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CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Brian Howey

7 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the past decade, Seattle has reduced their use of force by 60 percent. Spurred by a court order, the reduction comes from greater de-escalation training, stricter, more nuanced policies, and more collaboration betw...

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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 Charlotte Observer

Pam Kelley

29 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Although Charlotte itself has yet to make any coordinated change, this article looks at several other North Carolina cities that are successfully lifting people out of poverty by increasing the minimum wage to be a li...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

26 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle has taken a comprehensive approach to police reform, including forming a community police commission, the development of policies on appropriate weapon use, more oversight on police force, and the creation of ...

The New York Times

Alina Tugend

23 October 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Coming to terms with the past requires reexamining the way we represent both history and art. The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, is on the forefront of correcting the absence of enslaved craftsmen in representations ...

CityLab

Michael Friedrich

23 October 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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The city of Stockton police department has embarked on a number of initiatives in the hopes of building trust between them and the communities they work for. With initial funding from the Department of Justice, the de...

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

22 October 2019

Colorado, United States

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A public school in Colorado is specifically designed for students with dyslexia. ALLIES offers small class sizes, daily reading therapy periods, and perhaps most importantly a teacher cohort that has all been specific...

American City & County

Laurie Mazur

21 October 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Unprecedented challenges are frequently popping up with the onset of climate change, so governments too have to adjust their processes and strategies. Some new procurement tools used by several different cities includ...

The Hechinger Report

Meredith Kolodner

21 October 2019

Hyden, Kentucky, United States

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In a former mining county in Kentucky, a high school principal is leveraging partnerships and raising expectations to both encourage students to complete high school and pursue college classes and to stay to work in t...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

17 October 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Baltimore Ceasefire movement -- which asks community members to put away their guns for specific weekends -- began in 2017 when its organizers had enough of the gun violence in their city. Now, the ceasefire weeke...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

16 October 2019

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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...

Desert Sun

Melissa Daniels

10 October 2019

Desert Hot Springs, California, United States

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California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, has taken many steps toward low-carbon sustainability in its operations. The company uses commercial-scale solar energy, reverse-mounted ceiling fans, and microburst irr...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

10 October 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Natural Habitat Adventures, a tour company, has run the first no-waste, week-long trip through Yellowstone. With ecotourism producing millions of pounds of waste per year, the group wanted to demonstrate that doing so...

NPR

Marni Sommer

8 October 2019

Bangladesh

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The simple addition of adding handles to bathroom stalls in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has helped the camps' pregnant women regain a sense of empowerment and dignity. Providing support and balance, the d...

NPR

Dan Charles

4 October 2019

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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Enrolling administrators and financial planners in sustainable projects takes proving that investments pay for themselves. With the help of pressure from students and faculty, Penn State Universities administrators ha...

The New York Times

Didem Tali

2 October 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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Thanks to increased awareness and public pressure, Turkey has shifted from culling street animals to catching, neutering, and vaccinating them. Following social media campaigns and the work of activists, Turkey's gove...

Indianapolis Star

Casey Smith

Ryan Martin

18 September 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Under new leadership, Indianapolis has seen a drastic decline in fatal police shootings. While the new police chief, Bryan Roach, shares credit with his entire force, many credit his new policies for the decline. Init...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

17 September 2019

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

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Public libraries can serve as vital community resources. In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the Forsyth County Public Library operates as a multi-use facility thanks to investments from a voter-approved bond and state ...

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Juraj Konik

17 September 2019

Slovakia

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A teacher, the product of Teach for Slovakia, is making positive changes in classrooms in which students are falling behind in reading, mathematics, and the natural sciences.

Colorado Public Radio

Kelley Griffin

16 September 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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At both the individual and corporate levels, action is being taken to eliminate the use of plastics. While many people have turned their attention to decreasing their own use of single-use plastics, many say that’s no...

Chicago Tribune

Karen Berkowitz

12 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free ...

The Charlotte Observer

Lauren Lindstrom

9 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Economic mobility becomes far more attainable when children grow up in a "high-opportunity" area as opposed to a "low-opportunity" area: housing within the city with access to transportation and amenities, higher-perf...

KTUL-TV

Maureen Wurtz

5 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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To stop teachers from leaving the state, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, school district developed a mentoring and professional development program. Compared to four years ago, when the state lost 37 teachers to neighboring stat...

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...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

28 August 2019

Logan, Utah, United States

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VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are a type of pollutant that can be found even in homes and small businesses, but across Utah, small businesses are finding creative ways to reduce their emissions. A mix of mandat...

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