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Julia Métraux

26 January 2021

United States

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In its first year, the Prison Journalism Project published hundreds of articles by more than 140 incarcerated writers in 28 states. The project provides journalism-skills training and then a platform for the work of i...

NPR

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

7 January 2021

United States

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The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coali...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

6 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals ...

The City

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Eileen Grench

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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For 50 hours over five days, police and community members collaborated on the Brownsville Safety Alliance pilot project, which kept police officers away from a longtime crime hotspot so that community members could pr...

Yes! Magazine

Levi Pulkkinen

30 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A team of young people helped Kirsten Harris-Talley win a seat in the Washington state legislature. The 63 young people, ages 12 to 22, did more than the traditional behind the scenes work, like phone banking and door...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Behind the nightly protests against racism and police brutality on Portland's streets for more than five months stands a network of street medics and mutual aid groups dedicated to equipping and protecting protesters,...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Black Lives Matters protests have been sustained by an autonomously organized mutual aid network providing a range of services for protesters and community members. Requests for information and assistance are sent usi...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

2 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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PowerCorpsPHL and Mural Arts' Guild have notched impressive results in job placements of young people with criminal records. The programs' employment training, paid apprenticeships, and art therapy classes have all be...

Scalawag

Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

Yes! Magazine

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

26 November 2020

Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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In the face of climate change, the nonprofit SABALA is working with nearly 2,000 women farmers in India to participate in millet farming, which can also strengthen community food security and empower women. Using trad...

National Geographic

Agostino Petroni

25 November 2020

Manaure, Colombia

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A community gardening project growing the guajiro bean has allowed Wayuu farmers in the Colombian desert to achieve food security despite the effects of climate change and external pressures. While scaling this agricu...

Associated Press

Kathy Gannon

25 November 2020

Karachi, Pakistan

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Pakistan's only church for transgender Christians has given its members the safety, acceptance, and joy they are often denied in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country. Called the First Church of Eunuchs – the...

The Washington Post

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Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

Documentary Magazine

Kristal Sotomayor

20 November 2020

United States

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The production model of the documentary Disclosure prioritized diversity, inclusion, and empowering transgender people both on screen and behind the scenes. Over 120 trans people contributed to the film. Nine trans Fe...

The Boston Globe

Naomi Martin

15 November 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers are having to restructure the way they teach due to the pandemic imposed challenges of virtual classes. This story chronicles how three different teachers adjusted their instruction. From having students brea...

Nieman Lab

Ben DeJarnette

12 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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City Limits, a nonprofit newsroom in New York City that specializes in longer-form journalism, created a judicial election voter guide that received nearly 81,000 page views, more than six times that of the site’s oth...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Andrew Wear

9 November 2020

Iceland

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Icelandic parents each get three months leave, paid at 80% of their salary, to be used within 18 months of a child’s birth. Parents also get an additional three months leave that they can split up as they choose. The ...

The New York Times

Alan Feuer

9 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Two Muslim women arrested on minor charges and forced to remove their hijabs for mugshots sued the New York Police Department and won a settlement that changes the department's policy. The women said they were humilia...

The Daily Tar Heel

Kathryn Goodwin

8 November 2020

United States

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MyVote organized over 300 student volunteers, mostly in high school, to research candidates and their policies so that voters could have a “one-stop-shop” platform to learn about policy platforms of candidates running...

Planet Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

5 November 2020

Maine, United States

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By providing a forum to the Wabanaki people to tell their truth about public policies' effects on their lives, the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted reforms in Maine's child wel...

Mongabay

Ocean Malandra

4 November 2020

Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia

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Five different Indigenous groups formed an alliance known as the Union of Traditional Age Medics of the Colombian Amazon to practice spiritual ceremonies and community healing based on the ingestion of a potent halluc...

FiveThirtyEight

Nathaniel Rakich

3 November 2020

United States

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The coronavirus made cramped or high-risk polling locations untenable so at least 39 sports arenas have opened up their facilities for voting. Their expansive size allows them to welcome large numbers of voters while ...

Urbanet

Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

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