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The Appeal

Lauren Gill

14 September 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Low-income families, which are disproportionately black, have been given $1,000 each month in an effort to address the racial wealth gap through the Magnolia Mother's Trust program. The cash payments yield an increase...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Harold Brubaker

12 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The MindSet program adopts 30 people per year for a five-year "mobility mentoring" program, coaching people living in poverty to set clear goals and helping them save toward economic independence. Run by the nonprofit...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

10 September 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The nonprofit Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) began SafeLot, a program providing an approved parking lot where people living in vehicles can spend the night safely. Safelots have sprung up nationwide,...

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Christine Baniewicz

2 September 2020

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, United States

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Indigenous communities in Louisiana are working with scientists to restore wetland ecosystems and protect tribal mounds along the Gulf Coast through backfilling projects. Depleted oil wells and canals in the area are ...

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Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Bastian Berbner

1 September 2020

Ireland

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A political experiment to increase trust and build relationships effectively brought together 66 diverse citizens, 33 politicians, and one expert to discuss proposed constitutional amendments and make recommendations ...

Mongabay

Claudia Geib

31 August 2020

São Raimundo, Brazil

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After high demands for arapaima fish led to near extinction, a co-management system in the Amazon rainforest has resulted in the recovery of the fish as well as the economic empowerment of local women. The work includ...

The Guardian

Philip Oltermann

30 August 2020

Germany

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Five years after Germany sparked controversy with a welcoming message to the flood of refugees applying for asylum, more than half of those 1.7 million refugees have work and pay taxes, their youth show strong signs o...

Dallas Morning News

Brooklynn Cooper

28 August 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Hotspots are helping bridge the digital divide in Dallas, one of the worst-connected cities in the U.S. compared to other similar-sized cities. A program that allows for residents to check out hotspots from the librar...

The Guardian

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

28 August 2020

United States

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Many young TikTok users are sharing videos about environmental issues, like climate change and biodiversity, and it is leading to resource sharing, personal connections, and people reaching out to learn more about env...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

28 August 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dividend housing is an innovative initiative in Cincinnati giving renters the benefit of building equity without buying or selling real estate. Residents earn credits by maintaining the property, attending monthly ten...

Yes! Magazine

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Naomi Zewde

26 August 2020

South Africa

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Racial injustice in America and the resulting wealth gap are a result of entrenched systemic inequities that can only be addressed if a collective acknowledgement of the past is made much like it was in South Africa. ...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

Mongabay

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Sarah Sax

21 August 2020

Maranhão, Brazil

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Women “warriors” of the indigenous Guajajara people in Brazil use drones to patrol their territory of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to prevent deforestation. Because of their work, they have been able to cut defo...

Geneva Solutions

Morgane le Cam

19 August 2020

Cameroon

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A severe cardiologist shortage, especially in rural areas, led to the creation of the Cardiopad, an electrocardiogram device that allows local doctors to easily perform examinations and use Bluetooth to transfer them ...

Crosscut

Agueda Pacheco Flores

19 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alimentando el Pueblo (Feeding el Pueblo) is a pop-up food bank, started in response to Covid-19, that offers food staples for Latinx dishes. A Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean food box option, with 12 lbs. of...

Planet Detroit

Anna Clark

13 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Several environmental groups in the Detroit area are coming to terms with the lack of racial diversity in their organizations. Huron-Clinton Metroparks released a plan to make their parks more welcoming and accessible...

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...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 August 2020

Milwaukee, Minnesota, United States

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The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity provides a comprehensive approach to providing affordable housing in seven counties across Minneapolis and St.Paul. The large area it serves allows families to move into either urb...

CityLab

Peter Yeung

7 August 2020

Tenino, Washington, United States

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Complementary currencies are local alternatives to national currencies that help local economies when budgets are tight. Tenino prints “wooden dollars” and residents in need get up to $300/month to spend at local busi...

The New Yorker

Ana Karina Zatarain

5 August 2020

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastr...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

Civil Eats

Nadra Nittle

31 July 2020

Nevada, United States

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Meatpacking workers protested Covid-19 safety concerns and a coalition of advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaint with the government accusing Tyson and JBS USA of racial discrimination during the pandemic beca...

BBC

Arnel Murga

28 July 2020

Iloilo, Philippines

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Conservations in the Philippines are using indigenous beliefs known as “mariit” — which is the belief that nature is inhabited by unseen dwellers and should be respected and taken care of — to protect the country’s en...

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Márvio dos Anjos

Meaghan Tobin

23 July 2020

Marica, Brazil

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Mumbuca is a digital currency used in Maricà’s basic income program. Residents, with few eligibility requirements, can qualify for a monthly stipend to purchase goods and services using a smart phone or a card. The cu...

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