Your voice is important in our community! Make it heard! City Manager, Mark Washington will be holding a forum with the three finalists that are in the running to be the next Chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department at Cesar Chavez Elementary, 1205 Grandville Ave SW, from 6:30pm–8:30pm on Thursday June 12th.
For information, reach out to the contacts listed below.
“Building collective consciousness about what local foods can mean to us as a people”
OKT and co-sponsor, Access of West Michigan, are excited to bring activist, farmer and educator, Remi Harrington, to Grand Rapids as part of OKT’s 2019 Women of Color Convening series. The FREE event takes place May 16 at Sherman Street Church, lower level, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off with a food demo and sampling featuring bulk whole foods from OKT’s Collective Whole Foods Purchasing Group.
In Kalamazoo, Harrington grows food at her own urban community farm, “Tegan’s Hopeful Storybook Garden,” and empowers others to plant their own urban food gardens through her work as community farms coordinator for Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center. She has a vision for local urban farmers becoming a mainstay in Kalamazoo’s local food economy. At the convening, Harrington will lead the dialogue about “Building collective consciousness about what local foods can mean to us as a people.”
“If we can create a collective consciousness about what local foods can mean to us as a people … being really intentional about what we want to put in our bodies, biodynamic agriculture, eating seasonally and locally, that would create wellness, that would create health, that would create community, that would rebuild us as a people group,” stated Harrington in a December 2018 Second Wave Media feature. “That would bring peace and love and trust and that whole granola stuff. The case is good for business all around, not just for black folks, but for all of us.”
The work of Access of West Michigan’s Good Food Systems Initiative aims to address food access, health, and justice in our local food system. We believe that the values of a Good Food system create a thriving community for all. The collaborative solutions and programs that Access facilitates equip community partners, invest in our local food economy, grow health, and convene food and faith conversations.
Breaching The Margins Community Art Project
Sat, May 4, 2019
Drop-in 1:00 – 4:00pm
Please join us Sunday for Annual Access Walk for Good Food. This community-wide event brings together several hundred walkers to raise awareness and funds for local and international non-profit organizations working to create food secure communities — including the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.
You can sign up today! It’s easy! Click here to sign up directly on the Access West Michigan website. Or, email media@OKTjustice.org and ask us to register you.
|For information, visitAccessofWestMichigan.org.|
- The Honeytones at 4:00pm
- The Concussions at 5:30pm
- The Crane Wives at 7:00pm
- A 50/50 raffle, silent auction and door prizes throughout the event.
- “A night in” gift pack
- Kula Yoga class pack
- Edible Arrangements – chocolate covered strawberries
- Orchid Nail Spa Grandville – manicure
- Core Beauty Salon – haircut & blowout
- Integrity Autowash and Quicklube – car wash pack
- Grandville Honda Dealership – oil change pack
- Kurig Coffee Maker**
- Picnic Time Set**
- Gourmet Roasting Pan Set**
- Knife Set**
- Nordicware Baking Set**
- Bagger Dave’s gift certificate
- Dave & Busters gift certificate
- Rise Bakery gift certificate
- San Chez Tapas Bistro gift certificate
This is the second event in OKT’s 2019 quarterly Women of Color Convening Series.