Free ride to GR City Commission Meeting

January 9, 2018 | LINC Up Gallery: 341 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
5pm | Dinner Served
6:30pm | Departure
7pm | City Commission Meeting Begins
RSVP on Facebook

Tuesday Jan. 9, LINC Up is partnering with Grand Rapids Homes for All to host a free dinner and discussion around the affordable housing policies that will be voted on during the City Commission meeting. After dinner, free transportation will be provdied to the City Commission meeting.


Happy Holidays!

coexistOKT wishes you and yours a happy holiday and a New Year that brings us all closer to a just and sustainable world! #Peace #Love #Justice


Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Canceled Oct. 14

13099808_GFor the second week in a row, OKT is canceling the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market. Construction continues to block access to our market site at MLK Jr. Park. We were not informed in advance that construction was to take place. We apologize for not being able to bring you fresh local produce. We are working to make sure the market can take place at MLK Jr. Park or at another location on Oct. 21.

Meanwhile, you might want to shop these markets for your fresh fruits and veggies:

Fulton Street Farmers Market 

  • 1145 Fulton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • 8AM – 3PM, TUE WED FRI & SAT
  • WIC, Project Fresh, SNAP/Bridge Cards, Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks & Hoophouses for Health


Urban Roots Community Market

  • 1316 Madison Ave. SE 49507
  • 12 – 7PM WED. 9AM – 1PM  SAT
  • WIC, Project Fresh, SNAP/Bridge Cards, Sr. Market FRESH, Double Up Food Bucks

Deadline tomorrow! Place your order for bulk whole foods via OKT

  • Country-Life-Natural-Foods-shopping-trip.jpgPlace your whole foods order by 5 p.m. Oct. 10!
  • Pick-up Oct. 21 at Southeast Area Farmers’ Market.

The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market offers its patrons and OKT constituents monthly opportunity to purchase bulk whole foods, e.g. dry beans, whole grain flours, nuts and seeds, pasta, rice and more. Items are ordered from Country Life Natural Foods, a supplier to Michigan food co-ops. View the entire PDF Catalog here. Place your order by email,, or in person at
the market.

As the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market accepts Bridge card/SNAP/EBT,you can use these to buy bulk food items at the market along with fresh, local fruits, vegetables and herbs. The market also offers some bulk foods for direct purchase.


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.

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.