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Sacramento Bee

Kim Bojórquez

5 October 2020

California, United States

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In California, two laws have helped to open opportunities for less experienced candidates to win state and local offices, which has increased representation among people of color. A 1990 law set term limits for the st...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

25 September 2020

Washington, United States

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A newly established PAC in Washington state aims to increase the likelihood of Black women being elected to Washington State Legislature by eliminating the financial barrier that often impedes candidates from running ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 September 2020

United States

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Voting by mail will increase dramatically due to Covid-19 and drop boxes are one way to collect these ballots. Although fears of fraud have been unfounded, the GOP initiated lawsuits to block or limit drop boxes if th...

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...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Lee Davidson

1 August 2020

Utah, United States

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Voting by mail in Utah has led to high turnout, even for Republicans who party officials feared would not vote, because it removes obstacles such as missing work, bad weather, and long wait times. It is also safer for...

Gotham Gazette

Victoria Merlino

20 June 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Record high voter turnout in New York's 2018 primaries was due in part to grassroots groups effectively harnessing voters’ anger towards the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of State Senate Democrats w...

QNotes

Chris Rudisill

1 May 2020

United States

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identified 57 million voters who identify as LGBTQ or allies and used digital and print ads, direct mail, and text and phone outreaches to turnout these “equality voters” in the 2018 mi...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tom Perkins

24 April 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians (VPN) is a grassroots initiative that, with the help over 4,000 volunteers who knocked on 125,000 doors and canvassed at public events, collected the 400,000 signatures needed to get an anti-ger...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

1 April 2020

Iowa, United States

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As the youngest state legislators in Iowa, Zach Wahls, a Democrat, and Joe Mitchell, a Republican, are working across party lines to find solutions to climate change. While there has been pushback about their bipartis...

Valley Journal

Karen Peterson

17 March 2020

Montana, United States

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Many groups have formed to reduce political polarization by applying active listening and respectful communication skills. Mission Valley Rises is a small community led group in Montana that hosts events where Republi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

11 March 2020

Texas, United States

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Register2Vote (R2V) identified unregistered voters in Texas and built a platform for them to fill out the form online, which R2V printed and mailed to them with a stamped envelope addressed to their county’s registrar...

The New York Times

Isabella Grullón Paz

10 February 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Democratic Party consistently struggles to turn out the Latinx vote, which is projected to be 32 million people. Instead of trying to find a cohesive message for this incredibly diverse group of people like in the...

The New York Times

Michael Massing

4 February 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Deep canvassing goes beyond talking points, encouraging empathetic dialogue. The New York-based organization, Changing the Conversation Together, trains volunteers in the practice of deep canvassing. Instead of just f...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

27 November 2019

Dabeiba, Colombia

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In an effort to reincorporate former guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Colombian government created Territorial Training and Reincorporation Spaces (ETCRs) to allow partial autonomy for the...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers' ...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

16 October 2019

Greece

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Citizens’ assemblies, which allow for mass participation in political debates and decision-making with a lottery system to select speakers, are increasingly being used to overcome issues such as corruption and the unw...

PBS NewsHour

Hari Sreenivasan

21 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The University of Chicago and Eureka College are teaming up to bring together college students from urban and rural Illinois to discuss political differences. As part of Bridging the Divide, community leaders from bot...

Idaho Statesman

Nicole Blanchard

5 May 2019

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A group called Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, now 36,000 strong, is bringing together people from different political and ideological backgrounds over a common interest in the preservation and conservation of public l...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 April 2019

Switzerland

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A group called Operation Libero in Switzerland has successfully rallied against rising right-wing populist groups by using different approaches like small-scale crowdfunding, eye-catching tongue-in-cheek campaigns, an...

CivicStory

Tina Kelley

4 April 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Shortly following the 2018 Midterm elections in the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of legislators known as the Problem Solvers Caucus used their numbers to change House rules easing the passage of bipartisan l...

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...

Model D

Aaron Mondry

8 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To close the voting participation and engagement gap between historically disenfranchised groups and more affluent, white groups, organizations in Metropolitan Detroit are employing a number of strategies. One group, ...

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...

Yale Environment 360

Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

8 January 2019

Mumbai, India

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In booming cities across India, residents and nonprofits are fighting to save trees from rampant development. One protest in Delhi brought 1,500 citizens out, stalling a proposal to fell 14,000 trees in the city. And ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

15 November 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Several groups across the country are bridging the partisan divide by using civility and conversation to build bipartisanship and trust. The Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion helps members of the community...

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