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On The Ground


In a world of uncertainty & struggle, advocates give voice to parents and students

Patty Eilers, resident of the Southeast community of Grand Rapids

Rising rents & displacement: The need for affordable housing in Grand Rapids

Herman Lee

'This city needs to wake up': The fight for affordable housing in Grand Rapids


From hip-hop to Islam to oils: How a Madison Square entrepreneur launched his one-of-a-kind business

Sharae Anderson

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

Lisa Matthews with grandson

Racism in Grand Rapids: The cyclical fight against systemic oppression

Paula Collier

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

Alice Johnson

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

South Division

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

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

Mindy Ysasi

'How much more can this person take?' Residents & community groups fight for access to everyday life


Speaking the language of community: Burton Heights & Garfield Park faith leaders focus on organizing


An apple a day is the new Burton way: How students of color are gaining access to the tech sector

Samantha Orozco

In underserved communities, providers tackle barriers to health care through empowerment & advocacy


The strength of South Division: Working class forms the avenue's backbone

Raul Alvarez

With innovation and creativity, South Division food entrepreneurs carve out space for dreams

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