Author Archives: Jeff Smith (GRIID)

Anti-Globalization Movement in Grand Rapids began in the Spring of 2000

The US anti-sweatshop organizing in the 1990s focused a great deal of individual corporations and their exploitation of workers in countries around the world. Organizers around the world however, didn’t just challenge the practices of individual corporations, instead they saw … Continue reading

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Anti-sweatshop Action in Grand Rapids – 1996

As part of the growing anti-globalization/anti-free trade movement that was growing in the US, especially after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, organizers with the Institute for Global Education held an action at the Woodland Mall to … Continue reading

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Grand Valley Labor News series on Amway – 1980

We recently received a three-part series of articles written by Michael Johnston, a Grand Rapids labor historian and former journalist with Grand Valley Labor News (GVLN). This recently acquired three-part series is important, since he provides important analysis about co-founders … Continue reading

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1991 Resistance to the Gulf War in Grand Rapids: Part II

In Part I of this article, we looked at how people in Grand Rapids resisted the US military attack on Iraq in the early part of 1991. In today’s post we will look at the aftermath of that US war … Continue reading

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1991 Resistance to the Gulf War in Grand Rapids: Part I

In the summer of 1990, it began clear that the US government was beginning to marginalize Iraq, with the intent of going to war with the Middle Eastern nation. The US was claiming that Iraq’s border dispute with Kuwait was … Continue reading

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Anti-Contra Aid action from 1986 in Grand Rapids

As we have mentioned in numerous postings before, there was an active Central American Solidarity Movement in the 1980s, resisting the US wars in El Salvador, Guatemala and the US funding of the Contra War in Nicaragua. US aid to … Continue reading

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Print honors the legacy of Cole Dorsey and West MI for Animals

Nearly three years ago we interviewed Cole Dorsey, one of the activist and organizers with the 1990s group known as West Michigan for Animals.  This new print, from GVSU student Mackenzie Fox, both celebrates and honors the legacy of Cole … Continue reading

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