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How Did These Students Get The City To Change The Name Of Douglass Park? They Built Collective Power And Didn't Back Down

Block Club Chicago

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advocated to expand slavery, and whose wife owned slaves. Not daunted by the city’s ...

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How a neighborhood collaborative transformed a small town

Richland Source

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Residents are using dollar-for-dollar matching grants to spruce up their homes in Fulton, NY, resulting in higher home values, higher morale and the formation of neighborhood collaborations. The grants are granted to entire neighborhoods with the condition that at least half the residents sign up...

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In Place of Police: The Oregon Experiment

New York Review of Books

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CAHOOTS fields teams of mental-health first responders as a cost-effective and more humane alternative to sending the police to 911 calls for crises and even mundane problems concerning mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic disputes, homelessness, and potential suicides. Weeks of observing t...

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How schools are finding thousands of students they couldn't reach when the pandemic began

KXAN-TV

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For one school district in Texas, using personal relationships established before the pandemic, proved the best way to reach bilingual students in rural parts of the district who weren't showing up to remote classes. One librarian and a parent “went door-to-door there to track down students and ...

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What Germany teaches the world in a crisis

The Financial Times

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Germany has weathered the pandemic with lower illness rates than its neighbors and a relatively strong economy thanks to leadership and responses that have evolved and helped the country thrive in the three decades since reunification. The author of the book "Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes f...

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Policing the Police 2020

PBS Frontline

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Revisiting Newark police reform six years after an earlier documentary, and after federal intervention, signs of progress provide hope in a year of unrest over police misconduct nationwide. Policies and training were overhauled, civilian oversight was imposed, albeit with limitations. Public trus...

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The luxury of food waste

Hothouse Solutions

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At St George the Martyr church in London, an initiative to offer food to people that would otherwise have been wasted is taking on new meaning due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “community fridge” started in 2019 as a way to combat the environmental impacts of food waste by giving a...

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When contact tracing works, families, friends and co-workers avoid infection

WCNC-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

Health officials in North Carolina have shown that contact tracing can successfully identify those who have been exposed to COVID-19. The efforts of the contact tracers in one county resulted in 35 people being quarantined after an exposure to the virus during a child's birthday party, however th...

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You can get a robot to keep your lonely grandparents company. Should you?

Vox

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Robotic pets have been helping to keep senior citizens from feeling isolated and lonely even before the pandemic, but are now growing in popularity due to the positive benefits they reportedly offer. While some health experts believe the benefits outweigh any concerns, others caution that nursing...

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Online Art Keeps Bosnia's Isolated Seniors Connected in Pandemic

Balkan Insight

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, Our Bridge in Bosnia and Art Aparat in Serbia provided services to seniors to combat social isolation. Despite having to shut down in-person classes due to the pandemic, both groups now use online art and music classes to reach people who are isolated and at risk ...

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