IGE member Janice Pugh died August 30, 2020 (b. February 28, 1948). Janice was confined to a wheelchair for many years due to a car accident. She was brave and interesting. She is survived by her son Evan. There are no plans for a funeral or memorial at this time. – Katie Villaire
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.
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. On this day, the
United Nations encourages all people to cease from violence for a 24-hour
Yes, it’s just one day – a small step. But this commemoration gives us
big hopes. If the whole world could be peaceful for one day, then perhaps
we can extend that to another day and then another. As the Chinese
proverb goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This year’s theme for the Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.”
Here are a few words about this year’s International Day of Peace from the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres : “Each year, on
21 September, the United Nations calls on everyone, everywhere, to
observe 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. Today … it is essential to
remember that our common enemy is a virus that causes widespread
suffering and risks reversing decades of human progress…Our global
ceasefire appeal is resonating in many places and with many different
groups. While distrust can make implementation difficult, I have been
heartened by the strong support the appeal has received from civil society,
which can influence and mobilize people at the grassroots…”
2020 is a special year — it marks the 75th anniversary of the creation
of the United Nations. To celebrate this achievement, the UN asks us to
take a survey about the pressing issues of peace and justice in our time.
The Institute of Global Education collaborates with the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters to hold an Interfaith Peace Service in the Chapel at Marywood to celebrate Peace Day each year. But this year, 2020, we will be gathering online, collaborating with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute which is housed at GVSU. We ask you to join our zoom as we shape our vision of peace cooperatively. We will be posting information about our shared celebration of Peace Day as it becomes available.
Here is a poem about peace:
take it easy
& war will cease.
life is not a race.
proceed at your own pace.
police your space.
release fear and anger with grace.
take it easy
& war will cease.
The South East Market is not only an important new addition to the area in regards to food access, it is also founded on a philosophy that will uplift the moral integrity of both business and community. As the mission states, the market aims to “increase access to healthy and culturally appropriate food for our community through a sustainable and equitable lens.” Alita Kelly, the founder, understands the contiguous connection between our bodies and the Earth and that the health of one depends on the other. Having grown up in the area herself, she also understands that there are voices missing. Alita recently graduated from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Sustainable Business. Her past work with local food access organizations and managing nutritional programs has led her to the ambitious pursuit of empowering equitable and sustainable food systems. The value of our health is priceless, which is why the market aims to support the community at large, not exclusively the southeast area. However, the marginalized neighborhoods on the southeast side of Grand Rapids have long endured a lack of healthy food options, which is why the market is particularly committed to bridging that gap for the residents.
The land we live on today, and the land that the market will stand on, is not our own. It is important to understand the history of this land, which once belonged to the peoples of the First Nation. Indigenous philosophy declares that land cannot be owned, it is viewed as our mother and it is our responsibility to care for it, like a relationship. According to their teachings, respect, responsibility, and reciprocity are essential components of maintaining a healthy relationship with both people and nature. These components are also embedded in the foundation of the market.
Sustainability is crucial for a healthy future, but equity is essential as well. Equity starts with respecting and understanding the community’s values and desires, and then aiding in the effort to reach those desires while preserving their dignity. Out of respect for the community’s needs the South East Market makes healthy and affordable produce accessible for families; out of respect for the land the market is sourcing that produce conscientiously. By making these promises, the market also has a responsibility to uphold its values and ensure that concerns for equity are addressed.
The responsibilities we hold correspond with the gifts we are given; as humans, we have the gift of stewardship, knowledge, gratitude, etc. Applying these gifts and more, the market is fulfilling its responsibility to the health of the land and community. It is solving issues through business and community outreach by listening to the community members firsthand. After all, the produce cannot be culturally appropriate without familiarity with the culture. Similarly, the produce is not necessarily ensuring equity if it is not being sourced from a diversity of farmers. The market recognizes this as well and intends to source as much product as possible from Black, Indigenous, people of color and women farmers in the Michigan area. In an effort to keep the food prices affordable for our community members, however, additional food will be supplemented by local farms and larger distribution companies.
