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Banner Challenges Balle Conference Participants

May 17, 2012

Yesterday was the kickoff to the national Balle conference in Grand Rapids, a conference that focuses on what is vaguely referred to as creating local economies.

The Grand Rapids group Local First, a local version of Balle, is co-hosting the conference and promoting the regional strides that West Michigan has made in the arena of supporting local businesses.

However, not everyone is in agreement with the message of Balle. A banner was hung across the Kent County Convention Center, where the conference was being held, with the message – Capitalism Kills.

The banner hung across the street during the opening ceremonies and keynote presentations while some people handout out small flyers that said, Go beyond BALLE and Local First’s green capitalist approach. Do it yourself! Or why not do it together? The message also included the web address to

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