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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

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A Native American community in Onadah, Wisconsin has been hailed by scientists as a town that successfully relocated before a major flood destroyed it completely. The relocation process, which included some federally subsidized rental housing on higher ground and forced displacement by federal la...

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Grassroots Organizations Are Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform

Pacific Standard

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Local groups in cities like St. Louis and New York are organizing to reform the criminal justice system, pushing for policies that reinstate voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, changing punishments for non-violent crimes, and in some cases, eliminating jails altogether. The local know...

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New York is giving free legal advice to thousands of undocumented migrants

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In New York City, a citywide initiative known as Action NYC is connecting immigrants with free legal help and other comprehensive services. While the city provides outreach and coordination, community organizations with more specific language and cultural skills deliver the actual services, helpi...

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Colby for a Cause

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philabundance, a nonprofit organization aimed at fighting food insecurity, has a sustainable and creative solution. They launched a line of cheeses, known as Abundantly Good, and proceeds will help pay farmers to turn extra milk into cheese for people grappling with hunger. The process will engag...

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Instead of jail, “Hope Not Handcuffs” gets people into addiction treatment

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In Michigan, the Hope Not Handcuffs Initiative has partnered with local police departments to ensure that people with addictions are given support and treatment instead of being sent to jail. Ninety-eight percent of people are placed in a treatment center within two hours of their arrival at a pa...

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Students With Drug and Alcohol Addiction No Longer Have to Choose Between Their Recovery and Education

Yes! Magazine

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Some universities are helping students stay sober. Institutions like Rutgers, Texas Tech, and University of Michigan offer counseling, support groups, and even recovery house’s. Research shows these programs are overwhelmingly successful. “They have low relapse rates, higher GPAs than average, an...

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This Canadian day care center re-creates 'the spirit of a large family' for kids and their single moms

Public Radio International (PRI)

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In Montreal, a publicly subsidized day care meant specifically for the children of single mothers is helping build community and provide essential services to single moms. La Petite Maison de la Miséricorde ("The Little House of Mercy") plans activities for the moms while also pairing her with a ...

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How having space — even small enough to hold a cellphone — is helping Chicago's homeless

Chicago Tribune

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Though homelessness is an entrenched and complex problem, small solutions can make a difference in the daily life of homeless individuals. Lockers for overnight cell phone storage in a homeless shelter in Chicago are significant: people can wake up with a sense of security, knowing their phones w...

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Childhood trauma is linked to suicide — so Montenegro is intervening early

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In Montenegro, a comprehensive effort to curb physical abuse of children and childhood trauma - namely through a public information campaign and a hotline for parents - is in the beginning stages, but showing results. The programs, a collaboration between the government and international organiza...

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North Dakota Prison Officials Think Outside The Box To Revamp Solitary Confinement

NPR

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Prison officials in North Dakota have revamped solitary confinement, inspired in part by Norway's system, which focuses on “punishment that works.” There is much less focus on using isolation to punish small infractions and more emphasis on mental health and helping inmates learn new skills to ch...

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