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Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

6 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Frustrated at the slow pace of criminal justice reform after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the grassroots group Action St. Louis formed to seize political power and make change happen from the inside of the syst...

Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

3 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Decades of advocacy for more effective civilian oversight of police-misconduct investigations in St. Louis finally resulted in a new oversight board created in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson...

The Chicago Reader

Kiran Misra

30 April 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A participatory budgeting pilot in ten Chicago Public Schools empowers students to influence change by deciding how small grants, typically $1,000 to $2,000, should be spent for school improvement. Students brainstorm...

MIT Technology Review

Julia Hotz

28 April 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Democracy Vouchers, a tax-payer-funded program that sends four $25 certificates to residents to donate to local candidates, made Seattle the national leader by increasing the percent of the electorate donating to loca...

IJNet

Annie Philip

15 April 2021

Delhi, India

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India's protesting farmers objected to the news media's coverage of their protests, seeing it as too pro-government. Trolley Times became the grassroots response: a startup newsletter about the protests, often written...

New York Amsterdam News

Herb Boyd

Damaso Reyes

15 April 2021

Colorado, United States

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The protests against police abuses in 2020 prodded numerous legislatures to challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which protects police officers from being sued for violating people's civil rights. Color...

The Arizona Republic

Shanti Lerner

14 April 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Chispa Arizona is working to encourage members of the Latino community to spend time outdoors. The environmental justice organization created “entry points,” or free outdoor activities each month that anyone can atten...

The Washington Post

Robert Klemko

12 April 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Little Earth Protectors is one of several community patrol groups that emerged in Minneapolis' unrest after George Floyd's death in police custody. Named for a mostly Native American neighborhood with high rates of vi...

Grady Newsource

Jared Gilstrap

9 April 2021

Colbert, Georgia, United States

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After Georgian residents raised concerns about a pollutant that was being emitted by a nearby biomass plant, they banded together to pass legislation that effectively put an end to the practice. These concerned reside...

The Washington Post

Katie Mettler

9 April 2021

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

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Court Watch PG acts as a traditional court watch program for Maryland's Prince George's County, but with a twist: the two formerly incarcerated women running it turned adversity, in the form of the pandemic's shutdown...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Youth Vote is a nonpartisan effort, organized by a local social studies teacher, to prepare 18-year-olds to vote. In addition to registering about 700 students in the summer of 2020, the group advocates changin...

Associated Press

Glenn Gamboa

29 March 2021

United States

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One Small Step seeks to decrease toxic polarization by bringing people of differing views and backgrounds together to talk. About 800 people have met in pairs in around 40 cities to talk about commonalities, such as f...

Grady Newsource

Shania Shelton

25 March 2021

Milledgeville, Georgia, United States

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Georgia College Political Society, a non-partisan debate and discussion organization, hosts events where students from across the political spectrum discuss political issues. Discussion topics have included criminal j...

CBS News

Natalie Brand

18 March 2021

District of Columbia, United States

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Braver Angels works to decrease political polarization by pairing up Republicans and Democrats for one-on-one conversations about each other’s political views and experiences. The goal of the conversations is to encou...

The Huffington Post

Alexander Kaufman

18 March 2021

United States

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The Environmental Voter Project has contacted nearly 6.2 million non-voters that care about the environment in 17 states since 2015, estimating that over 733,000 of them now vote regularly. They identify voters using ...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

12 March 2021

Chico, California, United States

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A series of killings by the police sparked a community-led movement urging greater accountability and better training. The campaign bore fruit when the Chico mayor formed a committee to examine use of force policies. ...

Devex

Nithin Coca

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Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

KLC Journal

Stan Finger

23 February 2021

Kansas, United States

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City websites have embraced technology, allowing residents to pay bills, request permits, and attend council or commission meetings online. The shift, which was accelerated by the pandemic, also made the websites cruc...

CityLab

Linda Poon

17 February 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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In the months after businesses covered their storefronts with plywood as cities erupted in social-justice protests, environmental and other community groups in many cities organized recycling campaigns to reuse the pl...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

13 February 2021

United States

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Democracy Works has a suite of programs that make it easier to vote. TurboVote helps its 7 million subscribers easily register to vote by taking them to their state's online registration site or by sending them the pa...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Ilyne Junuén Castellanos

5 February 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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Efforts aimed at recruiting student poll workers, some of whom aren’t yet eligible to vote, increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monterey County ran registration drives, spoke in classrooms and other student-orient...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

The GroundTruth Project

Jake Wittich

3 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago Black Drag Council launched after a series of protests that called on Chicago’s LGBTQ neighborhood to address racial discrimination and oppression. A handful of businesses quickly agreed to a live-streamed...

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