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Our latest update to the DeVos Family Reader: Monitoring the most powerful family in West Michigan

February 16, 2023

In Howard Zinn’s monumental book, A People’s History of the United States, he constantly juxtaposes the amazing things that people did to fight for liberation and the people behind the systems of oppression that social movements were fighting against.

This is exactly why I have spent years monitoring, investigating and critiquing the DeVos Family. They are the most recognizable and powerful manifestation of the systems of power and oppression in West Michigan. Now, I know there are plenty of people who share the belief that without the DeVos Family, Grand Rapids wouldn’t be where it is today. I fully agree with that belief, but for reasons that are the exact opposite of those who hold the most powerful family in West Michigan in high regard.

Three times a year we try to update our DeVos Family Reader, a collection of articles that looks at the family’s history, the influence on election & public policy, their foundations, how they are reported on in the news media, ArtPrize and the section entitled Betsy DeVos Watch.

This updated version of the DeVos Family Reader includes information and analysis on a variety of topics, since our last update, which was 4 months ago. There have been a total of 8 new articles included in the DeVos Family Reader, including pieces on the outdoor amphitheater, the proposed soccer stadium, DeVos foundations, their 2022 campaign contributions, Betsy DeVos at GVSU and Doug DeVos podcast.

The DeVos Family Reader is now up to 700 pages of history, analysis and information about the most powerful family in West Michigan.

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