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.

Encounters between police and area residents who only speak Spanish could get a lot smoother with a new trial program.

Starting March 01, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan is launching a 24/7 interpretation service for police who encounter Spanish-only speakers on the job. Officers will dial a number and get professional interpreters to assist both parties.

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Alright, see if you can answer this: A Square measures 6 cm on each side. If three interior segments divide the square into two congruent trapezoids and an isosceles triangle, all of equal area, what is the length of the shortest segment connecting the two trapezoids?

Don’t worry, I didn’t get it either. But that was the question of the week for middle-schoolers preparing for this year’s Mathcounts competitions going on across the country.

“It’s basically a math bee similar to a spelling bee.”

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US Attorney Patrick Miles focused his presentation on the efforts to help ex-convicts re-enter society and to unnecessary federal sentences for nonviolent offenders whose case could be handled by the state. For example:

“We are going to charge the drug trafficking organizations, the people who are part of an organization selling drugs. A small quantity in the possession of an individual, that’s really not a federal case.”

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Following the death of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia, West Michigan immigration reform advocates gathered to call on the Supreme Court to affirm deferred action. 

“You wake up every day and then you realize, this could be the last I’m going to see my family.”

That’s Kevin Curiel-Vazquez, speaking at the Hispanic Center of West Michigan about his fears growing up undocumented. When President Barak Obama signed deferred action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his whole life changed.

WGVU Public Television premiers its newest local show, Mutually Inclusive, tonight at 11. We speak with host Mariano Avila this morning to get a preview.

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WGVU held the first Mutually Inclusive Town Hall last week, the topic was Sex Trafficking in Michigan. It is hard enough to talk about it when discussing other countries. But here in Michigan it’s not a foreign concept. The first Mutually Inclusive program on WGVU started the conversation telling the stories of two survivors. Here is one, Deborah Monroe: