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Kevin Duggan

15 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs relied on help from 34 community groups to distribute a $20 million relief fund from the Open Society Foundation. The groups verified who needed the funds, and no p...

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Shanti Lerner

14 April 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Chispa Arizona is working to encourage members of the Latino community to spend time outdoors. The environmental justice organization created “entry points,” or free outdoor activities each month that anyone can atten...

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Lyudmila Maslova

13 April 2021

Andriyivka, Ukraine

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A dairy cooperative in Ukraine has brought jobs to farmers in the region and allowed them to work together to sell their milk on the market. An international nonprofit helped the Andriyivka Prosperity cooperative get ...

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Jared Gilstrap

9 April 2021

Colbert, Georgia, United States

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After Georgian residents raised concerns about a pollutant that was being emitted by a nearby biomass plant, they banded together to pass legislation that effectively put an end to the practice. These concerned reside...

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Rhonda J. Smith

8 April 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The nonprofit Black to the Land Coalition is working to expose more members of BIPOC communities to outdoor activities and the healthy benefits that come with being nature. They have partnered with other organizations...

Indian Country Today

Meghan Sullivan

31 March 2021

St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, United States

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Sam Schimmel, a college student and member of the Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze tribes, helped organize a food drive on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska. The initiative, known as Operation Fish Drop — delivered more than 1...

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Ambika Chawla

19 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Platte Farm Open Space used to be a garbage dumping ground in Denver, but it’s now an urban green space thanks to the efforts from community members, organizations, and the government. This community-led project was a...

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Anuradha Nagaraj

8 March 2021

Saligao, Goa, India

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Through a government funding program, several communities are working on initiatives to improve their access to clean drinking water. In India, one community formed a citizen’s group, cleaned up a local pond, and rest...

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Dan Gorenstein

4 March 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To improve racial equity in Covid-19 vaccine distribution, the Chicago public health commissioner along with volunteers in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood have worked together to bring a pop-up vaccination clini...

Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

Columbia Daily Spectator

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Cheryn Hong

26 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The largest police raid in New York City history did little to resolve a decades-long conflict between residents of two Harlem housing projects, nor did it address the underlying problems causing violence in the commu...

Grist

Alexandria Herr

26 February 2021

Texas, United States

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Texas mutual aid groups raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people with food, housing, and other supplies after natural disasters, which are increasing due to climate change. Organizers go door-to-door and...

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Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

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Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using locally...

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Peter Yeung

11 February 2021

Brazil

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The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado coalition of Indigenous peoples and organizational partners is fighting political challenges to preserve the region’s native vegetation and biodiversity. The Cerrado is ...

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Kathrin Yaromich

10 February 2021

Belarus

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During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers across Belarus worked together to collect and deliver personal protective equipment to frontline workers, despite the Belarusian government denying the spr...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Ilyne Junuén Castellanos

5 February 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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Efforts aimed at recruiting student poll workers, some of whom aren’t yet eligible to vote, increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monterey County ran registration drives, spoke in classrooms and other student-orient...

The Washington Post

Nora Caplan-Bricker

27 January 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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51 for 51 is an advocacy group fighting for DC statehood by educating people about DC residents’ taxation without representation and training advocates in other states, mostly young people, to lobby their senators to ...

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Christine Fernando

21 January 2021

United States

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots commun...

Eco-Business

Tim Ha

21 January 2021

Kampung Buayan, Borneo, Malaysia

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An indigenous-led nonprofit group called Tonibung installed a micro-hydro electrical system for a village deep in Borneo’s rainforests. The project not only supplied much-needed energy for the villagers of Kampung Bua...

The Land

Lee Chilcote

19 January 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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In Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, a community effort is underway that aims to do "nothing but positive things." During the coronavirus pandemic, the group of volunteers has held fundraisers for community mem...

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Kelsey Piper

15 January 2021

California, United States

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Residents of California are working together to crowdsource where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered, and who they're being offered to. While the state has failed to implement a transparent dissemination strategy...

Kaiser Health News

Chandra Whitfield

6 January 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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To encourage more Black people to explore outdoors, individuals and organizations in Colorado are working to address underlying barriers such as access to transportation and gear, as well as fear and concerns of safet...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

5 January 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Street Moves initiative in Sweden is pushing local communities to become the designers of their own streets’ layouts and look at urban planning through the lens of the “one-minute city.” Through a public-private p...

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Arionne Nettles

30 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Corner Store Campaign alleviates food insecurity in Chicago by providing fresh produce and supplies to customers who frequent the neighborhood establishments - typically in places that are more likely to be food d...

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