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ACLU West Michigan hosts National Political Director Faiz Shakir

Faiz Shakir, the new national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the special guest speaker at the ACLU of Michigan Standing Together for Justice Annual Luncheon on Thursday, May 11 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Starting his new position in January of this year, Shakir has already made great strides as one the youngest senior staff members of the 97-year old organization. With the goal of implementing grass-roots organizing on a national scale, Shakir aims to reimagine the mission of the ACLU to empower everyone to be an agent for change. 

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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.

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.

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.

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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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