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.

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Shannon Cohen, Founder and Principal of Shannon Cohen, Inc. here to talk about her new book, Tough Skin, Soft Heart, and upcoming #Rockstar Woman event. This weekly radio segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joining the discussion is WGVU inclusion reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo, and WGVU grant Writer, Steve Chappell.

Last Spring, the housing Advisory Committee developed 11 recommendations to address the lack of affordable housing in the city. Of those recommendations, four have been approved by the city commission, but the remaining have been stalled. 

The Grand Rapids City Commission driven by the concerns of residents, neighborhood associations and community organizers asked the Planning Department to do more community engagement. 

The city the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology to engage the residents of Grand Rapids to gather feedback. 

How Rashida Tlaib is changing the role of public servants

Aug 16, 2018

    

WGVU's Mutually Inclusive reporter, Michelle Jokisch Polo talks with Rashida Tlaib. Running opposed in the November general election, Tlaib could become the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What it takes to make it in Grand Rapids as a Black owned business

Aug 14, 2018
Daddy's Dough Cookies

With a bachelor degree in business, MarcQus Wright is no stranger to the kind of experience, stamina, passion and drive it takes to start up a business – but he knew that for Daddy’s Dough to make it he would need more than just real ingredients and stellar baking skills. 

Daddy’s Dough has been around for three years specializing in homemade cookies. Wright shares that making it in Grand Rapids as a Black owned business is about who you know. 

Weekly we focus on the work of area organizations advancing inclusion and equity in our community. This morning we welcome Sergio Cira-Reyes, Director of Community Engagement with the Urban Core Collective that believes that successful people and neighborhoods overcome the effects of systemic racism through equal access to education, economic prosperity, health and power and influence. This weekly radio segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Joining the discussion is WGVU grant writer Steve Chappell.

Grand Rapids has a new city manager

Aug 1, 2018

Second Ward commissioner Ruth Kelly made the motion to appoint Mark Washington following public interviews with each of the five city manager candidates. 

Kelly decision was based on Washington’s experience with racial equity at the governmental level. The motion was supported by commissioner Jon O’Connor.

“Mark Washington is very familiar with the Government Alliance on Racial Equity is a national network of government agencies addressing structural racism.

Courtesy of the GR Creative Youth Center

“I wonder why my mother always kept things she kept and I wonder what Ill keep of hers. How long until the painting fades. How many times can I spin the Steve Miller Bands Greatest Hits before it warps into oblivion – who will keep my things after I am gone.” 

That was Maeve Wilburn, student writer of the Creative Youth Center. This year Maeve along with Aliya Hall –  have been selected to attend the International Congress of Youth Voices.    

What you just heard is the excitement of the 1200 people who stood in line for an hour and half outside of Ottawa Hills High School this Saturday just to hear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abdul El Sayed. 

Before her landslide win in Queens, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not even recognized by name in any of the local media.  

With $300 dollars in her pocket and a whole lot of passion,  the 28-year-old from the Bronx had never run in a political campaign before and now she has beat Congressman Crowley, the chair of the Democratic Party in Queens.  

The protestors presented the commission a letter they had drafted on behalf of the Kent County Commission stating an end to the contract with ICE.   

Commissioners Robert Womack, representing Grand Rapids and Betsy Melton, representing the Kentwood, signed the letter. 

“ICE is doing things that is unconstitutional. They are doing things that is violating human rights. People don’t really understand that when they pull over anyone Hispanic the first they are thinking is where is your green card. Who wants to be harassed all the time.” 

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