In order for the relationship to be successful it must be symbiotic, which in this case means that if the community wants to see the local businesses thrive and continue into the future, the community must also do its part and support the business. By both parties fulfilling their responsibilities it becomes mutually beneficial, also referred to as a reciprocal relationship. With the continual support of the community it becomes even easier for the South East Market to provide more options and meet more needs. The market will soon be able to accept payments from both Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With shown interest, there are also hopes to start community workshops to educate the public on various topics concerning health and well-being. The market recognizes the value of a sparked interest, hopefully its farmer-to-consumer connection will inspire the community to learn more about the ways in which their food is produced.
While in its infancy, the market will conduct business virtually. The customers can visit the website and choose which items they would like in their food order. Everything sold through the business will be highly reviewed for its level of sustainable production. The market is working to also offer options that are designed to improve health conditions, such as diabetes, or help work toward personal health goals by organizing a pre-arranged basket of ingredients and recipe cards to prepare the healthy meals. To further aid with accessibility, customers may choose to pick up their produce or have it delivered if they reside within the 49507 zip code.
The market is an investment in the community to uplift the voices and make it a happier and healthier environment, but it also needs your support and small investments to do so effectively. Please visit the market’s website for more information. If you support community health and empowerment please consider donating to the South East Market’s GoFundMe page.
Re: COVID-19, Michigan Unemployment & Medicare
My name is Matthew Brady and my partner Elizabeth and I live in Holland, Michigan. We met in our mid-thirties and have been together five years. I grew up in Cheboygan county, but Elizabeth grew up in Holland. Elizabeth has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (Type 2C), which is a very rare form of LGMD. She can move her fingers and speak clearly and is able to work part-time from home. The muscle’s behind Elizabeth’s lungs have weekend to the point where she needs machines to assist her in coughing and ventilating CO2 during sleep. This factor also makes her vulnerable to complications with respiratory infections/diseases, such as COVID-19.
I am fortunately very much aware of the problem of induction and so I keep an eye out for big problems. I started preparing for the COVID-19 outbreak by early March. Elizabeth has aide care, and that is very precious and necessary for us, but the threat of contracting COVID-19 from an aide was a major concern for us. Elizabeth consulted her doctor in mid-March, and he recommended having as few people entering the home as possible. So I told the printshop (I had worked for eight years) that I needed to be her critical worker during the Stay Home/Stay Safe order. The printshop was fine with it at first, and when I spoke with HR, it sounded like I was going to get partial sick pay. Then I was laid off in April, and ultimately terminated at the end of May. By June I was completely unemployed and Elizabeth was struggling to get her aide care back to normal. Her aide care makes it possible for her to work and ultimately me. Having consistent, reliable, and safe aide care provides me respite care and allows me to be able to work full-time. Providing 100% of Elizabeth’s care (both personal and professional) for ten weeks was very physically taxing on me and difficult for us emotionally. Elizabeth finally got her aide care completely back on track by the end of July. Elizabeth has two aides providing her care and they are responsible and respectful of her being high-risk.
I had a difficult time getting my assistance from the Michigan Unemployment Agency, but I finally did receive my benefits recently. Now the problem is finding a job. With a second wave of COVID-19 on the horizon, it seems like no-one is ready to begin hiring longterm.
I’m very interested in relocating up north; where I grew up. I have stronger ties to a community there. I’m also concerned that, aside from Amazon and the 5G sector, the majority of our economy is heading for tough times. It just makes sense to me that the future is more local (in food production as one example) and so that’s where I’d like to see us. Elizabeth has a lot of concerns though, because there is a lot more to consider when you are significantly disabled. It would sure be nice to have some hope for Medicare for all or even a public option, because that of course is a huge concern for us. I lost my health care when I was terminated in May, and that’s not even one of my priorities at this point.
We are very fortunate and blessed compared to most. Our bills are paid for now and we have the basics. We are grateful to IGE for supporting the Western Michigan community. I wish I could spend more time with IGE, and do more in the community. I am trying to figure out how to help some environmentalists from home. I just hope people can come together and support each other during these troubled times.
