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The Imprint

Elizabeth Amon

17 May 2021

Minnesota, United States

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The 43-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act continues to make a "profound" difference to Native American families and tribes, despite being under frequent legal attacks. The law limits the placement of Native children in...

The Charlotte Observer

Virginia Bridges

12 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Three incarcerated people and a coalition of social justice groups sued North Carolina over its prison COVID-19 policies, winning a settlement that is accelerating releases from prison that began at the start of the p...

Montana Free Press

Sarah Aronson

13 October 2020

Montana, United States

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Legal challenges have protected Native voting rights since the 1980s, when districts diluting native votes were ruled unconstitutional and redrawn. In 2012, three tribes sued to increase access to registration and pol...

Texas Tribune

Jolie McCullough

3 September 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Releasing tens of thousands more misdemeanor defendants from jail without requiring cash bail had no measurable effect on crime rates in Texas' most populous county. To settle a lawsuit that claimed cash bail unconsti...

Civil Eats

Nadra Nittle

31 July 2020

Nevada, United States

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Meatpacking workers protested Covid-19 safety concerns and a coalition of advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaint with the government accusing Tyson and JBS USA of racial discrimination during the pandemic beca...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

14 November 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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A failed bikeshare program left St. Louis prepared for the onlsaught of e-scooters that has been sweeping the nation and left the city ahead of the curve with scooter regulation. The city installed a permit system tha...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut's PILOT program was created to partially reimburse cities and towns for state-owned, tax-exempt properties and take some financial burden off smaller towns. The PILOT program, however, is voluntary, making...

Indian Country Today

Jodi Rave

24 March 2019

Montana, United States

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Including Native Americans in the political process requires sustained efforts in redistricting by communities. The success of the 2018 mid-term election in bringing the first Native American women into Congress was m...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore passed a law that cracks down on rental property owners that have been operating without required inspection, leaving renters living in squalor. While critics fear that owners and landlords may lose business...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

1 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Politicians and community leaders across Colorado take legislative creation out of Washington and into the areas they're trying to protect. Stakeholders around the state, many of whom disagree socially and politically...

KNME-PBS

Megan Kamerick

18 January 2019

New Mexico, United States

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Eleven states in the United States have implemented some version of “red flag laws" which aim to remove guns from those that are showing signs of imminent threat. With studies showing that these bipartisan laws are ha...

INDY Week

Sarah Willets

15 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham County relieved hundreds of outstanding traffic fines in an effort to restore suspended driver's licenses. The program, called Durham Expungement and Restoration (DEAR), "identified more than 11,000 people elig...

Open Canada

Lizan Nijkrake

7 December 2018

Netherlands

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With national governments around the world dragging their feet when it comes to honoring their commitments to curb carbon emissions, some citizens are finding success in court. In 2015, a coalition of unlikely Dutch c...

OZY

Molly Fosco

18 October 2018

United Kingdom

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The Do Not Pay app is helping people take the law into their own hands. The app offers free legal counsel to users and “has helped fight $16 million in parking tickets in the U.K. and U.S.” In addition, people who use...

Scalawag

Michael Cooper

15 October 2018

North Carolina, United States

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Twenty years ago, five, poor, rural counties sued the state of North Carolina for failing to provide students with a good education, and won. In 1997 the Chief Justice Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of the plainti...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aaron Moselle

Juliana Feliciano Reyes

15 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an effort to achieve a true "fair work week," Philadelphia looks to Seattle's worker protection laws - which are among the best in the country. Seattle enforces a strict secure-scheduling policy, which ensures work...

Texas Monthly

Ethan Watters

11 October 2018

Texas, United States

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An unlikely relationship between Frances Jalet, an attorney, and Fred Cruz, an inmate, led to some of the most historic rulings against the Texas Department of Corrections. Jalet became a plaintiff in one of the suits...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 September 2018

United States

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Protect the Protest is an initiative created by more than 20 of the world’s largest nonprofits to address SLAPP lawsuits. SLAPPs often target nonprofits and activists in order to derail them from protesting. “The goal...

The Nation

Armando Aparicio

David Zlutnick

20 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Faced with rising rent costs, despite shoddy living conditions, tenants decided to join a rent strike, and take their case to the courts. So far the tenants have won three cases, and lost three. But, together they for...

The New York Times Magazine

Joel Lovell

2 July 2018

United States

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The ACLU has unrolled a new operation to counter human rights abuses under the current administration. They’ve hired more lawyers, taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions, and filed 83 lawsuits against the Trump admini...

The Washington Post

Rachel Siegel

31 May 2018

Parkland, Florida, United States

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In a response to the 2018 Parkland, Fla. shooting that killed 17 people, Dick's Sporting Goods removed guns from several locations around the country and carried on conversations with Congress about tighter gun laws. ...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

23 April 2018

California, United States

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Using the catalyst approach, Judge Thelton Henderson was able to reform California prisons. He employed courts to change bureaucratic systems, and was moved by the idea that if you “encourage everyone involved to bu...

WNYC

Matt Kielty

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Tracie Hunte

Bethel Habte

23 March 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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In the 1980s the Mexican economy falls and a surge of undocumented immigrants begin crossing the Rio Grande river into El Paso, TX. Border Patrol agents begin stopping and questioning high school students near the bo...

Slate

Henry Grabar

21 July 2017

New York, New York, United States

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"Nationwide, 90 percent of landlords have attorneys, but 90 percent of tenants do not." New York City is combating this inequality with a new law guaranteeing lawyers to defend low-income tenants in housing court. The...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

19 July 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The idea that someone should not languish in jail because they cannot afford bail is gaining more support around the country, including Mississippi thanks to a lawsuit challenging lengthy detentions of two men. In the...

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