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The Establishment

Leigh Ann Smith

16 November 2017

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Millions of Americans, particularly the working class, LGBQT, minorities, and immigrants, feel left behind by the system, and in light of the revival of violence from white supremacists and the tumultuous debate on gu...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

13 November 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Food insecurity across the heartland can be improved through the many solutions and advice provided in this article. Community gardens, cooking demonstrations, food pantries and food delivery are just a few examples.

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...

The Taos News

Staci Matlock

29 October 2017

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton's economy took a devastating blow when its coal mine shut down and hundreds of people lost their job. In recent years the town has made great strides in rebuilding by taking inventory of what the town needs, enc...

Next City

Nina Feldman

27 October 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In the aftermath of Chicago closing almost 50 public schools, urban designers are testing creative uses to keep the buildings functioning as community spaces. Overton Elementary is being transformed into the Overton B...

Politico

Joanne Kenen

25 October 2017

Harlem, New York, United States

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A community-focused health care program in Harlem, New York helps connect local residents with people from their own community – known as "health coaches" – who can help address their health concerns. Doctors from loc...

WHYY

Dana Difilippo

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many low-income people who are arrested, coming up with even a small amount of bail money is nearly impossible, leaving them to languish for months before their cases are ever adjudicated. That means lost jobs and...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Blythe Bernhard

19 October 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis has one of the highest rates of STDs and HIV in the state, but the city's Health Department has implemented a creative method for providing safe sex education and testing. The staff at salons and barber shop...

The Victoria Advocate

Jessica Priest

10 October 2017

Palacios, Texas, United States

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When one community decided it was time to seek chance in public discourse, they didn't look for guidance at the national level, but instead asked, "What are the best ways that we can solve this ourselves?" Although st...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

9 October 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington D.C., the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase act, gives tenants the right to be the first in line to buy the building they live in, if it goes up for sale. The city, also has a trust fund that finances affor...

Civil Eats

Laurie Mazur

4 October 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Urban gardening initiatives strengthen health and community in Milwaukee. The Victory Garden Initiative offers affordable options for residents to begin gardening—as well as information resources and community events.

Bloomberg CityLab

Maya Kroth

2 October 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

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In a rapidly gentrifying Mexico City neighborhood, two artists refurbished an icon and set up an altar for Santa Mari La Juaricua, a saint to protect residents from eviction. The saint raises awareness and acts as a r...

Public Radio International

Monica Campbell

2 October 2017

San Jose, California, United States

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Volunteers, hotlines, community supporting families, these are the basic principles of rapid response networks. A rapid response network is a community led, volunteer response to immigration crackdowns that is being r...

Broadly

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...

OZY

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...

Eugene Weekly

Morgan Theophil

14 September 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A tech-enabled solution from two students at the University of Oregon allows community members to connect in order to best support homeless youth. The platform, called the Rapid Access Network (RAN), serves as a way f...

GOOD Magazine

Ashley Letts

12 September 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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There are numerous problems with the education system, and the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy helps activists figure out how to tackle these issues. From racism to trauma survivors, these activists have started movements d...

City Bureau

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Sarah Conway

27 August 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new restorative justice court in a Chicago neighborhood shows promise in bringing healing to the community through having defendants repair harm they’ve done and reintegrate into the community. It has support from k...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

San Francisco Magazine

Alessandra Wollner

1 August 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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Texting app Rapid Resist allows progressive volunteers to quickly send messages to like-minded voters in conservative districts. The pre-scripted texts call on voters to join local events, sign petitions, and call the...

Grist

Nikhil Swaminathan

25 July 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City neighborhood of Ivanhoe was once plagued by blight, illegal dumping, drug trade, gun violence, and neglect; neighbors lived in fear or moved away. Inspired by one compassionate and proactive family, th...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen E. Holmes

23 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Supreme Court ruled about 2,500 life sentences handed down to juveniles were unconstitutional and resentencing hearings are taking place to decide if these men and women will receive parole. In Philadelphia, a gra...

The American Prospect

David Dayen

17 July 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles has faced deepening issues of severe traffic and extreme smog pollution in the past several decades, but for years intentions and promises to broadly improve transportation have fallen flat. At long last, ...

Undark

Sam Loewenberg

16 July 2017

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh's water is poisoning its residents with arsenic, and several plans to address this problem have stalled. Unicef has installed water facilities with a central filtration plant in some communities in order to...

Grist

Elizabeth McGowan

11 July 2017

Tonawanda, New York, United States

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When the coal-powered Huntley Generating Station began to shut down, the livelihood of the local community in Tonawanda was greatly threatened; numerous jobs were at stake and looming impacts on the town's largest tax...

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