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New York Magazine

Stacey Anderson

4 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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High-profile violence directed at Asian-Americans generated enormous interest in bystander intervention training. The most popular program in New York, a free online course from Hollaback!, teaches five approaches to ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

2 April 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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A coalition of groups advocating for young girls of color succeeded in winning new policies and financial support to combat sexual harassment on public transportation. By surveying middle and high school students abou...

The Trace

Chip Brownlee

31 March 2021

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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VIP Fort Worth modeled itself on a number of violence-intervention programs with a blended approach that has been so successful in such a short time that Texas officials are considering investing in a statewide versio...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

30 March 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Rising alarm over hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans, particularly the elderly, drew many volunteers to the community patrols that have organized over the past year in the Bay Area. Chinatown Safety Patrol, started...

The New Yorker

Ian Frazier

29 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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One of dozens of community-based anti-violence groups in New York City, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence teaches high schoolers classes on gun-violence prevention that carry an underlying message: how to fight their c...

NJ Advance Media

Rebecca Panico

28 March 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Newark's Community Street Team hires and trains formerly incarcerated people and people who have been victims of violence to mediate disputes before they turn violent. Street outreach interventions have been associate...

The New York Times

Rhodri Davies

23 March 2021

Alto Belice Corleonese, Italy

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La Placido Rizzotto is one of nine farm co-ops in a network of properties that were seized from Sicily's Mafia and reused to create a productive alternative to the area's crime-based economy. Part of the Libera Terra ...

TRT World

Kelechukwu Iruoma

18 March 2021

Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria

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A series of four football competitions in 2017-18 brought peace to two communities whose land dispute had led to violence. In the absence of a government response, the chief security officer of the Igbesikala-Ama, a m...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Heidi Shin

11 March 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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With hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise, Oakland's Community Ambassadors program serves the city's Chinatown by caring for the neighborhood and making people feel safe. Started as a way for formerly incar...

The Washington Post

Theresa Vargas

3 March 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A group of D.C. teens produced a short film depicting life in their neighborhood, the final product of a pilot project that teaches filmmaking skills in order to lift up community voices and inspire youth to pursue a ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

1 March 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Honolulu could benefit from adopting the approach to mental-health crisis calls to 911 that Eugene, Oregon, uses. But it would need to make big changes first in its critical infrastructure. Eugene's CAHOOTS program se...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Ellida Parker

Cheryn Hong

26 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The largest police raid in New York City history did little to resolve a decades-long conflict between residents of two Harlem housing projects, nor did it address the underlying problems causing violence in the commu...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

26 February 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS program, which sends medics and counselors on certain 911 calls instead of the police, has become a national model in the wake of 2020's criminal-justice protests. But its roots reach back half a century, ...

KGW-TV

Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Bloomberg

Ira Boudway

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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An early-stage startup with big plans to change bicycling culture and commuting habits has notched one victory already, with its first secure-parking pods in New York City: Out of 60,000 times they've been used, the p...

WBEZ

Patrick Smith

8 February 2021

Illinois, United States

Radio

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Since 2017, two publicly funded trauma recovery centers in Illinois have helped violent-crime survivors cope with the emotional fallout that can accompany a loved one's murder or surviving their own violent attack. Ca...

Chicago Sun-Times

Manny Ramos

7 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since June 2019, Chicago's Grounds for Peace pilot project has begun cleaning up vacant, city-owned lots using an approach to urban beautification that has been shown in other cities, and in one Chicago neighborhood, ...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

CBS News

Li Cohen

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assisted Response) replaced police officers with health professionals on 748 calls for help. In incidents involving mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse, police backup w...

Block Club Chicago

Bob Chiarito

3 February 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago Stolen Car Directory is a Facebook group that helps people find their stolen cars and makes the police aware of abandoned cars that may have been stolen. The recently formed group, with 14,400 members, has...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Maya Rao

30 January 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Next Step is a hospital-based violence intervention program based at Minneapolis' Hennepin County Medical Center that counsels gunshot victims to try to help lower the chances that they will be harmed again or seek to...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Like many cities, Seattle is looking to Eugene, Oregon, for a model to shift resources from police to unarmed crisis responders handling 911 calls about mental health, addiction, family conflict, and other non-crimina...

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...

Medium

Christina Noriega

22 January 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the ser...

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