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The Guardian

Paige Towers

7 June 2019

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No matter where you are in the world, noise pollution negatively impacts your life and the lives of many animals. Becoming more aware of the unnecessary noises in the world, such as lawnmowers and snowmobiles, may be ...

The Guardian

Emily Yates

28 May 2019

Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands

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The Dutch city of Breda is making great strides in making their city accessible for all with more than 800 shops and bars physically accessible and more than 26 city resident and tourist-focused websites now accessibl...

The New York Times

Kevin Williams

25 May 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In Dayton, Ohio, a Ku Klux Klan rally was met with over 500 counterprotesters. While the city is one of the United States’ most segregated, community members including church groups, New Black Panthers, Antifa members...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

22 May 2019

Ithaca, New York, United States

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In Ithaca, New York, city meetings are now offering free childcare to parents who want to civically engage but are unable to do so because of childcare responsibilities. Recognizing that their meetings skewed older an...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

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21 May 2019

United States

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As the struggles of refugees and immigrants drudges on, a number of cities across the US are gathering funding for their legal defense. One strategy, a legal counsel program called New York Family Immigrant Unity Proj...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

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10 May 2019

New York, United States

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In the United States, most playgrounds are equipped with the same types of monkey bars, slides and swings, but a few are replacing these typical options with "dismembered store mannequins, wooden packing crates, tires...

BBC

Dan Lytwyn

6 May 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Changing stereotypes surrounding sexuality for indigenous women requires addressing the underlying issues of culture, colonization, and identity. The Virago Nation burlesque collective, based in Vancouver, CA, blends ...

Idaho Statesman

Nicole Blanchard

5 May 2019

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A group called Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, now 36,000 strong, is bringing together people from different political and ideological backgrounds over a common interest in the preservation and conservation of public l...

The Guardian

David Crouch

1 May 2019

Kungälv, Sweden

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The city of Kungälv, Sweden, with only 20,000 residents, developed a successful initiative to prevent the spread of neo-Nazis after the murder of a fourteen year-old anti-racist activist in 1995. Armed with the theory...

CityLab

Molly Keisman

23 April 2019

Tangier, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Morocco

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100% Mamans, an association in Morocco that aids single mothers, has created a radio show called "Mères en Ligne" that is hosted and run by unwed mothers. The show, which at this point can only live online because Mor...

CityLab

Hallie Golden

22 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A Portland program for girls aged 8-14 aims to inspire interest in trade fields such as construction, plumbing, and electricity with a week-long spring break camp. The camp was founded by an organization called Girls ...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

18 April 2019

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Sheroes’ Hangout is a cafe entirely run by acid attack survivors in Agra, India. Acid attacks are unfortunately still prevalent worldwide, usually as a result of a woman turning down a man's advances, but punishment f...

Civil Eats

Marianne Messina

16 April 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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As the number of women in agriculture grows, a group of female farmers in Wisconsin participate in a networking cooperative called In Her Boots. Starting as a 12-person potluck, members of In Her Boots now come from m...

U.S. News & World Report

Joseph P. Williams

15 April 2019

Inglewood, California, United States

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The African American community is disproportionately impacted by high blood pressure, but barbershops across Los Angeles County are stepping up to fill a gap between diagnosis and care. The businesses offer a detectio...

NH Business Review

Annmarie Timmins

11 April 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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When people begin treatment for addiction, it can impact how they are viewed as an employee at their place of work. New Hampshire is working to change this stigma through the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative tha...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 April 2019

Switzerland

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A group called Operation Libero in Switzerland has successfully rallied against rising right-wing populist groups by using different approaches like small-scale crowdfunding, eye-catching tongue-in-cheek campaigns, an...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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5 April 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair c...

CivicStory

Tina Kelley

4 April 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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Shortly following the 2018 Midterm elections in the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of legislators known as the Problem Solvers Caucus used their numbers to change House rules easing the passage of bipartisan l...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

3 April 2019

United Kingdom

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The organization, Level Up, has developed a new set of guidelines for reporting on domestic homicide in the U.K. Created through consultation with criminologists and survivors of domestic violence, the new guidelines ...

SURFER Magazine

Ashtyn Douglas

2 April 2019

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

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Support from the international surfing community has empowered women in Sri Lanka to push back against patriarchal social norms and participate in outdoor recreation. Working to change a culture that discourages women...

Fox47

Emily Hamer

31 March 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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A group called NextGen Wisconsin is using bounce houses, armies of field organizers, convenient voter registration tables, door knocking, and digital advertising to turn out historically high numbers of youth voters a...

Al Jazeera

Anna-Catherine Brigida

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30 March 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador

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Preventing sexual violence against women begins with men. In a country faced with a high incidence of gender-based violence, Masculinities for Peace, a non-governmental organization, is working to change the norms of ...

Wyoming Public Media

Maggie Mullen

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29 March 2019

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Changing the status quo surrounding gender-based violence in the United States involves engaging men. The non-profit SAFE Project in Laramie, Wyoming, focuses on creating an informative and educational environment whe...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

27 March 2019

United States

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The stock photo community is taking steps to offer more diverse options with a partnership by Getty Images, Dove, and GirlGaze to produce 5,000 newly available photographs of 179 women from 39 countries. The photos ar...

National Geographic

Alma Guillermoprieto

27 March 2019

Bogotá, Capital Region, Colombia

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Ciclovía (Bicycle Way) is a well-known initiative from Bogota, Colombia that allows citizens to take over the public space once a week — roughly 75 miles of public streets. Citizens will bike, run, walk, dance, eat, p...

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