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Lisa Matthews with grandson

Racism in Grand Rapids: The cyclical fight against systemic oppression

Racist policies and biases continue to impede neighbors in the Madison Square community who are trying to gain equitable access to economic opportunities and health care. In spite of this, residents are empowering one another to fight the systemic oppression they are faced with every day.

Paula Collier

Dreams of equity: Southtown Sustainable Women’s Group lifts up community

Paula Collier, a resident of the Madison Square neighborhood and host of the Southtown Sustainable Women's Group at Seeds of Promise, is addressing racism by empowering women in her community.

Alice Johnson

Facing racism: The lasting effects of discrimination in GR's southeast community

Marked by a history of racism and segregation, members of Grand Rapids' southeast communities share the ways this has blocked access to fostering sustainable neighborhoods -- and how they are working to overcome these barriers.

South Division

City sets sights on equitable development for S. Division, Burton Heights & Grandville Ave

The city of Grand Rapids is aiming to develop South Division, Burton Heights, and Grandville Avenue into a Corridor Improvement District. To address gentrification and displacement, city officials are in the process of creating a plan with the community through the lens of equity. 

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VIDEO: On The Ground celebrates Burton Heights, South Division & Garfield Park

Meet the people who are living, working and organizing along the South Division corridor and in the Burton Heights and Garfield Park neighborhoods in our On The Ground video that celebrates the incredible work being done in this community.
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