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The Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

19 June 2020

United States

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Just as the Emmett Till murder helped inspire protests in the civil rights era, which in turn led to the passage of civil rights and voting rights legislation, the protests over policing in 2020 already have sparked r...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

15 May 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Governor Gavin Newsome in California ordered vote-from-home ballots be sent to all registered voters for the November 2020 election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some states allow people to vote by mail for any ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

14 May 2020

United States

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Maryland and Ohio recently held elections almost entirely by mail and their different approaches provide insight into the impact on low-income voters, particularly those without permanent addresses. All registered vo...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

1 April 2020

Iowa, United States

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As the youngest state legislators in Iowa, Zach Wahls, a Democrat, and Joe Mitchell, a Republican, are working across party lines to find solutions to climate change. While there has been pushback about their bipartis...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Vicky Camarillo

2 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Texas voter registration initiatives are aimed at Latino voters, where less than 41% of eligible Latinos voted in 2016. Voto Latino focuses on college campuses, registering 15% of all new Texas voters in 2018. Southwe...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

16 October 2019

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Citizens’ assemblies, which allow for mass participation in political debates and decision-making with a lottery system to select speakers, are increasingly being used to overcome issues such as corruption and the unw...

Soapbox Cincinnati

Jim DeBrosse

27 August 2019

Ohio, United States

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Grassroots movements made up of ordinary citizens can go a long way in creating change. This article details several initiatives across Ohio that were led by citizens using a combination of lobbying, education, persis...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

15 November 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Several groups across the country are bridging the partisan divide by using civility and conversation to build bipartisanship and trust. The Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion helps members of the community...

Bay City News Foundation

Sylvie Sturm

21 October 2018

United States

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VoteCrew is a digital messaging platform that brings together friends and acquaintances into online teams who pledge to vote and then are held accountable by their peers. The platform was created to increase voter tu...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

18 October 2018

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Leaders from Lancaster Stands Up, an independent political organization, are bridging the gap between Democrats and Republicans in small, rural, conservative towns. They are building a progressive base by going back t...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

7 October 2018

United Kingdom

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In the UK, the What Works Centres are bringing scientific rigor into the realm of government by promoting evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). By evaluating policies through an unbiased, empirical approach like a rando...

The Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

BBC

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Alvaro Alvarez

28 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Chinese Americans in San Francisco came together to discuss their wide-ranging political viewpoints. The “Make America Dinner Again” event encouraged four Republicans and four Democrats to listen and connect with each...

ProPublica

Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

The Atlantic

Sam Kean

26 January 2018

United States

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A statistic called the efficiency gap seems like a simple way to measure partisan gerrymandering. It’s easy to calculate and relies on actual election results, not hypothetical results, something called for back in 20...

WKSU

M.L. Schultze

22 December 2017

United States

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Gerrymandered Congressional districts, drawn using evermore individualized voter data, are set up to tip elections across the United States. Lawmakers and voting advocates are pushing back and creating new methods of ...

ThinkProgress

Kira Lerner

13 December 2017

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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In Alabama, grassroots organizing targeting black voters resulted in a huge voter turnout. “98 percent of black women voted for Jones (Tyson’s initial estimate was conservative) along with 93 percent of black men.” “J...

A Government By Us

Patrick Chalmers

10 December 2017

Ireland

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Ireland held a citizens’ assembly to discuss the country’s contentious abortion laws and demonstrated the potential of such democracy-building initiatives. A random selection of participants gathered over five weekend...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

CityLab

Andrew Small

9 November 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A Better Angels workshop helped eight liberals and eight conservatives talk with each other about divisive issues, such as immigration and LGBTQ rights. At a time when political partisanship is at record highs in the ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

26 October 2017

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Amid divisive free speech discussions on campus, students across the country formed BridgeUSA, a group dedicated to the 'transpartisanship' movement. Student representatives are trained to facilitate constructive disc...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

Joyce Hackel

27 September 2017

United States

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The average median-income family in the United States spends 13 hours per year preparing and filing their taxes, plus $370 paying someone to help. “In other countries, it’s a matter of minutes and costs nothing,” says...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

22 September 2017

United States

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Public defender systems across the country are underfunded and understaffed. Viewed by progressives as a racial and class inequality problem, the issue is gaining major traction in red states under a different framing...

The New York Times

Jack Ewing

21 September 2017

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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With nearly one in five Germans working in manufacturing, the closing of steel mills and coal mines spelled trouble. Instead of despairing, blue-collar cities such as Dortmund leapt into the future. State and local of...

The Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

9 August 2017

Amman, Jordan

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Women’s right activists are gaining traction in Jordan and Tunisia. Their efforts have led to the rejection of old laws that protected rapists, and more representation in parliament. The progress women activists are m...

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