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How a legacy of organizing among domestic workers helped turn Georgia blue

Mother Jones

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed local neighborhoods each day, knocking on over 1 million doors. Overall, the group ...

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Can Mass Self-Testing for Covid-19 Keep Schools Safe?

Wall Street Journal

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Schools in Austria are teaching schoolchildren how to use noninvasive antigen tests to test themselves for COVID-19, in an attempt to keep schools open and coronavirus spread low. Although some question how reliable these tests are, a few hundred cases have been detected so far and almost all par...

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Instead of Eviction, Landlords and Tenants Talk It Out

Reasons to be Cheerful

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Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program has helped keep more than 400 landlord-tenant disputes out of eviction court proceedings, mainly by using volunteer mediators to work out mutually agreeable plans for tenants to get caught up on their rent payments. The program started last year as a way ...

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The Texas Freeze: Why the Power Grid Failed

Wall Street Journal

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A historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left millions powerless during the storm. Critics of the state’s system say “the alphabet soup of Texas energy oversight bodies” led to inaction and there was a lack of preparation from plant owners to e...

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How Banana Waste Is Turned Into Rugs, Fabric, And Hair Extensions

Business Insider

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A Ugandan company called TEXFAD is taking the stems from banana trees that would normally go to waste and is turning them into new textiles like rugs, place mats, and hair extensions. Over its eight year existence, TEXFAD has grown to also employ 23 people, many of whom started in their internshi...

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DIY-style school helps educate Indian migrants facing eviction

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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“More than 107,600 people were forcibly removed from their homes in India in 2019.” Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using loc...

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The pandemic could change U.S. fisheries forever. Will it be for better or for worse?

The Counter

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to consumers. For example, OC Wild Seafood in California started to sell its spiny lobs...

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Can a Community Water Lab Restore Trust in Flint?

Belt Magazine

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A community-based water testing and lead-education pilot program aimed to rebuild confidence and trust among Flint residents, who are skeptical of state-affiliated testing. Trained students collected water samples that were tested by University of Michigan labs. Educational materials provided wit...

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A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions

The New York Times

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About “1,500 (High School) students from 75 of the nation’s poorest schools in 35 cities,” are enrolling in college courses in elite universities like Harvard and Colombia through an initiative started by a nonprofit—and succeeding. The aim of the program is to prepare underprivileged students fo...

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Integration Starts in the Village

Transitions Online

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Ethnic Azeri students face disproportionate barriers in achieving university education compared to Georgians. One of those reasons is due to language barriers. Isolated from Georgian society, it's not uncommon for Azeri communities to not speak Georgian fluently. “Dashdemirli, 29, an ethnic Azeri...

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The Creative Repurposing of Plywood From Boarded-up Stores

CityLab

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In the months after businesses covered their storefronts with plywood as cities erupted in social-justice protests, environmental and other community groups in many cities organized recycling campaigns to reuse the plywood rather than see it end up in landfills. Twin Cities Plywood Rescue in Min...

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‘Crime-Free' Housing Ordinances, Explained

The Appeal

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Starting in the early 1990s, thousands of American towns and cities passed "crime-free housing" ordinances that purport to reduce crime in rental housing. The laws encourage or require landlords to evict tenants based on calls to police, or the criminal records of tenants or their houseguests. Th...

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