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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...

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Arionne Nettles

30 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Corner Store Campaign alleviates food insecurity in Chicago by providing fresh produce and supplies to customers who frequent the neighborhood establishments - typically in places that are more likely to be food d...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

28 December 2020

Matamoros, Mexico

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The Global Response Management is a humanitarian nonprofit led by U.S. military veterans and staffed by U.S. volunteers and "paid asylum seekers who were medical professionals in their homelands" that offers medical h...

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Jeff Truesdell

24 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A network of trauma recovery centers nationwide helps victims of violence and survivors of murder victims by focusing on their emotional, medical, and financial needs first. What started as a single healing center run...

The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

Wired

Tom Simonite

17 December 2020

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To quickly distribute money to poverty-stricken areas in Togo during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's government turned to mobile cash payments. Working with a non-profit and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective ...

CityLab

Chris Malloy

17 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Instead of simply handing out its federal CARES funding to food banks, the city of Phoenix used the cash to produce meals by connecting hard-hit farmers with struggling restaurants. Meals were provided free of cost to...

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,...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

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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...

The Hechinger Report

Levi Pulkkinen

24 November 2020

Yakima, Washington, United States

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A no-cost meal program allows high-poverty schools to offer all enrolled students free lunch, which consequently addresses child nutrition problems and meal debt. The program, however, has pivoted and expanded during ...

Christian Science Monitor

Shafi Musaddique

23 November 2020

United Kingdom

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The pandemic has highlighted the issue of child poverty in England leading to public indignation and the reversal of a government policy that sought to end free meals for children during summer vacation. Professional ...

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Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

The Cap Times

Scott Girard

16 November 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The Madison Metropolitan School District created a food delivery program so students could access meals during the pandemic when teaching became virtual. When they noticed only 15,000 meals were being delivered, a low...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

14 November 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center helps people meet basic needs after they have suffered a gunshot injury. Along with clothing, transportation voucher...

KXAN-TV

Faith Woodard

9 November 2020

McAllen, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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School districts in the Rio Grande area of Texas are turning to alternatives to deliver meals to students who are remote-learning. Programs like school curbside pick-up, and meals on wheels, where a bus loaded has des...

WCSH-TV

Vivien Leigh

6 November 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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A free mobile app, Safe House, gives victims of domestic abuse a simple and quick way to call for help and find needed resources in four states. Putting local crisis helplines, shelters, and other local resources in o...

Richmond Confidential

Cameron Nielsen

5 November 2020

Richmond, California, United States

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Urban Tilth, an urban farm in California, is providing food directly to communities in need and upending the traditional food supply chain so they can help people access healthy and sustainably-grown food. They have b...

Reason

Elizabeth Nolan Brown

29 October 2020

United States

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The Violence Against Women Act was billed as a way to make a patriarchal society, and policing profession in particular, take domestic violence more seriously. It encouraged policies making arrest of alleged abusers m...

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Kate Ross

22 October 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

Photojournalism

800-1500 Words

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A community refrigerator full of free food in Athens, Georgia is a local solution to food insecurity in the area. The fridge stays stocked up through donations from locals and businesses who want to help their neighbo...

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Claire Marie Porter

21 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A community-based seafood program called Fiishadelphia is the first community supported fishery run by high-school students in the city. They offer locally harvested and affordable seafood to a diverse customer base w...

Wisconsin Public Radio

Rob Ferrett

16 October 2020

Rusk County, Wisconsin, United States

Radio

5-15 Minutes

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In a rural town in Wisconsin, a pilot project that hinges on micro-agriculture is bringing fresh produce to residents who do not have easy access to healthy, affordable food. The project, which has now partnered with ...

NBC News

Kate Snow

14 October 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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In southern Louisiana's Lafourche Parish, sheriff's deputy Valerie Martinez Jordan used her history as a domestic violence victim to create a countywide program to legally seize the guns of people convicted of domesti...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Radio

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

KXAN-TV

Stassy Olmos

12 October 2020

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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The Dream Center is providing a free schoolroom in Nashville for the children of single parents to stay on track for school. The nonprofit, which is run and staffed by volunteers, provides free meals to 32 students th...

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