organizing Institute

by (Kent-Ionia Labo...)

Submitted 06-29-2016 under

The AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute (OI) will be rolling into west Michigan this summer– and if you’re interested in a job as a professional union organizer, or want to learn how to effectively run an internal organizing campaign at...

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Catalyst Radio: faith, LGBTQ+ communities, and spiritual violence

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 02-05-2016 under OPINION

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW In this episode of Catalyst Radio, we talk with Scott Burden, Graduate Assistant of the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley...

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