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Religion News Service

Joshua Eaton

30 June 2020

Florissant, Missouri, United States

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After receiving a call from the local hospital saying they needed help in containing the spread of coronavirus, members of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri began sewing masks for those i...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

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30 June 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Deve...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

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29 June 2020

Hinta, Rajasthan, India

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A group of farmers in India have been trained to monitor their village’s groundwater levels to help its residents make more informed decisions about irrigation based on water availability. The farmers-turned-researche...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

16 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When protests against police violence turned into looting and anti-Black violence in some Latinx neighborhoods, violence interrupters from groups such as UCAN, EnLace, and Chicago CRED brokered a peace agreement that ...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

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12 May 2020

Xingu River Basin, Brazil

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A group of women, known as the Yarang Women’s Movement, from villages in Brazil collect and sell seeds to nurseries, landowners, and other organizations to replant degraded land by the Xingu River. While this effort h...

KQED

Devin Katayama

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Alan Montecillo

24 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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It wasn't until first cases of coronavirus were recorded in the United States that San Francisco and other U.S. cities took action to mitigate the spread, but in Chinatown, precautions started much earlier and the pre...

Mongabay

Vaishnavi Rathore

13 April 2020

Sudher, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A group of women volunteers, known as the Mahila Mandal, from Sudher in India are fighting against the dumping of garbage in their village and the pollution and potential negative health effects that come with it. Des...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

9 April 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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For many activists, gathering in mass protest is their most powerful tool in their toolbox, but social distancing threatens this ability. But activists in Boulder County, Colorado are not letting the pandemic stop the...

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Joshua Eferighe

28 March 2020

United States

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As hospital staff struggle to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of personal protective equipment, citizen-led groups are working to fill the gap by producing or connecting masks with health care ...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

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27 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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To address a shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, community members have begun to take on the task of producing face masks for medical professionals. From sewing masks to creating...

Metromode

Kate Roff

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26 March 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Mutual aid at the grassroots level is about helping a neighbor in need, and this strategy has been spurred into action across the country in response to COVID-19. In Detroit, people rally across social media and techn...

NPR

Eric Westervelt

25 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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With a massive shortage of protective gear in the medical community amidst the coronavirus outbreak, volunteer groups are filling the gap by crowdsourcing masks, gowns, and other essential items. Though the government...

The New York Times

Annie Correal

24 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As social distancing and isolation become increasingly important in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, volunteers and neighborhood groups are helping seniors and Immunocompromised people access necessessities. In...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

Myers Reece

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19 March 2020

Kalispell, Montana, United States

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Rural communities throughout the United States are experimenting with a Boston-based senior-assistance program that implements a shared-services approach to senior care. Although barriers to creating connectivity in i...

Next City

Julia Hotz

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19 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As social distancing becomes increasingly important as cities and states work to control the coronavirus outbreak, people in New York are finding creative ways to communicate in order to help one another. In New York ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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19 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As restaurants across the nation have been forced to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to creative means to help account for the loss of revenue. In Philadelphia, restaurants have cre...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Emily Cureton

18 March 2020

Bend, Oregon, United States

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People in Bend, Oregon have turned to social media in order to help at-risk community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Utilizing Facebook Groups to connect with one another, the moderators aim to conduct "acts...

The Bristol Cable

Adam Cantwell-Corn

18 March 2020

Bristol, England

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As a grass-roots response to assist vulnerable populations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world are using social media to distribute supplies, services, and advice. One such group on Facebook, th...

The Diplomat

Trien Vinh Le

Huy Quynh Nguyen

17 March 2020

Vietnam

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China has seen success in containing the coronavirus through strict governmental oversight but when the virus made its way to Vietnam – a country with similar rule – the government enacted more transparent approaches ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

17 March 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Those over the age of 65 have been instructed to stay at home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, so younger adults are coming together across the nation to help deliver this population essentials. Be...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stephen Humphries

16 March 2020

United States

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Across the world, communities are beginning to use a variety of different methodologies to better connect with their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic. From social media to public Google documents, neighborhoo...

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Mark Obbie

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March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In Rochester, NY, the Center for Teen Empowerment, a nonprofit that trains youth in community organizing, personal development, and anti-violence, is working to bring kids off the street and into safety. The program, ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

2 March 2020

Cascade Lockes, Oregon, United States

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Washington State could pass one of the toughest restrictions on water bottling operations in the United States, thanks to activists who raised environmental concerns over a bottling facility that wanted to open in a t...

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