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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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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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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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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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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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Holy alliance: Boston's cop-clergy partnership sees plunge in homicides

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Partnerships between police officers and clergy are being credited with dramatically reducing the rate of homicide in Boston, particularly among teens. And it is drawing the attention of officials in larger cities across the United States, all of whom are looking at adopting some portion of the B...

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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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On the Streets of the Tenderloin, ‘a Light in an Unlit World'

KQED

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Homelessness has been a consistent problem in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. While churches can offer a form of sanctuary, some homeless persons cannot maintain the composure for a long mass. S.F. Night Ministry offers open cathedrals, which are services outside the church but offer comfort...

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Can a Minuscule Nonprofit Help San Francisco Win Its War on Homelessness?

San Francisco Magazine

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Solving the homeless crisis in San Francisco requires many different initiatives, some of which can be costly. North Beach Citizens is a small non-profit, founded by Francis Ford Coppola, has managed to offer temporary housing and peer support for the homeless. Since 2005, the organization has fo...

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