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Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

22 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Portland's new policy allowing for multi-family homes resulted from a long campaign of coalition building to address a need for middle-income housing that often gets overlooked in many cities. Although the Residential...

The New York Times

Constant Méheut

13 September 2020

Paris, France

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The feminist group Les Colleuses (The Gluers) has attracted about 1,500 activists and spread from Paris to other French cities, plus Belgium and Italy, with a message of empowerment that counters weak government respo...

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Nick Fouriezos

5 September 2020

United Kingdom

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Logically is an app that fact-checks news in real time using artificial intelligence and 30 employees. They review more than 500,000 articles a day. In 2019, the app found 12-14% of articles about the U.K. and Indian ...

San Francisco Public Press

Meka Boyle

2 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Groups in the Bay Area that have successfully sought to have police disciplined for misconduct and won new police-accountability policies have turned their form of organized monitoring into a training platform for pro...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jason Nark

31 August 2020

United States

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal program to build outdoor recreation facilities, creating thousands of jobs during the Great Depression and building iconic state parks. Delaware programs, like the ...

The New York Times

Zachary Small

23 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A burst of creativity is helping Portland confront its racist histories. From murals appearing on boarded-up buildings, protest art on exhibit at art centers, and artists gathering downtown to display their work depic...

The Community Voice

Bonita Gooch

Jazzlyn Johnson

20 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund spent its first four years as a modestly funded non-profit that used donations to bail people out of jail, as a means of countering a cash bail system that critics see as unfair to people li...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

20 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Almost half of U.S. states guarantee citizens’ rights to petition for ballot measures, but the coronavirus made gathering signatures in person infeasible. Massachusetts courts allowed electronic signatures, but other ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

13 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The August 2020 primary election in Hawaii was the first run entirely with voting by mail and the result was increased voter turnout in all of the state’s voting districts. In fact, the 47.8% voter turnout was the bes...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

7 August 2020

United States

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The LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin provides nonpartisan support for women running for political office and seeks to recruit more center-right women into the pipeline of political cand...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

Gothamist

Chad Small

1 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The Young Leaders of Staten Island (YSLI) was created in Staten Island to fight for social justice after young residents of the borough felt the local response to George Floyd's murder was not enough. YSLI mobilized h...

100 Days in Appalachia

Chris Jones

23 July 2020

West Virginia, United States

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Thirty-six people protesting police violence and racism held the first civil rights march in Terra Alta. Met by counter-protesters with guns who were expecting out-of-town agitators, the groups engaged in peaceful and...

The TRiiBE

Alex Nitkin

22 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After tense negotiations and protests, the Coalition for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) and the mayor of Chicago agreed to an ordinance guaranteeing a percentage of affordable housing for tenants making below 50...

CBS News

Dana Jacobson

18 July 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Renaming the Washington Redskins to remove a racist name and logo will require a difficult and delicate process juggling a host of issues that other professional and college sports franchises have successfully navigat...

The New Yorker

Tom Robbins

17 July 2020

New York, United States

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When New York legislators abolished a state law that had long shielded police officers’ disciplinary records from public scrutiny, they were not just responding to recent protests but also to activism over many years ...

Law at the Margins

Ariel Boone

14 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland and local activists use a similar response to the problem – building encampments of "tiny houses" – but there are critical differences between the two programs. An activist group called The Villag...

Bitterroot

Ross Coyle

10 July 2020

Utah, United States

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In 2016, court ordered redistricting gave Navajo nation residents in San Juan County fairer representation and required in-person polling locations and translation assistance. Shortly after, the Bear Ears National Mon...

Los Angeles Times

Esmeralda Bermudez

7 July 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Mothers of young Latino men killed by sheriff’s deputies in East Los Angeles have struggled to pry information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but along the way they have formed a network of support ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jean Hopfensperger

6 July 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, volunteer chaplains are attending community events at the request of the participants to provide counsel and support to anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of trauma. Before attending any event to le...

Next City

James Russell

2 July 2020

Texas, United States

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A Texas law requiring high school principals to register eligible student voters has failed because it is unequally carried out, not enforceable or tracked, and other obstacles to vote prevent students from casting ba...

Geekwire

Lisa Stiffler

1 July 2020

Washington, United States

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Common Power has over 2,000 volunteers, mostly white retirees, who reach out to voters and lobby elected officials for things like widespread mail-in ballots. The small, racially diverse paid staff run many traditiona...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

1 July 2020

Tyler, Texas, United States

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Dalila Reynoso's local activism blossomed into a full-blown watchdog role when COVID-19 began to spread through the Smith County, Texas, jail. The marriage of criminal justice reform and pandemic safety, vested in one...

The Conversation

Laura A. Weinstein

Donald Beaudette

26 June 2020

Ireland

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With lessons for American police-reform advocates, the transformation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary – a militarized enforcer of inequality hated by the people of Northern Ireland – into an entirely new organization...

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