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Building equity, opportunity in greater Grand Rapids

November 10, 2015

by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DowntownGR) on Tuesday Nov 10th, 2015 11:30am in Place Matters The final draft of the GR Forward plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 12. The plan emphasizes racial equity and inclusive economic growth. Signs of renaissance abound in the City of Grand Rapids. Cranes and construction dominate the urban...

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Neighborhood awards celebrate best of the city

November 06, 2015

Rachel Weick, Grand Rapids Business Journal Neighborhood Ventures and the Neighborhood Business Alliance celebrated more than 90 businesses out of nearly 1,700 located in 20 districts at the 26th Annual Neighborhood Business Awards last week. The awards program, which took place Nov. 5 at Wealthy Theatre, recognizes new businesses, notable neighborhood economic development successes,...

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G.R. state House, city commission candidates hold forum

October 30, 2015

(Photo: WZZM) WZZM 13 Staff, WZZM 13 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Voters Thursday night asked questions of the candidates running for state Representative and Grand Rapids city commission. LINC Community Revitalization hosted a forum. Three candidates for the 75th district seat shared their plans for the community if elected. The seat was left open after Brandon Dillon resigned...

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Leaders talk relations between police and minorities

October 28, 2015

STORY BY: Evan Dean, WOOD TV 8 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo, and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore are just two of several instances that have sparked controversy, fueled protests and raised questions about police officers and their treatment of minorities. Wednesday night, the American Civil Liberties Union held a panel...

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WMU-Cooley symposium sparks debate on impact of police using military equipment

October 28, 2015

STORY BY: LegalNews.com On Thursday, Oct. 22, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus hosted the annual student-organized WMU-Cooley Law Review Symposium. This year’s panel discussion, “The Legal Consequences of Police Militarization,” focused on impact of equipment used by police forces as well as recent attacks on police. National experts and community...

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'Blue Lives Matter' billboards pop up across USA, stir controversy

October 14, 2015

Story by: Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY (Photo: Tactical Magic) Activists focused on eliminating racial profiling, police brutality and officer-involved killings have chanted, tweeted and held signs saying #BlackLivesMatter for more than a year as the nation debates criminal justice reforms and people of color. Now, Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising has...

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