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Community updates: Saturday, June 13

Submitted 06-13-2020 under NEWS

Michigan salons and barbershops reopening Monday, most Kent County offices reopening Monday, and LINC UP, Urban Core Collective, and NAACP Grand Rapids respond to city leaders' changes to improve policing.


Amid racism and protests, can we find hope?

Submitted 06-12-2020 under NONPROFITS

Facing the challenges of racism and political protest, how will the religious traditions respond? Faith communities from conservative to progressive are responding and finding resources to respond with hope.


Community updates: Wednesday, June 10

Submitted 06-10-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids leaders announce operational changes to improve policing, ArtPrize 2020 cancelled over pandemic concerns, and Grand Rapids Windows project turns downtown Grand Rapids' boarded windows into murals promoting racial justice.


Community updates: Monday, June 8

Submitted 06-08-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids leaders hosting digital town hall on policing on Wednesday, LINC UP, Urban Core Collective, and NAACP Grand Rapids respond to city plans for improved police-community relations, Grand Rapids Public Library eliminating overdue fines, and more.


Grand Rapids Community Media Center kicking off live virtual concert series on Monday

Submitted 06-07-2020 under NEWS

Set in Wealthy Theatre's historic theatre space, "WYCE at Wealthy" offers music fans a chance to enjoy live performances from local artists almost three months into continued concert venue shutdowns in West Michigan.


Community updates: Friday, June 5

Submitted 06-05-2020 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids reopening park amenities and city buildings with restrictions, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. resuming Pop Up Performer program, and Gov. Whitmer announces Michigan police reform plans.


Rights and responsibility, how does one act?

Submitted 06-05-2020 under NONPROFITS

In our current environment we need a balance between rights and responsibility. What are the limit to our rights if they bring harm others? What does our faith teach us?


Reflections on Violence: A Letter from Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanity's CEO

Submitted 06-04-2020 under NONPROFITS

Earlier this week Steffanie Rosalez, CEO of Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, issued a powerful reflection on this weekend's protest to her organization's network and the community at large. We asked her to share it with The Rapidian readership as well.


Community updates: Wednesday, June 3

Submitted 06-03-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids leaders extend civil emergency and take action to improve police-community relations, Kent County Health Department expands COVID-19 testing sites, and Kent County Parks reopening with restrictions.


Community updates: Monday, June 1

Submitted 06-01-2020 under NEWS

Peaceful protests return before Grand Rapids curfew, as Gov. Whitmer lifts "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.