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Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

20 April 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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After going to prison themselves, John Knight of Jackson and Shanduke McPhatter of Brooklyn are living straight and determined to make changes. They work as "violence interrupters" in their neighborhoods, using an app...

The Huffington Post

Jackie Mader

18 April 2016

Clinton, Mississippi, United States

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The district of Clinton, Mississippi creates grade-based schools to desegregate. Now, the schools are closing the achievement gap with their equal distribution of resources.

The Seattle Times

Steve Miletich

16 April 2016

East Haven, Connecticut, United States

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After serious issues with excessive force and police discrimination reached a head in East Haven, Conn., major department overhauls that focused on more diverse hiring, de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention, a...

The Canton Repository

Kelly Byer

20 March 2016

Canton, Ohio, United States

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Canton police walk door-to-door in high-crime neighborhoods, playing basketball, picking up trash, and participating in community meetings. The approach is decreasing violence and improving relationships with residents.

Slate

Alexandria Neason

23 February 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Restorative justice programs essentially focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Schools that use the model try to understand and address the deficits that provoke students to misbehave, and teach students how ...

Wall Street Journal

Thomas MacMillan

5 February 2016

Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States

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An ensemble of New York Police Department officers and members of the public are participating in a theater program designed to bring together the opposite sides of the nationwide debate on interactions between police...

Chicago Tribune

Bill Ruthhart

26 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Rahm Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent, following the release of a video of a cop fatally shooting Laquan McDonald, which has led to a search for a new superintendent. The hope is that the ne...

TakePart

Mark Obbie

14 December 2015

Minnesota, United States

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Increases in police brutality against communities of color in Minneapolis have resulted in a deterioration of trust between the two groups, as well as increased frustration by the impacted community. Just across the c...

Chicago Tribune

Katherine Skiba

12 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, a white police officer shot Laquan McDonald, a young black man, 16 times, for refusing to stop. The city created a task force in the midst of an already existing investigation by the Department of Justice ...

The New York Times

Randy Kennedy

28 November 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Through academic study and scholarship, the work of pioneering curators and new hires at prestigious organizations, and focused collecting by museums, the work of 20th century African American artists is becoming incr...

The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman

15 October 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Little attention is given to black men who are victims of gun violence but survive and need help. An organization in California is mobilizing all gun-violence victims to voice their opinion on criminal justice reform...

DNAinfo

Amy Zimmer

30 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A school in Brooklyn uses a lottery-based acceptance system to ensure a diverse class. And instead of sorting the struggling kids from the gifted, they embedded an honors program which kids can opt into without changi...

Civil Eats

Sarah Henry

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Ent...

The New York Times

Nikole Hannah-Jones

9 September 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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On average, black students in public schools receive fewer resources giving them a late start. A mostly black university in New Orleans has increased overall achievement by developing students’ shared responsibility f...

The New York Times

Sarah Varney

21 August 2015

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Despite years of change, African Americans feel ostracized from the medical care community that is dominated mainly by white people, especially when it comes to hospices. Some are trying to remove the stigma of hospic...

This American Life

Nikole Hannah-Jones

31 July 2015

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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At the height of desegregation, the achievement gap between white and black students decreased to 18 percent, compared to 49 percent. Evidence suggests integrating schools works, because it gives students of color acc...

The Atlantic

Kia Gregory

20 July 2015

Crown Heights, New York, United States

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Lawyers and activists are educating residents in cities across the country on encounters with law enforcement. Know Your Rights training programs have been held by lawyers and community activists in neighborhoods in u...

Truthout

Jean Trounstine

15 May 2015

Massachusetts, United States

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From state to state, officials are grappling with how to improve how children experience the criminal justice system. The process is highly variable – each state varies on the age that children can go to court, and a ...

The Washington Post

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

28 April 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Photos and videos show various actions religious leaders and institutions in Baltimore are taking to help rebuild their community and foster positive interaction in the midst of racial tension, looting, and rioting.

Pacific Standard

Tanya Paperny

14 April 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international...

NBC News

Tracy Jarrett

21 January 2015

South Carolina, United States

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America's teacher workforce is disproportionately white and female, with black males constituting only 2 percent of instructors. The Call Me MISTER initiative, based out of Clemson University, provides test prep, tuit...

Yahoo! News

Andrew Romano

21 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now, in the wake of Ferguson and the police killings in Brooklyn, Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation. The de...

The Takeaway

John Hockenberry

25 June 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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After a policeman shot and killed a teenage African American, a community in Cincinnati blamed law enforcement for racial profiling and riots expanded throughout the city. With the help of the Department of Justice as...

Mother Jones

Tim Murphy

1 June 2014

Richmond, California, United States

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Since Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety began paying stipends to its “fellows” – the dozens of young men it works with at any given time who are deemed to be at high risk of gun-violence involvement...

NationSwell

Catherine Cheney

19 December 2013

Henderson, North Carolina, United States

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Obesity has become a health crisis for many women in the African-American community, but a group known as GirlTrek is working to change this by making exercise a social norm and creating supportive connections between...

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