Crafting Better Communities (formerly Sewing Circle)
We are returning Tuesdays from 2pm to 7pm.
Currently scheduled on , Sept. 1, & 8, 2020. Face masks (we have available) and social distancing required.
At IGE office: 1118 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids Parking behind building (paid until 5pm), near 4, 5 & 6 bus lines
CREATE: arts, crafts, sew, knit, crochet, draw, color, teach, learn, etc., or just talk. Sewing machine, button maker, art & sign supplies, kid’s stuff, worktables. Collaborative projects welcome.
BOOKS: including “Crafting the Resistance”, “Doomsday Knits”, “Re-Sew”, “Sewing Green”. On-line resources.
Come and go as you like. Coffee & tea. No charge but goodwill donations appreciated.
To schedule special projects like sign making, workshops, individual help or other times contact Kate at 773-220-0847
The Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation socially and economically – and that means many Michigan residents may be out of work or facing financial crisis. There are resources available for those that need food, financial assistance, unemployment resources and help paying their utility bills, just to name a few.
A good place to start is by contacting Michigan’s 2-1-1 system, where you’ll be connected to a list of resources across Michigan for help with food, diapers, rental assistance, energy bills and bus fare, to name a few.
Here’s how to connect:
· Call 2-1-1
· Text your zip code to 898211
· Visit the link: https://www.mi211.org/
Additionally, those interested in donating supplies, donating to a food bank or donating blood during the pandemic can call 2-1-1 as well.
If you need assistance with health care coverage, cash assistance, food assistance, childcare costs or emergency housing, utility payments or burial situations, the state of Michigan has a streamlined application system through MI Bridges.
How to apply:
· Online at newmibridges.michigan.gov
· Using a paper application, which can be found online or at a local MDHHS office. Call your local MDHHS office and they will mail the application to you.
· At a local MDHHS office, which can be found here
· At a community partner, which can be found here
For healthcare coverage only, you can apply over the phone by calling 1-855-276-4627
The state of Michigan has expanded the food assistance benefits for Michigan families, and waived the federal work requirements for about 27,000 individuals. Find out more information here.
The state’s 2-1-1 system is a great resource to get connected with local food drives and giveaways.
The state also has a map of where families can find free lunches for children while school is closed due to the pandemic.
Additionally, these news sites offer a wide-ranging roundup of where free food is available across Michigan.
Rent and Housing
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has temporarily suspended all evictions in Michigan until April 17.
For assistance with emergency housing, get connected with the state’s MI Bridges program.
Additionally, the state offers interest-free forgivable loans to help with mortgage, property taxes and/or condominium association fees in cases of involuntary qualifying hardship – like job loss or a medical event. Learn more about the Step Forward Michigan program by:
· Call 866-946-7432
Gov. Whitmer has issued an executive order that requires water service to be reconnected to residences that have had their water shut off.
Additionally, check with your utility providers to see if they have any policies in place to suspend collections or to postpone bills in cases of financial hardship due to COVID-19.
· DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are not disconnecting service and extending flexible payment plans for low-income customers, seniors and those impacted by illness or job losses related to the pandemic.
· SEMCO has suspended customer disconnections and has waived late fees for anyone unable to pay their monthly natural gas bill. Call SEMCO if you are concerned about paying your bill at 1-800-624-2019.
· AT&T is offering free internet access for new customers for two months. Low-income households can continue to subscribe for $10/month. Service will not be terminated due to inability to pay.
· Comcast and Charter Communications are offering free internet to low-income families. Internet and cable service will not be suspended.
Other resources in Grand Rapids
Electric Cheetah, Kids eat free with an adult meal purchase of $14 or more. 1015 Wealthy St. SE.
Kent County Community Action Food Distribution will add an additional food distribution day March 26 from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. at Kent County Community Action, 121 Franklin St. SE. To volunteer click here
Kids’ Food Basket, Looking for volunteers. Text KFB to 56651 to donate. 1300 Plymouth Ave NE.
