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How Bears Ears Activists Advanced Navajo Voting Rights in Utah

Bitterroot

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In 2016, court ordered redistricting gave Navajo nation residents in San Juan County fairer representation and required in-person polling locations and translation assistance. Shortly after, the Bear Ears National Monument was reduced by 85% by the Trump administration, which motivated a huge get...

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Denver School Principal On How Black Students Led Swift Changes To History Curriculum

NPR

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After an emotionally intense visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., students from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver realized their history curriculum was overdue for a drastic overhaul. Black students expressed the need to se...

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Westside Hotel Gives Cleveland's Homeless a Place to Rest Their Heads During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Cleveland Scene

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When COVID-19 emergency plans by Cleveland agencies to reduce crowding in homeless shelters excluded people still living on the streets, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless developed a plan to house people in hotel rooms. Raising money for the plan on the fly, the organization arranged ...

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As protests against police brutality go global, these Latina moms fight in memory of their sons

Los Angeles Times

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Mothers of young Latino men killed by sheriff’s deputies in East Los Angeles have struggled to pry information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but along the way they have formed a network of support groups helping fellow survivors cope with their grief and trauma. The loosely or...

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Chesapeake teacher, students create virtual orchestra during COVID-19 pandemic

WTKR

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Although the pandemic is keeping students and teachers apart, an orchestra teacher in Chesapeake, Virginia found a way to bring his students together through a virtual concert. Crestwood Middle School Orchestra Director Orion Burke recorded himself playing the song to a metronome, and students ea...

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Baltimore Hits Pause on Gun Violence Command Centers

The Trace

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A strategy to improve the intelligence that steers policing and violence-intervention efforts has worked in Chicago and shown promising early signs in Baltimore. But plans to expand Strategic Decision Support Centers in Baltimore ran into political opposition, based on sentiment in favor of diver...

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Paradise Lockdown: How Thailand's Phuket Island flattened its coronavirus curve

Asia Sentinel

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Despite devastating economic consequences, Thailand’s quick and hardline response to early signs of COVID-19 spread contained the virus and within weeks limited the country’s infections to just over 3,000 as of July 1, a far better record than nearby countries. Tourism-dependent Phuket Island was...

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Vietnam has 0 coronavirus deaths. Here's why.

CNBC

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

Vietnam reacted swiftly to the approaching pandemic, screening travelers from Wuhan, then banning all visitors from China, mandating masks, producing a catchy hand-washing video, and conducting extensive testing, with mandatory quarantines of infected people. The country of 97 million had just a ...

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Beach Cleanups Prove Popular And Purposeful During Pandemic

Honolulu Civil Beat

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Since single-use plastic usage has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations in Hawaii are planning beach cleanup events to pick up the plastic waste. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’s first beach cleanup event since the start of the pandemic drew 150 registrations in less t...

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A course on the coronavirus builds community for new students

The Hechinger Report

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In order to offset the lack of in-person community building that is often part of the college experience for incoming freshmen, an interdisciplinary team of professors at Manhattanville College in New York developed a special online course. The 4-week course integrates and requires students to ad...

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'Black At' Instagram accounts put campus racism on display

The Hechinger Report

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Students at colleges across the U.S. are taking to social media to confront racism and biases at their campuses. Over 40 "Black at" Instagram accounts were launched in June on which students share their personal stories of racism on campus, educate interested parties through reading lists, and sh...

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This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

CNN

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests that solve nothing. And, while less than 1% of its calls require police backup, the...

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