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New Print Celebrates the Central American Sanctuary Movement in Grand Rapids during the 1980s

A new print from GVSU student Michaela West celebrates the fact that Grand Rapids had a formal sanctuary for Central Americans who were fleeing US-backed death squad violence in the 1980s. The Grand Rapids People’s History Project has several postings … Continue reading

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West Michigan Nuclear Resisters took part in campaigns throughout the state in the 1980s and early 1990s – Part I

In two weeks, much of the world will be reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The world witnessed the brutal violence unleashed from those early versions of nuclear weapons, but it did … Continue reading

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News Coverage of the Grand Rapids Center American Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s

This is the second story dealing with the Central American Sanctuary Movement that existed in Grand Rapids. The first story provided an overview of the Grand Rapids Movement. There was limited news coverage of the Grand Rapids Sanctuary house, which … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids was part of the Central American Sanctuary Movement in the 80s

(This article is part of a larger project about the Grand Rapids Central American Sanctuary Project. As a matter of full disclosure, this writer was part of that effort.) In the late 1970s and 1980s, US funded counter-insurgency wars were … Continue reading

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