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Renewing 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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IMPD used to fatally shoot more people than NYC or Chicago. Here's what changed.

IMPD used to fatally shoot more people than NYC...
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How Women Are Faring in the World's Largest Refugee Camp

How Women Are Faring in the World's Largest Ref...
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Meet the Young Activists Fighting Chicago's Gun Violence, With Lobbying and Group Hugs

Meet the Young Activists Fighting Chicago's Gun...
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Young voting advocates take up the fight against suppression

Young voting advocates take up the fight agains...
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Inside the County That Hit 100% Voter Turnout

Inside the County That Hit 100% Voter Turnout
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How teen Greta Thunberg shifted world's gaze to climate change

How teen Greta Thunberg shifted world's gaze to...
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When public lands become tribal lands again

When public lands become tribal lands again
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As law enforcement nationwide faces scrutiny, cameras protect both public and officers

As law enforcement nationwide faces scrutiny, c...
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Court Observers Are Shining a Light on the Immigration Court System

Court Observers Are Shining a Light on the Immi...
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Britain's first climate assembly: can it help fix democracy too?

Britain's first climate assembly: can it help f...
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Rohingya Women Aren't Just Refugees—They're Leaders

Rohingya Women Aren't Just Refugees—They're Lea...
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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

How grassroots partnerships are working toward ...
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Preaching Faith in Democracy

Preaching Faith in Democracy
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Evidence of a solution: Using data to report more than just bad news

Evidence of a solution: Using data to report mo...
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Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What if Prosecutors Didn't Know Their Race?

Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than ...
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Paving, rumble strip installation underway at site of fatal May 5 crash

Paving, rumble strip installation underway at s...
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These voters are using democracy vouchers to influence Seattle's City Council races

These voters are using democracy vouchers to in...
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The End of the Polling Booth

The End of the Polling Booth
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The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark

The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark
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Nonprofit's Free App Flags Suspicious Changes to Voter Rolls

Nonprofit's Free App Flags Suspicious Changes t...
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Washington State Debuts Unique Tool to Reduce Gun Suicides

Washington State Debuts Unique Tool to Reduce G...
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How New Yorkers Stood Up to Amazon and Won

How New Yorkers Stood Up to Amazon and Won
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Free Childcare at City Meetings

Free Childcare at City Meetings
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‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.' How Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Got Everyone to Listen

‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.' How Tee...
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This group wants to unite hikers and hunters on literal common ground: public lands

This group wants to unite hikers and hunters on...
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