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Reasons to be Cheerful

Chandni Doulatramani

29 June 2021

Gurgaon, India

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In 71 cities around the world, users of the My Safetipin mobile app can decide whether to visit a particular neighborhood or plan a travel route based on how safe others deem those places. While the 100,000 or so user...

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Oscar Perry Abello

29 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Chicago got the financial boost it needed to secure a commercial space for expansion through a city fund. The Chicago Community Trust allowed ChiFresh Kitchen to make their business plan ...

The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

Andrew R. Calderón

23 June 2021

Nevada, United States

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Thirteen states restored the right to vote to millions of formerly incarcerated people in the years leading up to the 2020 elections. An analysis of four of them – Nevada, Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey – shows the ne...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allen Arthur

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

21 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia Financial Scholars is bringing financial literacy to students and their families as well. Students are taught about credit scores, bank accounts, and budgets, as well as entrepreneurial skills through an ...

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Ihab Zidan

20 June 2021

Egypt

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The Egyptian Facebook group Qawem (Arabic for resist) helps victims of sextortion by turning threats around to target the attacker. Sextortion, in which threatened disclosure of a person's nude or other embarrassing p...

CalMatters

Charlotte West

16 June 2021

Riverside, California, United States

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Riverside County launched College Comeback to address the COVID-19 related decline in graduating high school students going to college. Six counselors each spend 25 hours a week reaching out to the high school class o...

Pipe Wrench

Shanna B. Tiayon

15 June 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Black Country Roller Club and its founder, Cornell Norwood, fostered a subculture in Los Angeles' South Central neighborhoods among Black men who broke the color barrier in competitive pigeon husbandry. Besides th...

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Vivienne Machi

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Delivery cooperatives are being formed as alternatives by drivers who are pooling their money and charging customers a one-time fee in a subscription-based model. Customers and restaurants alike pay a set monthly fee ...

Prism

Sravya Tadepalli

14 June 2021

United States

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In 2019, close to half, or 45 percent of white students scored proficient or above in reading comprehension, compared to 18 percent of Black fourth graders, and 23 percent of Latinx fourth graders. However, research s...

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David Owino

11 June 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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To make internet connectivity accessible and affordable across Africa, Dr. Harold Omondi developed “internet from the moon,” a technology that uses satellite dishes to communicate with transponders placed in the moon ...

WSHU Public Radio

Ebong Udoma

7 June 2021

Connecticut, United States

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Private donors and businesses are helping some Connecticut public schools provide students and their families with access to the internet, a critical need when distance learning is imposed. Long-term hopes to close th...

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Sakshi Udavant

3 June 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Akron, Ohio, is “creating a circular economy” in hopes of helping small businesses and encouraging residents to shop locally. A city-sponsored app, Akronite, is used by consumers to make purchases and earn reward poin...

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...

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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 ...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

26 May 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Internet Access Support Program has provided over 1,000 families with internet access in the wake of the pandemic. With work, school, and telehealth appointments relying on a stable internet connection, economical...

ProPublica

Catherine Rentz

22 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The first DNA database in unsolved rape cases was created at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center nearly 50 years ago by a forensic pathologist who was appalled by the callous treatment of rape victims and the impunit...

Roar News

Chloe Ferreux

20 May 2021

France

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One solution to the increasing monopolization of news media outlets by a few wealthy individuals is crowd funding. In France, Julia Cagé created Un bout du Monde to raise money to intervene in the shareholding of Le M...

The Washington Post

Jessica Anderson

20 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Baltimore Police Department was the last agency to enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice during the Trump administration. This is a process by which a troubled police department submits t...

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Praveena Somasundaram

14 May 2021

Texas, United States

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ImmSchools works in over 30 school districts across Texas, New York, and Illinois to make schools safe and welcoming for undocumented students and their families. They work with districts to advocate for better polici...

News48

Isabella De Maddalena

13 May 2021

Italy

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Amleta combats gender inequality in the theater industry on several fronts. The group, which began with 28 founding members and quickly grew to almost 400, conducted the first survey of the industry, finding a signifi...

CalMatters

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Byrhonda Lyons

11 May 2021

California, United States

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More than a year after taking effect, California's law restricting when police can use deadly force has had some effects on police accountability and training, but a number of flaws illustrate how long and difficult t...

Sun Peaks Independent News

Joel Barde

10 May 2021

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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Whistler, Canada, has taken specific steps to work towards economic sustainability. Those measures include affordable housing for workers, a year-round tourism model, and amenities that contribute to a high quality o...

Billy Penn

Michaela Winberg

6 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund freed more than 400 people from jail in 2020, thanks to $3 million donated amid the COVID-19 crisis and racial justice protests. Organizers of the Black Mama's Day Bailout, an annu...

Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

6 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Frustrated at the slow pace of criminal justice reform after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the grassroots group Action St. Louis formed to seize political power and make change happen from the inside of the syst...

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