A Conversation with Sara Vogel, Portage Mom and BLM Activist

Have you noticed the BLM Peaceful Protest near the City Hall in Portage during the noon hour?  Sara Vogel is one of the founders and leaders of the group. 

Since June, involved Portage residents have been supporting the Black Lives Matter community every day for 175 days.  After Thanksgiving and considering the upcoming winter, the group now advocates for ending racism on Wednesdays and Sundays 12-1 PM.  It is the Portage Kids Peaceful Protest that includes children, families, and friends of any age in the Portage area.  Kimberly Ridley joined this group on the corner of Westnedge and Centre (across from Chicken Coop) in early November and was happy to find in-person, but physically distanced, community again.

Sara Beaver Vogel was born and raised in Portage and her parents and sister still live in the area – which is why she moved back in 2015. Sara is a graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary.  While she’s also an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, the last few years her ministry has been as a stay at home mom.  Sara has three children, ages 6 to 12.  Now that school is virtual, most days she’s juggling the demands of whatever needs to be done most urgently.  

Join us on January 21 at 7:00 PM to be inspired in how we might move from concerned citizen to engaged citizen.  Learn and develop ideas to prioritize action on our values and the nerve to find ways to do that. Leaders are needed and so are supporters.