Mutually Inclusive

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Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Denavvia Mojet, Strategic Communications Coordinator with LINC UP here to talk about their programming and events. Joining the discussion from WGVU are grant writer, Steve Chappell, and inclusion reporter, Mariano Avila.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Alice Jasper, Associate Program Director with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, here to talk about their programming and events, including a joint activity with WGVU on January 25th, a “World Café,” focusing on race relations during the Vietnam War era, 1955-1975. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Medical marijuana shop in Denver.
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Marijuana in Michigan is poised to be a big story for 2018. But what its legalization means to different communities is a complex question. 

Let’s start with the legal story. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed back in 2008. But who could sell, grow, or transport, it was not clearly outlined. Bob Hendricks is a legal expert with Wrigley, Hoffman and Hendricks, a firm with an established medical marijuana business practice. Hendricks says after the act passed, dispensaries started popping up everywhere.

As 2017 wraps up, WGVU’s Mariano Avila asked four questions of four West Michigan leaders working with our most vulnerable communities. As part of WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, here is his interview with Tami VandenBerg.

[Mariano Avila] Tami Vandenberg owns The Pyramid Scheme and the Meanwhile, two popular Grand Rapids bars. Somehow, she also finds time to direct Well House, a housing-first nonprofit addressing homelessness. At a downtown coffee shop I ask what changed for her in 2017.

Mariano Avila

As 2017 wraps up, we asked four questions of four West Michigan leaders working with our most vulnerable communities.

[Mariano Avila] Hugo Claudin works at the Red Project helping folks living with HIV. He is also the curator of Mexicains Sans Frontieres—a gallery on South Division that brings jazz and Avant guard shows to Grand Rapids. He’s trim, middle-aged, wears black on most days and is a transplant from Mexico City. First I ask what changed in 2017.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

In the wake of community outcry over the Grand Rapids police officer who cuffed 11-year-old Honestie Hodges, Grand Rapids Area Pastors invited the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and GRPD leaders and advocates to dialog yesterday at Abney Academy Elementary. 

Ace Marasigan

 Picture a walkway lined with star-shaped lanterns, made by hand out of bamboo and brightly-colored cellophane, that light the way to church for the nine days leading up to Christmas Eve. That’s a new event in Grand Rapids that the Filipino Cultural Group of Michigan hopes to make a city tradition.

“You know, in the Philippines the symbol of that parol is so meaningful, it symbolizes the star of Bethlehem, but it’s also a tradition because in 1908 this guy named Francisco (he’s the first guy who started this tradition), it was a way to light up a way to church.

Inclusion and Equity

Dec 8, 2017

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Mariano Avila, WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, providing results of our recently concluded grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.  Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

  A group of Hope College students identifying as LGBT and People of Color started a campaign to amplify 95 stories of discrimination and disrespect on campus. 

Joshua Kam is generally well regarded by faculty and peers, when I meet him on Hope’s campus, he exudes politeness as he tells me why he stepped out of the choir formation on Sunday to disrupt his third and final Vespers concert as means to promote of his 95 Stories campaign.

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, Founder & CEO of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative speaking about their work to change the lives of our most vulnerable children through the power of education. We will discuss their program, Empowering Parents Impacting Children. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

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