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Kalamazoo resident Joetta Carr says the Southwest Michigan chapter of the Extinction Rebellion wants candidates for mayor and city commission to develop a climate policy for Kalamazoo. She says they are also working at the state level, and planning to go to the debates in Detroit for candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President. 

Carr was interviewed for a story in Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave. It’s part of the On the Ground Series telling stories from Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods. The project is now focused on the Vine Neighborhood. On the Ground Kalamazoo Project Editor Theresa Coty O’Neil says political activism, including around global issues is one of the things that stands out about the Vine Neighborhood.


A free public concert at Davis Street Park in the Vine Neighborhood. Photo Taylor Scamehorn
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Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground Kalamazoo Project Editor Theresa Coty O’Neil says the Vine neighborhood is different in many ways from the others featured so far. Over the next several weeks, O’Neil will report on the people, business, non-profit groups and more in the Vine Neighborhood.


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When Al Holloway went looking for a “makers’ space in Kalamazoo, “there was not one, and that’s when I founded the makers’ guild.” Holloway, who is technical resources manager for the Air Zoo, is one of the founders of the non-profit Kzoo Makers. The Project Editor for Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave on the Ground Kalamazoo, Theresa Coty O’Neil wrote about the makers’ space as part of their series on the Eastside Neighborhood.


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The Project Editor for Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground Kalamazoo says the story of Kzoo Makers was one that people in the Eastside Neighborhood wanted her to tell. Theresa Coty O’Neil wrote about what goes on in the old warehouse, and how the makers in Kalamazoo help each other.

One the non-profit group’s founding members Al Holloway says it grew from a group of "makers" in town. He says they needed space and found it on East Michigan Avenue. Their makers’ space includes woodworking and metal shops, welding equipment, laser engraving and more. Coty O’Neil says most of the people she met were already working with their hands, but wanted to do something creative. “That hacker mentality it’s contagious, but…it just has this wonderful spirit as well.”


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Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave is now “On the Ground” in Battle Creek. Like their project in Kalamazoo, On the Ground Battle Creek seeks stories in neighborhoods. Starting with Washington Heights and now Urbandale.


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