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After a 27-Year Sentence, This Man Is Giving Prisoners Hope and Knowledge

Global Citizen

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After receiving parole following a 27-year sentence, Lawrence Bartley started News Inside – a print publication that is distributed in jails and prisons across the United States. As part of the Marshall Project, News Inside provides incarcerated individuals with stories and information about crim...

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Cañada Cove COPEs with disaster planning

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disasters like wildfires, flooding, and landslides, they recognized that they had to ...

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He Spent a Decade in the System. Now He's Keeping People Out of Prison.

Global Citizen

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After years in prison, Coss Marte opened a fitness company run by and for formerly incarcerated people. The business, ConBody, was born out the passion he found for fitness while incarcerated and from the near impossibility of finding employment upon release. Beyond providing employment, Marte ha...

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How Activists Freed 95 Black Moms From Jail This Mother's Day

Global Citizen

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Across the United States, the National Bail Out collective has been paying the bail for black mothers – and caregivers – who are often left out of conversations on criminal justice. Since 2017, the black-led collaborative of organizers, lawyers, and activists have bailed out over 400 people as pa...

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Luring Refugees: N.Y. Cities Desperate for People Try a New Strategy

The New York Times

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Places like Utica, New York are working to convince refugees and new immigrants to move to their cities to stimulate the local economy and counteract population decline over the decades. Through more comprehensive services, a welcoming atmosphere, and word-of-mouth, refugees are arriving and maki...

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Snapchat Surgery: The Doctors Sending Video Updates Mid-Operation

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When loved ones undergo surgery, the more information that they have access to, the better supported they often feel. To increase efficiency while also improving information access, nearly 60 hospitals across the nation have begun using the Electronic Access to Surgical Events which sends secure,...

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#FreeBlackMamas works to bail black mothers out of jail in time for Mother's Day

NBC News

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Community organizing groups around the country have mobilized to get black mothers out of prison. The initiative #FreeBlackMamas has raised over $1 million dollars in donations since 2017 and comes as a growing response against the cash bail system. Besides bailing out black mothers, the groups s...

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Weed City, USA: A desert town turns to cannabis to find jobs and fight painkiller addiction

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In Needles, California, the cannabis industry turns around a failing economy by bringing jobs and new residents to the city. The industry is expected to supply over 500 jobs in the town of just over 5,000 people.

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India has a big trash problem. TrashBot is trying to help.

The Christian Science Monitor

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Separating mixed waste efficiently with technology can help where waste segregation policies are lacking. In Bangalore, India, a machine called Trashbot sorts mixed waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable components. Properly recycled waste can then be sold, avoiding landfills.

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New Salmon-Challis Smartphone App Lets Users Take Forest Information On The Go

NPR

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Visitors to the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho can now access the wealth of information in a guidebook with the convenience of a smartphone app. The app, which contains valuable information on history, visitor stops, trailheads, and camp sites, will be especially helpful in much of the n...

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SFUSD program intervenes early to keep kids out of special ed for behavior

KALW

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In the United States, African American students are disproportionately placed into special ed tracks based on behavior issues. In an attempt to reverse this trend, the Shoestring Children's Center helps kids aged three to five, many of whom are black, learn to focus and manage their emotions.

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Advocates strive to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women in the US and Canada

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Ensuring that cases of missing and murdered indigenous women are counted requires collecting data. In US and Canada, many cases of missing and murdered indigenous women remain ignored by law enforcement. In response, members of indigenous communities have undertaken data collection campaigns, inc...

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