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On the Ground: The Heart of Grandville Avenue

Welcome to the On the Ground GR. For 12 weeks, this series will highlight and celebrate the communities found touching Grandville Avenue of Grand Rapids.

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VIDEO: On The Ground highlights the Southeast Community of Grand Rapids

Learn about the people who are mobilizing, living and working on the southeast community of Grand Rapids in our On The Ground Video celebrating the threads connecting these communities to each other. 

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Intersections of race and class: The food divide in Grand Rapids' southeast community

What is your income? Where do you live? What color is your skin? These questions shouldn't matter when it comes to getting food. But they do, and residents and organizers in southeast Grand Rapids are working to change this by providing equitable access to affordable and healthy food for everyone.

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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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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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