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The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

31 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Since 2007, Protect Our Winters (POW) has engaged outdoor athletes to advocate for climate change. They believe in “imperfect advocacy,” in which they focus on corporate polluters whose habits can create larger-scale ...

Planet Forward

Brooke Bowser

29 January 2020

Highland Park, Michigan, United States

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After DTE Energy removed streetlights from Highland Park, Michigan when utility bills went unpaid, local residents teamed up to form Soulardarity, a community-owned organization that installs solar-powered street ligh...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

Equal Times

Guillaume Pajot

28 January 2020

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, is overcrowded and increasingly isolated. A program by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Bangladeshi NGO BRAC offers refugees equipment, a...

The New York Times

Eduardo Porter

27 January 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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Universities situated in the right market have proven to jumpstart innovation and technological hubs across the country, from San Diego to Boston. Now, Portland, Maine is testing out the economic impact and growth of ...

The Huffington Post

Sophie Mbugua

23 January 2020

Kikuyu, Kenya

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In 2017, Kenya implemented a plastic bag ban and to ensure it was followed, set hefty fines and even jail time for those who broke the law. The law has had an impact – streets are cleaner and the use of single-use pla...

The New York Times

Audra Burch

21 January 2020

Newnan, Georgia, United States

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The small Southern city of Newnan, GA considered themselves to be a fairly open and accepting place. This attitude was shattered when 17 huge portraits of ordinary people who make up Newnan were hung across the city a...

New Haven Independent

Ambika Samarthya-Howard

20 January 2020

Puerto Rico, United States

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La Maraña, a nonprofit in Puerto Rico, created a model for how communities could recover from disasters like the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. By including community voices in the design and planning ...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

7 January 2020

Wimbledon, North Dakota, United States

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. O...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Anikka Abbott

23 December 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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To help address domestic violence and intervene in crises such as suicide and addiction within Native American communities, a decades-old culture-based program offers workshops that "foster healing through embracing c...

San Francisco Public Press

Laura Wenus

20 December 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Affordable housing in San Francisco is becoming more and more unattainable. When the landlord tried to change its status to not be rent-controlled to not, a group of residents at said building banded together with a n...

Eye On Ohio

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

19 December 2019

Newport, Kentucky, United States

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To promote the implementation of greenspaces while also decreasing the likelihood of runoff after heavy rain storms, community groups in Newport, Kentucky worked together to implement strategic depaving. This practice...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Katie Sullivan Borrelli

18 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A partnership between a nonprofit health organization and a community health service program has helped provide enhanced training and more robust mentorship opportunities for home health aids in the New York City area...

Mongabay

Mou Chakraborty

17 December 2019

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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For decades, Sumita Banerjee has mobilized her community to save the Rabindra Sarovar lake. The lake preserves floral species, generates oxygen, and offers green space for locals to enjoy, but it’s threatened by gover...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

3 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Real estate cooperatives are able to raise capital from their members, ensuring re-investment in the communitie they serve. In Oakland, California, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) finances rea...

The Progressive

Laurie Mazur

1 December 2019

Orange, New Jersey, United States

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Around the United States, small-town institutions are shuttering and communal ties are weakening, all less than positive signs for the fate of democracy. But in Orange, New Jersey, Mindy Fullilove and other congregant...

The GroundTruth Project

Juhie Bhatia

29 November 2019

Namibia

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In Namibia, a combination of data analysis and a community-centered approach are helping to reduce the rate of HIV infections and increase awareness around prevention methodologies. The approach has been so successful...

Associated Press

Martha Irvine

25 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Community members and local organizations on the South side of Chicago collaborate to reclaim their neighborhoods from crime, violence, and poverty by engaging in community conflict resolution, policing and networks o...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2019

Napa, California, United States

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From Google's India-focused app Neighbourly to the wellknown Nextdoor app, social media specifically targeted at connecting neighbors is gaining ground. Whether being used to rate neighborhood attractions, encourage b...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

24 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the s...

The New York Times

Keren Landman

21 November 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Improving outcomes in addressing HIV requires reducing stigma. In Atlanta, Georgia, faith-based communities are embracing HIV prevention campaigns and courses. Bible Way Ministries provides HIV testing at community ev...

Next City

Emily Nonko

20 November 2019

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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Green infrastructure provides a return on investment and improves the quality of life in a community. In Peoria, Illinois, the city’s Public Works Department has piloted several green infrastructure initiatives with t...

The New York Times

Amy Zipkin

18 November 2019

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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To enhance air travel, the F.A.A. rolled out a system that enables airplanes to fly closer together using GPS, rather than the traditional radar locators. But residents near these new flight paths have risen up to con...

The Fresno Bee

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado

15 November 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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Grassroots movements for urban renewal in the Lowell neighborhood of Fresno, California has given power back to the people in the urban planning of their own community. With the help of social media, community members...

Apolitical

Megan Clement

15 November 2019

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

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The Brazilian city of Recife is tackling violence prevention by focusing on early-childhood education through a program called Urban95. In addition to painting the streets and buildings bright colors, Urban95 offers a...

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