SPLC releases guide”Ten Ways to Fight Hate”

Reposted from Southern Povery Law Center, August 14, 2017

A presidential candidate wins election after denigrating Muslims, Latinos, women and people with disabilities. A young white man opens fire and kills nine African Americans who welcomed him into Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, telling his victims, “I have to do it.” A Muslim woman is seated on a bench in front of a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., when a woman begins screaming anti-Muslim epithets. A swastika and other anti-Semitic graffiti appear at an elementary school in Stapleton, Colorado. A lone gunman carrying an assault rifle and a handgun storms a well-known gay club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others.

​Bias is a human condition, and American history is rife with prejudice against groups and individuals because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. As a nation, we’ve made a lot of progress, but stereotyping and unequal treatment persist.


Fight hate in your community. Download the guide.

When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a hate crime. Most hate crimes are inspired by race and religion, but hate today wears many faces. Bias incidents (eruptions of hate where no crime is committed) also tear communities apart and can escalate into actual crimes.

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. But government studies show that the real number is far higher — an estimated 260,000 per year. Many hate crimes never get reported, in large part because the victims are reluctant to go to the police. In addition, many law enforcement agencies are not fully trained to recognize or investigate hate crimes, and many simply do not collect or report hate crime data to the FBI.

The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices.

This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

Free workshop at farmers’ market shares how to make your own personal care items

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12 – 2 p.m. Saturday August 5
(Market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
MLK Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506

Are you tired of paying too much for your personal care items? Does the list of chemical ingredients scare you? (It should!) Come to the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday and learn how to make your own!

Ms. Yvonne Woodard, market manager and vendor, has been making her own personal care products for years. She started doing so because of her health — she simply could not physically tolerate store-bought, chemical laden products.

Stop by and learn her tried-and-true recipes for the products living closest to your body!

Bridge Magazine at farmers’ market Saturday

bridgeBridge Magazine, the free, online publication of the nonprofit Center for Michigan,  has spent the last two summers visiting farmers’ markets across the state. Come to the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday and subscribe and you will receive a free tote bag (great for all those fruits and veggies) and be entered to win one of five, $100 Amazon gift cards.

Bridge Magazine offers in-depth news covering Michigan current affairs and public policy issues around the state from a nonpartisan perspective. It always has been, and always will be free. But if you decide you’re not that keen on it after your first issue, you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Center for Michigan, is a non-partisan non profit organization that works to amplify resident’s voices to leadership in Lansing across the state.




Environmental Justice Listening Session with Gov. Snyder’s EJ Work Group

flintwaterAugust 1, 2017  5:30-8:00pm
LINC Gallery-341 Hall St.

The members of the Governor’s Environmental Justice Work Group are interested in hearing directly from community members about how we can work together to improve our state and local communities around environmental justice. The Work Group has organized various listening tour stops around the state, that are designed for Work Group members to hear directly from community members how we can improve environmental justice awareness and engagement and increase the quality of life for all Michiganders. This input will help shape a set of recommendations the Work Group will send to the Governor.

Attendees should be prepared to discuss their needs to best address environmental justice in their community and their ideal vision for environmental justice in Michigan

Read more about the Environmental Justice Work Group on their website

Shut Down Line 5 Rally


Come to Calder Plaza on July 26th to learn about Enbridge’s Line 5, the 64 year old twin oil pipelines running underneath the Straits of Mackinac that were only projected to have a 50 year lifetime, and yet they still have oil flowing through them. Knowledgeable speakers will share information about this oil line, why it is so dangerous for our ecosystem and economy, and what you can do to help. Speakers include:

💧Stephanie Mabie, founder of Kent County Water Conservation
💦Robert Vankirk, 77th District Congressional Candidate
💧Desmond Berry, Natural Resources Department Lead for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
💦Kevin Gilbert, Creator/Owner of Spark The Change
💧Lee Sprague, Tribal Leader of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
💦TJ Kimball, Senate Candidate for the 29th District

Please bring signs and friends to help raise awareness of this threat to the Great Lakes!

Our Kitchen Table is an active supporter of this campaign and is working with other local organizations to have the City of Grand Rapids pass a resolution asking that Line 5 be removed.