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How 'Violence Interrupters' Are Trying to Stop Gang Shootings in Brooklyn

Vice

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In a year that has seen murder rise in New York, locals are trying to mediate between gang members, in part by using "violence interrupters," who are trained to break cycles of violence.

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What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

The New York Times

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom-up approach to disburse funds in poor communities.

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Egyptians Show Pride as Cairo Cleans Up

Time

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Citizens work to make Cairo streets cleaner in an effort to create more pride for the country and get the government's attention.

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These 10 photos show how faith leaders are responding to Baltimore riots

Washington Post

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Photos and videos show various actions religious leaders and institutions in Baltimore are taking to help rebuild their community and foster positive interaction in the midst of racial tension, looting, and rioting.

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Curing Violence Like an Infectious Disease

Tiny Spark

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Neighborhoods in Chicago suffer from gang violence and gun-related deaths. A church leader and a physician trained in infectious diseases created Cure Violence, a program that sends teams of local residents to meet with gang leaders as a means of producing positive behavioral change by re-setting...

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How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer

The New York Times

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The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with the emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop in homicides and has witnessed a decrease in the number of migrants entering ...

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Lifelong Heroes: Meet The Vets Who Rebuild Communities After Disasters

Elite Daily

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Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, has provided relief after flooding in Detroit, tornadoes in Oklahoma, a typhoon in the Philippines and an earthquake in Nepal, among dozens of other communities across the globe.

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The Health Payoffs of Time Banks

The New York Times

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals and clinics are now starting them.

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The Rewards of Renewal

The New York Times

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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