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Protection and promotion of basic human rights and civil liberties. These stories revolve around advocating for and protecting human rights, ranging from questions of discrimination to the expansion of voting rights.

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San Juan County expands in-person voting on the Navajo Nation during the pandemic

The Salt Lake Tribune

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A legal settlement in Utah expanded access to voting on Navajo Nations and influenced similar settlements in Arizona. All registered voters receive a mail-in ballot, but counties also offer early voting and election-day polling locations, where Navajo translators are available. Counties run bilin...

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Towson University professor aims to bolster local election security at voting sites

The Baltimore Sun

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More than 1,930 Maryland poll workers were trained to protect ballot integrity from security threats based on research about where those threats may come from. The program, one of the few in the country focused on election security at polling places themselves, was developed by a researcher inspi...

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Rise in Use of Ballot Drop Boxes Sparks Partisan Battles

Stateline

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Free-standing ballot drop boxes during the pandemic provide assurance to voters who worry about the reliability of the postal service or health risks at polling places. Drop-box voting gradually won acceptance in states relying entirely on remote voting. By 2016, most voters in three big states u...

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9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

CityLab

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Jaywalking laws fail at their ostensible goal of protecting pedestrians, while increasing the risk of volatile encounters between the police and people of color, who are disproportionately targeted by enforcement efforts. Heavy-handed and selective enforcement in U.S. cities has failed to slow th...

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The Courage to Listen

Jackson Hole Community Radio (KHOL)

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Following a series of public controversies over sexual assault, Jackson's Community Safety Network convened a series of training seminars to foster a response that no amount of legislation or criminal prosecutions could offer: to cultivate culture change based on greater understanding and empathy...

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What Canada Can Teach America about Racial Reconciliation

Reasons to be Cheerful

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) traveled throughout Canada to speak with Indigenous people who were forced from their homes as youth into residential homes. The TRC created public forums for survivors to share their stories, which often included examples of horrific abuse. The exper...

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