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Yes! Magazine

Fiza Pirani

8 April 2021

Georgia, United States

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A complex combination of successful fundraising campaigns, engaging with and energizing Black voters, and mobilizing the state’s other ethnic and racial groups helped Democrats flip Georgia blue in 2020. Large financi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Youth Vote is a nonpartisan effort, organized by a local social studies teacher, to prepare 18-year-olds to vote. In addition to registering about 700 students in the summer of 2020, the group advocates changin...

Associated Press

Glenn Gamboa

29 March 2021

United States

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One Small Step seeks to decrease toxic polarization by bringing people of differing views and backgrounds together to talk. About 800 people have met in pairs in around 40 cities to talk about commonalities, such as f...

Grady Newsource

Shania Shelton

25 March 2021

Milledgeville, Georgia, United States

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Georgia College Political Society, a non-partisan debate and discussion organization, hosts events where students from across the political spectrum discuss political issues. Discussion topics have included criminal j...

The Huffington Post

Alexander Kaufman

18 March 2021

United States

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The Environmental Voter Project has contacted nearly 6.2 million non-voters that care about the environment in 17 states since 2015, estimating that over 733,000 of them now vote regularly. They identify voters using ...

CBS News

Natalie Brand

18 March 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Braver Angels works to decrease political polarization by pairing up Republicans and Democrats for one-on-one conversations about each other’s political views and experiences. The goal of the conversations is to encou...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

12 March 2021

Chico, California, United States

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A series of killings by the police sparked a community-led movement urging greater accountability and better training. The campaign bore fruit when the Chico mayor formed a committee to examine use of force policies. ...

Devex

Nithin Coca

Naomi Mihara

Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Sydney Brown

26 February 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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College students in Monterey Bay are pairing up with K-12 classrooms to teach students about civic engagement. The college students are then invited to give presentations during class time on topics ranging from the c...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

23 February 2021

Kansas, United States

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City websites have embraced technology, allowing residents to pay bills, request permits, and attend council or commission meetings online. The shift, which was accelerated by the pandemic, also made the websites cruc...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

17 February 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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In the months after businesses covered their storefronts with plywood as cities erupted in social-justice protests, environmental and other community groups in many cities organized recycling campaigns to reuse the pl...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

13 February 2021

United States

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Democracy Works has a suite of programs that make it easier to vote. TurboVote helps its 7 million subscribers easily register to vote by taking them to their state's online registration site or by sending them the pa...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Ilyne Junuén Castellanos

5 February 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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Efforts aimed at recruiting student poll workers, some of whom aren’t yet eligible to vote, increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monterey County ran registration drives, spoke in classrooms and other student-orient...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

The GroundTruth Project

Jake Wittich

3 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago Black Drag Council launched after a series of protests that called on Chicago’s LGBTQ neighborhood to address racial discrimination and oppression. A handful of businesses quickly agreed to a live-streamed...

Next City

Emily Nonko

3 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Through its Creative CityMaking program, the city of Minneapolis pays artists to use their skills to promote healing and community-building in projects they design on their own. The program had existed for seven years...

The Narwhal

Julien Gignac

30 January 2021

Yukon, Canada

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Under the structure of unique treaties called final agreements, Yukon First Nations are able to exercise the powers of self-governance over projects proposed on their land. Implementation of the agreements isn’t alway...

Energy News Network

Tom Perkins

29 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice was created to advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on environmental justice issues related to pollution and energy access. In its first year, the 21-member council was i...

The Appeal

Manjeet Kaur

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Since 2017, Seattle residents have had a direct say in how some city money is spent on neighborhood projects. It's a form of "participatory budgeting" that has been spreading from Brazil through many U.S. cities. Afte...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle spent nearly a decade reforming its police department and branding itself as an example of how to fix a broken system prone to violence and racial bias. Public trust improved and the use of force declined. But...

Citizen Matters

Bhavani Prabhakar

27 January 2021

Ramapuram, India

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Active civic participation by residents and associations, such as the Ramapuram Social Welfare Federation, supports the identification of civic problems and escalation to the appropriate authorities. When the local la...

Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

27 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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A viral campaign from Indigenous activists, TikTok creators, and documentary filmmakers led to about 6.3 million letters being sent to federal agencies encouraging them to halt fossil fuel development in the Arctic Na...

The Washington Post

Nora Caplan-Bricker

27 January 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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51 for 51 is an advocacy group fighting for DC statehood by educating people about DC residents’ taxation without representation and training advocates in other states, mostly young people, to lobby their senators to ...

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