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Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers B...

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Richard Adkins

17 September 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Eastern North Carolina -- an area increasingly affected by flooding from hurricanes -- looks to Tulsa for long-term, financially sustainable solutions to routine flooding. Tulsa's comprehensive approach includes regul...

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Madeline Marshall

11 September 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementi...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

3 September 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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In Kentucky, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) are often the frontline responders for survivors of a sexual assault, but have yet to be available in every hospital. Too often, women are turned away because of an a...

Are We Europe Magazine

Rhiannon J. Davies

28 August 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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After the Gezi Park protests in 2013, eight young Turks launched an app called Oy ve Ötesi, or "Vote and Beyond," to protect democratic values. The non-profit aims to improve voter turnout, increase transparency aroun...

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Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

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Alain Stephens

21 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, California, more than three Gun Violence Restraining Orders, or “red flag laws,” have been used to prevent gun violence. These laws have gained in popularity across the country, and allow courts to tempo...

The City

Reuven Blau

Rosa Goldensohn

19 August 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Solitary confinement was once thought of as one of the only effective punishments for violent prison inmates. As more research surfaces showing the severe damage it does to mental health, the racial bias of those plac...

The Christian Science Monitor

David Karas

15 August 2019

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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After decades of conservation and cleanup, the 42% of the entire Chesapeake Bay meets water quality standards. The Chesapeake Bay Program organized a regional collaboration between nonprofits, the government, and educ...

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Julia Hollingsworth

12 August 2019

Wellington, New Zealand

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Since July 2019, New Zealand has held gun buybacks across the country and collected over 10,000 firearms. After a mass shooting at Christchurch mosque, the government rushed through legislation to ban semi-automatic a...

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Eleanor Ainge Roy

11 August 2019

New Zealand

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A month after a mass shooting at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque, New Zealand’s government has bought back over 10,000 firearms. The country passed legislation banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons a month af...

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Maddy Savage

7 August 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, employees are allotted up to 6 months in an unpaid leave of absence for the purpose of entrepreneurship. Because of the reported decrease in fear of job loss or financial insecurity, this law has said to in...

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Cat Reid

5 August 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As Kansas City tries to decrease violent crime in the area, it looks to a decades-old initiative that may have worked in the past: gun buybacks. Such a response was first tried in 1994, and saw a decline in homicides ...

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Tamara Chuang

29 July 2019

Palisade, Colorado, United States

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Eradicating invasive species requires enrolling a community effort. Although quarantines and chemical treatments have not proven effective in preventing the spread of Popilia japonica, or the Japanese beetle, to farms...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

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Greg Bordonaro

22 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut navigates the complex web of public taxation with the implementation of tax-breaks for developments like affordable housing, daycares, and industrial reinvestment sites. Though tax-breaks are con...

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Liza Ramrayka

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17 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, the first Financial Justice Project is working with the city to eliminate fines and fees that hold back people experiencing poverty and financial instability and also cost the city more than they can...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Gregory Seay

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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The complex issue of structural inequalities in Hartford, Connecticut's tax system has proven difficult to solve. But community members on all sides agree that a collective approach - one that learns from failed town ...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Greg Bordonaro

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Hartford, Connecticut has made significant cuts to city spending in an effort to ensure the revenue they get from taxes goes further. The mayor ensured tight spending by working with local union groups, ceasing new bo...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Gregory Seay

8 July 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Hartford looks to local governments nearby that have found success in the adoption of creative taxation, from restaurant meal taxes to taxes levied on hotel stays. Massachusetts, which has raised significant funds fro...

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Jennifer Reed

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1 July 2019

Sanibel, Florida, United States

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On Sanibel Island, Florida, residents know all too well the intensive steps necessary to clean up polluted water. Like many other bodies of water in Florida and across the country, the city has suffered from "nutritio...

BBC

Kathleen Hawkins

Hannah McNeish

18 June 2019

Portugal

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In 2001, facing a 20-year opioid epidemic, Portugal decriminalized all personal drug use, meaning people carrying drugs for personal use could no longer face prosecution or jail. The approach, met with public support,...

National Geographic

Laura Parker

18 June 2019

Vermont, United States

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Vermont’s governor has signed into law legislation that bans four different kinds of single-use plastics, including straws, bags, drink stirrers, and foam take-out containers. Such legislation is the only kind that co...

FastCompany

Hana Schank

10 June 2019

Mobile, Alabama, United States

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While the entire nation struggles to combat blight and rundown housing, the city of Mobile, Alabama put together a task force and managed to slow the spread of blight in the town and even change the state constitution...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

3 June 2019

Helsinki, Finland

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In Helsinki, Finland, the "Housing First" model, where housing is offered to those experiencing homelessness unconditionally is showing results. The program, which also can include services and is made possible in par...

The Devil Strip

Rosalie Murphy

3 June 2019

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Fifty years ago, Ohio's Cuyahoga River was filthy, so much so that an infamous fire had to help spark the conversation around water pollution and cleanliness. Now, the river is making a comeback after the introduction...

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