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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...

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...

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...

Next City

Emily Nonko

3 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Through its Creative CityMaking program, the city of Minneapolis pays artists to use their skills to promote healing and community-building in projects they design on their own. The program had existed for seven years...

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...

The Narwhal

Julien Gignac

30 January 2021

Yukon, Canada

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Under the structure of unique treaties called final agreements, Yukon First Nations are able to exercise the powers of self-governance over projects proposed on their land. Implementation of the agreements isn’t alway...

Energy News Network

Tom Perkins

29 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice was created to advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on environmental justice issues related to pollution and energy access. In its first year, the 21-member council was i...

The Appeal

Manjeet Kaur

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Since 2017, Seattle residents have had a direct say in how some city money is spent on neighborhood projects. It's a form of "participatory budgeting" that has been spreading from Brazil through many U.S. cities. Afte...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle spent nearly a decade reforming its police department and branding itself as an example of how to fix a broken system prone to violence and racial bias. Public trust improved and the use of force declined. But...

The Washington Post

Nora Caplan-Bricker

27 January 2021

Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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51 for 51 is an advocacy group fighting for DC statehood by educating people about DC residents’ taxation without representation and training advocates in other states, mostly young people, to lobby their senators to ...

Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

27 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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A viral campaign from Indigenous activists, TikTok creators, and documentary filmmakers led to about 6.3 million letters being sent to federal agencies encouraging them to halt fossil fuel development in the Arctic Na...

Next City

Maansi Shah

21 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Vacant homes owned by the state of California were occupied in protest by activists in Los Angeles who want to bring attention to the homelessness crisis. Known as the Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community collective, the...

Investigate West

Robert McClure

18 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For over a decade, environmentalists, Indigenous tribes, ranchers, politicians, scientists, and fishers in the Pacific Northwest have been able to defeat more than 20 proposals from coal and oil firms to ship fossil f...

The Jakarta Globe

Meleva Thorn

Sienna Curnow

16 January 2021

Indonesia

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CekFakta is a collaborative network that fights misinformation with around 6,000 fact-checkers from major Indonesian media organizations, citizens, and academics. The group holds training sessions to help journalists ...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Rowan Philp

15 January 2021

United States

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists ...

NPR

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

7 January 2021

United States

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The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coali...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

6 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals ...

Grist

Greta Moran

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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Landowners, residents, community leaders, and activist groups across New York state came together to halt several pipeline projects. By conducting research, holding public events, and building a multiracial coalition ...

The City

Yoav Gonen

Eileen Grench

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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For 50 hours over five days, police and community members collaborated on the Brownsville Safety Alliance pilot project, which kept police officers away from a longtime crime hotspot so that community members could pr...

Autostraddle

Mari Wrobi

31 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To promote the need to end intersex surgery, an organization launched a multi-pronged campaign that raised awareness about the potentially damaging impacts of the practice. The group used social media, created a petit...

Yes! Magazine

Levi Pulkkinen

30 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A team of young people helped Kirsten Harris-Talley win a seat in the Washington state legislature. The 63 young people, ages 12 to 22, did more than the traditional behind the scenes work, like phone banking and door...

Ensia

Ambika Chawla

30 December 2020

Somalia

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Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) aims to create long-term solutions to help internally displaced people in under-resourced urban areas, many of whom fled climate-related disasters. DSI relies on ideas from the displ...

Yes! Magazine

Sunnivie Brydum

23 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Organized groups of volunteers helped sustain over four months of Black Lives Matters protests, with centralized information sources keeping the public informed and essential support services provided. A network of ov...

Grist

Anna Deen

23 December 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Solitary Gardens is an art project that protests prisons' solitary confinement conditions. Incarcerated people connect with volunteers on the outside who plant flowers, vegetables, or herbs in beds matching the tiny d...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 December 2020

Malden, Massachusetts, United States

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Violations of the Voting Rights Act during primary and local elections led the city of Malden, where 23% of its 60,000 residents are of Asian descent, to provide voting materials and information - including mail-in ba...

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