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Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

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18 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After California legalized recreational use of marijuana, Los Angeles took the initiative even further to address the social and systemic inequity caused by the war on drugs of communities of color. The city undertook...

The Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

Reveal

Bernice Yeung

16 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After a documentary brought to light the prevalence of sexual assault experiences by women janitors, a California janitors union decided it was going to do something about the issue. Women leaders within the union con...

Color Lines

Denise Fairchild

11 January 2018

Mississippi, United States

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As the United States grapples with the already-occurring effects of climate change, there is a growing call from the energy democracy movement to make sure energy efficiency remains equitable and affordable. Initiativ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

10 January 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Although Iceland has ranked the most gender equal nation in the world by The Word Economic Forum, there is still a gender pay gap. A new law might change that. Iceland has become the first, and only country to punish ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

The World Staff

8 January 2018

Iceland

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Iceland is hoping to become the first country to eliminate the pay gap between men and women after it imposed a law that mandates companies get an equal pay certification or face a fine.”This law is thought to be the ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

3 January 2018

France

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Around the world, "1.3 billion metric tons, or one-third of all the food produced, is thrown away.” France is tackling the issue, by becoming the first country to make it illegal for grocery stores to throw away unuse...

BBC

Tulip Mazumdar

26 December 2017

Savar Upazila, Dhaka District, Bangladesh

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As large cracks appeared in the walls of Rana Plaza, workers’ safety concerns were ignored until the building collapsed, killing 1,134 and injuring many more. New regulations and organizations are improving worker saf...

The Mercury News

Katy Murphy

16 December 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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Renewable energy has largely been associate with wealthier consumers, but that is changing with a new initiative that will install solar panels for apartment buildings with low-income residents. The hope is that the m...

WABE

Molly Samuel

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6 December 2017

Georgia, United States

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Gopher tortoises might be labelled as endangered under federal law, which brings strict guidelines that businesses want to avoid. Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative is dedicated to finding gophers in their natural ha...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jasmine Garsd

Andrea Crossan

5 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 1995 El Monte, a US sweatshop in California that housed workers without paying them, was raided. “The El Monte raid changed the garment industry.” After the raid, former president Bill Clinton created a sweatshop t...

The New York Times

Emily Badger

5 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Too often people use standardized test scores as the only measure of how good a school system is. A new measure looks at the growth and proficiency of the students as a measure of performance and may be more accurate ...

CNN

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

4 December 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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We rarely think of Female Genital Mutilation, which is the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia, as an economic practice. It’s often thought of in cultural terms. However, that’s exactly what Sele...

CityLab

Teresa Mathew

1 December 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Bail reform is a difficult process and is largely out of the hands of municipalities. Charitable bail funds can allow individuals who can't afford bail to be free until their trial, in the hopes of changing the bail s...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

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29 November 2017

Cremona, Italy

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Cremona is dedicated to decreasing the amount of waste it produces and educating its residents in the process. It intends on creating a 'circular economy' where products are recycled, waste is costly, training program...

NMPolitics.net

Diana Alba Soular

28 November 2017

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

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The only psychiatric hospital in New Mexico is in the north, which means frequent trips must be made from the south to bring new patients which is expensive and makes it difficult for southern families to visit. There...

News Deeply

Helisane Mahlke

28 November 2017

Peru

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An increasing number of Venezuelans are fleeing to other Latin American countries, such as Brazil and Peru, leading to the need for changes in these receiving countries. Peru has created a temporary permit, while Braz...

The Marshall Project

Lee Gaines

27 November 2017

California, United States

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In light of recently passed laws to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, California legal clinics have set out to inform those with pot-related convictions that their convictions may be able to be reduced or ex...

CityLab

Erica Sweeney

14 November 2017

Arkansas, United States

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Truck stops are a hotspot for human trafficking. In Arkansas, where trucking is one of the state’s largest industries, truck drivers are being trained to spot human trafficking. If they see anything suspicious, they c...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

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8 November 2017

Australia

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Currently poverty is assessed on a household basis, however individuals within the same house can experience poverty differently. The Individual Deprivation Measure will be the first gender-sensitive tool that will be...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia is one of the poorest cities. Its poverty is a huge concern and feeds into many of the negative aspects of the city. The city is now looking to Smart Cities technology such as smart streetlights, to provi...

NationSwell

Neil Parmar

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30 October 2017

California, United States

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Non-profits in California worked together to set up a national network for undocumented immigrants to fight isolation and support legal aid. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) offers ...

Broadly

Steven Blum

25 October 2017

California, United States

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California does well when it comes to healthy teen sex behaviours, but the Healthy Youth Act has pushed this even further. This act provides a more comprehensive education including LGBTQ relationships, medical accur...

Governing

John Buntin

25 October 2017

United States

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Jails are overcrowded with inmates awaiting their trial and who didn't have the money to make bail. Across the country states are trying to implement new policies to deny high-risk felons bail, while conducting risk a...

Pacific Standard

Rick Paulas

18 October 2017

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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Flirting with a corporation can end badly. In exchange for city-wide wireless broadband, Kansas City gave Google near-free rein including fast permitting, free office space, low fees, and taxpayer funds. A few years l...

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