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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss speaks in her first state of the city address.

After school activities at the Cook Arts Center includes hip hop dance.

Children sing during a special MLK service at New Hope Baptist Church.

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Grand Rapids entrepreneurs link arms with nonprofits to fight sex trafficking

When Heidi VanderWal and Danielle DeSmit learned that thousands of people — women, children and men — are victims of human trafficking in West Michigan every year, they knew they needed to do something to combat an epidemic that ensnares millions of individuals across the globe, including in Grand Rapids’ own neighborhoods.

Jacqui Patterson

Civil rights and environment: GR conference to tackle what racism means for health

People of color are dying, or sickened, for reasons that are completely preventable through addressing racism and racial disparities. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s fifth annual Women and the Environment Symposium will tackle these issues in an attempt to create more environmentally just communities.

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Sunday Assembly: A church for the unchurched

In Grand Rapids, it’s not unusual to be asked, upon first meeting someone, “Where do you go to church?” For an increasing number of people throughout the United States, and even here in Grand Rapids, the answer to that question is, “I don’t.”

Carl Erickson

Rapid Blog: Atomic Object's CEO on discrimination & when being good isn't good enough

Taking a stand against discrimination in the workplace is the right thing to do — and it's good for business.

FTtommy

G-Sync: The Perils of Tommy Allen (Adventures in Gigland)

As our gig economy expands throughout Grand Rapids, and the United States, who is profiting from it? And who isn't?

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UIX Blog: Crowdfunding data shows patterns by industry

There are more ways than ever now for people to get help funding their projects. Legislation four years ago cleared the way for crowdfunding platforms to help connect those with a need to those who can chip in, and West Michigan is home to many of those connections.

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