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LINC UP mounts petition drive to prevent cuts to GRPD community programs

LINC UP is asking its neighbors, friends, and supporter to sign the petition to keep GRPD from cutting community programs and staff positions that were created to improve police and community relations! Sign the Petition!

The Grand Rapids Police Department proposed $1,000,000 in budget cuts as a response to the economic crisis created by COVID-19. Almost 3/4 of the proposed cuts are for program and staffing that are meant to improve GRPD’s ability to engage with the community. The GRPD budget supports cutting programs known to be necessary and effective in increasing the diversity of its recruitment efforts, funding to increase community engagement training, and funding for staffing the Deployment study has identified as necessary to advance the data management and information systems of the department. The proposed cuts would keep the City of Grand Rapids and GRPD from reaching goals for strong engagement and racial equity.

Here are 3 Things You Can Do:

  1. Sign and Share the Petition! 
  2. Call and Email Your City Commissioner! You can find their contact information here!
  3. Share the MLIVE article covering the full story on budget reductions! Read the Article!

2011 marks OKT’s 4th year of hosting the Food Diversity Project!

2011 marks OKT’s 4th year of hosting the Food Diversity Project!

Whether you came last week or not, please join us!

OKT Community Dialogue
10 a.m. to noon on Saturday Feb. 19
Eastown Community Association
415 Ethel SE, Grand Rapids, 49506

OKT is beginning year four by growing food starter plants. Join us for a community dialogue that identifies key steps to planning and planting sustainable, year-round neighborhood, indoor, yard and communal food gardens. You’ll also learn about seed selection and future OKT activities.

· Join OKT’s Food Buying Club. No cost for membership!

· Join OKT’s Free Seed Saving Bank.

· Bring used household batteries and CFL light bulbs for recycling.

· Exchange your mercury thermometer for a free digital thermometer.

· Sign up and receive free recycle bins.

While the program focuses on low-income and vulnerable residents from four neighborhoods―Eastown, Southeast (SECA), Garfield Park and Baxter―people from outside these areas are invited to attend. Those outside targeted income groups may have to pay fees for some services associated with the project.

Check out the flyer! Community Dialogue Feb 2011