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The Trace

J. Brian Charles

24 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Remote learning during the pandemic robs teachers and counselors of face-to-face contact that can reveal serious problems in children's lives, and so Philadelphia schools created the Healing Together program to train ...

Next City

Zach Mortice

23 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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20 High School students enrolled in Territory, an urban design nonprofit, produced a zine and their own quality of life report for West Austin, where many of the students live. “They critiqued the city and institution...

The Boston Globe

Deanna Pan

21 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers across Massachusetts are finding ways to incorporate antiracist practices into their curriculum. An English teacher at Newton High School is replacing required reading materials produced by white male authors...

The Guardian

Josh Wood

19 September 2020

Alexandria, Kentucky, United States

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When Alexandria, Kentucky's police chief realized how many of his officers' calls were for mental health crises or minor interpersonal disputes, and then how many of these unresolved problems resulted in repeat 911 ca...

NPR

Eric Westervelt

18 September 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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More than 2,700 police departments in the U.S. have crisis intervention teams aimed at responding to mental health crises with fewer arrests and less violence, but the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester police custody...

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Helen Redmond

17 September 2020

United States

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The LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), which was launched in Seattle in 2011 and is used in such cities as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, provides intensive case managemen...

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 Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

14 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students at two Philadelphia schools are getting to know the ins-and-outs of the democratic system by actively participating in the operations of their schools. Students at Philly Free School meet weekly with faculty ...

Hothouse Solutions

Thomas McMullan

14 September 2020

London, United Kingdom

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At St George the Martyr church in London, an initiative to offer food to people that would otherwise have been wasted is taking on new meaning due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “community fridge” starte...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

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Martin Kaste

10 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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After all 36,000 New York Police Department officers took required training in recognizing implicit racial bias, more officers understood how racism may increase officers' aggressiveness but there was no evidence that...

Inside Higher Ed

Madeline St. Amour

10 September 2020

Norwalk, California, United States

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Community college administrations across the U.S. are helping students continue their education during the pandemic by helping them address basic needs. Cerritos College in Nowalk, California has given away 300 free l...

New Haven Independent

Maya McFadden

10 September 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Gateway Community College, in New Haven Connecticut, is adapting a class that's pretty difficult to take online—automotive repair. Although 90 to 92% of the college's classes continue remotely, the automotive repair c...

The Denver Post

Elise Schmelzer

6 September 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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To avoid unnecessary arrests and reduce police-public friction, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) sends a mental health professional and a paramedic to some mental-health-related 911 calls inste...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Neal St. Anthony

6 September 2020

Melrose, Minnesota, United States

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A new housing program in Minnesota is building off of an existing program to better provide housing for the developmentally disabled and their potential caregivers. The program known as "Rumi" helps cut costs associat...

The Lily

Sarah Stankorb

3 September 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A local collaborative in Hamilton County, Ohio has reduced infant mortality by initiating regional educational campaigns and creating “sacred spaces” where Black women meet and learn how to become empowered to "tell t...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

Jason Kane

3 September 2020

Sydney, Australia

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Australia's health care system combines public and private health insurance to create a hybrid model that caters to every citizen. Although there is some uncertainty surrounding the future of the private health care p...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

2 September 2020

South Korea

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The United States is facing a coronavirus testing problem that is due to both governmental inaction and an inefficient health care system, but the nation has faced a similar problem before. When determining how best t...

Wisconsin Watch

Max Witynski

2 September 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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In the 2020 Wisconsin primary, increased mail-in voting overwhelmed the system and last-minute decisions to vote by mail led to voter confusion. This increased ballot rejections, which can systematically disenfranchis...

NPR

Fran Kritz

2 September 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...

Wall Street Journal

Ben Chapman

30 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Mandatory implicit-bias training for all New York Police Department officers influenced the thinking and behavior of a majority of the department, but there is no proof that it reduced racial and ethnic disparities in...

Law at the Margins

Jennifer Alexander

30 August 2020

Tennessee, United States

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Advocates in Tenneessee are looking to California's state-funded programs that approach the issue of homelessness holistically, providing wraparound services. Social services are combined with medical care, to help th...

Law at the Margins

Joseph Young

Robert Warren

30 August 2020

Washington D.C., United States

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Washington D.C. has decreased the number of people experiencing homelessness through the implementation of its permanent supportive housing programs. The 'housing first' initiatives prioritize providing permanent hous...

Bitterroot

Virginia Gewin

28 August 2020

Garibaldi, Oregon, United States

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The international seafood supply chain was disrupted in the wake of the pandemic but small fisheries in the northwest have tapped into new local markets. The fisheries, which generally depend on exporting seafood inte...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

27 August 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Housing First, an approach that has helped many cities address homelessness, has failed to make much impact in Boulder thanks to a shortage of permanent housing and complaints that the program suffers from a lack of c...

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