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.
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.
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market kicks off its 2017 season on Saturday July 1 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. The market will operate Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 11. Market events commence July 8 with a visit from the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and an Urban Foraging Workshop (noon to 2 p.m.). A new addition to the market, once a month it will host area artists at its Arts Market tent.
“As market managers for the past seven years, Our Kitchen Table has well established the market at MLK Jr. Park,” says Lisa Oliver-King, executive director of Our Kitchen Table. “Neighborhood residents have enjoyed having access to fresh, local produce and cottage foods within walking distance.”
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market warmly welcomes patrons using Bridge cards (SNAP), WIC Project Fresh, Cash Value Benefits, Summer EBT, Double Up Food Bucks and debit cards. When using the Double Up Food Bucks program, patrons purchasing Michigan produce at select farmers’ markets with Bridge cards receive $1 for each $1 dollar spent, up to $20 each market visit.
The Market has an exciting line-up of market activities on its 2017 calendar. In addition, community organizations will be on hand with information, activities and services. The following events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friday market and 12 to 2 p.m. at the Saturday market:
- July 8 Urban Foraging Workshop
- July 30 Fried Green Tomato Festival
- Aug. 5 DIY Personal Care Items Workshop
- Sept. 15 Art at the Market
- Oct. 1 Greens Cook-off
- Oct. 7 Greens Cook-0ff
- Nov. 4 Fall Celebration
Cooking Demos: July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
Arts Market Tent: July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21
On Monday June 19, OKT is hosting a free Composting class from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507. Come and learn about the true nature of compost and how to end up with the rich humus that your garden needs.
What is compost? The term “compost” is overused and not clearly defined by those using it. Commercial industries, backyard gardeners and community gardens say that they are composting but that’s not always the case. Commercial compost you buy at the garden shop or big box store is not regulated—and can even contain toxic industrial wastes. True composting results in fluffy humus that’s rich in carbon. While similar to potting soil in texture and color, it is much healthier for your garden.
This is the third in a series of four food gardening classes that OKT is offering this May. Next Monday June 26, OKT will share “How to Save Seeds.”
Our Kitchen Table invites you to join us for our food gardening series, taught by farmer Leslie Huffman.
June 12: How to Plan Your Food Garden
June 19: Composting & Vermiculture
June 26: How to Save Seeds
These classes take place Mondays 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton SE, Grand Rapids.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM ~ Martes, 23 de Mayo de 2017 a las 6:00PM
West Elementary Cafeteria, 1840 38th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 ~
Cafetería de la escuela primaria West
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided ~ Se ofrecerán refrescos ligeros y cuidado de niños
Wyoming’s West Elementary in partnership with KSSN presents: Information for the Community. Is it difficult for you to understand your legal rights? Don’t know who to consult? Receive answers to these questions and more from professionals in our community!
Escuela Primaria West en asociación con KSSN presenta: Información para la Comunida. ¿Se le hace difícil comprender sus derechos legales? ¿No sabe con quién consultar? ¡Reciba respuestas a estas preguntas y más de profesionales de nuestra comunidad!
- Alexandra Gillett, Attorney from Justice For Our Neighbors ~Abogada de Justicia Para Nuestros Vecinos (JFON)
- Ana Raquel Devereaux, Attorney from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center ~Abogada de Centro de los Derechos de Inmigrantes (MIRC)
- Olga Martinez, Hispanic Center of West Michigan ~Centro Hispano de Oeste de Michigan
- Elisa Pérez-Arellano, Community Social Worker ~Trabajadora Social Comunitario
For information, contact Erika VanDyke (KSSN Coordinator) call/text 616-648-6079 or Ruth Rolff (EL Teacher) at 616-530-7533 ext.4615.