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LINC Soul Food Cafe Closing

June 19, 2017

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT It is with great sadness that we inform you that after four years of serving the community the LINC Soul Food Cafe is permanently closing its doors effective June 19, 2017. These past four years, the Cafe has been a gathering place where community is built, and we know many of you have been part of it. The decision was necessary to allow a better focus on other...

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Report: Michigan communities, water face twin assaults from environmental budget cuts

June 14, 2017

LCV, MEC urge lawmakers to consider combined impact of state, federal proposals LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are rushing to pass budgets that slash core environmental programs -- especially ones protecting our lakes and waterways -- without considering the dire impacts they will have when combined with likely cuts at the federal level, a new report from the Michigan Environmental...

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Findings and Recommendations of the May 23rd Community Meeting

June 01, 2017

On May 24, 2017, LINC Up, NAACP of Greater Grand Rapids and Micah Center hosted a community conversation for residents to give feedback on the City of Grand Rapids’ progress on the “12 Point Plan” that was adopted in 2015. Over 100 residents attended this meeting and shared their questions, concerns and hopes. Residents were broken into small groups of 10, while facilitators...

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Residents question progress of 12-point plan to improve police relations

May 24, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Taking ownership of Grand Rapids' 12-point plan for improving relations between police and the community was the theme Tuesday evening during a community meeting on the city's Southeast Side. More than 80 members of the public attended the session to raise questions and come up with recommendations to be presented to the city commission in regards...

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Meeting held to improve police-community relations in Grand Rapids

May 23, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A meeting was held Tuesday night in Grand Rapids to discuss the current state of police community relations. It was organized by the NAACP, Micah Center, and LINC. "We definitely need more patrols out in parts of the community, I'm hearing a lot of complaints about that," says Loretta Walton, a resident of Grand Rapids for more than 30 years. Recent...

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City, local groups working to repair GR police and community relationships after traffic study

May 23, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Tensions are still high over traffic study results released last month that showed black drivers are 2.5 times more likely to get pulled over in Grand Rapids. The city and local groups are trying to mend the relationship between police and the community, but many have different opinions on how that should be accomplished. City leaders said at Tuesday's...

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