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The Free Hotline That's Saving Women's Lives by Disarming Dangerous Men

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the service's first month – and works to refer the callers to an eight-week "gender tra...

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In South Bend, Pete Buttigieg challenged a decades-old assumption that streets are for cars above all else

The Washington Post

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Reconfiguring streets to slow automobile traffic through its downtown business district and encourage pedestrians and bicycling enlivened South Bend's street life and proved a boon to its restaurants and other businesses. Then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg pushed for the $25 million plan to make the stree...

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'We Don't Feel Forgotten At All': Alaska Fires Up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

NPR

Radio / 3-5 Minutes

Alaska has achieved one of the highest vaccination rates in the country due to prioritizing access to the vaccine for rural and Indigenous residents. Using a myriad of transportation efforts – including a fleet of chartered plans, a water taxi drove, and sleds pulled behind snow machines – clinic...

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This App Aims to Help SNAP Users Make the Most of Their Benefits

Civil Eats

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A new app is helping communities facing food insecurity in California. Forage Grocery finds the best bargains for SNAP recipients in their local grocery stores. Users upload their grocery list, select the stores they would typically visit in person, and the app compares prices to provide shoppers...

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How a Danish trade union is empowering migrant construction workers to demand equal rights

The Local

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A Danish trade union has integrated migrant construction workers by overcoming language and cultural barriers. The move has led to better working conditions, equal pay, healthcare, and housing for migrant workers - all of which also helps them integrate better into Danish society. Accommodating m...

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Outside/In: Everybody Knows Somebody

NPR

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coalition and a set of arguments led to the historic passage of the law in 1994. VAWA...

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