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Christian Science Monitor

Ann Scott Tyson

5 November 2020

United States

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College athletes created a social media and digital campaign to publish a list of health and labor demands, some of them related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also advocated for racial justice and elevated the Black ...

Transitions Online

Tomas Nidr

3 November 2020

Chile

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To fight obesity concerns, a law in Chile is now requiring that foods high in sugar, have a high content of saturated fats, are high in sodium, or high in calories carry a label (or labels) to help inform consumers of...

Hothouse Solutions

Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

LAist

Josie Huang

8 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Responding to growing attacks on Asian Americans, based on racist reactions to the pandemic, one young woman self-published a handbook, "How to Report a Hate Crime," in multiple languages. Though limited funding kept ...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

15 September 2020

Teton County, Montana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic complicated matters for local government, the Teton County public health office devised a process to enact state mandate that was effective, transparent, and led to rational decision-maki...

The Lily

Sarah Stankorb

3 September 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A local collaborative in Hamilton County, Ohio has reduced infant mortality by initiating regional educational campaigns and creating “sacred spaces” where Black women meet and learn how to become empowered to "tell t...

Montana Free Press

Juliana Sukut

27 August 2020

Montana, United States

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AARP is providing the framework, resources and accountability for local governments to make their cities more senior-friendly. From transportation, to health and community services, 450 communities across the country ...

WAVY-TV

Chris Horne

17 August 2020

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

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A residential senior center prevented the spread of Covid-19, with just 1 of over 700 residents contracting the virus. In addition to social distancing, hand washing, and outdoor visiting areas, the facility's residen...

Planet Detroit

Anna Clark

13 August 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Several environmental groups in the Detroit area are coming to terms with the lack of racial diversity in their organizations. Huron-Clinton Metroparks released a plan to make their parks more welcoming and accessible...

TalkPoverty.org

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

13 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Beyond These Walls launched a crisis phone line to provide emotional support for LGBTQ+ people who are incarcerated and to hold prisons and jails accountable for their virus-containment practices. Trained volunteers h...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

6 August 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A smart-streetlight program has helped businesses and residents by collecting a wealth of data to make parking easier, monitor air quality, and inform drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists of traffic patterns. But its us...

The New Yorker

Ana Karina Zatarain

5 August 2020

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastr...

Forbes

Allison Norlian

21 July 2020

United States

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The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandated public places, businesses, facilities, and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities, including ramps, accessible entrances and bathrooms, and ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

17 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three yea...

Bangor Daily News

Judy Harrison

16 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

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Bangor drug court in Maine has turned to the use of Zoom to keep in contact with program participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although meeting via video call can disguise some physical symptoms of drug use, this...

NPR

Monika Evstatieva

Tim Mak

16 June 2020

United States

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One of the key police reforms sought after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, bans on chokeholds and other neck restraints, has failed to curb abuses in some of the nation’s largest police departments because o...

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo

1 June 2020

Metaire, Louisiana, United States

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When the John Q. Adams Middle School in Louisiana received a D rating, a new principal stepped in to restructure and address the ongoing issues with staff and students and was seeing success—but that changed when the ...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Max Walden

12 May 2020

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Vietnam has reported less than 300 COVID-19 cases and no related deaths, earning the government and citizens praise for how the country has thus far tackled the spread of the virus. The country's comprehensive method...

Underscore

Sergio Olmos

27 April 2020

Texas, United States

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Specialty dockets are used in some states to provide extensive follow-up and supervision to help juveniles end gang affiliations. The enhanced supervision usually includes a curfew, frequent unannounced home visits, r...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rory Linnane

Daphne Chen

24 April 2020

West Allis, Wisconsin, United States

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After the coronavirus outbreak devastated a nursing home in Wisconsin unbeknownst to the residents' family members and the public, advocates and lawmakers called for more transparency from the facility. The agency, jo...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

17 April 2020

New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was quick to start implementing measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, prior to the state reporting any cases. Although it's yet to be seen what the long term im...

Vox

Catherine Kim

17 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea held a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic by taking extensive sanitation and health screening measures. In addition to mandatory face protection and social distancing, voters’ temperatures were...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

1 April 2020

Taiwan

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Taiwan was expected to be inundated with COVID-19 cases, but that never happened at least in part due to the swift and aggressive actions enacted by the government. Integral to the approach was enhanced transparency f...

Transitions Online

Eugenia Dolgaya

20 March 2020

Gomel, Belarus

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A residential home for disabled children in Gomel, Belarus is setting an example for similar facilities by changing the model of care. Designed with the goal of reuniting the children with their families, the facility...

The Diplomat

Trien Vinh Le

Huy Quynh Nguyen

17 March 2020

Vietnam

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China has seen success in containing the coronavirus through strict governmental oversight but when the virus made its way to Vietnam – a country with similar rule – the government enacted more transparent approaches ...

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