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The Oaklandside

Sonya Lustig

1 March 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, California, a group of Black birth workers has been working to improve prenatal and postpartum care for mothers by offering care that is designed “by, for, and with Black people.” The group uses a series o...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Ellida Parker

Cheryn Hong

26 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The largest police raid in New York City history did little to resolve a decades-long conflict between residents of two Harlem housing projects, nor did it address the underlying problems causing violence in the commu...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

25 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A nonprofit in New York is helping communities provide economically disadvantaged children with a financial pathway to college. Kids in school district 30 are given $1000 each in a college-saving fund with initial mon...

Chalkbeat

Alex Zimmerman

25 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic shut down school buildings and led to many people working from home in New York City, a city child care program was launched to give children a place to go while they were learning from h...

KGW-TV

Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Next City

Hannah Chinn

24 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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RefashionNYC provides bins for commercial and residential buildings with more than 10 units, though the Department of Sanitation, to recycle clothes and textiles. When full, the contents are sorted by Housing Works, w...

Mongabay

Patricia Moll

24 February 2021

Ibirapitanga, Bahia, Brazil

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After there was a fungal disease outbreak in the 1990s that affected cacao crops in Brazil, a group of 150 community members got together to collectively manage a farm to grow back cacao trees using agroforestry techn...

Broadview Magazine

Paul Knowles

24 February 2021

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

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Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie has repurposed a former residential school building into the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre where students can learn about their Indigenous history and heritage. In the past...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

22 February 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Agape Village, located on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, is a housing community helping people in a state of homelessness get back on their feet. Although the cabins on the property lack plumbing and electricity, ...

WBEZ

Edie Rubinowitz

21 February 2021

Evanston, Illinois, United States

Radio

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When a teenager in Evanston, Illinois realized that senior citizens were facing difficulties securing Covid vaccination appointments due to technology barriers, he created a website to help eliminate some of the techn...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

19 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program has helped keep more than 400 landlord-tenant disputes out of eviction court proceedings, mainly by using volunteer mediators to work out mutually agreeable plans for tenants ...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using locally...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

19 February 2021

Zaatari, Jordan

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The Jordan government is prioritizing offering the Covid-19 vaccine to refugees before most citizens with the goal of decreasing the transmission rate for those who must live closely together and in crowded conditions...

Climate Tracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

The Hechinger Report

Tina Deines

19 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Outdoor schools are growing in popularity, but don't often reflect the diverse communities they serve. Two outdoor schools, one in New Mexico and the other in Washington state, are implementing programs and strategies...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

18 February 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A community-based water testing and lead-education pilot program aimed to rebuild confidence and trust among Flint residents, who are skeptical of state-affiliated testing. Trained students collected water samples tha...

Transitions Online

Teresa Di Mauro

Heydar Isayev

18 February 2021

Georgia

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Ethnic Azeri students face disproportionate barriers in achieving university education compared to Georgians. One of those reasons is due to language barriers. Isolated from Georgian society, it's not uncommon for Aze...

The New York Times

Erica Green

18 February 2021

United States

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About “1,500 (High School) students from 75 of the nation’s poorest schools in 35 cities,” are enrolling in college courses in elite universities like Harvard and Columbia through an initiative started by a nonprofit—...

EdSource

Zaidee Stavely

Betty Márquez Rosales

17 February 2021

Whittier, California, United States

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Padres Promotores del Camino al Éxito Universitario (Parent Mentors for the Road to College Success) is a three-month program at Whittier Union High School District that taps into the collective knowledge of parents o...

Next City

Taylor Moore

17 February 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Some cities across the U.S. are offering "free or cheap transportation to vaccine distribution sites" as a means of increasing access for those who don't have access to a vehicle, are unable to drive, or don't live ne...

NPR

Rebecca Ramirez

Madeline K. Sofia

Emily Kwong

17 February 2021

United States

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Science is dominated by white men, and some of the most well-regarded scientists were notoriously racist. Some science teachers are not shying away from the history of racism embedded in science but are embracing it....

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

17 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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An Equitable Development Initiative was launched as a result of a racial equity analysis that gauged the effect that Seattle’s economic growth would have on communities of color. Funding for the initiative has gone to...

Wired

Emily Ding

Corinne Redfern

16 February 2021

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Since its April 2018 founding in Malaysia, the Be My Protector app has enabled interventions in 120 cases of suspected human trafficking, sparked by anonymous reports that its app enables. In about a third of those ca...

Hakai Magazine

Shreya Dasgupta

16 February 2021

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Fishploration provides scientifically guided tours of fish markets to teach consumers how to select sustainable and non-threatened fish that are in season and caught using non-destructive fishing practices. Each month...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

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