Wednesday, September 19
The Loft at Luna
64 Ionia Ave SW #100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Price: $20 for Local First Members; $25 for non-members
Business is booming in West Michigan. Developers have their hands full, new store fronts are opening every week, and unemployment is at or near record lows. But as new buildings are going up, affordable single family homes being torn down. Some are even sitting vacant. The jobs that are moving into the area are attracting talent, but forcing people of color and other marginalized populations out.
The economic prosperity of a community doesn't have to mean pushing out its occupants. At this workshop, we will highlight ways to grow roots in our neighborhoods and contribute to their success. The team at One World Diversity will act out scenes that demonstrate the negative effects of gentrification and ways to combat them. These scenes are humorous but thought-provoking and are meant to inspire open dialogue, facilitated by the panel of resource partners.