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Chavez

Rapid Blog: I’m white, I’m racist, and so is our immigration system

This op-ed is part of Rapid Growth's Rapid Blog series, which highlights the voices of leaders making positive change in Grand Rapids. This week's post from Attorney Liz Balck Monsma is a response to President Trump's removal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Kate Kooyman

Rapid Blog: Fighting for Immigrant Rights...When You’re Not an Immigrant

In this edition of Rapid Blog, local pastor Kate Kooyman explores the issue of solidarity in light of the three U.S. citizens arrested in Grand Rapids who were protesting recent deportation policies. Kooyman writes "there is an important place for non-immigrants in the struggle to ensure that Grand Rapids a place where immigrants can survive, thrive, and belong." 

FTtami

Rapid Blog: On policing, policy and metrics–and a safer city for all of us

"The officers pointed guns at the kids while one cried hysterically and another begged, “Don’t shoot me.” After five unarmed African American boys were stopped at gunpoint by police, Well House Executive Director and community leader Tami VandenBerg takes a look at what the community can do, and what other cities have done, to address police procedure and community engagement with the local police force.

FaizShakir

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. 

FTdiversity

Diversity in law: What can Grand Rapids do to keep its attorneys of color?

In a city where less than 3 percent of law partners are people of color, and as Cooley Law School graduates turn to other Michigan cities for work, what can Grand Rapids do to retain, and attract, minority attorneys?
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