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Policing critiques sought by Grand Rapids advocacy groups

May 22, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Community organizations advocating for changes in how Grand Rapids' minority neighborhoods are policed aren't waiting for city officials to make the first move. Rather, they've scheduled a community engagement meeting that competes with a Grand Rapids city commission meeting Tuesday, May 23. LINC Up, the Grand Rapids Bureau of the NAACP and the...

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LINC Up Cafe: A Training Ground for Residents Serving Up Delicious and Safe Dishes

May 16, 2017

You may have seen a news story last night regarding violations found at the LINC Up Soul Food Cafe by the health department since we opened to serve the community in 2014. (As an important point of interest, you should be aware that we have never been fined nor asked to close due to health violations.) For those of you that did not know, LINC Up Soul Food Cafe is a workforce development...

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How coworking spaces are growing an entrepreneurial community in Grand Rapids

April 27, 2017

The Oxford Dictionary defines coworking as “the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas and knowledge." According to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, by year-end, there will be approximately 14,000 operational coworking spaces worldwide. Additionally, the...

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Commission rejects 'knee-jerk' response to Grand Rapids traffic stop study

April 25, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom proposed an aggressive response Tuesday to eradicate racial bias from the city's police department, but he didn't find the full support of the city commission with his approach. Tuesday was the first meeting of the commission since unsettling results of a traffic stop study were released last week that showed black drivers...

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News: 'I Do Not Want to Die:' Michigan Police Hold 5 Unarmed Black Kids at Gunpoint in Case of Mistaken Identity

April 25, 2017

Grand Rapids police chief defended his officers after a video was released of them holding five unarmed boys at gunpoint. Video from BET.com

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Controversial police footage shows unarmed youths detained at gunpoint in Grand Rapids

April 25, 2017

A Grand Rapids, Michigan, mother is speaking out after a video was released showing officers holding a group of unarmed black teens, including her 14-year-old son, at gunpoint on the ground. "Guys, get on the ground. Keep your hands out," a Grand Rapids police officer tells a group of youths in the video. "Just follow our directions and we'll be all right, OK?" This...

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