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Reasons to be Cheerful

Alasdair Lane

7 August 2020

Glasgow, Scotland

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In Scotland, the Navigators program performs violence interruption work in seven hospitals, at the bedside of victims of violence, with counseling and connections to social services to nudge people into safer lifestyl...

The New Yorker

Ana Karina Zatarain

5 August 2020

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastr...

WBBM-TV

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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 Appeal

Jessica Pishko

28 July 2020

United States

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Criminalizing domestic violence was considered a feminist-inspired advance for crime victims, but making arrests and prosecution the main responses to the problem has backfired in many ways. With funding and attention...

The Marshall Project

Christie Thompson

24 July 2020

Olympia, Washington, United States

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Since April 2019, Olympia’s Crisis Response Unit has sent civilian first-responders instead of police officers to hundreds of “quality of life” calls such as a mental health crisis or problems related to addiction or ...

LAist

Lillian Kalish

23 July 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To ensure that Black communities have access to healthy food, three people in Los Angeles are taking different approaches to promote food security and food sovereignty. As part of Feed Black Futures, Ali Anderson pack...

The New York Times

Rachel Wharton

23 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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For environmental organization GrowNYC, their one-acre teaching farm on Governor’s Island became a victory garden for New Yorkers who aren’t having their basic needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic. While future land...

FoodPrint

Lela Nargi

23 July 2020

United States

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The ability of community gardens to supply healthy food to those who might not have their basic needs met has grown in importance as coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. For example, the New Roots...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

21 July 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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Jacksonville’s prosecutor began a unique experiment in using restorative justice dialog in murder cases, seeking to help survivors learn the full truth of a crime in ways a traditional trial would not provide. In retu...

The Seattle Times

Scott Hanson

21 July 2020

Washington, United States

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When the economy came to a sudden halt with the onset of a global pandemic, farmers were left with produce meant for the restaurant industry while families who lost incomes struggled to put food on their tables. For o...

Naples Daily News

Sarah Murphy

20 July 2020

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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When the coronavirus threatened the economic well-being and health of the immigrant farmworkers in Florida's agricultural hub in Collier County, faith-based organizations that could no longer serve free hot meals pivo...

The Morning Call

Kayla Dwyer

20 July 2020

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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An anti-violence program served as the spark for a “diaper drive” that delivered more than 163,000 donated diapers to 1,100 families as the coronavirus shutdown took hold, a charity drive enabled by a gang truce – and...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

10 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Latino Task Force emerged in response to Covid-19 and has effectively provided services to the Mission District’s Latinx community. Formed by longtime grassroots activists turned influential community leaders, the...

Kensington Voice

Solmaira Valerio

7 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Step Up to the Plate is a collaborative effort of local organizations that began as a way to help those experiencing food insecurity due to Covid-19. Three outdoor sites have expanded to provide free meals, mental hea...

Afro News

Alexis Taylor

3 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two programs targeting two types of problems have been successful with one common element: interventions that provide needed social services rather than rely only on police responses. In Baltimore, shootings and homic...

The Beacon Today

Morgan Therrien

2 July 2020

Jupiter, Florida, United States

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Diabetics require fresh food and produce to maintain their health, but doing so has become difficult during the pandemic, especially for people who are immunocomprised and therefore unable to frequently venture out to...

The New York Times

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Jane Bradley

2 July 2020

England

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealan...

The Economist

The Economist

2 July 2020

Vietnam

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“Rice ATMs” allow people in need to withdraw free rice each week and are popular throughout Vietnam. Created by private companies, the ATMs are now sustained by private donations in a country that hasn’t developed a l...

DigBoston

Keiko Hiromi

29 June 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Restaurants and labor unions have formed a partnership through Project Restore Us, or PRU, to benefit union members as well as restaurants during the pandemic. Restaurants utilize their access to discounted, bulk groc...

U.S. News & World Report

Gaby Galvin

29 June 2020

Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, United States

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Food banks and relief groups in Minnesota are delivering food to rural and suburban communities as food insecurity rises across the state. Suburban poverty presents unique challenges because communities are spread out...

The Victoria Advocate

Ciara McCarthy

27 June 2020

Waco, Texas, United States

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Jubilee provides an oasis in a desert - a food desert that is. The community grocery store provides the only fresh food for miles around at competitive prices and makes an effort to cater to the local clientele, stock...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

26 June 2020

United States

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The Sikh community’s long tradition of feeding those in need through volunteer-run community kitchens called langar was primed to provide COVID-19 food aid, which many gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) did through ac...

BBC News 코리아

Soutik Biswas

23 June 2020

Mumbai, India

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In Mumbai’s famous Dharavi slum, the impracticality of social distancing has been overcome with an intensive community response to bring an earlier COVID-19 outbreak under control through the use of “fever camps” and ...

The TRiiBE

Matt Harvey

17 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many organizations are holding food drives, providing hot meals, and delivering essential items like groceries and diapers to children and their communities in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Based on a tradition o...

NBC News

Erin Einhorn

16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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After the pandemic forced schools to close, educators in Detroit had to take on the role of "detectives" in order to track down missing students and help them stay on-track. After realizing the extent of the impact th...

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