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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.

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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. 

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.

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How to end homelessness: Housing First founder Dr. Sam Tsemberis to speak in Grand Rapids

What does it take to ensure everyone in Grand Rapids has a place to call home? Dr. Sam Tsemberis, a clinical psychologist who founded the Housing First model that has significantly reduced homelessness in cities across the country, will tackle that question and more when he speaks in our city on Nov. 16.

Breannah Alexander

The nation we've made: On mobility for young people

Young people do not have a feasible pathway to economic mobility that is accessible or equitable. Breannah Alexander, of Partners for a Racism-Free Community and Opportunity Nation, explains why this matters, and what can be done to bring about the change that is needed.
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