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Public Radio International

Sasha Khokha

29 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After watching a documentary film about women janitors getting assaulted during the night shift, janitors began to organize around a campaign called “Ya Basta — “Enough is Enough.” They began to protest for legislatio...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 January 2018

Michigan, United States

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Politicians across the country draw voting maps to favor their own political parties. In Michigan, a state with extreme congressional gerrymandering, voters are saying enough is enough. A nonpartisan group called Vote...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

12 January 2018

Colombia

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Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has a chapter on gender and sections specifically responsive to women’s needs, such as an affirmation of women’s right to own land and the establishment of a special unit to investigate co...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 January 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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When the federal government fails to stimulate social change, local areas step up. Tennessee is giving more structure and funding to community college education, and it’s drastically increasing graduation rates. Alask...

Houston Chronicle

Emily Foxhall

14 December 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey left many Houston residents questioning the efficacy of one of the city’s only protections, the Levee Improvement Districts (LID), responsible for providing flood protection. In neigh...

ThinkProgress

Kira Lerner

13 December 2017

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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In Alabama, grassroots organizing targeting black voters resulted in a huge voter turnout. “98 percent of black women voted for Jones (Tyson’s initial estimate was conservative) along with 93 percent of black men.” “J...

A Government By Us

Patrick Chalmers

10 December 2017

Ireland

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Ireland held a citizens’ assembly to discuss the country’s contentious abortion laws and demonstrated the potential of such democracy-building initiatives. A random selection of participants gathered over five weekend...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

8 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, a name long synonymous with violence and gang activity, a mix of robust, data-driven policing and community engagement reversed a spike in violence from 2016 to 2017 to a degree un...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

National Observer

Emilee Gilpin

4 December 2017

Canada

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From solar to geothermal to biomass projects, First Nations are finding ways to confront and combat fossil fuel concerns head on. In fact, over 30 Nations have some type of renewable energy source powering their commu...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

4 December 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, Michigan, residents reduce the effects of gentrification through physical activity and shared storytelling. The non-profit Pedal to Porch encourages residents to bike to their neighbors’ homes and record t...

Al Jazeera

Sylvia Rowley

Russell Beard

22 November 2017

Cologne, Germany

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In the face of climate change as a result of increased CO2 emissions, millions of concerned citizens have grown frustrated at the lack of change from more traditional forms of civil engagement such as petitions, prote...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Liberia

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Liberia is a country that has suffered from over a decade of civil war, as well as government corruption. New female-led government leadership has created the President’s Young Professionals Program that has enrolled ...

Politico

Arthur Allen

16 November 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The city of Louisville, built and sustained largely by pollution-inducing industries such as rubber factories and bourbon distilleries, is grappling with how to make the city air cleaner. The novel Air Louisville stud...

Farm and Dairy

Katy Mumaw

16 November 2017

Carroll County, Maryland, United States

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Opioid overdose is a rising problem that is taking more and more lives, including Holly's. Holly's mother started 'Holly's Song of Hope' to help educate the public about drugs and addiction, to provide a support group...

Next City

Sara Vigneri

6 November 2017

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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POWER Northeast is trying to fight against voter disenchantment and reach the parts of the community that usually feel excluded and disillusioned by politics. This organization goes all over Allentown, Pennsylvania sp...

NationSwell

Neil Parmar

30 October 2017

California, United States

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Non-profits in California worked together to set up a national network for undocumented immigrants to fight isolation and support legal aid. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) offers ...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

26 October 2017

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Amid divisive free speech discussions on campus, students across the country formed BridgeUSA, a group dedicated to the 'transpartisanship' movement. Student representatives are trained to facilitate constructive disc...

National Geographic

Krista Langlois

26 October 2017

British Columbia, Canada

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In British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations have been striving for decades to save the spirit bear, also known as Kemode bears, from trophy hunters. Since 1999, the indigenous commu...

Civic Hall

Nithin Coca

20 October 2017

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, only 30 days are required between the calling of an election and election day. Campaign periods sometimes last as little as just 10 days. Sinar Project, a nonpartisan Malaysian civic tech organization, is...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

17 October 2017

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Chatbots don’t sleep. They can respond to citizen inquiries 24 hours a day. From North Charleston to Singapore, automated conversation platforms are improving the connection between governments and the people they ser...

BBC

William Kremer

17 October 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Iceland may be "the best country in the world for gender equality" but women get paid 30 percent less than men. Trade unions and businesses united to fix the problem. They reevaluated people's salaries through a point...

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Kadish Morris

28 September 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Protest Banner Library is a space for people to make, house, and 'check out' signs for progressive protest. Formed in the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, the Library has built community as well as a way t...

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Dan Peleschuk

27 September 2017

Dolyniany, Ukraine

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In Ukraine, decentralization and local control is taking hold as the country pursues government reforms. The process works by combining separate territories into administrative units called unified territorial communi...

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