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Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 March 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic swept the nation at a time when many would be going to polling stations to cast their votes in primary elections, but vote-at-home practices are providing a solution for this civic inconvenien...

Civil Eats

Vera Liang Chang

9 March 2020

Florida, United States

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The Fair Food Program, which educates and empowers farmworkers to report on-the-job sexual harassment, has all but eliminated sexual assaults at participating farms in an industry that otherwise is known for vast powe...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

9 March 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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To reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution, Habitat for Humanity Salt Lake Valley is building airtight homes that will also reduce energy costs and be affordable for people ...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

John C. Moritz

5 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Civil rights groups used a lawsuit and a vigilant network of activists to defeat an attempt to purge qualified voters from the list of Texas' eligible voters and to guard against ongoing attempts to disenfranchise nat...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

4 March 2020

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

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Patient navigation, which uses community members as health care informants, is helping to break down social and cultural barriers to accessing care in a community in North Carolina. The navigators are "population-focu...

Sante Fe Reporter

Katherine Lewin

3 March 2020

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Low-income families in Sante Fe, New Mexico now have access to a soccer club thanks to a group of parents who took it upon themselves to fundraise and create the opportunity for children who would otherwise not be abl...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

2 March 2020

Cascade Lockes, Oregon, United States

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Washington State could pass one of the toughest restrictions on water bottling operations in the United States, thanks to activists who raised environmental concerns over a bottling facility that wanted to open in a t...

Co-operative News

Chad Small

29 February 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Design-build coops are employee-owned businesses operated under a democratic business model that "considers people, planet, then profit." These coops have steadily increased in New England resulting in workplaces that...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

24 February 2020

United States

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Black Girl Ventures levels the playing field for women of color who seek capital for their business ventures. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their ideas at crowdfunded sessions, which means the funding varies depe...

Yes! Magazine

Patrick Ammerman

Gustavo Andrés Castillo Arenas

19 February 2020

Bogota, Colombia

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In a time when many Western countries are closing their doors to refugees, Colombia has been particularly welcoming to migrants and refugees. The country has enacted a series of laws that make it easier for incoming V...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

19 February 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Since 2014, Johns Hopkins University has not considered legacy status in admissions decisions. In the wake of the 2019 college admissions scandal, other schools are weighing the value of similar measures.

Marketplace

Laurel Morales

17 February 2020

Tuba City, Arizona, United States

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In the Navajo Nation, more than 70 percent of local income leaves the tribal area, but one effort is helping native-owned businesses expand their reach. Change Labs, a business incubator, helped birth Rez Rising, an a...

KQED

Molly Solomon

12 February 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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Although activists in California are currently arguing a case to make housing a human right, other states and counties have already successfully implemented this tactic. In one county in Wisconsin, housing as a human ...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

12 February 2020

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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California coastal towns address homelessness by supporting individuals who live on their boats - and those who want to move back to land. While many counties destroy or condemn boats that have been anchored long-term...

InfoMigrants

Benjamin Bathke

12 February 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Back On Track Syria is a tutoring initiative in Berlin helping Arabic-speaking students keep up with school subjects by offering help in their native language. The students in the program are often refugees and migran...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

10 February 2020

Connecticut, United States

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Since 2007, Connecticut has taken major steps in juvenile justice reform – namely, the ages that youth are arrested or charged as adults. By moving 16 and 17 year olds out of the adult system and into the juvenile jus...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

6 February 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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From North Carolina to California, states and cities are taking a new approach to fines and fees – people are having their charges dismissed, warrants for minor offenses cleared, and many municipalities are actually s...

Christian Science Monitor

Mark Trumbull

3 February 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, a long-term affordable housing plan takes a comprehensive approach by addressing climate change, zoning, and equity as inherent in the modern housing crisis. By reducing single-family housing, cutting ...

The Hechinger Report

Emily Kaplan

3 February 2020

Manchester, Kentucky, United States

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A number of barriers prevent young children in Appalachia from enrolling in formal preschool classes. In response, a fleet of buses is traveling to remote communities to teach students academic and social skills.

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

February 2020

Trieste, Italy

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In Trieste, Italy, accessing mental health care resources is made easier by an approach that allows for people to seek assistance without the fear of being punished. In most cases throughout the region, mental health ...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

30 January 2020

London, United Kingdom

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Grassroots initiatives are empowering Muslim women to bring their faith onto the court. Across several universities in London, new clubs are offering a safe and inclusive space for Muslim women to participate in sport...

CityLab

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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...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

24 January 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In 2018, a per-employee tax levied on Amazon and other Seattle businesses making over $20 million a year was struck down by council members with unfavorable polling. In 2020, that same referendum is being brought back...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

24 January 2020

Suffield, Connecticut, United States

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At Connecticut’s MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, people experiencing incarceration have the opportunity to participate in postsecondary classes, even completing a certificate or degree. They’re able to do ...

The Hechinger Report

Alfonso Serrano

18 January 2020

Lost Hills, California, United States

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Owners of the Wonderful Company food conglomerate honed their philanthropic efforts on the community they saw had the most need—their own workers' families—by establishing charter schools to improve the quality of lif...

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