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First 616 Day! launches fundraiser for “A City within a City”

Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/616-day-tickets-157737393791

First Annual 616 Day! Celebration: Re-open the City & Crowdfunding Launch for ACWAC Documentary Film Project

2pm to 10pm (Full day of festivities and celebrations)@ Celebration Cinema’s Studio Park in DowntownGR
Organized by: Victor Williams, CEO, Grand Stand Pictures, Producer of “A City Within A City” Documentary Film Project and Founder, Grand Rapids HipHop Coalition
Sponsored by: DGRI, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, LoadaSpud, the Total Soul Continuum and the Grand Rapids Media Initiative and Film Incubator (GR-MiFi)

Victor Williams, CEO Grand Stand Pictures

616 Day Activities include;

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • free popcorn, snacks and beverages
  • game show games – 616 Trivia
  • music
  • prizes
  • humans
  • film teaser
  • conversation
  • announcements
  • panel discussion

Party with a Purpose
Fundraiser for A City Within A City Documentary Film Project.


Maybe you’ve made it partway through Dr. Todd Robinson’s famous dissertation A City Within A City: The Black Freedom Struggle In Grand Rapids, Michigan and wished you had a film to see instead. 616 Day! is the official launch of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support the making of this historic film. Major funders and many collaborators have stepped up, now it’s your turn to get on board. Log on to the campaign at this event [igg.me/at/acwacfilm], or join up on your own anytime on or after Launch Day.


The A City Within A City Documentary Film Project will also be providing training and development opportunities for apprentices and industry aspirants through our newly formed community-based nonprofit incubator, the Grand Rapids Media Initiative & Film Incubator (GR-MiFi)–Grand Rapids’ answer to Hollywood’s overdue call for Black & brown filmmakers and others locked-out of the film industry and for media professionals where they can have an on-ramp for opportunities. GR-MiFi is here for burgeoning creatives and for teaching, learning and advancement opportunities within the media, film and entertainment ecosystems. GR-MiFi will also focus resources on helping frame dynamic stories and narratives with many different talented writers and diverse artists from the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area.

So, come on out and celebrate 616 Day! and see the teaser for the documentary film, meet the producers, and hear from many of the Grand Champions of diversity, equity & inclusion- – – or pledge to be one yourself! Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/616-day-tickets-157737393791

Sponsorship and engagement opportunities are ongoing—get on board!

THANK YOU for supporting the WALK FOR GOOD FOOD!

#WalkForGoodFood2021

Thank you Walkers and Supporters! You are the reason this event has once again been a success, raising funds to support the work of the OKT-managed Southeast Area FArmers Market and  13 other local organizations  that are working to create a good food system for all. We are so grateful for your efforts.


It’s not too late to donate! Donations are collected through June 30th. Our fundraising page will remain live until then. Stay tuned as we tally final results and announce our top fundraising teams after we’ve collected all donations. If you have been collecting cash or check donations you can drop those off at our t-shirt curbside pick up locations next Tuesday, May 18 between 3-7pm (click here for locations). You’re also welcome to mail them to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508. Checks should be made payable to Access of West Michigan.
Did you get a yard sign?


Questions or need more info? Visit accessofwestmichigan.org/walk or contact Walk for Good Food Director Alaina Dobkowski: alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org or 616-747-0988.

Walk for Good Food T-Shirts & Masks
Did you raise $150? Come and get a free Access Walk for Good Food T-Shirt! We will have walk t-shirts and masks available for curbside pick up May 18, 3-7pm! To get a closer look or for pick locations and details, click here. T-Shirts are available in sizes Youth S-L, and Adult S-3XL. They will also be available for a $15 purchase. Masks are free. Items available on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you for all your efforts!

You can still join the OKT #Walk4GoodFood team!

Click here to join!
Virtual Walk takes place May 2 through 12.*
Pick your day and time!

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic,  Walk for Good Food in your own neighborhood. Access of West Michigan is asking walkers to walk individually or with their household while maintaining a six feet distance from anyone else. For specific details, visit the Walk For Good Food Website.

How can you get involved?

For more information or to sign up to get involved, visit our Walk for Good Food Website. If you have any questions, contact Alaina at 616-747-0988 or alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org.

*Those observing Ramadan can extend their walks through May 19.

#Walk4GoodFood

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Join the OKT Walk Team today!

Join the OKT Walk team here!
All money that our team raises will go to help fund the
Southeast Area Farmers Market.

Over the past 43 years, the Access of West MichiganWalk for Good has raised more than $6 million for dozens of local and international nonprofits addressing hunger and food insecurity. This year, the Walk is funding eight local organizations that are working hard to improve access to healthy foods and diminish other impacts of poverty: the Kent County Food Policy CouncilNorth End Wellness CoalitionOur Kitchen TableRevive and Thrive ProjectSECOM Resource CenterSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and UCOM.The work of these organizations ranges from community gardens, neighborhood-based food markets, and meal delivery programs to emergency food pantries and community development initiatives. Each walker raises donations for the Walk from their friends, family, co-workers, and congregations.

All are invited to join the walk anytime between May 2 to May 12, either individually, creating a team, or joining an existing team. (Walkers observing Ramadan can extend the end date to May 19.) Those who would rather not walk can make a donation. Donations can be made to a specific walk recipient organization, as well. It’s easy to do on the Walk for Good Food website.

Those who would rather send a check can send one to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

We want YOU to join the OKT walk Team!

#Walk4GoodFood 2021

Virtual Walk takes place May 2 through 12. Pick your day and time!

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can Walk for Good Food in your own neighborhood. Access of West Michigan is asking walkers to walk individually or with their household while maintaining a six feet distance from anyone else. (Do follow any new social distancing guidelines and other directives made by public health officials and government leaders.) How can you get involved?

For more information or to sign up to get involved, visit the Walk for Good Food Website. If you have any questions, contact Alaina at 616-747-0988 or alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org.

Free how-to expungement webinar

When: Tuesday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:30pm EST

Cost: Free

Where: Register for this webinar on Zoom here or join us on our Facebook page.

On March 30th at 5:00pm, ENTF is hosting a webinar around the clean slate laws that were passed in 2020, qualifying records, and the expungement process with partners from Safe & Just Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, and West Michigan Works! These laws will help more people get good jobs and find safe and affordable housing. This benefits families, communities, and businesses, and promotes dignity and public safety. Join on Zoom by registering for the webinar here, or join on the Facebook page. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available through Zoom.

Links:

EJ virtual Fireside Chat “COVID-19 One Year Later, Where Are We Now?

To sign up and register for this event use this link.

Have a seat by the fire and join the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition for its third Fireside Chat “COVID-19 One Year Later, Where Are We Now?”. This discussion is imperative for us to have as we determine the short and long term impacts of COVID-19. Panelists for this event will be Theresa Landrum, Dr. Natalie Sampson, and Kari Fulton. MEJC’s Fireside Chat will be taking place via Zoom, however it will be broadcasting on Facebook as well. Join in and invite someone to join along around the campfire!