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Marianne Dhenin

29 June 2021

United States

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In 1965 a traveling salesman published a series of travel guides with gay or gay-friendly businesses across the U.S. that became survival guides for the LGBTQ community. “Mapping the Gay Guides” has digitized those co...

BBC

Jo Mathys

29 June 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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All people between the ages of 14 and 21 in Washington, D.C., who are placed on probation for criminal convictions get assigned a probation officer, social worker, and a "credible messenger" – a mentor, usually with h...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chandni Doulatramani

29 June 2021

Gurgaon, India

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In 71 cities around the world, users of the My Safetipin mobile app can decide whether to visit a particular neighborhood or plan a travel route based on how safe others deem those places. While the 100,000 or so user...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

28 June 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A neighborhood association is renovating dilapidated and neglected houses into livable homes that have transformed the look and feel of neighborhoods in Kansas City. The Lykins Neighborhood Association is able to assu...

The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

27 June 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Black, urban farmers have formed a grassroots "ecosystem" to grow and distribute fresh, affordable produce in St. Louis neighborhoods where food insecurity and gun violence go hand in hand. Heru Urban Farming is a sta...

KNXV-TV

Melissa Blasius

24 June 2021

Arizona, United States

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The Central Arizona Shelter Services, with help from the City of Phoenix and federal CARES Act COVID relief money, contracted a local hotel to turn 100 rooms into a shelter for the growing number of seniors experienci...

Are We Europe

Federica di Saro

24 June 2021

Cologne, Germany

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Spektrum, a self-organized LGBTQ+ migrant organization, provides a space of belonging to queer migrants, who often feel out of place and ill-served by traditional organizations that do not understand the violence and ...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Kaylie McLaughlin

24 June 2021

Marysville, Kansas, United States

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The vaccination rate of Marshall County is six percentage points higher than the state overall, a success that is built on an existing infrastructure of public health and trust-building that predates the pandemic. The...

The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

Andrew R. Calderón

23 June 2021

Nevada, United States

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Thirteen states restored the right to vote to millions of formerly incarcerated people in the years leading up to the 2020 elections. An analysis of four of them – Nevada, Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey – shows the ne...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

22 June 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Although work-from-home was mostly a reaction in response to the pandemic, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the strategy has developed the potential to improve air quality. Most state employees are now required to telework ce...

Gastropod

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Geoff Manaugh

22 June 2021

Barrow Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Off the coast of Australia, the energy company Chevron is experimenting with new quarantine management techniques to ensure that any plants and pests don’t hitchhike to new places, which can devastate the global food ...

Mongabay

Marissa Carruthers

22 June 2021

Cambodia

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In Cambodia 2.5 million people use stoves fueled by forest biomass; charcoal and wood. The emissions caused by using biomass are extremely harmful not only to people but also to the environment. The emissions caused b...

Gambit

Kaylee Poche

Sarah Ravits

21 June 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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As demand for vaccinations plateaued and vaccination rates in Louisiana lagged outside of New Orleans, health officials found a variety of targeted, small events to reach various subcultures. These pop-up events dealt...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allen Arthur

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement t...

Gothamist

Elizabeth Kim

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly inc...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

21 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Financial Scholars is bringing financial literacy to students and their families as well. Students are taught about credit scores, bank accounts, and budgets, as well as entrepreneurial skills through an ...

Reckon

Anna Claire Vollers

21 June 2021

Pickens County, Alabama, United States

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School Health Model for Academics Reaching All and Transforming Lives (SMART) clinics are school-based clinics that fill in rural healthcare gaps. SMART clinics are fully funded for three years and then must be self-s...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Ihab Zidan

20 June 2021

Egypt

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The Egyptian Facebook group Qawem (Arabic for resist) helps victims of sextortion by turning threats around to target the attacker. Sextortion, in which threatened disclosure of a person's nude or other embarrassing p...

Scientific American

Tanya Lewis

17 June 2021

Ohio, United States

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Several states are offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ohio’s Vax-a-Million program was one of the first state-based cash lotteries, awarding five residents over 18 a $1-million...

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Hannah Grabenstein

17 June 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The Shelby County Voter Alliance, who was used to using publicly available information to run get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives, pivoted to door-knocking to increase vaccination rates. Using a grant from ...

The Verge

Sanket Jain

17 June 2021

India

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) across India fight COVID-19 related misinformation on WhatsApp. ASHAs provide basic health care to people in their villages, which puts them on the frontline of treating COVID...

News48

Lorenzo Di Stasi

17 June 2021

Milan, Italy

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Milan’s tampone sospeso or “suspended test” initiative provides rapid COVID-19 tests to stop the spread of the virus. The initiative sets up in highly visible public areas of Milan and is based on a model of mutual su...

WEWS-TV

Courtney Gousman

17 June 2021

Stark County, Ohio, United States

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“Take what you need—leave what you can" is the motto etched on the 16 anonymous “Blessing Boxes” set up around Stark County. The wooden cabinets are stocked with non-perishable food, household items, and personal hygi...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

16 June 2021

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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Montgomery County's longtime crisis response center illustrates the pitfalls of embracing a policing alternative without proper resources or thinking through the implications. The racial-justice protests of 2020 inspi...

Living Here

Anna Lamb-Yorski

16 June 2021

Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada

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A new aluminum plant in British Columbia would have ended up putting more sulphur dioxide into the air, but the Kitimat Terrace Clean Air Coalition (KTCAC) helped bring this to light and encourage them to install air ...

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