IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

Earth Day Sale and Peace Presence 2022

***EARTH DAY SALE 2022***
April 23rd 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Bring donations of reusable household items in good condition to IGE. Workers needed.
Please call Jeanette at 616-826-4518.

Join us in Peace Presence

Sunday,  12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wealthy and Fuller

Meet up at 12:00 noon at the IGE Office

Bring signs promoting peace and negotiations.

Resolution for Peace in Ukraine – Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine




Poster to stand in solidarity with Ukraine
Institute for Global Education’s Resolution for Peace in Ukraine

We, the board of the Institute for Global Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are committed to dismantling militarism in the world, our own country, city, institutions, and ourselves. We call for an immediate cease fire and advocate for a peaceful resolution to the current fighting between Ukraine and Russia. 
We must think globally and act locally.  Peace begins within ourselves.. We hope that we all find strength and courage to be the peace that we seek now. We work to support members of our community who are wrestling with reawakened trauma and fears for the future.

We call on our President and political representatives to act by returning to the negotiating table before more lives are destroyed. War is not the answer; it only causes suffering and violence for generations to come. CODEPINk, a women-led, peace and human rights activist group asserts, “The United States and NATO have played a major role in exacerbating this conflict and now President Biden must show true leadership by not imposing sanctions that will hurt ordinary Russians, but by engaging vigorous diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine”.

The Institute for Global Education supports peace. We are disturbed by the violence in Ukraine. There are many resources to begin pursuing peace in this world.

Follow these links for some ways to support peace:
Mindfulness Meditation
Non-violent Communication 
Michigan Peace Alliance
Support Democracy Now!
Write letters to Congress and the President  
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Work with religious and peaceful organizations 




Volunteers Welcome

1. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in Peace & Justice issues, and passionate about people and developing more community. The Board of IGE is seeking individuals with good computer skills, add names to our database, send notices to people in data base about upcoming events, and send other information when needed. Board would like new volunteer to work in office at least one day a week, and be able to work independently, or other with other volunteer(s) from time to time.
2. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer to work with another volunteer to display and organize our fair trade items that we sale in office that IGE sales. These fair trade items represent Peace & Justice. This volunteer will work with the Treasurer and treasurer assistant to keep track of sales, keep a log, order new supply when need. This job can be done a once or twice month basis.
If Interested please email your information to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the office 616-454-1642

Please donate to IGE

The Institute for Global Education stands for peace and justice here in Grand Rapids. Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward.

Every penny goes towards stopping attacks on women, immigrants, unions, African Americans and other oppressed peoples. IGE marched at the airport against Muslim ban. IGE hosts the International Day of Peace where over 150 people participated. IGE supported our union bus drivers of ATU in the struggle to preserve pensions, keep health care benefits, and win a good contract here at the Rapid. IGE rallies and protests against putting children in cages, and taking babies from their parents at the border to ship them to Bethany Christian Services here in Grand Rapids. IGE supported the Young Lords 50 Years Conference in Chicago. IGE has participated in Day of the Dead, Mandela Day, and many other efforts. Together we can build strong movements.

Please donate now! We need your donation more than ever.

If You Think Earth Day

We’re celebrating Earth Day 2022 like a traffic jam of intersectionality, with the pandemic, Ukraine, America’s fascination with fascism, and of course money, all competing for first to get fixed. And, have you heard, in progress now is the sixth major extinction event on earth? We’re wiping out species like it’s nobody’s business.

Let’s take stock. We caused all these problems, so all we have to do is stop causing them, right? Well, some people have called dibs on being rich, and they’re the people who sell oil, gas, and coal. So until we figure out how to put enough other money and replacement power in their hands, they won’t let us stop driving this car over the cliff. Funny, I thought I heard someone say “No one can give you power. You have to take it.” Vaguely reminiscent of the alpha male crap. But let’s save armageddon for a moment.

We don’t have the technology today to destroy the earth — only ourselves and a lot of the life on earth — but not all of it. What is life? The movie “Lucy” with Scarlett Johanssen and Morgan Freeman describes it as cells moving thru time and passing on what they have learned. “Learn” is a stretch for a one-celled animal, but if you consider that actions determine later events, I think the definition squeaks by.

Anyway, the point is, earth did not create life. Many of the chemicals necessary for life were only found on smaller astronomical bodies like comets and asteroids, which crashed into the earth and started the process. But life created the earth as we know it. There was no oxygen until plants made it, over many millions of years. Nobody knows the future, but if you think you can fix runaway greenhouse effect later, I have a manchin to sell you, cheap, on Venus.

Did we become businessmen when we stopped being animals? When humans invented agriculture and food storage, someone took charge, maybe the guy who built the best storage building, maybe the biggest, toughest guy. Does that make him the one to implement food preparation and sanitation processes, as alpha male?

So why do some want the meanest bastard in charge of the most power? Well, the enemy you know… is what you end up with. You can’t have two alpha males; one is obviously not alpha, so the process begins, to select the alpha. Personally, I find the question uninteresting, but some people can’t live without a strong leader. I don’t mean “can’t live” literally, their heads just explode and they attack everyone in sight until they’ve taken everything that can be taken. In the case of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, that process is thermonuclear war.

We know more about the effects of war than about climate-led catastrophe. We’re approaching tipping points that can lead to the end of human life, and we don’t know which one will “do it,” but we know they’re approaching and it’s all downhill. We don’t get a respite after Covid, Trump, and Ukraine to rest — all we know is, it’s all downhill from here.

But war, glorious war, we’ve been studying blasts and radiation half-life; we only know approximately how many nukes there are, but we know how many will be used. Some people would survive initially, but then civilization disappears. Radiation from bombs spreads over the planet, and eventually nuclear power plants become slow-motion bombs. And all that becomes more likely as the alpha males are impacted by the climate crash.

Specialized species, including all of them at the top of the food chain, will go extinct. How will earth/life respond? A more rapid recovery could be achieved (I wouldn’t say there’s a plan at this time) by way of radiation, which causes mutations, which causes evolution (though the overwhelming majority of mutations just cause death). How ironic, that the thing we plan to kill ourselves with is the same thing that will eventually lead to species differentiation and repopulation of ecological niches.

The reactionary view of evolution is that if they hold their mouths right when they babble, they can make the idea into a tool they can use or sell to achieve power, their only principle. Or make enough noise that no one notices how little they know or care.

We don’t need laws like those that once upon a time enabled the wealthy in countries experiencing hyperinflation to shift their funds overseas overnight so they won’t lose value to inflation, then move it back in the morning when it’s time to do business. We need laws banning burning trees for energy, and giving solar panels to families needing energy, a one-time solution that keeps working.

Another good law would be social security for everyone (like, Earth). So parents don’t need 10 kids (some of whom would live) to support them when they can’t work. It’s a small thing, but population and technology drive each other. It’s how we got here. So yes, conservatives, thank you.

It would have been nice for the wealthy nations to give vaccines to the rest of the world. What would that look like? Nations cooperating for their mutual benefit? That’s not how we got here.

– Chuck Neller

Remembering Frank Rosengren

Frank Rosengren co-founded and was Board President of The Institute For Global Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The IGE is a non-profit organization focusing on global thinking, peaceful conflict resolution and social justice. Frank co-authored a book called Internationalizing Your School: A Handbook and Resource for Teachers, Administrators, Parents and School Board Members, published in 1983. He introduced the Model United Nations program at Central Montcalm High School.

from: Frank Rosengren Obituary