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The New York Times

Robert Sullivan

Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

13 August 2020

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former costume designer and a farmer in Pennsylvania are partnering together to grow flax to produce their own linen. Since the fashion and textiles industries produce a lot of waste, the duo are reviving the crop t...

Malheur Enterprise

Pat Caldwell

13 August 2020

Wheeler County, Oregon, United States

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Several rural counties in Oregon and Idaho have managed to slow the spread of the coronavirus through early intervention strategies and community compliance. Although the low population and rural nature of the regions...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jhesset Enano

9 August 2020

Davao City, Philippines

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Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Eagle Foundation is turning to digital tools and the internet to continue their work of saving the critically endangered species. Since March, the orga...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

6 August 2020

California, United States

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The Industrial Areas Foundation, the country’s oldest community organizing group, adapted to coronavirus restrictions by using technology to win relief for immigrants without legal documentation in California. Organiz...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

5 August 2020

Sunnydale, California, United States

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Community leaders in Sunnydale, CA contained a coronavirus scare through swift responses, appeals to the community, contact tracing and establishing neighborhood test sites. An emphasis on public education in the neig...

WBBM-TV

Dorothy Tucker

Samah Assad

Carol Thompson

31 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Spurred by the high concentration of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Latinx neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West sides, city government teamed with multiple community groups to form a Racial Equity Rapid Response Te...

The Washington Post

Niha Masih

31 July 2020

Dharavi, India

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The population of Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, made the region a hotspot for coronavirus transmission, but local officials' aggressive action plan – which included testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and increased san...

Forbes

Janice Gassam Asare

27 July 2020

United States

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A social media post transformed into an initiative to help companies in their search for Black talent. #HireBlack provides a community space where Black women can receive help with their job search, resumes, salary ne...

Forbes

Madhukar Pai

26 July 2020

Kerala, India

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Malaysia and India's Kerala state share a set of positive attributes that helped them contain COVID-19 outbreaks, including early and aggressive responses based on a trust in science, clear public communications, and ...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

Ryan Dickie

25 July 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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To save the dwindling caribou herds in Canada, the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations capture pregnant caribou cows from the herd by helicopter and raise them in pens to ensure the calves are old en...

Bloomberg

Heesu Lee

25 July 2020

South Korea

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After a coronavirus flareup that killed nearly 300, South Korean public health authorities used rigorous contact tracing investigations to prevent a second wave of illnesses. As of July 2020, the country’s new cases h...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Botkin-Kowacki

24 July 2020

Poland

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In 1941 it was predicted that the Warsaw Ghetto would be overwhelmed with typhus cases due to the overcrowding of inmates, but instead this "oppressed community" established a series of health measures that largely ke...

The New York Times

Rachel Wharton

23 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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For environmental organization GrowNYC, their one-acre teaching farm on Governor’s Island became a victory garden for New Yorkers who aren’t having their basic needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic. While future land...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Andi Bourne

23 July 2020

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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To better serve senior citizens within Montana, the Montana Area Agencies on Aging places an assistant and resource specialist within rural communities so that accessing existing resources is easier and building commu...

The Seattle Times

Scott Hanson

21 July 2020

Washington, United States

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When the economy came to a sudden halt with the onset of a global pandemic, farmers were left with produce meant for the restaurant industry while families who lost incomes struggled to put food on their tables. For o...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Diana Lind

20 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia can look to places such as Denver and New Jersey for examples of how to alleviate homelessness by treating it as a health problem. Many people experiencing homelessness struggle with alcohol, opiate and d...

Naples Daily News

Sarah Murphy

20 July 2020

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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When the coronavirus threatened the economic well-being and health of the immigrant farmworkers in Florida's agricultural hub in Collier County, faith-based organizations that could no longer serve free hot meals pivo...

The Atlantic

Yasmeen Serhan

18 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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Britain's response to curbing the spread of coronavirus included the "Bring everyone in" operation which brought people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into accommodation - typically empty hotel rooms. T...

CBS News

Dana Jacobson

18 July 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Renaming the Washington Redskins to remove a racist name and logo will require a difficult and delicate process juggling a host of issues that other professional and college sports franchises have successfully navigat...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Amanda Peacher

15 July 2020

Idaho, United States

Radio

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Lawyers are providing free legal consultations to business owners and health care workers whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Pro bono legal aid in Idaho is helping businesses n...

National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe

14 July 2020

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In 2014, the University of Dayton, a Catholic institution, made a public commitment to divest its investment portfolio from any fossil fuel funding. The university has since fulfilled and stayed strong on its commitme...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

10 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Latino Task Force emerged in response to Covid-19 and has effectively provided services to the Mission District’s Latinx community. Formed by longtime grassroots activists turned influential community leaders, the...

The Connecticut Mirror

Isabella Zou

8 July 2020

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Members of a community group in North Hartford, CT are a positive presence on the streets of the dangerous neighborhood they once grew up in. Men Standing Up Against Violence aim to deter violence, provide support, me...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

7 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A new model for cooperatives guarantees a living wage for house cleaners, removing the uncertainty and exploitation typically associated with the gig economy. Up & Go is an app that brings entrepreneurs together as ow...

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