Mutually Inclusive

On Tuesday, The Rodriguez-Garcia and Espinosa Family were one of the ten contestants out of 100, who received $20,000 in the 100 Ideas, a citywide pitch competition launched by Start Garden. What made them win – you might ask. Their start-up business, Soldadera Coffee a family owned small business whose goal is to bring a cold brew to the community. 

Mario Rodriguez takes care of the general management of the company, explains that the inspiration behind the coffee is their Grandmother Cristina, a social and political activist from Mexico. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Gema Lowe, community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha GR. Joining the discussion is WGVU inclusion reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo, and WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

John Rothwell / The Rapidian

This Spring close to 3,000 children were separated at their border from their parents by U.S. Immigration authorities before U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw rules last week that the Trump administration had until July 10 to reunite migrant children under the age of five with their families and until July 26 to reunite the rest. 

Gloria Trejo: living as an asylum seeker in the United States

Jul 10, 2018

 

Gloria Trejo, writer, poet, teacher, mother and asylum seeker from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. This is a personal story from a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan who came to the United States in 2012 with her son fleeing from violence and seeking asylum. 

The months before she had to enter the United States, Trejo’s son, Javier, whose name we have changed to protect his identity, was kidnapped. It was an organized crime and she lost everything in the efforts of trying to get her son back.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome from First Steps, Annemarie Valdez, President & CEO, and Heather Boswell, Senior Director of Operations & Projects. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

 

To understand the United States immigration system requires a grasp on the labels individuals coming into the country receive from the government, explains Kelsey Herbert, the Immigration Mobilizer for the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice. 

“When someone comes as an immigrant – they are living permanently and then if you are coming temporarily you would come under a non-immigrant visa, and a non-immigrant visa does not lead to a green card or legal permanent residency which would lead to citizenship.”

 

Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Historically Black Americans and Latinx individuals have been significantly underrepresented among the Occupational Therapist profession. 

For Jones, the profession gives him the opportunity to help other using a diversity of skills.  

Residents demand an end to Kent County's contract with ICE

Jun 29, 2018
Organizers from Movimiento Cosecha Gr give public comment at the Kent County Commission meeting
Michelle Jokisch Polo / WGVU

Early morning on June 28th about 100 people gathered at the Kent County Commission Meeting Downtown Grand Rapids give speak up against the contract between ICE and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. 

Sergio Cira Reyes is a resident of Kent County and a formerly undocumented immigrant, who organized the protest in hopes of holding the government bodies accountable. 

Commissioner Jim Saalfeld of District 11 and Board Chair, shut down the meeting turning off the microphone and livestream.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we speak with Javier Cervantes, Community Liaison with LINC UP about their upcoming Rock the Block event on June 9.  Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we speak with WGVU's Inclusion Reporter, Mariano Avila, about reliable journalism, the role of storytelling in public media and providing people in our community with platforms to tell their own stories. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from  the W.K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at increasing West Michigan’s capacity to influence public narrative affecting children and families of color.

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