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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

15 July 2020

Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

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Since he took over the Volusia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office in 2016, Philadelphia police veteran Mike Chitwood changed many of his department's personnel and put the entire 1,000-employee department through de-es...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

8 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Mosaic Development Partners (MDP) seeks to create wealth for the black community in Philadelphia by providing affordable housing and creating opportunities in neighborhoods that are considered risky investments for ty...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

30 June 2020

New York, United States

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Two former debt collectors have teamed up to put their experience and expertise to use paying off medical debts for Americans below the poverty line. RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit that buys debt in bulk at reduced r...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Charles D. Ellison

10 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Truly independent citizen review boards can serve as an effective check on police misconduct if they are structured properly, but too many cities are like Philadelphia, where a lack of power and resources means they s...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

9 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s domestic violence shelters filled during the pandemic, emergency funding ran dry, and officials offered victims little recourse if they were trapped at home with their abusers. These gaps in protection ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

4 June 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Eight years after the New Orleans Police Department served as a model of how not to police, its Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) program has done more to dismantle the “blue wall of silence” than any other reform...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

3 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group of tech-savy Swarthmore College alumni are helping to get a surplus of personal protective equipment into the hands of the medical professionals who need it most. Tapping into communities where it's not uncomm...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

15 May 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Governor Gavin Newsome in California ordered vote-from-home ballots be sent to all registered voters for the November 2020 election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some states allow people to vote by mail for any ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

20 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The NYC-based campaign, Dumplings Against Hate, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Asian Americans for Equality’s Emergency Small Business Relief Fund by bringing together a virtual community of support. As t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group of University of Pennsylvania alums are working together to combine their skills and knowledge to make 3-D printed NIH-approved face shields for healthcare workers to use during the coronavirus pandemic. After...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

3 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout the economic crash of 2008, banks were "vilified" for their response, but as the economy again teeters on crashing during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators have been able to be proactive in their approac...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

18 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Serenity Soular is a worker-owned cooperative that installs solar panels in an affordable way, focusing on communities of color in North Philadelphia. They employ local residents through an apprenticeship program, tra...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

27 February 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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In Wilmington, Delaware, high schools are hosting college fairs featuring historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to introduce students to institutions of higher education that they might not otherwise kn...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

25 February 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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Unused prescription drugs can often end up in landfills or in "the hands of those who may be vulnerable to misuse and addiction," so Wyoming has introduced a program to decrease those likelihoods from happening. This ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

24 February 2020

United States

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Black Girl Ventures levels the playing field for women of color who seek capital for their business ventures. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their ideas at crowdfunded sessions, which means the funding varies depe...

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Jessica Press

19 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia program called Our Closet offers a judgement-free way for people to access high-quality donated clothes without any barriers to entry—no paperwork, referral, or ID needed. As their services grew, they j...

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Jessica Blatt Press

12 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A workforce development initiative, PowerCorpsPHL, pays participants to learn skills and gain hands-on experience for jobs that offer long-term career opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability. Particip...

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Katherine Rapin

10 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To reduce food waste and address food insecurity on campus, Temple University students started a group messaging app to inform students about free extra food from events.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

4 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Monitoring spikes in ethylene allows produce distributors to reduce food waste. The Philadelphia based company, Strella Biotech, uses sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) to track when produce begins to emit ethyl...

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Jessica Press

28 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) offers support for youth experiencing incarceration. Funded by personal donations and grants, they offer art workshops and classes on how to navigate the just...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

20 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Founded in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, the Harmony Project brings together people of various musical experience, races, income levels, and professional backgrounds to sing as one. The project aims to get people out of the...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

14 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Founded in Pittsburgh, Honeycomb Credit expands to Philadelphia as a way to offer small businesses help with microfinance challenges. The company hosts a platform that allows businesses to create fundraising profiles;...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

27 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Allowing news consumers to more carefully vet media outlets can help stem the proliferation of fake news. NewsGuard, a web browser plug-in gives users a “nutrition label” for news websites by ranking them on a scale o...

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