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The Land

Michael Indriolo

5 October 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland high school students created votecle.com, a website that centralizes information about local elections. A “political alignment” survey on the site assesses users’ opinions on important political issues to ma...

KVUE-TV

Tony Plohetski

15 September 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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After years of inaction on police-reform measures, Austin city leaders raced to restructure and cut resources from the city's police department after the 2020 nationwide social-justice protests followed close on the h...

The Guardian

Preeti Jha

14 September 2021

Bihar, India

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The Bihar, India, state government banned drinking and selling of alcohol in 2016 after women in the mostly rural state mounted protests blaming men's alcohol abuse for rampant violence against women. Hundreds of thou...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Williamson

5 September 2021

Whitefish, Montana, United States

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When a white nationalist leader sparked an antisemitic hate campaign in his vacation community to settle a personal grievance, the community rose up in unison to confront the hate and render it toothless. Everyone fro...

HumAngle

Kehinde Ogunyale

4 September 2021

Nigeria

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Protests against alleged brutality and extrajudicial killings by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led to demands for judicial panels of inquiry to investigate the abuses and provide justice to victims. Of N...

Austin American-Statesman

Tony Plohetski

1 September 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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The 2020 protests over abusive policing nationwide led to Austin city leaders' decision to be the first major city to make major cuts in their police budget. But these early and rapid "defund-the-police" measures, cut...

The Washington Post

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Elizabeth Dwoskin

24 August 2021

United States

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Vaccine Talk is a Facebook group for evidence-based discussion to help both pro- and anti-vaccine people wade through all of the conflicting, and oftentimes wrong, information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The group has...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

9 August 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Equitable Communities Initiative brought together representatives from a range of nonprofits serving people of color to make recommendations for investments that support communities of color. Each panelist brought...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

27 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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Civic engagement academies throughout Kansas provide participants with behind-the-scenes views of how their local government operates. Participants meet with emergency responders, learn how city officials put together...

Block Club Chicago

Alex V. Hernandez

22 July 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Alderman Matt Martin worked with school leaders to involve students in determining how to spend discretionary funding for their school. After learning about local governance, participatory budgeting, and how infrastru...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

20 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live str...

WBEZ

Elly Fishman

12 July 2021

California, United States

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California residents passed Proposition 11, a redistricting reform ballot initiative, in 2008 and in 2010, voters strengthened that reform by passing a bill to allow an independent commission to redraw state and congr...

Local News Matters

John Glidden

30 June 2021

Vallejo, California, United States

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Vallejo officials are studying which type of civilian oversight they want for their police department, following years of controversial shootings of residents. Nearby Oakland and San Francisco have some of the stronge...

Are We Europe

Andrei Popoviciu

24 June 2021

Bucharest, Romania

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MozaiQ provides support for the LGBTQ community and fosters stronger ties among queer Romanians. The group creates safe spaces and offers programming, from football championships to job fairs and professional skills b...

MLK50

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 ...

Associated Press

Haleluya Hadero

2 June 2021

Georgia, United States

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Black Voters Matter raises money to support organizations and initiatives that are often too small for institutional funders to notice. The group has given millions to community-based groups in 15 states, mostly in th...

Fierce for Black Women

Marissa Evans

1 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Village Minds was started by Natia Simone as a Facebook page to connect people in need of food - due to COVID-19 and grocery store closures after the protests following the murder of George Floyd - to assistance. Howe...

What's Next Magazine

Mayu Ruiz Rull

31 May 2021

Mexico City, Mexico

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On the outskirts of Mexico City, the self-governed Acapatzingo Housing Community prevents crime and resolves disputes without any involvement by the police. The community, founded at an abandoned mine to provide housi...

Next City

Emily Nonko

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Onerous paperwork and required legal documents keep many youth - especially those not living with legal guardians - from taking part in city internships, so YouthForce NOLA worked with the city to pilot an internship ...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anastasia Moloney

26 May 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Citizen participation in meetings, door-to-door surveys, and via an open-source online platform where residents could edit and add to draft plans resulted in 7,000 citizen proposals to redesign one of Bogota’s major, ...

WSYM-TV

Mikayla Temple

25 May 2021

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

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Many parents and community members lobbied the Okemos School Board, which approved a name change for the public schools’ mascot from one that objectifies and stereotypes Native Americans to one that promotes a positiv...

Orange County Register

Brooke Staggs

25 May 2021

Orange County, California, United States

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Orange County congressional members increased the number of town halls they hold since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to from in-person to virtual events. Going virtual increased the frequency of citizen’s acces...

Yes! Magazine

Anoa Changa

Laura Rosbrow-Telem

24 May 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Radio

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Two ways that communities affected by police violence and racial injustice responded to the uprising after George Floyd's murder were block-by-block organizing and participatory budgeting. The first, used in Minneapol...

Concord Monitor

Evan Edmonds

22 May 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Barriers to participation are keeping millennials from civic engagement in New Hampshire. Unaffordable housing, a lack of childcare, uncompensated civic engagement, office and voting hours that conflict with work sche...

The New York Times

Mike Ives

20 May 2021

Hong Kong

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Even though police silenced the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, artists, writers, and filmmakers are producing work about the protests in more abstract and ambiguous ways to evade authorities. For exam...

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