Mutually Inclusive

A WGVU initiative in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation using on-air programs and community events to explore issues of inclusion and equity.

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.

Refugee Education Center

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Susan Kragt, Executive Director of the Refugee Education Center. Joining Susan is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

If your favorite taco joint is closed today or half of your Hispanic employees don’t show up to work, it’s because they’re on a national strike against mass deportations and the current administration’s immigration policy. I talked to two local women. First, is Idalia Tinoco, she owns a chicken joint off 28th Street called “La Casa del Pollo Loco,” which today is closed.

[Tinoco in Spanish]  “The purpose is to make clear all that we contribute to this country.”

Idalia and her staff will all stay home for the day, but she says it’s more involved than just time off.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Autumn Hubbard, Annual Fund Manager with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, speaking about an upcoming panel discussion event, “Creating a City of Inclusion: Modern Immigration, Local Impact,” on Thursday, February 15, 7-8:00pm at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Joining in today’s interview is WGVU grant writer, Steve Chappell, project director of WGVU’s grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the area of racial equity.

Layth Alhaidary / WGVU

As the battle between the White House and federal courts continue over the executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, we decided to look at the way that this is affecting people in West Michigan. 

MA: Can you tell me why you left Iraq?

[Martin: Arabic]

[BS: translator] I left Iraq because the war was getting worse and our family was attacked and we had to leave to another country for safety, for ourselves and our family.

Bethany Christian Services

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we hear from Dona Abbott, Branch Director of Refugee and Immigrant Programs with Bethany Christian Services, and Dhan Khatiwoda, a refugee from Bhutan, who is employed with Bethany in the area of refugee resettlement, employment and interpretation. 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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