This Man Says His Anti-violence Plan Would Save 12,000 Lives
11 September 2019
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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Elimination, or GIVE, provides funding for police departments to adopt strategies like hot-spot policing, deterring those most at-risk, or street outreach to break the cycle of violence. While such strategies are linked to success, the process of implementing them, gaining support and trust from the community, and waiting for long-term change has proven challenging.
The gun solution we're not talking about
11 September 2019
Multi-Media / 5-15 Minutes
While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementing licensing systems that require individuals wanting to buy a gun to take safety courses, apply with local law enforcement, provide references, and have their background checked. States that have such systems in place have seen a steady decline in gun homicides and suicides.
Meet the Young Activists Fighting Chicago's Gun Violence, With Lobbying and Group Hugs
3 September 2019
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GoodKids MadCity, an anti-gun violence group that is led by black and brown youth in Chicago is working to create a safer community. Members, most of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, work together to address the systemic drivers of gun violence in their city, including poverty, trauma, and lack of safe spaces. They do so by creating a community for themselves and by engaging politically – pushing local lawmakers to address the systemic drivers they’ve identified.
Lacking Sexual Assault Nurses, Some Ky. Hospitals Illegally Turn Victims Away
Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
3 September 2019
Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words
In Kentucky, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) are often the frontline responders for survivors of a sexual assault, but have yet to be available in every hospital. Too often, women are turned away because of an absence of SANE nurses, which tend to be in more metro areas. Communities that do have access to the specialized services see an increase in rape prosecutions and a decrease in long term health concerns for these women, but making sure such services are statewide has proved economically challenging.
Drive-thru brothels: why cities are building 'sexual infrastructure'
2 September 2019
Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words
Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Germany (where there are "sex drive-throughs" that are equipped with safety features, facilities for rest, and toilets for the workers) to Amsterdam (where they are developing new rules for window-based sex work), governments are now increasingly inviting sex workers and their representatives to the negotiating table.
Largest solar-powered farm in Idaho sees a profit
Twin Falls Times-News
1 September 2019
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Installing solar power on thousand-acre farms may seem like a daunting task, and yet Russell Shiermeier not only was able to do it, but profit from it. Because of a mutually beneficial relationship with Idaho Power, the solar electricity he generates helps lighten the region’s power load in the summer. With tax incentives and grants, Shiermeier was able to finance the equipment and installation – and see his power bills cut in half.