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Advancing Democracy

Institutions and individuals attempting to reinvigorate American democracy and promote more inclusive, transparent, and efficient government. From hyper-partisanship to disinformation, our democracy is under threat. These stories explore how communities across the country are responding to issues at the heart of our democracy through civic engagement, electoral and political reform, and government innovation.

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    Dozens of states have tried to end qualified immunity. Police officers and unions helped beat nearly every bill.

    Dozens of states have tried to end qualified im...
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    Why bother? Greater Cleveland's youth rise to the task of local civic engagement

    Why bother? Greater Cleveland's youth rise to t...
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    'They Saw Me And Thought The Worst'

    'They Saw Me And Thought The Worst'
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    What the Rest of America Can Learn From Colorado

    What the Rest of America Can Learn From Colorado
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    #EndSARS: Impact Of Judicial Panels In Facilitating Justice For Victims Of Police Brutalities

    #EndSARS: Impact Of Judicial Panels In Facilita...
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    A group of moms on Facebook built an island of good-faith vaccine debate in a sea of misinformation

    A group of moms on Facebook built an island of ...
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    Seattle will invest $30 million in strategies recommended by panel for communities of color

    Seattle will invest $30 million in strategies r...
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    Marsy's Law was supposed to help victims. In Jacksonville, it shields police officers.

    Marsy's Law was supposed to help victims. In Ja...
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    Federal monitors cost millions, with disputed results. Seattle's police watchdog was a case in point.

    Federal monitors cost millions, with disputed r...
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    Civic engagement academies helping Kansans train for local government's learning curve

    Civic engagement academies helping Kansans trai...
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    How Lake View High School Students Are Using $10,000 In City Money To Improve Their Campus

    How Lake View High School Students Are Using $1...
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    A 'Zoom boom' boosted civic engagement across Kansas. But will it continue?

    A 'Zoom boom' boosted civic engagement across K...
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    What can East Lansing expect from its police oversight commission?

    What can East Lansing expect from its police ov...
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    Could A Ward Map Drawn By Citizens, Instead Of Aldermen, Become A Reality In Chicago?

    Could A Ward Map Drawn By Citizens, Instead Of ...
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    Rethinking policing: How Tempe de-escalation class changes officer behavior

    Rethinking policing: How Tempe de-escalation cl...
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    Police Reform: Police commission

    Police Reform: Police commission
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    Police Reform: Federal monitor

    Police Reform: Federal monitor
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    Post-Derek Chauvin, Police Are Training to Intervene When They Witness Misconduct

    Post-Derek Chauvin, Police Are Training to Inte...
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    Heritage and Survival: two sides of the same coin for conflict-torn Iraq

    Heritage and Survival: two sides of the same co...
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    Queer and Roma in Romania

    Queer and Roma in Romania
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    When get-out-the-vote becomes get-out-the-vaccine

    When get-out-the-vote becomes get-out-the-vaccine
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    The push to remake policing takes decades, only to begin again

    The push to remake policing takes decades, only...
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    For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater community power

    For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater co...
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    A Mexico Housing Community With No Police

    A Mexico Housing Community With No Police
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    This Nonprofit Eliminated a Simple Barrier Keeping New Orleans Teens From Their Summer Internships

    This Nonprofit Eliminated a Simple Barrier Keep...
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