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The Current

Christiaan Mader

26 October 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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In southwestern Louisiana, the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing wrangled 19 hotels into a makeshift network during the pandemic to house people experiencing homelessness. With help from Beacon C...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

26 October 2020

United States

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Muslim civic advocacy groups Emgage and Ismailis Rise Up have partnered to engage a more diverse Muslim population in the 2020 election. They added thousands of contacts among new Muslim voters in six states, trained ...

Los Angeles Times

Maura Dolan

25 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's "hammer and dance" approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has helped the densely populated urban city begin to reopen ahead of much of the rest of California. Although the pandemic has undoubted...

Los Angeles Times

Tim Greiving

22 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two women who lost their brothers to heroin overdoses launched the podcast "Last Day" to address death – by drugs and, in season two, by suicide – with a mix of humor, unsettling candor, and conventional-wisdom-bustin...

Grady Newsource

Kate Ross

22 October 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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A community refrigerator full of free food in Athens, Georgia is a local solution to food insecurity in the area. The fridge stays stocked up through donations from locals and businesses who want to help their neighbo...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

Al Jazeera

Veronique Mistiaen

18 October 2020

Abs, Yemen

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A solar-grid station is powering rural Yemeni communities on the front-line of the war and in the midst of COVID-19, while also empowering women who typically have very few professional opportunities. The microgrid pr...

China Dialogue

Katherine Cheng

16 October 2020

Hong Kong

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The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong shows how the protection of mangrove forests is possible. These ecosystems are seen as a way to combat the effects of climate change since the forests can help prevent flood dama...

Self Evident

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Julia Shu

15 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Early in the pandemic, APIENC, a community organization led by trans, non-binary, and queer Asian and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, started a phone tree to offer help to people: getting groceries or meals, provi...

Next City

Chad Small

14 October 2020

California, United States

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California communities are turning to “community choice aggregators,” which allows them to buy electricity from green providers and have more control over the energy grid. However, the financial pressure for these pro...

Vox

Julia Belluz

14 October 2020

Germany

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A combination of luck, learning, local responses, and listening has kept Germany's coronavirus cases manageable, even as the pandemic continues to impact much of the world. In particular, the ability to enact decentra...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

14 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Snowsheds are just one tool in Canada’s arsenal to combat the impacts avalanches can have on their complex road systems. Snowsheds are aboveground tunnels where snow can travel over it and into the river, thereby redu...

The GroundTruth Project

Aysha Khan

14 October 2020

California, United States

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Pillars of the Community hires people incarcerated in local California jails to register new incarcerated voters and conduct civic engagement education behind bars. Pillars, a faith-based criminal justice advocacy gro...

FastCompany

Ruth Reader

13 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To combat the spread of conspiracy theories, researchers at Cambridge’s Social Decision Making Lab have created an interactive game that puts users in the shoes of "manipulators" to teach them how to "question social ...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

The Fresno Bee

Nadia Lopez

9 October 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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Latinx politicians hold 48% of all elected positions in Fresno County, gains made possible by the California Voting Rights Act. The law calls for local governments to use district elections instead of citywide races i...

Mongabay

Monica Pelliccia

9 October 2020

India

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Almost 1000 women across remote and rural areas of India are caring for beehives as a part of the Under The Mango Tree (UTMT) network. The beekeepers have been employed through a social enterprise that aims to provi...

Christian Science Monitor

Megan Janetsky

8 October 2020

Venezuela

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Facing a shortage of supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic and with little help from the government on the horizon, doctors and community members across Venezuela "created a grassroots support network" as a means of ...

U.S. News & World Report

Cole Premo

8 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis is utilizing telehealth practices to treat both the medical and spiritual needs of the community and its patients. Although the "spiritual-meets-traditional care pro...

LAist

Josie Huang

8 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Responding to growing attacks on Asian Americans, based on racist reactions to the pandemic, one young woman self-published a handbook, "How to Report a Hate Crime," in multiple languages. Though limited funding kept ...

U.S. News & World Report

Devon Haynie

7 October 2020

Fond du Lac Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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Leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota acted early and aggressively when the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping the nation, and so far, it has appeared to have helped the region to kee...

The Boston Globe

Armand Manoukian

7 October 2020

United States

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An online forum focused on providing an outlet for those who are seeking a way "to share their experiences with COVID-19" has gained a global community with participants from five countries engaging in discussions. Al...

South Dakota News Watch

Nick Lowrey

7 October 2020

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, United States

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An indigenous community has tapped into new technology to provide broadband internet access which is critical for virtual learning during the coronavirus shutdown of schools. Digital radio waves were used to broadcast...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

7 October 2020

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, United States

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A failed bridge construction project in the 1960s in Wyoming to mitigate the impacts of avalanches inspired Washington state to complete a similar project fifty years later. The project included an elevated bridge tha...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

Manish Kumar

6 October 2020

Telukunchi, Andhra Pradesh, India

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The Asian openbill stork makes its home in the Telukunchi village in India for six months of the year, and the locals band together to protect this migratory bird. The birds thrive off of the wetlands environment and ...

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