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Passing the Mic: East Hills Council of Neighbors answers, "What are you finding people saying about Black Lives Matter and reallocation or defunding of police?"

Maggi Rivera from East Hills Council of Neighbors responds to Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association's Fran Dalton.

East Hills Council of Neighbors

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East Hills is composed of seven neighborhoods on Grand Rapids' southeast side: Fitch Corners, Diamond Gate, Congress Park, Orchard Hill, Wealthy Heights, Fairmount Square, and the Cherry Hill inclusive of the East Hills, East Fulton, and Wealthy Street business districts.

Fran Dalton, neighborhood organizer at Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations:

  • "In this recent environment with Black Lives Matter and the trend to looking at reallocation or defunding of police, I'm wondering what other neighborhood associations are finding people saying about that?"

Maggi Rivera, Executive Director at East Hills Council of Neighbors, responds, and passes a question on to other neighborhood associations in the city:

  • "Since the city is doing their Master Plan for the next twenty years . . . beyond 2040, where do we see neighborhood associations? What do we see in them?"


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