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The people changing our city: A day in the life of SE community leader Tommie Johnson

This past week, we had the great privilege to spend a day with Tommie Johnson: a teacher, advocate and resident of the southeast community of Grand Rapids.

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Las personas transformando nuestra ciudad: un día en la vida de un líder del SE de GR Tommie Johnson

La semana pasada tuvimos el gran privilegio y oportunidad de pasar un día en la vida de Tommie Johnson: maestro, defensor de la comunidad y residente del sureste de Grand Rapids.

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From organic farming to affording groceries: How the Farm Bill shapes GR's food landscape

Why should you care about the Farm Bill if you're not a farmer? Well, for starters, the legislation that's expected to be renewed next year could seriously harm farmers' markets and smaller farms. Leaders in Grand Rapids' food and agriculture scene explain what this massive bill could mean for our city, and why residents need to be paying attention.

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A brutal (and joyful) honesty: GR Poet Laureate Marcel Price shines light on mental health, race

Marcel "Fable" Price is breaking all kinds of barriers with his poetry, and now he's doing the same by being appointed the Grand Rapids poet laureate. A writer who uses his words to tackle mental illness and racial identity, Price is the first person of color, as well as the youngest individual, to be named the city's poet laureate. 

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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. 

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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.
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