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Sharae Anderson

Fighting for life behind bars: West Michigan advocates work to reform prison system

In Michigan, close to 41,000 people are in prison. Sharae Anderson, a resident of the Madison Square neighborhood, shares how her experience of inhumane treatment at a correctional facility has inspired her to advocate for others.

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Peleando por una vida después de la cárcel: defensores exigen reformas penitenciarias

En el estado de Michigan 41,000 personas están en la cárcel. Sharae Anderson, residente del vecindario de Madison Square, comparte como su historia del abuso que sufrió mientras estaba en la cárcel la ha inspirado a ayudar a los demás. 

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A day without immigrants: Marching for justice in Grand Rapids

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Grand Rapids and Wyoming for the "Day Without Immigrants" march, joining individuals across the country who protested President Donald Trump's immigration policies. In our city, the peaceful procession emphasized the crucial role that immigrants play in the U.S. economy and called for the Trump administration to respect and protect our country's immigrants.

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How does Grand Rapids become stronger? By ensuring other cities do too

When growing a strong entrepreneurial community, it's often in our nature to compete for the resources we need to succeed. But, vibrant communities get even stronger when they turn to their neighbors to collaborate rather than compete — and Grand Rapids is doing just that.

Shannon Cohen

No more 'West Michigan nice': It's time to talk about race, gender & leadership in the workplace

A new research project tells the stories of female leaders of color in West Michigan, and the women's words make it clear: we must be better when it comes to fighting, and acknowledging, racism and sexism in the workplace.

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UIX: Homeless youth call 3:11 for the keys to true independence

More than 2,000 young people are homeless in Kent County every night. Of those who can find a bed for the night, the following day may not be as dim. And for those who find 3:11 Youth Housing, there's a path toward opportunity, growth and change.

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