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.
IGE supports Loving Day!
We want to ask you to support the Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016 by bringing photos, children’s drawings, or other images of your family to IGE at 1118 Wealthy St. SE for Loving Day.
This IGE photo wall will be in conjunction with the Ebony Road Players Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 12 Noon to 8pm, between Barth Street and Wealthy Theatre, right behind IGE.
IGE will be open with the Free Thought Café taking place from 12pm to 2pm, followed by an IGE open house from 2pm to 4pm, before everyone moves over to the Wealthy Theater.
Loving Day is celebrated in cities throughout the country in observance of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967, which struck down the criminality of interracial marriage in the United States.
Ebony Road Players is organizing the Loving Day Celebration so please see the attached flyer for more information or visit Loving Day Celebration 2016 for the details.
Free Thought Cafe field trip to Geek Group http://thegeekgroup.org/
And: We’re meeting at the Geek Group at 12:30, Saturday, June 4, 2016 for their tour. It’s their birthday and the place is amazing! The Geek Group is at 902 Leonard NW.
Then after the tour try out the Mitten brewing company down the street at 527 Leonard NW for some coffee, a good pretzel, or a local craft beverage.
A Discussion on Anarchist Decision Making & PRDM
May 9 – 7:00pm
at the IGE office
The idea of PRDM (or Decision Making that relates to proximity and resource) is as *a* response to age old questions (in anarchist circles) of power and communication. The perception, and perhaps the attraction, of anarchism for most young people is that it is a way to be involved in the decision making that dictates the arbitrary choices that life is filled with. It is a way to seize power over ones own life by participation. Formal consensus is successful at structuring a method of what purposeful self-determination could look like for a group. Informal consensus is successful at evading what feels arbitrary and collectivist about formal consensus by being more casual and ad hoc about the points in formal consensus that seem arbitrary and bureaucratic.
We are proposing experimentation around a model we call PRDM. PRDM emphasizes autonomy and production rather than collectivity and personal growth regarding our projects. It sketches an idea of an anarchist decision methodology rather than a system of processes. It is also the system that we have been attempting to use at Little Black Cart over the last 10 years.
BENEFIT FOR CHESTER LOWE!
We are hosting a benefit to cover Chester Lowe’s medical expenses in his fight against blood cancer–multiple myeloma. Chester must now take 31 medications and maintain a C-PAP machine. Chemo treatments can take a year or longer, with monthly hospitalizations. Fortunately, his vital signs are improving, but this will be a difficult fight. We need your help to raise the money Chester needs to live longer.
Film showing: “Where To Invade Next” by Michael Moore
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:30pm
Institute For Global Education
1118 Wealthy Street S.E.
Grand Rapids MI 49506
Serving food and beverages, with a discussion after the movie. Event is free and open to the public.
Please donate generously, make checks to: “Chester A. Lowe Donation Account” at IGE address above.
Sponsored by Friends of Chester Lowe, contact Katie Villarie 616-459-6626
Young Lords, seniors, students, organizers and academics unite to preserve community!
By Tom Burke for IGE
Grand Rapids, MI—Close to 200 people turned out for “A Neighborhood Affair to Preserve Community” organized by the Young Lords Student Organization. The event at Grand Valley State University outside Grand Rapids, MI featured the academic and community organizing work of Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, founder of the Young Lords.
The event highlighted the Young Lords in Lincoln Park oral history collection and debuted new oral histories from nearly 50 African American and Latino senior citizens from southeast and southwest Grand Rapids. These stories, “Community House: Senior Histories,” will be available in March through the Kent District Library as well as the Young Lords Collection, housed at Grand Valley. Two professors also showed a rough edit of a Young Lords documentary they are working to finish.
Short speeches by local activists, community leaders, college administrators and local officials conveyed moving personal experiences working to end racism and poverty. There was well-deserved praise for Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez and his work. Speakers included, Kent District Library director Lance Werner, former Kentwood Mayor Richard Clanton; Tony Baker, Grand Rapids Public Schools board president; Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas; and Lee Van Orsdel, dean of University Libraries.
This was followed by the spectacular dance performance by Senior Steppers and then the Soul Syndicate band performing for a full dance floor.
José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez founded the Young Lords in 1968 to struggle for human rights and fair housing in Chicago when investors, politicians, and developers began displacing Puerto Ricans, Latinos and others from the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Jiménez organized a movement, formed the original “Rainbow Coalition” with the Black Panthers and Young Patriots, and published a newspaper to draw attention to substandard housing, police brutality and corruption in Chicago.
Jiménez moved to Michigan in the 1980s and later studied at Grand Valley. He began working with a faculty mentor to capture the stories of his friends and neighbors who stood beside him in the Young Lords. This collection began as a Student Summer Scholars project through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.
At the event Jiménez said, “While the collection represents two different neighborhoods, the focus is similar: capturing and archiving stories of leaders and activists so that others can learn and understand the history of their community.”
Access the collection online at www.gvsu.edu/younglords.
Kate Shockey speaking on behalf of the Institute for Global Education, a sponsor of the event, said, “We are proud to work with Cha Cha Jimenez here in Grand Rapids as we pursue peace and justice for all. IGE plans to organize to stop the removal of working poor and especially African American people from the neighborhoods around Wealthy Street.”
IGE Talks is hosting a follow up event with Paul Mayhue moderating, “Neighborhood Improvement vs. Resident Displacement”, Thursday, April 7 at 7pm at the IGE office, 1118 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 4 to 8:30pm
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room 2204