Which Voices Matter: Local News Coverage of the GRPD and Community Responses

Which Voices Matter: Local News Coverage of the GRPD and Community Responses
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Two weeks ago we wrote about the outcome of the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting that took place shortly after the GRPD, at gun point, falsely accused 5 young African Americans of instigating a fight.

The community once again showed up in numbers at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting to once again challenge city officials around the recent traffic study, the racism within the GRPD and the lack of affordable housing in the city. — READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE – https://griid.org/2017/04/26/which-voices-matter-local-news-coverage-of-the-grpd-and-community-responses/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Two weeks ago we wrote about the outcome of the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting that took place shortly after the GRPD, at gun point, falsely accused 5 young African Americans of instigating a fight. 

The community once again showed up in  numbers at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting to once again challenge city officials around the recent traffic study, the racism within the GRPD and the lack of affordable housing in the city.

Dozens of people spoke during the public comment period. Some read statements, while others shed tears because of the anger and sadness they feel based on the lack of action from the city. There were several representatives from community-based organizations that spoke, but what was most powerful were the comments from those who have been most impacted by the racist practices of the GRPD and the lack of affordable housing in Grand Rapids.

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