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Mission Statement Groundcover News exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. Groundcover News, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in April 2010 as a means to empower low-income persons to make the transitions from homeless to housed, and from jobless to employed. Street newspapers like Groundcover News exist in … Continue reading About Us (scroll down for recent posts)

The tragedy of Aura Rosser: Police brutality, domestic violence and community policing reform

Will Shakespeare Groundcover vendor No. 258 “We need to commemorate her artistry, her poetry, her motherhood, her being in this world. She had friends and family, she had spirit. She loved. She stood up for herself. She did not need to die. We demand justice for Aura Rosser."  — Radical Washtenaw Magazine, 2015 The story … Continue reading The tragedy of Aura Rosser: Police brutality, domestic violence and community policing reform

Where will they go? Over 100 people displaced as Kalamazoo Public Safety sweeps Tent City

Ruby Barron Groundcover contributor The Ampersee Encampment was located in a former industrial site near the Growlers Stadium in Kalamazoo. It was home to almost 150 residents after nearly tripling in size this June. The city planned to evict the camp on September 29, citing concerns about health and safety of the residents. However residents … Continue reading Where will they go? Over 100 people displaced as Kalamazoo Public Safety sweeps Tent City

Thriving Peoples, Thriving Places: Poster campaign highlights the contributions of Indigenous women to global biodiversity

We are in a critical moment. In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic that is leaving no family untouched, compounded by increasingly extreme weather events linked to climate change, a unique global art project is shining a light on voices essential to the ecological solutions and collective healing we seek: Indigenous women. ‘Thriving Peoples, … Continue reading Thriving Peoples, Thriving Places: Poster campaign highlights the contributions of Indigenous women to global biodiversity

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Will Shakespeare Groundcover vendor No. 258 Mural for National Hispanic Heritage Month by David Valdez “We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success." — The National Archives, 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month is seen as a celebration of histories, cultures and … Continue reading Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Keeping our heads and homes above water: flooding and health in Detroit

Peter Larson Groundcover contributor Water is essential to human life, but water can also be a hazard to human health. Climate change has led to ever more unpredictable and intense weather events. With more than 80 severe weather warnings in Southeast Michigan this year, this summer is one of the most unusual in Michigan’s history. … Continue reading Keeping our heads and homes above water: flooding and health in Detroit

Shelter Association Recuperative Care reopens in Washtenaw County

By Andre Vasher Groundcover contributor Re-opening after gaining traction in late 2019, the Recuperative Care program run by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County returns in full force. The Recuperative Care program first opened at the Robert J. Delonis Center to provide immediate shelter and part-time nursing support to homeless persons discharged from hospitals but … Continue reading Shelter Association Recuperative Care reopens in Washtenaw County

Local renters and housing activists say no to landlord games

By Lindsay Calka Publisher Tenant activist addresses Washtenaw Apartment's Association after occupying the kickball field, preventing the game from happening. On August 12, the Washtenaw Area Apartment Association’s “Kickball Game and Picnic,” a networking event for landlords, had some unexpected attendees: tenants.  A broad coalition of tenants’ rights activists gathered in protest at Frisinger Park … Continue reading Local renters and housing activists say no to landlord games