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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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The housing policy that's turning back gentrification

High Country News

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a Bay Area nonprofit leading the cause to counter gentr...

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Minnesota Food Shelves Go Mobile To Fight Hunger

U.S. News & World Report

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Food banks and relief groups in Minnesota are delivering food to rural and suburban communities as food insecurity rises across the state. Suburban poverty presents unique challenges because communities are spread out and lack public transportation as well as social services, underscoring the imp...

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Mississippi: Local Groups offer financial aid to black businesses shunned by federal stimulus

Black Star News

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Black businesses in Mississippi are receiving a financial boost from a nonprofit that seeks to level the playing field for rural African-Americans in the state who have historically been overlooked when it comes to federal aid. Higher Purpose Co is a black-led economic justice nonprofit that has ...

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Montana Manufacturers' New Products, Markets Could Have Lasting Impact Post-Pandemic

Yellowstone Public Radio

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In Montana, a handful of manufacturers have adapted their facilities to make products and materials that help healthcare workers safely work on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. From face shields to liquid transport mediums, these businesses are finding new ways to play a larger role in th...

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Minneapolis theater community uses stagecraft skills to support businesses of color in the aftermath of protests

CNN

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, and create infrastructure to gather safely. Volunteers, numbering more than 100 w...

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