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.

Local activists react to Chauvin's "guilty" verdict
Kylie Ambu / WGVU

Former Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, has been found guilty on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. The highly-anticipated decision came down from the jury Tuesday evening, as activists across the country took to the streets.

Justice For Black Lives mobilized in Grand Rapids' downtown on Breonna Taylor Way. They approached with cheers, but soon shared criticism about the justice process. 

Local activist hold a call for unity and justice following the killing of Daunte Wright
Kylie Ambu / WGVU

 

 

Groups gathered in Rosa Parks Circle on Friday during a call to action protest for Daunte Wright. The 20-year-old Black man was killed by Brooklyn Center Police in Minnesota, after police say an officer mistook her handgun for a taser.

Kimberly Potter, the officer in question, resigned from the department following the incident. The Washington County Attorney's Office has charged Potter with second-degree manslaughter. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. 

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning we speak with Ken James, director of inclusion at the Grand Rapids Chamber about their upcoming Institute for Healing Racism. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Michigan Drag Brunch brings "Sunday Fundays" back to West Michigan
Ali McNamara / McA Media

Michigan Drag Brunch is bringing "Sunday Fundays" back to West Michigan this May, with performances in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Lansing.

The group had to cancel several events in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Owner and Show Producer, Trevor Straub, said the team is ready to get back on the performance scene.

"It’s just something that we’re so passionate about, and it feels so good to be back up and going," Straub said.

Man mistaken for shoplifter through technology sues Detroit
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A Black man who was arrested when facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter sued Detroit police Tuesday, seeking compensation for the humiliating incident and restrictions on how the city uses the tool.

 Audio File The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opens its 'Building Bridges Through Education' fellowship application process.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has opened the application process for its Building Bridges Through Education (BBTE) fellowship. The program, which launched in 2019, acts as an early career placement for Latinx college students where they can grow in their identity and asset development.

Food Market in Yaroslavl
Larry Koester / CC BY 2.0

April 1st marked the debut of the Fresh Market at United Methodist Community House. Fresh Market Coordinator Deja VanOeveren-Goss says the goal of the market is to create more areas for food equity in Grand Rapids, specifically the South East side.

Meijer invests $1M in Urban Leagues across the Midwest
Meijer / Meijer, Inc.

Meijer announced on Monday it is investing $1 million in 19 Urban League chapters across the Midwest. The corporation calls the move a "continuation" of its ongoing commitment in diversity and inclusion space.

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning we speak with WGVU Grants Manager Steve Chappell to get an update on our Mutually Inclusive and Shaping Narratives initiatives, which are part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Kent County restaurant owners are seeing relief, with licensing fees being waived for 2021.
The Candied Yam

 

Restaurant owners in Kent County are getting a break that they say is much needed, after more than a year of financial hardship due to the pandemic. The Kent County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on March 25 to waive the 2021 food service licensing fees for all food establishments in the county.

 

Jessica Ann Tyson, owner of The Candied Yam in Grand Rapids, said the news came at an important time.

flowers, candles and signs are displayed at a makeshift memorial in Atlanta.
Candice Choi / Associated Press

The Michigan Attorney General’s office is encouraging Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the state to report any hate crimes to its office. Sunita Doddamani, head of the Hate Crimes Unit, saying it’s the big step in impacting change.

"There are a lot of barriers to reporting. Whether they are language barriers, or cultural barriers or people don’t think they’ll be taken seriously," Doddamani said, "It’s very important to report though, because there is nothing law enforcement can do, and no message can be sent back to a hate crime perpetrator unless people are reporting."

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning we speak with Sonja Forte, executive director of Baxter Community Center about their holistic approach to providing services. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation launches T-shirt fundraiser
Kylie Ambu / WGVU

The Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation (GRAPF) is using a new design to send a message of both distinction and unity. The group's newest fundraising T-shirt shows people of various ethnicities, ranging from areas across Asia and more, coming together. The words "thank you" in various languages lie across the bottom of the design.

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning from the Michigan League for Public Policy we welcome Jayme Vosovic, community engagement specialist for West Michigan, and Dwayne Barnes, community engagement specialist for Detroit. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Equality Michigan speaks out against trans sports bill
Soccer Lifestyle

  A Michigan bill aimed at requiring transgender student athletes to compete in school sports teams based on their assigned anatomy at birth has been a point of contention over the past week. The Michigan High School Athletic Association called the bill "unnecessary" and Equality Michigan has spoken out saying the legislation is unconstitutional. However, Republican sponsors are confident the bill is a way to protect female sports.

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