Category Archives: Indy Media

Days of Our Lies: Public Access TV show provided independent news and news analysis in Grand Rapids from 1992 – 1998

For nearly seven years (between 1992 – 1998), if people had access to cable TV in the Grand Rapids area, they might have come across a show on GRTV called, Days of Our Lies. The show was started by several … Continue reading

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A History of Anarchism in Grand Rapids

Several years ago, Sprout Distro published a 4 part series of zines on the history of Anarchism in Grand Rapids. These four zines not only are well written and well researched, they make it clear that there has been an … 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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Students confront Richard DeVos at GVSC in 1977

One of our earliest posting here on the GR People’s History site, was a student critique of Amway co-founders Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel by a Calvin College student in  1971.  We recently came across another example of students … Continue reading

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Early Years of GRTV: An Interview with Tim Goodwin

We recently conducted an interview with Tim Goodwin about the founding and history of cable access channel GRTV in Grand Rapids. The interview is in 3 parts, but before each portion of the interview, we wanted to include some visual … Continue reading

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Interview with Odawa War & Peace Chief 1993

This posting is based on an interview from the independent newspaper, The Fundamentalist in the summer of 1993. The entire interview is linked in the posting, but a summary is what we are providing. One of the co-editors of the … Continue reading

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Giving til it hurts others: Another look and Rich DeVos & Jay Van Andel’s benevolence – 1998

(Our post last week was in reaction to a Grand Rapids Press article from 1998 that featured some information on the philanthropy of Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel. The article is a critique of the GR Press coverage. Today’s … Continue reading

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Responding to the GR Press Pro-Amway Propaganda – 1998

“Our people are seeking inspiration all the time, as most people are. Some people find it in the Rotary Club, some people find it at church and some people like to go to Amway meetings.” Rich DeVos, in, “The Power … Continue reading

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When the Public Museum became the Van Andel Museum

his article is reprinted from a January/February 1995 issue of the independent Grand Rapids newspaper, The FUNdamentalist. It is based on a flyer that was handed out during the opening of the Van Andel Public Museum on November 19, 1994. … Continue reading

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What lack of faith in the government can lead to: Some personal reflections on the Kent County Militia (1995)

This article is re-printed from The FUNdamentalist, November 1995. The writer of this article attended weekly meetings of the Kent County Militia just months after the Oklahoma City bombing.  Before I share my thoughts on who the local militia is, I … Continue reading

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