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Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

The New York Times

Audra Burch

21 January 2020

Newnan, Georgia, United States

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The small Southern city of Newnan, GA considered themselves to be a fairly open and accepting place. This attitude was shattered when 17 huge portraits of ordinary people who make up Newnan were hung across the city a...

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Zoe Sullivan

19 November 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace ...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

12 November 2019

South Lebanon, Ohio, United States

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Personal connections contribute to more productive discourse, reducing polarization and divisiveness. Outreach projects such as those led by the Better Angels nonprofit and KUOW-FM in Seattle encourage conversations b...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

29 October 2019

Morris, Minnesota, United States

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Voices for Rural Resilience is an organization that spurs collaboration amongst rural farmers on addressing issues of climate change. Anna Claussen, the founder, says that there are misconceptions of rural America and...

The New York Times

Alina Tugend

23 October 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Coming to terms with the past requires reexamining the way we represent both history and art. The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, is on the forefront of correcting the absence of enslaved craftsmen in representations ...

Yes! Magazine

Jonita Davis

26 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Discussing history can help communities heal from racial violence and trauma. Organizations like the Greater Bronzeville Action Plan, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CCR19), and the Chicago Center...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

2 July 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community lead...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

3 June 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A new initiative in Baltimore is changing the way social studies is taught to middle and high school students. BMore Me teaches students the larger context and history of their city with culturally relevant curriculum...

Gizmodo

Yessenia Funes

5 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Yankees are the first and only baseball team to sign onto the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Framework. In doing so they hope to lead their fanbase into committing to five principles: making sy...

The Washington Post

Max Blau

26 March 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Contextualizing artistic representations creates more complex narratives and offers an opportunity to educate about historical memory. The Atlanta History Center has opened an exhibition that illuminates the absence o...

The New York Times

Ana Fota

20 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Reassessing representations creates an opportunity for educational experiences. Instead of simply removing a problematic diorama depicting members of the Lenape tribe and Dutch colonists, the American Museum of Natura...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

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

Tina Rosenberg

13 June 2017

United States

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Voter turnout in the United States is far below that in most democracies. States and cities are trying a variety of ways to increase turnout, with mixed success. Eight states and Washington, D.C., are moving to automa...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 March 2017

United States

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Frequent deployments and relocations create career hurdles for military spouses and pull families away from their support networks. Blue Star Families, a nonprofit founded in 2009, is working with volunteers in 35 cha...

Salon

Gail Cornwall

28 February 2016

United States

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Postal banking used to be the norm in the United States, just as it is throughout Europe, helping poor and immigrant families save money, transfer funds, and even get small loans. The model is ripe for a comeback. Tod...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

25 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Both incarceration and crime rates are low is Western Europe where the focus in prison is on rehabilitating prisoners so they can return to society. American leaders visited a prison in Germany to consider implementin...

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Joshua Kalla

13 November 2014

United States

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Research shows that having in-person interactions with voters is by far the best way to increase turnout. It’s not simply knocking on doors. It’s about having genuine conversations. But political campaigns typically s...

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