June 9, 2017

Grand Rapids seeks resident input at series of City Update & Community Response Sessions

The City of Grand Rapids will hold a series of accountability sessions beginning this Monday, organized in response to community feedback gleaned from multiple forums and listening sessions.

The City of Grand Rapids will hold a series of accountability sessions beginning this Monday. Organized in response to community feedback gleaned from multiple forums and listening sessions, these five update and community response sessions will:

  • Provide greater transparency to questions posed by residents -- especially related to community and police relations
  • Provide updates on actions taken, current work, and future plans
  • Engage residents in responding to the update provided to determine if the city is moving in the right direction and what may still be missing from existing and pending plans.
The five sessions are as follows:
 
Third Ward DAYTIME Session
June 12, 2017
Noon
Michigan First Credit Union (1815 Breton Rd SE)
 
First Ward Session
June 12, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Stocking School (863 7th Street NW)
 
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Session
June 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Cesar Chavez (1205 Grandville Avenue SW)
 
Third Ward EVENING Session
June 19, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Gerald R. Ford School (851 Madison Avenue SE)
 
Second Ward Session
June 20, 2017
6:00 p.m.
GRPS University (1400 Fuller Avenue NE)
 
City Commissioner Joe Jones is helping to design the meetings as part of an ongoing, robust and authentic community outreach plan. During each meeting, a facilitator will engage the public in a series of education and community dialog sessions relating to police and community relations. The five meetings, in all wards (and one delivered in Spanish), will update constituents on the progress the City is making; what the City is planning to do; and seek feedback from residents on whether the City is on the right track in meeting community expectations. The City will share information on the status of the community-led Safe Alliances for Everyone (SAFE) and 12- Point Plan for Community and Police Relations plans and also detail the status of the Traffic Stop recommendations.
 

“We hope residents take the time to visit one of our sessions and share their thoughts and recommendations. We hope to hear themes emerge from the community meetings that will provide the agenda for future discussions on specific topics. Information gained from these meetings will provide the discussion topics for the community to find solutions and tangible outcomes to address racial equity.” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said.