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Robin Young

Allison Hagan

22 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sendi...

The Cut

Amelia Schonbek

21 July 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Among the many restorative justice programs in the U.S., the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue program was one of the few to arrange face-to-face dialogue between survivors and men who had violently abused women. This f...

The New York Times

Meryl Davids Landau

17 July 2021

Lafayette, Indiana, United States

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"Policing the teen brain" is a training regimen devised by Strategies for Youth that teaches police officers to de-escalate conflicts with adolescents to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Youth detention has dropped si...

Revista Haz

Alfredo Casares

30 June 2021

Spain

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Urbanites get the taste of small-town living through an initiative that is bringing digital workers to the countryside. Rooral is tapping into the remote work market to increase rural development while connecting peop...

The Baltimore Sun

Jessica Anderson

Phillip Jackson

26 June 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood enjoyed its third homicide-free year since the violence intervention program Safe Streets began operation. While a formal evaluation of the program's nine neighborhood sites ...

Next City

Roshan Abraham

17 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Studies show that abstinence-based prevention drug programs like D.A.R.E don't work. To provide another option, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit, developed its own curriculum called “Safety First.” The 15-lesson...

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...

The Front

Lauren Gallup

Makenna Marks

Payton Gift

14 June 2021

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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Research shows that online training isn’t successful at changing attitudes or beliefs on sexual assault. This article takes an in-depth look at EverFi, an online sexual assault module that students at Western Washingt...

BBC

Craig Langran

8 June 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Most domestic violence telephone helplines offer help to women who have been abused, and counseling programs for men provide their services in prison, once men have committed serious violence. But Línea Calma tries to...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

31 May 2021

Mombasa, Kenya

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Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved in Kenya works with religious leaders over the course of many years to build empathy and understanding towards the LGBTQ community. Faith leaders are often not immediately aware of t...

The Washington Post

Peter Hermann

29 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Unsuccessful at filling its police officer ranks with more people of color from the neighborhoods where they'll patrol, the D.C. police department takes its largely white recruit classes into those neighborhoods for l...

Grid Magazine

Constance Garcia-Barrio

23 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Restorative justice healing circles run by Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Church in West Philadelphia have helped resolve hundreds of disputes among youth over the past 15 years using dialogue instead of courts. Br...

Slate

Dahlia Lithwick

21 May 2021

Palestine

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“Meet Palestinians and Israelis” is an online chat room on the Clubhouse app that encourages honest and vulnerable conversations that aim to humanize one another. Eighteen moderators, mostly young Israelis and Palesti...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Will Cleveland

11 May 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Rochester's Person In Crisis team, launched in response to the death of Daniel Prude in police custody during a mental health crisis, began a six-month pilot project in January. PIC uses a "co-response model" of crisi...

Capital Current

Tobin Ng

27 April 2021

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

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Temporary modular housing is alleviating homelessness in Richmond, Canada. Stacked units are quicker and cheaper to construct and the temporary housing comes with wraparound services such as meals, support groups, and...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

27 April 2021

Virginia, United States

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In Virginia, as more and more people turn towards electric cars like Tesla, homeowner associations will have to accommodate resident's request for electric charging stations. Because of that very reason, one legislato...

The Washington Post

David Montgomery

26 April 2021

United States

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To help address Covid vaccine hesitancy, the non-profit marketing firm Ad Council and its partners developed a multi-dimensional public service campaign. Relying on a balance between appealing to personal responsibili...

The North Wind

Katarina Rothhorn

21 April 2021

Marquette, Michigan, United States

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Northern Michigan University's Black Student Union turned its unhappiness with the display on campus of a "thin blue line" flag into a series of deep and open conversations that led to a compromise and a new set of co...

HumAngle

Nathaniel Bivan

12 April 2021

Jos, Nigeria

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With help from nongovernmental organizations, the people of two communities who clashed violently since 2001 found ways to coexist peacefully since 2019. Violent attacks and reprisals between the Christians of Unguwar...

Concord Monitor

Meg McIntyre

11 April 2021

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

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Hate crime laws apply to a narrow range of conduct, and often fail as a response to bias incidents that constitute hate speech but are not in themselves a crime. When high school students working on a history class pr...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

10 April 2021

John Day, Oregon, United States

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Loggers and environmentalists aren’t always known for getting along, but the collaboration between these two groups in Oregon may have saved a town from going under. By creating a dialogue together and working to unde...

Grady Newsource

Jared Gilstrap

9 April 2021

Colbert, Georgia, United States

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After Georgian residents raised concerns about a pollutant that was being emitted by a nearby biomass plant, they banded together to pass legislation that effectively put an end to the practice. These concerned reside...

Mongabay

Vinaya Kurtkoti

8 April 2021

Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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The village of Lamkani, in India, was lush but became barren after years of droughts. In 2000, Dhananjay Newadkar, initiated a multi-pronged approach that was supported by the community. It included watershed developm...

Sapiens

Elizabeth Svoboda

7 April 2021

Sierra Leone

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When the rise of Ebola in West Africa strict protocols when handling those who were dying or had died from the disease, public health officials began working with anthropologists and other social scientists to increas...

WBUR

Peter O'Dowd

Allison Hagan

7 April 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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A college professor and a former stabbing victim counsel young men in the hospital soon after they are shot or stabbed. These interventions, based on trust and shared experiences, are meant to prevent repeat injuries,...

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