Daniel Boothe

As demolition begins on the BC Cobb Power Plant in Muskegon, Union laborers are protesting  North-Carolina based company Forsite Development outsourcing the demolition and reconstruction of the plant to out of state workers.

“With Muskegon as we know, there is a lot of skilled labor of men and women here, that could perform this work,” Bill Kenney, the President of the Michigan Building Trades and Construction West Michigan chapter said. “So it’s important to us that with the medium income in Muskegon County being only $27,000, there are people that need work.”

An energy industry group says a video game created by a Michigan State University assistant professor encourages "eco-terrorism" by enabling players to zap imaginary oil pipelines with lightning bolts, although the developer says it doesn't advocate violence. The game is called "Thunderbird Strike."

Hundreds of students walked out of classes and blocked streets at University of Michigan as part of a planned weeklong protest against racism. The demonstrations at the Ann Arbor school began Monday morning and included people blocking roads and sitting on medians studying. Some buses had to be rerouted and students sought other stops. Traffic resumed within about an hour.

Traverse City vigil calls for united stand against racism

Aug 14, 2017

Residents of a predominantly white community in northern Michigan are speaking out against racism in response to a white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Traverse City, some carrying U.S. flags and placards with slogans such as "Hatred is not a family value." 

Daniel Boothe

In the aftermath of the chaotic and deadly white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, hundreds of people packed Rosa Park Circle in downtown Grand Rapids Sunday evening to stand in solidarity with “their fallen comrade” and protest white nationalism. On Saturday, 32-year-old Heather Heyer lost her life protesting a white supremacist march in Charlottesville when a car driven by 20-year-old James Alex Field Junior intentionally ploughed into the group of protestors.

Daniel Boothe

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was back in town for a tour of Grand Rapids Community College, as simultaneously demonstrators outside protested her education policy. The Secretary is on a nationwide tour of colleges that provide students alternative ways to enter the workforce other than earning a four year degree.   

“There are so many pathways to a higher education, and Grand Rapids Community College really embodies the best of these opportunities for students,” DeVos said.  

GRPD badge
Grand Rapids Police Department /

Police have arrested three demonstrators after a Grand Rapids protest against federal immigration policy blocked traffic.

MLive reports about 40 people participated in the protest Thursday that at one point blocked traffic near the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Police say that after issuing several warnings, they arrested two men aged 64 and 40 and a 49-year-old woman for impeding traffic and resisting and obstructing.

They say the remaining protesters continued to a nearby plaza without further incident.

Pro-Trump rally draws militia to Calder Plaza

Mar 4, 2017
Daniel Boothe

After anti-Trump demonstrations have been a constant in recent weeks, rallies supporting President Donald Trump were scheduled throughout Michigan over the weekend including Grand Rapids. Outside Grand Rapids’ city hall in Calder Plaza, an estimated 300 people gathered Saturday afternoon in a show of support for President Donald Trump. 

Co-Organizer Audra Lemons said at the rally that the idea for the demonstration came after being fed up with Trump protests, even though she didn’t quite know what kind of response she would get.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

About 300 people held a demonstration in Downtown Grand Rapids yesterday to protest President Donald Trump and his policies.

People showed up at 4:00 p.m. Monday for the "Not-my-president’s-day demonstration," called by the Facebook group Indivisible West Michigan. By 4:30, about 150 people brake into civil right’s songs.

The chants begin by invoking the right to protest.

[Call: “Tell me what democracy looks like”]

[Response: “This is what democracy looks like]

Then come chants decrying the administration’s immigration and refugee policies.

After multiple Grand Rapids Latino run businesses shut down Thursday to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, an estimated 2000 protestors marched down Division Avenue on Grand Rapids south side Thursday evening to cap off the city’s “Day without Hispanics.” Catching up with her in full stride, Co-Organizer Allison Kohlberg says the march was all about Latinos getting the respect that they deserve for what they do for the community.