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The Free Hotline That's Saving Women's Lives by Disarming Dangerous Men

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the service's first month – and works to refer the callers to an eight-week "gender tra...

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French Polynesia's pearl farmers combat climate change with sustainable practices

Public Radio International (PRI)

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A rapidly changing climate is shaking up how French Polynesian pearl farmers are doing business. Kamoka Pearl Farm is incorporating more sustainable practices like using its own oysters to create the nuclei that form pearls and using fish to organically clean the oysters instead of power washing ...

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After shootings hit new high, Durham to spend $935,000 on an alternative to police

The News & Observer

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Because two Durham neighborhoods using the Cure Violence method of "violence interruption" bucked the citywide trend toward higher gun violence, the city will expand its Bull City United violence-prevention program to four more neighborhoods. The additional $935,488 cost will pay for 16 employees...

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It takes a village: Community Yahoos help Slavic Village during Covid-19 pandemic

The Land

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In Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, a community effort is underway that aims to do "nothing but positive things." During the coronavirus pandemic, the group of volunteers has held fundraisers for community members who are facing financial struggles and handed out masks and face shields. T...

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In Eugene, Oregon, civilian response workers—not police—are dispatched to nonviolent crises

The Christian Century

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Eugene's well-established CAHOOTS program for replacing police as first responders to certain types of 911 calls has become a model for multiple cities as they seek to replicate its success in an era of questioning the role of police. While it saves its city money and replaces arrests and possibl...

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Look What I Got!

Reasons to be Cheerful

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Christchurch’s city council decided to publicly reward people who correctly sorted their recycling by placing a large gold star sticker on their recycling bin. Rather than penalizing people who don’t sort their recyclables, the public acknowledgement of behavior that helps the environment has had...

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The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

The Conversation

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Most states in the U.S. are struggling to effectively and efficiently distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, while "West Virginia became the first state to finish round one of the two-dose vaccine series in nursing homes." The key to the state's success included preemptively preparing a vaccination dis...

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World in Progress: Colombian women access tele-abortions during pandemic

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

In Colombia – where having an abortion can be stigmatizing, in some cases illegal, and now even more difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic – a clinic has set up a national hotline to help women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant aaccess to safe abortions at home. So far, the clinic has connected...

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This Thai village created a tiny fish reserve years ago. Today, it's thriving.

National Geographic

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By setting aside an area of the Ngao River to be off limits for fishing, several villages in Thailand have seen a revitalization of large barb and carp in their waters. Compared to non-protected stretches of the river, reserves saw more than twice the total number of fish, and catches outside of ...

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‘Peer Respites' Provide an Alternative to Psychiatric Wards During Pandemic

Kaiser Health News

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces people into isolation and social distancing, places known as "peer respites" are providing a space for those "experiencing or nearing a mental health crisis" to seek help. While the peer respites don't offer clinical care by licensed mental healthcare profession...

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