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Minority Business Spotlight - Maggie's Kitchen

Maggie’s Kitchen, at 636 Bridge Street N.W. is a well-known, down-to-earth spot in Grand Rapids for authentic Mexican food from the Michocán region of Mexico. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you’d like to know more, see the delightful profile of the restaurant and owners Magdalena and Eustacio Garcia in The Rapidian, “Maggie’s Kitchen: A Spicy Bang for Your Buck.

Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, September 6, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Rosa Parks Circle, Downtown Grand Rapids

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.

Charlottesville Lament

Once again, we mourn and are outraged at the blatant hatred displayed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, and the death and injury caused by one of their own against counter-protesters. As disheartening as these displays are, at least they are out in the open - we can no longer deny that they are active and attract many people. Unfortunately, that also means they believe they have the "cover" to be blatant and out in the open. That is because they see that white supremacy reaches into the heart of our government. What does give me hope are the large numbers of demonstrations and vigils across the nation, including here in Grand Rapids. We will not be silent against this assault on sisters and brothers and on what our nation is supposed to stand for.

We need to be careful, however, not to go back to thinking that these blatant acts of hatred are the primary face of racism. They are not. As we rightly condemn and point the finger at them, we must see the fingers pointing back at us. We must see our own implicit bias. We must see how racism is built into the system. We must see how assaults, from micro to blatant, are visited upon people of color, particularly African Americans, everyday. White supremacy is only the head of a snake whose body has wrapped itself around U. S. culture squeezing the life and decency out of it. We need to combat it at every level. - Rev Doug Van Doren

Apply Now ... Leadership Development Opportunities

Each year, five LDO Fellows are selected to participate in a program that helps to build the leadership skills and abilities of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Michigan. Women, people of color, and other traditionally under-representated people with developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is September 1, 2017. Access the application form and more information here.

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