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Chief Rahinsky and Mari Beth Jelks speak about the traffic stop study during a public meeting.

Racial profiling in Grand Rapids: How the city is tackling major changes in law enforcement

A new study confirms what many people of color have known for years: black drivers are far more likely to be stopped by police in Grand Rapids than white motorists. Now, city officials and community leaders are planning for widespread systemic change to address racism and racial bias in law enforcement.

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G-Sync: Words, like “I’m sorry,” still matter in this modern world

In Grand Rapids, a group of mothers whose unarmed sons were stopped at gunpoint by police are seeking an apology, and it is Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen's hope that they get it. Here, Allen explains why he believes an "I'm sorry" is not only possible, but necessary.

Shukri Bana

RapidChat: Shukri Bana on growing up Muslim in post-9/11 America, feminism, empowering youth & more

Post-9/11, growing up Muslim in the United States has posed some unique challenges for Shukri Bana. From a young age, there was an intense pressure to not be seen or read as a threat. Voicelessness was one of her biggest fears, but she has since gone on to learn that there is no such thing—and she's working to make sure others understand the same.

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Together in faith on Burton Street

How do we begin to change the cultural narrative of hate, anxiety and fear towards people of different faiths? For these three congregations in Grand Rapids, the answer starts with sharing food and creating new friendships together on Burton Street.

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Unidos en la fe en la Calle Burton

¿Como cambiamos la conversación de odio, ansiedad y temor hacia a individuos perteneciendo a otras tradiciones de fe? Para estas tres congregaciones de Grand Rapids el cambio inicia cuando se comparte más que una comida, buscando el desarrollar amistades en la calle Burton.

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Military veterans find good fit in Michigan’s agricultural jobs

Military veterans' leadership training, skills, and perspective give them a grounding they need to help meet the challenges of producing food and rebuilding rural and urban communities. In Michigan, these protectors are turning into agricultural producers. 

Technology changes have transformed dashboards of today's cars, with more features and more manufacturing sophistication.

Tomorrow's automobile: Grand Rapids is shaping the future of transportation in the United States

While Grand Rapids may be known for its furniture or beer, there's another major part of this city's economy that's growing: the automotive industry. The region boasts companies and leaders in the field who are forever changing the way we drive cars in the United States.

Chip LaFleur

Rapid Blog: Your privacy and our elections, now for sale

As the president and founder of LaFleur Marketing, a Grand Rapids-based digital marketing company, Chip LaFleur understands how data is gathered and used to influence individuals' behavior in advertising. Now, he is witnessing the same tools being used to manipulate voter behavior and other aspects of the United States' democratic processes. Here, he explains what that means for our country.

Kasandra Lott, gerente de Linc Up Soul Food Cafe

'It shows anyone can do anything': How Linc Up Soul Food Café is driving change

As southeast Grand Rapids faces gentrification, Linc Up Soul Food Café Manager Kassandra Lott hopes her restaurant will inspire support for businesses owned by people of color and will serve as a beacon of hope for the community.

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'Esto demuestra que todo es posible': Como Linc Up Soul Food Café esta desarrollando un cambio

Así como la comunidad sureste de Grand Rapids se enfrenta a los cambios ocurriendo en el vecindario, la gerente de Linc Up Soul Food Café, Kasandra Lott espera que su restaurante inspire apoyo hacia negocios perteneciendo a personas de grupos minoritarios raciales y de esta manera sirva como una luz de esperanza para la comunidad.

Rebeca Velazquez-Publes resident of the SE neighborhood of GR

'How do we rally for one another?' For Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, a life of fighting oppression

Rebeca Velazques-Publes, a resident of the southeast neighborhood, shares how making Grand Rapids a welcoming city has, for her, involved building an intentional community and raising awareness of the ways people of color are excluded in the area.

Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, resident of the southeast neighborhood

¿Como nos fortalecemos? Para Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, una vida luchando contra la opresión

Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, residente del vecindario del sureste,  nos comparte aqui, como hacer de Grand Rapids una ciudad acogedora y para ella esto involucra desarrollar una comunidad con proposito y elevar la consciencia en los lugares dende las personas afro americanas de la ciudad estan siendo excluidas.

Tony Baker

Trump budget would be disastrous for GRPS after-school programs: Board of Education's Tony Baker

If Congress approves President Donald Trump’s budget as proposed, Grand Rapids Public Schools would lose $4 million to support its after-school work. GRPS Board of Education Treasurer Tony Baker explains what that would mean for the district.

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Agricultural skilled trades offer job opportunities for Michiganders

What does not require a four-year college education, is in demand, and pays well? Skilled-trade food and ag jobs. And the opportunities are out there across Michigan.

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How the Grand Rapids Children's Museum became one of Michigan's best spaces for kids with autism

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum has, for years, made sure that the space is a safe and friendly place for all children, including those who are on the autism spectrum. Thanks to its autism-friendly programming, the museum has now been named one of the best places in all of Michigan for children on the spectrum.
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