Equity PAC endorses Alida Bryant and Christina Elmore for 17th Circuit Court

Equity PAC strongly endorses both Alida Bryant and Christina Elmore in their campaigns for Kent County Circuit Court. Equity PAC sees this as a priority race for equity in Kent County.

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Equity PAC strongly endorses Voters Not Politicians Prop 2

Equity PAC strongly endorses the Voters Not Politicians and Proposal 2 for an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. We encourage all to vote “yes” on this ballot proposal in November. Furthermore, Equity PAC leadership sees this as the priority equity issue on the ballot.

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Give your feedback on candidates by Oct 12

On Monday, October 6th Equity PAC held our general candidate forum. Please fill out the candidate endorsement survey so that the Equity PAC leadership will have your feedback on the candidates. The forum took place starting at 5:30pm at Muse GR on 727 Leonard St. NW. The event was also be broadcasted live on FB live from the Equity PAC page. 

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Equity PAC announces new endorsements for county and state candidates!

Equity PAC, a local organization working to increase the number of equity-minded policies, practices and officials in West Michigan, enthusiastically endorses the following candidates following our recent endorsement meeting on June 26th, online feedback and deliberation from Equity PAC leadership.

  • Stephen Wooden, County Commissioner
  • Monica Sparks, County Commissioner
  • Robert Van Kirk, 77th State House District

 

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Equity PAC endorses Carol Mitten for Grand Rapids city manager

After much deliberation, Equity PAC leadership is endorsing the hiring of Carol Mitten for city manager.

We cannot risk a year or more of inaction in addressing policing, housing, immigration, and hundreds of new city hires when a good candidate has emerged. A delay or reboot in the selection of a city manager would only exacerbate the problems we face. The continuation of an interim situation will impact real lives and would only make sense if no good candidates emerged. Fortunately, we are not in that situation.

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Lack of inspiring city manager candidates requires quick action from city commission

On Monday, January 29th, after reviewing an initial slate of City Manager candidates, the City Commission narrowed their search to 3 finalists. We have many concerns after speaking with city leaders,  community members, and others that were directly involved in the interview process. Many have been questioning if this slate of candidates is truly qualified, understands and can advance equity in the city, and if they have been properly vetted by the community itself.

Here are a few of our observations and concerns from this week:

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The next Grand Rapids city manager will decide how much police violence is tolerable

In September of 2017 Equity PAC issued A political framework to advance equitable policing. This framework was a result of a discussion with 15 citizens, community leaders and elected officials to develop a profile for public leadership in policing. The group agreed that to change policing Grand Rapids needs public officials that measure success through observable change in the community. However, we have seen no observable changes in policing in the community in the past few years by any objective measure. This is why the citizens of Grand Rapids must show up to the city manager interviews starting on Monday, January 29th to use their voice to shape the most important equity decision the city will make for years to come.

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Equity PAC Endorses The Rapid Operating Millage Renewal

Equity PAC, a local organization working to increase the number of equity-minded policies, practices and officials in West Michigan, enthusiastically endorses the Rapid Millage renewal on the ballot in November.

“Public transportation is essential to equity in Grand Rapids. We know that areas with the highest unemployment rates have the highest transit usage, and that these areas are predominantly people of color in historically segregated parts of Grand Rapids. Children riding to school, people with disabilities and seniors would also be severely impacted by the loss of transportation access. Failure to pass this millage would hinder growth in our region, but it would be an especially severe blow to those that need it most,” said Equity PAC board member Janay Brower.

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EquityPAC Endorses Love4GRPL: Library Operating Millage Renewal

Supports valuable resource, encourages increased outreach to black and brown communities

EquityPAC, a local organization working to increase the number of equity-minded policies, practices and officials in West Michigan, enthusiastically endorsed the Love4GRPL operating millage renewal. By allowing the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) to continue the existing capital millage as an operating millage, this valuable resource will continue to be available as a free information, education and community resource.

“The Grand Rapids Public Library have built their services to be a tool in addressing inequities in the city of Grand Rapids. That is why we support this operating millage continuation, while encouraging GRPL to double down on its efforts,” said EquityPAC Co-Chair, Kelsey Perdue.

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EquityPAC Endorses GRPS Non-Homestead Millage Renewal

Sees renewal as vital to district’s anti-poverty mission, challenges state school funding systems

EquityPAC, a local organization working to increase the number of equity-minded policies, practices and officials in West Michigan, enthusiastically endorsed Grand Rapids Public Schools’ millage renewal request on non-homestead properties. This millage is incumbent to receive state funding through the system created by Proposal A.

“A strong school system with an anti-poverty mission is a must if we are trying to address racial and social inequities in Grand Rapids,” said Denavvia Mojet, EquityPAC board member. “What we have seen over these last few years is the need to overhaul how our state funds public education, to ensure marginalized communities receive the educational resources they need to succeed, and not receive an unfair share of the burden to pay for it.”

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