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Better News

Michael Kilian

23 April 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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After learning that communities of color were virtually “invisible” in local media coverage, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle formed working groups and reached out to community partners to better understand their ...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

23 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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As the Ramadan season begins, Muslim communities around the world are making adjustments to how they observe it in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Minneapolis, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is broadcasting th...

WBFO

Marian Hetherly

20 April 2020

New York, United States

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The Special Olympics turned 50 in 2020, but the pandemic has put a damper on their original birthday plans. People with intellectual and physical differences who participate rely on the games for social connection, so...

KTRK-TV

Ted Oberg

17 April 2020

Sugarland, Texas, United States

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Community banks in Texas have outpaced much larger national banks in approving and funding loans that are keeping businesses afloat during the pandemic-induced lockdown. The lone star state leads in the number of loan...

KDNK Community Radio

Lucas Turner

14 April 2020

Carbondale, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, the Carbondale Mutual Aid Group and Emergency Taskforce launched a new program called “Neighborhood Heroes," which matches community members with around 30 homes to offer leaflets and other forms of suppo...

North Carolina Health News

Anne Blythe

11 April 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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The University of North Carolina's healthcare system is utilizing virtual care centers and mobile communications to more efficiently prioritize potential COVID-19 cases and better track people after they've been teste...

Los Angeles Times

Alejandra Reyes-Velarde

10 April 2020

California, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, people are turning to social media to share their stories and find communities. With a flood of misinformation online and mixed messaging from government leaders, many are docume...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

9 April 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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For many activists, gathering in mass protest is their most powerful tool in their toolbox, but social distancing threatens this ability. But activists in Boulder County, Colorado are not letting the pandemic stop the...

Dallas Weekly

Keri Mitchell

8 April 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Given the scale of the unprecedented crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, non-profit organizations in Dallas, Texas have banded together to pull resources and coordinate their response for ...

Temple Update

Matthew Silverman

8 April 2020

Texas, United States

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ER doctors and other hospital staff who need to isolate themselves from their families can use a camper or mobile home to create a safe distance. The Facebook match-making group, RVs for MDs To Fight the Coronavirus, ...

WRC-TV

Jackie Bensen

7 April 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Connecting to a priest—by video or telephone—can offer relief to those dying alone. The Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, recently launched Dial-A-Priest, a servic...

Spectrum News 1 SoCal

Parker Collins

6 April 2020

Redondo Beach, California, United States

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Immunocompromized individuals are under stricter guidelines to not leave their homes during the coronavirus because they are more susceptible to contracting the virus, but that can leave many feeling isolated. To mana...

The Washington Post

Julie Zauzmer

2 April 2020

United States

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As more individuals are hospitalized and in critical condition from COVID19, religious leaders are finding unique ways to connect. While the norm may be to be at bedsides, in this unprecedented time where that isn’t p...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

1 April 2020

Iowa, United States

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As the youngest state legislators in Iowa, Zach Wahls, a Democrat, and Joe Mitchell, a Republican, are working across party lines to find solutions to climate change. While there has been pushback about their bipartis...

Teen Vogue

Bridget Shirvell

1 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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To help senior citizens through the coronavirus pandemic, teens and young adults are teaching the older people in their communities how to utilize technology. From "using FaceTime, finding reputable news on Facebook, ...

Los Angeles Times

Cindy Chang

1 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To better manage the isolation of being quarantined during the coronavirus, people living in the same communities in neighborhoods of Los Angeles are making "quarantine buddies." Although this method of forming small ...

Minority Africa

Ope Adedeji

1 April 2020

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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Wine and Whine is a Nigerian organization that creates a space for women only to feel safe and connect. The goal is to create a woman-to-woman network and to create an opportunity to talk about issues that affect them...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

26 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The Business Center for New Americans, a nonprofit that offers loans with a focus on immigrant-run businesses, is going above and beyond to make sure its lenders get through the COVID-19 economic crisis. They are offe...

LAist

Erick Galindo

26 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Local staples in Latino neighborhoods like carnicerias, liquor stores, tienditas, and gas stations are standing strong on the front line to continue to provide essentials people need during the coronavirus. As other s...

Buzzfeed

Tricia Wang

24 March 2020

Wuhan, China

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While the media mostly highlights the top-down, government-led measures of containment happening in Wuhan, China, an invisible, sophisticated grassroots network has also had a powerful positive effect on stemming the ...

Bklynr

Rachel Lindy Baron

20 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, local residents have formed a mutual aid organization called #BedStuyStrong. The web application Slack serves as the organization's hub, offering a wide ra...

Grady Newsource

Mary Margaret Stewart

16 March 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Episcopal Church advised Dioceses to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA and differently abled children and youth, particularly in light of the high numbers of LGBTQIA youth suicides. Rather than wait the years it could ...

The New York Times

Aaron Randle

11 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Barbershops are a key part of Black Americans' culture, but the culture within those barbershops tend to be homophobic and alienating to LGTBQ individuals. To address this, a number of barbershops are catering specifi...

Next City

Julia Hotz

26 February 2020

United States

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In New York and across eleven other cities in the United States, a non-profit organization called Back On My Feet leads early morning runs (starting at 5:30am) with members overcoming homelessness and the volunteers w...

The Hechinger Report

Bracey Harris

21 February 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Male teachers of color are often called on to do extra disciplinary work and mentor students of color in other classes in addition to their own. A weekly virtual meetup for Mississpi's male teachers of color provides ...

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