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Let’s do it for Kari!

The No 9 Needed campaign is in full force! What is this campaign you ask? The No 9 Needed campaign, as Mark Fletcher of Avaya put it, means 9-1-1 from any phone WITHOUT a prefix "9.” I couldn’t have explained it better myself. The campaign is gaining support from all over the globe, but like most grassroots movements, it began with a tragic incident. On December 1 2013, Kari Dunn lost her life at the hands of her estranged husband. She had agreed to meet him at a hotel for a short visitation Read more [...]

A Win for Local Authorities in Gang Bust

In the beginning of February, Jabber Log reported on the violence and gang activity in West Michigan. The story, set in Grand Rapids, followed a former gang member named Cruz and Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. In the audio portion of the article, Cruz talked about his experience in a gang and how after he escaped he suffered a near fatal shooting. Alfaro’s story explains his affiliations with gangs and how when he moved to Michigan Read more [...]

Violence and the SOL to Prevent it

According to, the city of Grand Rapids, MI holds a population of just under 190,000 people. Within that amount are people with their own story. They range from the happy to the sad and to those of violence. This is the story of Cruz, a former gang member who sought the friendship and limelight of a gang but soon found out that this life was not a smooth path. This story also highlights the work of Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center Read more [...]

The Process of FOIA and 9-1-1

Day in and day out we see news stories that reveal the inner workings of local government, small business owners, 9-1-1 calls, etc. The information given on news broadcasts can raise an eyebrow as to how it was obtained. So how do they get their information and are you, the general public, able to do the same? In most cases, the journalist working on the story has put in a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This is something that anyone can do. According to, “Enacted Read more [...]

Could a release of medical marijuana growers names be an invasion of privacy?

The election has come and gone but the one thing that has people talking, other than who was elected, is the recreational use and legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. On top of that, two more states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. A total of 18 states have now legalized medical marijuana and this continues to be a hot topic. It also continues to be a tricky law when it comes to law enforcement. Last month, the idea of releasing a list of growers to the police was Read more [...]

The Youth Violence Series

Good evening. The publication is a continuation of a series of segments based on youth violence. The issue is everywhere but this specific project is based out of Grand Rapids, MI. The video below contains a Keynote presentation regarding the breakdown of this project. It includes the cause of youth violence, some statistics, those who have dealt with it and those who seek to help stop it. Read more [...]

Little Person, Big Issue – The Effort of Nestlings Diaper Bank

Communities around the U.S. have been dealing with the woes of financial problems for some time now. More and more are living in poverty and is a growing problem in Michigan. reports on Kent County, located in West Michigan, that, “children living in poverty has increased every year of the last decade.” Now let’s add the stress and worry of not being able to diaper your own child. This could be for the reasons of financial struggle or a shortage. According to, Read more [...]

The Ongoing Battle With Synthetic Drugs

For decades, the American people have been addicted to drugs whether it be recreational or pharmaceutical. According to, “Roughly 1 in 9 youth abused prescription drugs in the past year.” A new type to add to this addiction comes in the form of synthetic drugs. Jabber Log ran a story almost four months ago that featured synthetic drugs known as Spice and Bath Salts. Just after that story, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan passed a bill that would make the drug illegal. WXYZ, a local Read more [...]
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