John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020)
John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.”It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” his family said in a statement. “He was honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”Lewis died on the same day as civil rights leader the Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, who was 95. The dual deaths of the civil rights icons come as the nation is still grappling with racial upheaval in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the nation. It’s another heartbreak in a year filled with them, as America mourns the deaths of nearly 140,000 Americans from Covid-19 and struggles to bring the virus under control.
- CRAFTING BETTER COMMUNITIES – (Formerly SEWING CIRCLES)
Tuesdays from 2pm to 7pm. [Call IGE for schedule.] Face masks (we have available) and social distancing required. All are welcome.
At IGE office: 1118 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids Parking behind building (paid until 5pm), near 4, 5 & 6 bus lines
1. Movie: Ay Mariposa – RESCHEDULED –Friday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 at 8pm outdoors at East Congregational Church parking lot. Please bring lounge chair. Church will provide some seating. Event is hosted by East Congregational Social Action Committee and IGE
2. MOVIE: SUMMONED – Frances Perkins and the General Welfare. Sunday, September 27, 2020 2pm-5pm (with discussion after movie) at Institute for Global Education (IGE) 1118 Wealthy Street SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506
In the depths of the Great Depression, FDR appointed France Perkinsas U.S. Secretary of Labor, the first woman to sit on a presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds ,she became a driving force behind the New Deal social safety net, including Social Security, the 40 hour work week, eight hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. This PBS Documentary is free, please register ahead of time by calling Kate Shockey at 773-220-0847. Must register ahead of time and wear a mask because ofCovid-19.
3. Pending Film and discussion on Wangari Mathai. Wangari Maathai was Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Promoter of community and empowerment of Women in Kenya. Katie Villarie will host this event either in early September . This will be held in the IGE office so sign up is necessary and must wear a mask. More information will follow soon…
MORE TO COME. KEEP CHECKING COMING EVENTS. . .
N.B. The Corrine Carey Memorial has been postponed. The Carey family has decided to wait until next year (2021) to celebrate her memory because of Covid-19 pandemic.
Phone: 1-844-330-2020 Mail: in postage paid envelope
It is important so Grand Rapids receives maximum government funding
(roads, schools, hospitals)
There are NO citizenship questions!!!
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.
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.
CAREY, CORINNE “At 93, I now look back on a life fulfilled,” Corinne Carey wrote shortly before her peaceful passing on May 19, 2020. “I was fortunate to be loved by George Carey, my husband of 62 years, and our four wonderful sons and their families,” she said. “When you go through this journey of life, you meet so many people that you truly love and cherish, beautiful people,” she wrote. Her life was full of people she met along the way, but she placed the greatest importance on her family, on being a mother to Pat, Mitch, Steve, and Keith, a grandmother to Mike, Megan, Brandon, and Lyn, and a great grandmother to Amelia, Maddy, and Atlas, a sister to JoAnn (nephews and nieces Merry, David Leslie, Randy, and Nancy) and to brother, Joel Douglas (nephews Warren and Bill). Born Corinne Frances Steury on November 22, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was the loving daughter of Joel Steury, a former member of the Mennonite community from Bern, Indiana and Rosemary Harris of Vestaberg, Michigan. Corinne led a long, healthy, active, and purposeful life that was guided by her belief in the good of people from all walks of life, the value of education, the importance of finding peaceful solutions to complex problems, and the need to preserve our earth for future generations. Corinne spent a lifetime turning her beliefs into actions. She was a woman ahead of her time, a mentor, a gifted and innovative teacher, a tireless social activist, and a person who had a passion for music, languages, travel, and, of course, family. Beyond her role as the matriarch of the Carey family, Corinne was a member of Fountain Street Church since 1948 and sang in the choir there for most of the 72 years she was a member. She found a second home at Fountain Street, drawn to the messages of hope and peace espoused by the church. For years, she set up a table after church services where she distributed literature about the importance of a nuclear free world and protecting our environment, and talked to everyone about what they could do to promote an environmentally