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Cañada Cove COPEs with disaster planning

Half Moon Bay Review

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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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#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

NBC News

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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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