The Rapidian

Government & Politics

Local Black Lives Matter chapter brings learning home from international retreat

Submitted 07-07-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

I went to an international Black Lives Matter retreat this summer, intent on bringing what I learned home to create encouragement and community building strategies to Grand Rapids.


Voters must register by July 7, participation encouraged in upcoming elections

Submitted 06-16-2015 under NEWS

In order to prepare for upcoming elections, citizens may obtain voter registration applications online or in person at various locations. Voters may go online to find their precinct where they are registered to vote.


Community Media Center to host citizen-driven mayoral candidate debate

Submitted 06-09-2015 under NONPROFITS

All four mayoral candidates will be in attendance for a debate forum at the Wealthy Theatre on Wednesday, July 15. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be broadcast live on GRTV and The Rapidian.


Mayor answers questions on upcoming elections, more in June City Connection

Submitted 06-01-2015 under NONPROFITS

Monday night at 5:00 p.m., Mayor Heartwell answered questions from local citizens on GRTV Channel 25 and livestreamed on The Rapidian.


Who pays the cost: Cycles of disinvestment, economic exclusion, gentrification, redlining still plague Grand Rapids

Submitted 05-26-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Ask yourself why there are pockets of generational poverty, visual areas of disinvestment, high crime rates, low performing schools and high unemployment rates in predominately African American and Latino neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Our place, your voices: Why I write for The Rapidian

Submitted 05-21-2015 under OPINION

Reflecting back on all the articles people have published over the years it is hard to imagine Grand Rapids before The Rapidian. So many individuals have added such phenomenal content that would not have been possible without this media platform. It is important for us to support The Rapidian.


Our place, your voices: Our democratic need for citizen journalists

Submitted 05-12-2015 under OPINION

The Rapidian’s model of citizen journalism means that all of us – not just those with money or influence – have a platform to share our stories and opinions with our community. We need all our voices if Grand Rapids is going to become the city we want it to be.


What's drugs got to do with it

Submitted 05-05-2015 under OPINION

On May 14, two of the nation's leading experts on the War on Drugs will be visiting Wealthy Theatre for a free event to help our community have a conversation about the effects of the current drug policy- and how we can change it.


City Connection hosts live conversation with Mayor Heartwell

Submitted 05-04-2015 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Heartwell answered questions live on Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m. He adressed citizen questions about water conservation, chickens, skateboarding, housing and many other concerns.


Hunger rate rises in West Michigan, Upper Peninsula according to new report

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report concluded that 49 million Americans struggled with hunger in 2013, including one in seven people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.