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GRIID Winter 2016 Class: Investigating the Religious and Political Right in West Michigan

January 6, 2016

Our Winter 2016 class will focus on the Religious and Political Right of West Michigan. Most people know that West Michigan is a highly conservative place, but the details and the depth of the connection between the religious and political right may not be as well know.61epQCWQ7uL._SL500_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ religious right in michigan russ bellant

This class will use Russ Bellant’s book, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics. The book is 20 years old, but it provides solid background on the current religious and political right. We’ll be using a PDF of the book, so no one will have to purchase the book. 

In addition to Bellant’s book, we will be using numerous reports produced from a variety of sources and we will be doing lots of our own investigation and monitoring of individuals, families and organizations that make up the political and religious right of West Michigan.

This investigation will include, but not be limited to people and entities that promote patriarchy, homophobia and heterosexism, white supremacy, capitalism, Zionism and the attack on public institutions like public education, public policy and public funding.

This class will be held on Mondays from 7 – 9pm, beginning on Monday, February 1. The classes will be held at the offices of the Institute for Global Education, located at 1118 Wealthy in Grand Rapids. The cost for the class is $25, but we will not turn anyone away based on their ability to pay. To sign up, contact GRIID at

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