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Indian Country Today

Jodi Rave

24 March 2019

Montana, United States

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Including Native Americans in the political process requires sustained efforts in redistricting by communities. The success of the 2018 mid-term election in bringing the first Native American women into Congress was m...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

22 March 2019

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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In the mountain towns of Telluride and Mountain Village, locals are going beyond banning plastic bags and are thinking bigger about how to reduce single-use plastic. The Telluride Venture Accelerator focuses on bringi...

Bustle

Alani Vargas

22 March 2019

United States

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In an attempt to encourage voter turnout, Ariana Grande set up tables at concerts on her tour where fans could register to vote, or receive text alerts reminders for those who already had. The "ThankUNextGen" campaign...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

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21 March 2019

Gundalba, Odisha, India

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Biodiversity and forest cover in Gundalba rebounded after a women-led group started using whistles and rotational patrols to scare away timber smugglers and woodcutters. The group also helped neighboring villages coor...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

21 March 2019

New Jersey, United States

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In South Jersey's Cumberland County, election officials played on one of the state's oldest football rivalries to increase voter turnout by launching the Turnout Trophy. The competition put fourteen towns against each...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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19 March 2019

United States

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A suite of new voting apps are bringing new technologies to old organizing methods, like asking (or shaming) friends to vote and finding community leaders to encourage voter turnout. These old methods, now called "rel...

High Country News

Rebecca Leber

16 March 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, but they aren’t letting age limit activism in the realm of environmental advocacy. The Youth Climate Strike was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a teenage girl in Sweden who stopped go...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

13 March 2019

United States

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An estimated fifty percent of student leaders in climate strikes and protests around the country are students of color, making these movements all the more relatable, accessible, and inclusive. Because communities of ...

Mississippi Today

R.L. Nave

12 March 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Geofencing, a smartphone technology typically associated with retail marketing, offers an innovative way to educate and register voters. In order to help mobilize voters in the face of shrinking turnout, the Mississip...

Miami Herald

David Smiley

28 February 2019

Florida, United States

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Over the past two decades, Floriad has notoriously been plagued with voting complications, which have called into question the integrity of many state and national elections. In an attempt to simplify voting, Florida ...

The Huffington Post

Nick Visser

23 February 2019

Port Vila, Vanuatu

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What started as a Facebook campaign to ban plastic bags has become legislation in the island country of Vanuatu. The country has banned many single-use plastics, including bags, drinking straws, and containers, and ho...

Apolitical

Lorana Bartels

22 February 2019

Australia

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With their national imprisonment rate on the rise, Australia is pivoting to a justice reinvestment strategy that diverts money towards "early intervention, prevention and diversion." Although this has yet to be implem...

Quartz Africa

Yomi Kazeem

20 February 2019

Nigeria

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Using two-step authentication helps to increase the security of elections. Nigeria has addressed several of the problems that marred its 2007 elections by introducing card readers and permanent voter cards (PVCs) to r...

Pacific Standard

Massoud Hayoun

14 February 2019

North Dakota, United States

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A variety of reasons can make it hard for Native Americans to vote. Voter ID laws that require proof of address prohibit some Native American nations without formal addresses. And often polling places are situated too...

The New York Times

Vivian Yang

12 February 2019

Albany, New York, United States

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After 11 months of calls to employment lawyers and civil rights groups, legal proceedings, and recommended reforms to current legislation, seven women of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, all of whom are survivors,...

The Guardian

Senay Boztas

4 February 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, otherwise known as Europol, is using crowdsourcing to identify locations involved in both past and current child abuse cases. By posting unedited images onlin...

High Country News

Ruxandra Guidi

31 January 2019

Boyle Heights, California, United States

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In Boyle Heights, a working class neighborhood of Los Angeles, members of the community have taken to the streets armed with clipboards and pens to document environmental hazards, zoning violations, and and other thin...

NPR

Michael Sullivan

26 January 2019

Indonesia

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The island nation of Indonesia is the world's second biggest polluter of marine plastics, which can be disastrous for its tourism industry, setting aside the obvious environmental hazards. But two sisters in Bali took...

Politico Magazine

Max Blau

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24 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Strengthening the link between local journalism and civic engagement lends a voice to communities long underrepresented. Chicago’s City Bureau brings the newsroom out to neighborhoods and communities. In an effort to ...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

24 January 2019

Moretown, Vermont, United States

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A Vermont-based online network, the Front Porch Forum, has spread around the state as a way for community members to share ideas, resources, and initiatives. Neighbors offer support in everything from rogue Roombas (y...

Next City

Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

16 January 2019

Aarhus, Denmark

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Taking its cue from digital engagement strategies of cultural institutions across Sweden, the Danish city of Aarhus, Denmark is making the redevelopment of an area called South Harbour more equitable and inclusive. Us...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

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14 January 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

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As air pollution threatens health and lives around the world, several creative solutions have the power to transform this situation. By tracking air quality, improving public transit, and using creative architecture a...

The Bay State Banner

Sandy Larson

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10 January 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Boston Senior Civic Academy teaches older adults how to stay informed about and involved in local politics, covering issues from financial insecurity to dementia-friendly city planning. The program, which serves e...

Yes! Magazine

Zenobia Jeffries

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9 January 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Black women have historically been politically engaged, but their voices have still been ignored. A storytelling fellowship is giving these women the tools to share their experiences and start to control how their sto...

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