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Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

22 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advo...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

22 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dinin...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 September 2020

Fulton, New York, United States

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Residents are using dollar-for-dollar matching grants to spruce up their homes in Fulton, NY, resulting in higher home values, higher morale and the formation of neighborhood collaborations. The grants are granted to ...

Bay Journal

Jeremy Cox

15 September 2020

Langley Park, Maryland, United States

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A leadership program in the Chesapeake Bay region gives members of the Latinx community to become change makers in the environmental movement. Since 2016, Chispa Maryland has produced more than 100 graduates from its ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Wilfred C. Alik

11 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii have formed their own Covid-19 task forces to stop the virus’ spread, rather than wait for the government to respond. Despite a lack of resources, the task forces conduct communi...

The Boston Globe

Lisa Zwirn

8 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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After Boston Public Schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 70 volunteers tended schoolyard gardens at 14 schools to grow food for local families experiencing economic hardship. While students ...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 September 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Volunteer-run organizations are helping those facing food insecurity throughout Beirut by preparing and delivery food on a daily basis. Although the food system in the country remains heavily strained, the grassroots ...

Christian Science Monitor

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

25 August 2020

Thottampatti, Tamil Nadu, India

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The Women’s Collective is a nonprofit that works with more than 10,000 subsistence farmers in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to promote food security using millets, a crop resilient to drought and climate change. For ...

BBC

Naomi Scherbel-Ball

25 August 2020

Nigeria

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After decades of trying to contain polio, collaborative efforts have resulted in the eradication of the disease from Africa. Although there is still no known cure, vaccination campaigns and collective action from poli...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

Mongabay

Rosamaria Loures

Sarah Sax

21 August 2020

Maranhão, Brazil

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Women “warriors” of the indigenous Guajajara people in Brazil use drones to patrol their territory of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to prevent deforestation. Because of their work, they have been able to cute def...

The New York Times

Robert Sullivan

Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

The Trace

Ann Givens

13 August 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The South Central Leadership Academy was started in Los Angeles by a college student who believes that gun violence survivors like him should lead the community response in finding solutions to violence. Its first yea...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

8 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Community refrigerators have been installed and stocked in parts of Philadelphia to alleviate food insecurity. Finding an ideal location requires knowing the needs of a community as well as its capacity to keep refrig...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

5 August 2020

Sunnydale, California, United States

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Community leaders in Sunnydale, CA contained a coronavirus scare through swift responses, appeals to the community, contact tracing and establishing neighborhood test sites. An emphasis on public education in the neig...

Quartz

Nicolás Rivero

5 August 2020

United States

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Co-ops that have historically brought electricity and telephone services to rural America are now providing internet service. Broadband companies don't make a profit when covering a large area with limited households ...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

WBBM-TV

Dorothy Tucker

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Carol Thompson

31 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Spurred by the high concentration of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Latinx neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West sides, city government teamed with multiple community groups to form a Racial Equity Rapid Response Te...

The New Yorker

Bill McKibben

28 July 2020

Vermont, United States

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Vermont has seen very few cases of COVID-19 compared to its neighboring states after implementing early preparedness protocols. While part of the success could be due to the small and homogeneous population of the sta...

The TRiiBE

Alex Nitkin

22 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After tense negotiations and protests, the Coalition for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) and the mayor of Chicago agreed to an ordinance guaranteeing a percentage of affordable housing for tenants making below 50...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

21 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Food bartering helps families during times of food insecurity, which is often exacerbated by crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Families with lower incomes have bartered for food for a long time but the pandemic ha...

Waging Nonviolence

Loretta Graceffo

14 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Nonviolence Chicago uses street-outreach workers to mediate disputes and connect residents of violence-prone neighborhoods to needed services. Its work, amounting to tens of thousands of contacts per year with people ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Isabella Zou

8 July 2020

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Members of a community group in North Hartford, CT are a positive presence on the streets of the dangerous neighborhood they once grew up in. Men Standing Up Against Violence aim to deter violence, provide support, me...

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