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CityLab

Brentin Mock

Sarah Holder

28 January 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Moms 4 Housing, a collective of women and their children, occupied a vacant 3-bedroom house in Oakland to secure housing for themselves and call attention to the Bay Area’s lack of affordable housing. Despite being re...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 January 2020

United States

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Many cities are turning to 16- and 17-year-olds to address poll worker shortages. Election officials say the students are also more tech savvy, racially and ethnically diverse, and enthusiastic. 400 students in Minnea...

New Haven Independent

Ambika Samarthya-Howard

20 January 2020

Puerto Rico, United States

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La Maraña, a nonprofit in Puerto Rico, created a model for how communities could recover from disasters like the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. By including community voices in the design and planning ...

Yes! Magazine

Lynsi Burton

10 January 2020

Maine, United Arab Emirates

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Already adopted in eighteen cities and five states, ranked choice voting, a system where voters rank candidates running in an election from their first to last choice, is growing in popularity across the United States...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 January 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a coalition of organizers and community members called Reclaim the Block advocates for divestment from the city's police force and into more community-based initiatives and services. Advocat...

NPR

Diaa Hadid

6 January 2020

Lahore, Pakistan

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In cities across Pakistan, smog and air pollution are dire health threats but the country's government hasn't done enough to take it seriously - so citizens are pushing back. Initiatives to crowd source air quality da...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 December 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Ahmed Albasheer is an Iraqi journalist who uses a combination of humor and grassroots organizing to teach youth in Iraq and across the world about their government's corruption with his show, "The Albasheer Show.” He ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

23 December 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin's program to make voting and polling locations accessible for people with disabilities once garnered national attention, though it has since fallen behind where it used to be. The program called for an audit...

Vice

Julia Hotz

18 December 2019

Leeds, United Kingdom

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In the city of Leeds, England, a group of randomly selected demographically representative citizens came together to solve the climate crisis. This group of twenty-one strangers formed the Leeds Climate Citizens' Jury...

Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

26 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...

CityLab

Linda Poon

20 November 2019

Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States

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Solar power panels are broadly supported across America, as concern about climate change increases; however, not all supporters want solar power plants in their backyard. Now, companies and local governments work to i...

WRAL-TV

Laura Leslie

18 November 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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As North Carolina wrapped up its second-longest legislative session in its history, the government looked to other states for a possible solution. In states like George and Tennessee, which have sessions 40 and 30 day...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

14 November 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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Advancing the model of worker ownership requires expanding access to loans for cooperative businesses. In California, Berkeley City Council recently adopted changes to its Loan Fund for small businesses, allowing busi...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers' ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Mark Pazniokas

30 October 2019

Connecticut, United States

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The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving granted $448,400 to 20 community organizations to support voter registration and the census. Connecticut did not earmark any money in the state budget for the census. Public l...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 October 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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In such a divided country, many groups from lawmakers to advocacy groups are finding rare bipartisan cooperation around the issue of criminal justice reform. Two congressional representatives, one Republican and one D...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

16 October 2019

Greece

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Citizens’ assemblies, which allow for mass participation in political debates and decision-making with a lottery system to select speakers, are increasingly being used to overcome issues such as corruption and the unw...

CNN

Fareed Zakaria

13 October 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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While many politicians use political polarization to their advantage, communities across the world are finding that talking through the divide can actually have an impact on how someone votes. Polls conducted before a...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Victoria Milko

Clare Hammond

1 October 2019

Yangon, Myanmar

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Underground poetry nights build bridges between Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Burmese writers in Myanmar. Over video, Rohingya poets who fled persecution in Myanmar can connect with people from their home countr...

Forbes

Michael Deal

17 September 2019

North Dakota, United States

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An unlikely group of "Badass Grandmas" came together in North Dakota to fight corruption in state government. Coming from both Democratic and Republican backgrounds, the group formed organically during an early mornin...

The Trace

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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GoodKids MadCity, an anti-gun violence group that is led by black and brown youth in Chicago is working to create a safer community. Members, most of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, work together to ...

The GroundTruth Project

Milan Polk

29 August 2019

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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Young advocates for voting rights are fighting back against laws that make it difficult for young people and other marginalized groups to register to vote. Through public campaigns, lawsuits, and voter registration dr...

Soapbox Cincinnati

Jim DeBrosse

27 August 2019

Ohio, United States

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Grassroots movements made up of ordinary citizens can go a long way in creating change. This article details several initiatives across Ohio that were led by citizens using a combination of lobbying, education, persis...

NBC News

Linda Givetash

17 August 2019

Sweden

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the move...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

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