Two successful city campaigns and a strong sign of political change

The final outcomes of Tuesday’s city commission races in Grand Rapids’ 2nd and 1st ward signal a growing change, and place current and future leaders on notice. Congratulations to both Milinda Ysasi and Allison Lutz for playing historic roles in Grand Rapids politics. Milinda, the ready and reliable candidate and our first Latina city commissioner, was overwhelmingly elected despite an opponent employing negative tactics and historic volumes of police money. Allison came within a few hundred votes of upsetting her heavily police supported incumbent. She led a true grassroots and people-focused campaign. Equity PAC was proud to support both through donations and volunteers.

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Equity PAC endorses Allison Lutz for Grand Rapids 1st Ward City Commission

On November 5th, the general election will be held for the City of Grand Rapids. Allison Lutz is a candidate running for the 1st Ward city commission seat against incumbent Jon O'Connor. Equity PAC is endorsing Allison Lutz for that election.

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Equity PAC endorses Milinda Ysasi for 2nd Ward city commission race

On August 6th a primary election will be held for the City of Grand Rapids. Milinda Ysasi is a candidate running for the 2nd ward city commission seat being vacated by Commissioner Ruth Kelly. Equity PAC is endorsing Milinda Ysasi in that primary election.

Photo credit:  Dreams by Bella

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Grand Rapids doesn't need more police

Crime is down 25 percent in Grand Rapids, and there is little evidence that police prevent crime at all. So let’s stop calling for more police hires during brief surges of crime.

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Equity PAC candidate applications now available

Equity PAC's 2019 Endorsement Process is now open! If you are a candidate running for elected office in Kent County in 2019 and seek Equity PAC's endorsement the first step is to complete and submit the Application for Endorsement. We will be accepting applications now through June 18th.

Major push in May for civilian oversight of police

Equity PAC is calling on all community members to attend the City Commission meetings in May to ask your city commissioner to:

1) insist on a police union contract that removes barriers to civilian oversight, transparency, community accountability
2) hire a new police chief that is serious about police reform
3) eliminate investment in any more patrol officers

Please let us know at which meeting you plan to attend, and whether you need a ride. Equity PAC will work with you to arrange a ride. We will meet in the lobby of City Hall at 6:30pm on both dates to provide information on making general comments at City Commission.

Tues, May 14th at 7pm
Tues, May 21st at 7pm

City Commission meetings take place at:

City Hall
300 Monroe Ave NW, 9th Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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Where we at? The future of our public goods

Since its inception, Equity PAC has fiercely backed local millages that support schools, transportation, and our public libraries. The slow erosion and divestment from our public goods is stark in Michigan. Michigan is dead last in tax revenue generated for the state’s K-12 system, and no other state is remotely close to this kind of decline. Questions by the community about the future of libraries in a digital age are at an all time high. Similarly the Rapid pushes to evolve with technology and “become a 21st century transportation system that meets the need of all users” [Rose Fellows report, 2017].

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Call to Action on Police Chief Conversation

The City of Grand Rapids will hold community feedback sessions on Feb 19 and 20th on what is needed in the next police chief. Equity PAC wants to make sure the people most impacted by this hire get word about this important opportunity. So we are asking for all hands on deck to help canvass door to door to make residents aware of how they can make their voices heard.

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Equity PAC endorses Grand Rapids Community College Trustee Candidates

Equity PAC is endorsing Kathy Crosby and Carlos Sanchez for the GRCC board of trustees.

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Equity PAC endorses Craig Beach for State Senate

Equity PAC is endorsing Craig Beach for State Senate. Craig is running in the 28th district. Michigan's 28th Senate District is the largest in regard to land mass in Kent County. It encompasses the county's northern half and its western edge, including the cities of Wyoming, Walker and Grandville. The seat is currently held by state Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford who took over the seat in 2015.

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