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GRIID Class for Fall 2015: Policing in America and in Grand Rapids

August 27, 2015

This 8 – week class is designed to do the following:our_enemies_in_blue_small_72

  • Investigate the history of policing in the US
  • Investigate the function of the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD)
  • Explore and discuss ways to counter the repressive tactics of the GRPD
  • Imagine and explore ways to create community safety that doesn’t involve cops

As a primary text, we will us Kristian Williams book, Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. You can order the book directly from AK Press  or inquire with us about other options.

The 8 – week class with take place on Mondays, from 7 – 9pm, beginning Monday, September 28. Location is still to be determined. Contact us at jsmith@griid.org if you are interested in signing up. We are asking $20 for the class, but will not turn people away who are unable to contribute financially. Capacity for this class is 15 people.

Henry Kissinger is Wanted for War Crimes

May 2, 2013

The Bloom Collective has sent out the following image to several media outlets in Grand Rapids, and the poster has been appearing around the city itself.

Kissinger Wanted Poster

It is probably no coincidence that Kissinger will be speaking at the econ club in Grand Rapids the same day as the event listed on the flier above. While the speech at the Devos owned JW Mariott downtown is strictly “members only”, those interested in learning more about Kissinger’s war crimes (and can’t afford $190 “Standard Membership” to the econ club, though they probably won’t be touching on Cambodia there anyhow) can attend the Bloom’s showing of The Trials of Henry Kissinger this upcoming Tuesday at 6pm.

All Bloom events operate on a “suggested donation” model, so no one turned away for lack of US currency. Any and all questions should be forwarded to bloomcollective@gmail.com.

GRIID is taking a break

April 14, 2013

For a variety of reasons GRIID will be taking a break from our work. We hope that in the meantime others will step in and take on more Indy media work in West Michigan. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support.

Foundation Profile: Jerry & Marcia Tubergen Foundation

April 10, 2013

This foundation profile is part of a series of West Michigan foundation profiles, which is included in our Grand Rapids Non-Profit Industrial Complex Project.

Jerry Tubergen is part of the DeVos Family inner circle. He sits on the boards of some of the DeVos Family foundations and works for the DeVos-owned RDV Corp.jerry-tubergen-web

Jerry and his wife Marcia have their own foundation, that also serves as a mechanism for funding the kinds of projects that reflect his conservative, pro-capitalist, Christian worldview.

In looking at the foundation’s 990s for 2009 – 2011, we found that a great deal of their contributions went to conservative or reactionary Christian groups. Most of their money went to West Michigan organizations, but there were some from out of state that have received large sums. For instance, the Magdi Yacoub Foundation, which does medical work with children, received roughly $2,000,000 from their foundation, based on the most recent financial reports. The Jerry & Marcia Tubergen Foundation have also contributed substantially to the Cure International, Inc, which also provides medical treatment for children, but with an exclusively conservative Christian focus.

Closer to home, their foundation has contributed roughly $100,000 to Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids and other church ministries projects. The foundation has also funded anti-abortion groups like Michigan Right to Life ($5,000) and The Pregnancy Resource Center ($30,750).

We also notice a $50,000 contribution to Donors Trust, which has recently been receiving some attention because of their clandestine methods of funding everything from Right to Work campaigns to climate denial. When the Center for Public Integrity uncovered much of the information on the role of Donors Trust, we discovered that one of the main contributors to that group was Richard DeVos. This is not surprising, considering that Tubergen is a loyal employee of the DeVos family, but it further demonstrates the inter-locking systems of power and influence in West Michigan.

 

Video deconstructs Global Wealth Inequality

April 10, 2013

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This video is produced by and re-posted from The Rules. Editor’s Note: While we find the video informative and useful for framing the global wealth gap, the group that put this video together does not offer ways to challenge global capitalism beyond reformism.

The richest 300 people on earth have the same wealth as the poorest 3 billion. This is no accident – those in power write the rules. Together, we have the power to change those rules.

Can Civilization Survive Really Existing Capitalism?

April 9, 2013

This video is re-posted from ZNet.Capitalism-at-the-Crossroads

One of the world’s leading intellectuals and political activists, Professor Noam Chomsky has been awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honor that University College Dublin can bestow.

Professor Chomsky was presented with the UCD Ulysses Medal by the President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, following a public lecture hosted by the UCD Philosophy Society and the UCD School of Philosophy at University College Dublin on Tuesday 02 April 2013.

Healing Children of Conflict to host 2 fundraising events this month for Iraqi boy who lost leg in US missile strike

April 9, 2013

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Nearly two years ago we reported on the efforts of the local group Healing Children of Conflict, which brought an Iraqi boy and his father to Grand Rapids.

Then, 8-year old Hamzah, was being fitted for a prosthetic leg, a leg which he lost from a US missile strike outside of his home in Baghdad.

Hamzah and his father are returning to Grand Rapids this week so that the now 10-year old Iraqi boy can be re-fitted for a new prosthetic leg.

To welcome back Hamzah and his father Imad, Healing Children of Conflict will be hosting two fundraising events in April. Hamzah and his father will be at both events to share their stories and talk about life in Iraq in 2013.

Healing Children of Conflict is hoping that both events will help cover the costs of the medical services needed and to provide an opportunity to educate the West Michigan community on the ongoing legacy of US foreign policy in Iraq.

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Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30)

Notos Old World Italian Dining

6600 28th St, Grand Rapids

 

Friday, April 26 at 6:30PM

Plymouth United Church of Christ

4100 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids

 

Both events are fundraisers and people can purchase tickets ahead of time by contact Nidal Kanaan at nidal_kanaan@hotmail.com 616-262-4525 or Christine Yard cayared@comcast.net or 363-9041.

 

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