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Erik Ortiz

24 May 2020

Monument Valley, Utah, United States

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As a response to the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains, especially in remote parts of the Navajo Nation, the new “Seeds and Sheep” program is mailing seeds to families so they can gro...

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Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative that gives formerly incarcerated people an income, and a second chance, under a corporate structure that attacks high unemployment from the ground up. Formed as a caterin...

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Jared Brey

13 May 2020

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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An Indiana-based architect started a virtual camp for elementary school-aged girls focused on the lesser-known field of landscape architecture. The weekly virtual lessons work by explaining the career and concepts of ...

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Becca Burton

11 May 2020

Florida, United States

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Less than two years after Florida voters abolished the state’s lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a felony criminal record – a law that disenfranchised more than 10% of the state's voting-age people – an estimated ...

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Tierra Thomas

7 May 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Lip-reading is very important for clarification for those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but the masks mandated by the coronavirus pandemic hinder that. In response, the nonprofit Catalyst Life Services (which curr...

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Oscar Perry Abello

29 April 2020

Bismarck, South Dakota, United States

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The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in the country, and their lending program is so effective that the federal government followed suit in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus. North Dakota's pr...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Frank Fitzpatrick

18 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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From 1802 until 1895, Philadelphia ran a quarantine center that required all in-bound ships to stop and all on-board to be quarantined until cleared of any possible infectious diseases. Although the center is no longe...

Boston Review

Paul Katz

Leandro Ferreira

9 April 2020

Maricá, Brazil

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The local government in Maricá, a small municipality in Brazil, is being said to have initiated "the most ambitious city-level response to COVID-19 in Brazil, and one of the most notable in the world." Even before the...

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Zoe Sullivan

9 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has approved a new scoring system to prioritize parks that are most in need of an investment, from the limited funds available, based on equity measures such as race, income, ...

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Heather Boerner

8 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Both the successes and failures of the nationwide Ending the HIV Epidemic plan offers lessons for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for rural parts of the United States. One significant lesson is that of ad...

Texas Observer

Megan Kimble

7 April 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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The Houston Community Land Trust (CLT) is a nonprofit that sells affordable homes in Houston to help resist gentrification. They keep it affordable by only selling the houses on top of the land and not the land itself...

The Charlotte Observer

Lauren Lindstrom

4 April 2020

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina's Mecklenburg County, Spanish is more commonly spoken than English, yet information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wasn't being translated from English before being distributed. To address th...

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Oscar Perry Abello

3 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As small businesses, nonprofits, and independent contractors try to access funds made available through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, bankers across the country are doing what they can to step ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

3 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout the economic crash of 2008, banks were "vilified" for their response, but as the economy again teeters on crashing during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators have been able to be proactive in their approac...

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Oscar Perry Abello

2 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit loan fund in New York City, has helped Chinatown small businesses recover through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and COVID-19 is the newest crisis it needs to navig...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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Alexa Fuenmayor

31 March 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In the U.S., service announcements about the spread of coronavirus were originally only released in English, so local governments, organizations, and news outlets across the nation have stepped in to help non-English ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Andy Mannix

27 March 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund has ramped up its spending to pay bail for people with low-level charges. The COVID-19 threat has added urgency to this increasingly popular response to the cash bail system. With jails and ...

NPR

Colin Dwyer

26 March 2020

France

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France is transporting patients from areas with high concentrations of coronavirus victims to areas where hospitals have vacant beds and ventilators. This helps to relieve some pressure on some of the hardest-hit regi...

KGO-TV

Dustin Dorsey

26 March 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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Upon seeing a need for educational resources to support the out of school transition due to the COVID-19 outbreak, two high school seniors in the San Jose area stepped up to fill that gap. Sarika Sriram and Uditha Vel...

The Eagle-Tribune

Pat Grossmith

23 March 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Many counties in New Hampshire are addressing the digital divide by loaning laptops to students without access to a computer at home and providing paper assignments to students who don’t have access to the internet. T...

CityLab

David Zipper

19 March 2020

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Even as ridership plummets for public transit, some cities are making rides entirely free to keep riders and drivers safer. The move to drop fares limits close interactions between drivers and passengers, as well as b...

NBC News

Olivia Solon

April Glaser

18 March 2020

United States

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A group of researchers of infectious diseases, virologists, computer scientists, doctors, and nurses have taken to moderating a community coronavirus message board on Reddit to help spread awareness and decrease infor...

Are We Europe

Isabelle de Pommereau

18 March 2020

Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

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Germany is unusual amongst countries in its attitude towards religion—it considers faith to be "sociologically and psychologically important and part of both individuals and society." In these advances, it has begun t...

South China Morning Post

Caroline Kwok

18 March 2020

Australia

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Many supermarkets spend most days overcrowded and rapidly out of stock due to the coronavirus crisis, so the major grocery retailer in Australia designated the first hour of business to serving seniors and the disable...

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