Occupy Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org en Occupy Grand Rapids stakes out a new campsite http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-grand-rapids-stakes-out-new-campsite <p><a href="http://occupygr.org/">Occupy Grand Rapids</a> is re-launching the movement after several months of lying low. The group doesn&#39;t have specific demands, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not one thing, it&rsquo;s everything,&rdquo; the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/OccupyGrandRapids">group&rsquo;s facebook page says.</a></p><p>But several of its members say issues like income inequality, corporate influence, and housing security are important to them.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 22:36:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8148 at http://michiganradio.org Occupy Grand Rapids stakes out a new campsite “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Cbuy-nothing%E2%80%9D-day-hit-grand-rapids-park <p>In sharp contrast to the chaos at many shopping centers during Black Friday, Occupy Grand Rapids held an event today encouraging people to buy nothing.</p><p>&ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t the way that Christmas has to be, you know?&rdquo;</p><p>Mandi Creveling lined up clothes, books, kids toys and electronics in neat rows on top of a blue tarp. All of it is up for grabs at the &ldquo;really free market&rdquo;. She&rsquo;s been organizing free markets in Grand Rapids for about 5 years. It&rsquo;s like a flea market, but where everything is free.</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 21:10:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5137 at http://michiganradio.org “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park Individuals involved in "Occupy Grand Rapids" on "Here and Now" http://michiganradio.org/post/individuals-involved-occupy-grand-rapids-here-and-now <p>39-year-old Richard Ertle and 23-year-old Ryan Gillikin share their thoughts today on WBUR&#39;s nationally syndicated &quot;Here and Now&quot; program.</p><p>Gillikin graduated recently for Grand Valley State University. He&#39;s been protesting with the Grand Rapids group since it began earlier this month. He waits tables in between protests.</p><p>Ertle is a student at Grand Rapids Community College studying network administration. I&#39;ve seen him at the occupy protests downtown every time I&#39;ve visited or biked by. He freelances for small and medium sized businesses providing networking services.</p><p>Ertle and Gillikin both told host Robin Young they don&#39;t speak for everyone at the protests, and they don&#39;t all agree on why they&#39;re protesting.<em> &quot;But we listen to one another,&quot;</em> Ertle said,<em> &quot;which is more than what our elected representatives are willing to do.&quot;</em></p><p>Here and Now airs on Michigan Radio at 1p.m. weekdays. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:29:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4618 at http://michiganradio.org Individuals involved in "Occupy Grand Rapids" on "Here and Now" “Occupy Grand Rapids” group protests at Biden fundraiser http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Coccupy-grand-rapids%E2%80%9D-group-protests-biden-fundraiser <p>People inspired by the &ldquo;Occupy Wall Street&rdquo; protests in New York showed up at a Democratic fundraiser hosted by Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday evening.</p><p>Biden made stops in Flint and Grand Rapids to promote President Obama&rsquo;s American Jobs Act before switching to campaign mode.</p><p>At least 50 protesters marched on the sidewalk outside the $500 per dinner private event. The event raised money for the 2012 presidential election.</p><p>&ldquo;We can get Mr. Biden&rsquo;s attention,&rdquo; Richard Ertl said. He&rsquo;s wearing a sticker on the back of his head that reads &ldquo;we are the 99%&rdquo;. &ldquo;We can get them to listen to us and know that we&rsquo;re starting to gel up and become cohesive as a people,&rdquo; Ertl said.</p><p>Ertl and other say they&rsquo;re not protesting Biden but want to send a message. He says protestors want politicians to listen to one another and work together to solve the nation&rsquo;s financial problems.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/OccupyGrandRapids">&ldquo;Occupy Grand Rapids&quot;</a> held its first big meeting over the weekend. They&rsquo;re now camping out in a church parking lot (private property) downtown after spending several days in a public park near the Grand River.</p><p>He says they meet for general assemblies everyday at noon and 6 p.m. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:37:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4570 at http://michiganradio.org “Occupy Grand Rapids” group protests at Biden fundraiser