safe Michigan. Long before anyone heard about reducing carbon footprints, Corinne was taking steps to reduce hers and encouraging others to do so. She practiced what she preached. – every single day. On Monday afternoons, for many years, she rallied with a local peace group on the corner of Division and Fulton in downtown Grand Rapids, advocating for issues of peace, global justice, and a nuclear-free world. Corinne returned to college in her early forties and, in 1967, became a member of the first graduating class at Grand Valley State University where she received a teaching degree. She taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Coit School for the next 15 years. Corinne wanted students from Coit’s economically depressed neighborhood to have pride in their community and in themselves. Toward that end, she organized and trained her students to lead kids in the lower grades on historical tours of the Coit neighborhood. They learned about the historic buildings and cobblestone streets around their school, as well as the origins of the neighborhood and its place in the history of Grand Rapids. For years after they graduated, students returned to her to say how important she had been in their lives. When the school board proposed razing the building in the 1990s, it was Corinne who joined the fight to save it, eventually winning the battle. Coit School, now 140 years old, continues as a public school today. Once retired from teaching, Corinne single handedly produced a series called Speaking Out on Grand Rapids Television and ran it for 20 years. She also grew increasingly interested in the environmental threat of nuclear power plants and joined the Don’t Waste Michigan movement. In her late 60s, she walked 450 miles with the Michigan Peace March to protest against nuclear power plants and to fight for peace and justice around the world. For 35 years, she was an active member of the Institute for Global Education (IGE), an organization devoted to peaceful conflict resolution, human rights, and multicultural and religious awareness. Upon hearing of Corinne’s passing, IGE released a statement saying that “…we have lost a jewel…Her enthusiasm and generous nature were a gift to everyone who was ever near her.” At 91, Corinne joined the Michigan League of Conservation Voters as a volunteer where she spent her volunteer days calling Michiganders, encouraging them to vote for representatives who would stop rollbacks of critical environmental protections and work toward making Michigan a model and leader in conservation. She also tutored at Coit School for years after her retirement. She taught for a summer in Nepal and ended up sponsoring one of her students, Ram Bdr Khadka, for the following 12 years. She encouraged his studies and mentored him from a child to a young man. Ram is now completing college and teaching elementary school kids, as well as getting involved in his community – his path, in part, guided by Corinne. In letters he wrote to her over the years, he affectionately referred to her as “Grandma.” Amid all of her political and environmental activities, Corinne always put her family first and found time to be a grandmother, doing things like baking and decorating gingerbread houses, knitting nose warmers, crocheting, playing the piano, and always imparting knowledge to her grandkids, exposing them to new experiences to broaden their horizons. She was a teacher in every sense of the word – both in and out of the classroom. Whether she was teaching or volunteering or marching, or sharing time with her family, Corinne’s life was life in motion – always devoted to actions that would make the world a better place and our future brighter. When she summed up her motivations for a life of selfless activism, she said only: “It’s the least I can do for my boys and my family’s future.” If Corinne could leave us with just one word, a word to remember her by, a word that we’ve all heard her say many times, it would be what she said with every goodbye: “Onward!” Corinne is preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Rosemary Steury, her husband, George Carey, siblings JoAnn and Doug, and nephew Warren Steury. She leaves behind her four sons, Pat Carey (Sue), Mitch Carey (Nancy), Steve Carey (Jan), and Keith Carey, grandchildren Mike Carey (Amy), Megan Dupuy (Bert), Brandon Carey, and Lyn Rose Carter (Paul), and great grandchildren Amelia Dupuy, Maddy Dupuy, and Atlas Carter. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and their children. Donations may be made in Corinne’s name to Fountain Street Church (24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) and/or to the Institute for Global Education (1118 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506) A memorial for Corinne will be held at Fountain Street Church on August 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (Due to the current pandemic crisis, this date may change. Please check the following website for updates closer to the date of the service: (www.memorialalternatives.com).