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Maansi Shah

21 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Vacant homes owned by the state of California were occupied in protest by activists in Los Angeles who want to bring attention to the homelessness crisis. Known as the Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community collective, the...

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Jim Tuttle

20 January 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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Braver Angels formed after the 2016 election to depolarize politics. The group’s Red / Blue Workshops bring together equal numbers of liberals and conservatives for structured conversations to help people build trust,...

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Robert McClure

18 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For over a decade, environmentalists, Indigenous tribes, ranchers, politicians, scientists, and fishers in the Pacific Northwest have been able to defeat more than 20 proposals from coal and oil firms to ship fossil f...

The Jakarta Globe

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Sienna Curnow

16 January 2021

Indonesia

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CekFakta is a collaborative network that fights misinformation with around 6,000 fact-checkers from major Indonesian media organizations, citizens, and academics. The group holds training sessions to help journalists ...

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Rowan Philp

15 January 2021

United States

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists ...

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Laine Kaplan-Levenson

7 January 2021

United States

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The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coali...

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Laura Bliss

6 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals ...

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Greta Moran

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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Landowners, residents, community leaders, and activist groups across New York state came together to halt several pipeline projects. By conducting research, holding public events, and building a multiracial coalition ...

Tampa Bay Times

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Jack Evans

4 January 2021

Tampa, Florida, United States

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In the Tampa Bay area, the 2020 protests for racial justice and against police brutality did not result in reduced funding for area police agencies. But the protests did help prompt numerous other policing reforms in ...

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Eileen Grench

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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For 50 hours over five days, police and community members collaborated on the Brownsville Safety Alliance pilot project, which kept police officers away from a longtime crime hotspot so that community members could pr...

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Mari Wrobi

31 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To promote the need to end intersex surgery, an organization launched a multi-pronged campaign that raised awareness about the potentially damaging impacts of the practice. The group used social media, created a petit...

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Levi Pulkkinen

30 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A team of young people helped Kirsten Harris-Talley win a seat in the Washington state legislature. The 63 young people, ages 12 to 22, did more than the traditional behind the scenes work, like phone banking and door...

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Ambika Chawla

30 December 2020

Somalia

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Durable Solutions Initiative (DSI) aims to create long-term solutions to help internally displaced people in under-resourced urban areas, many of whom fled climate-related disasters. DSI relies on ideas from the displ...

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Sunnivie Brydum

23 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Organized groups of volunteers helped sustain over four months of Black Lives Matters protests, with centralized information sources keeping the public informed and essential support services provided. A network of ov...

Grist

Anna Deen

23 December 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Solitary Gardens is an art project that protests prisons' solitary confinement conditions. Incarcerated people connect with volunteers on the outside who plant flowers, vegetables, or herbs in beds matching the tiny d...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 December 2020

Malden, Massachusetts, United States

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Violations of the Voting Rights Act during primary and local elections led the city of Malden, where 23% of its 60,000 residents are of Asian descent, to provide voting materials and information - including mail-in ba...

World Politics Review

May El Habachi

17 December 2020

Egypt

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A growing #MeToo movement brought sexual assault into national dialogues, even in remote governorates, and has led to arrests and legal reforms, such as allowing sexual assault victims and witnesses to remain anonymou...

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Joshua Molina

16 December 2020

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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In 2014, activists enlisted the help of attorneys and filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Barbara for violating the California Voting Rights Act by diluting Latino votes. To avoid a costly legal battle, the city...

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Jonmaesha Beltran

14 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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As protests spread across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, some protesters saw the need for street medics to tend to injured protestors. They formed Desert Action Medical Network and remained on the s...

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Anna Fleck

12 December 2020

Berlin, Germany

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The Poetry Project provides a platform for young refugees to create poetry, share their stories, and learn about German culture. The initiative started with weekly meetings for 7 young refugees to workshop poetry abou...

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Iliana Hagenah

10 December 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Civic engagement groups creatively encouraged young Black voters to vote. Mississippi Votes ran fellowships where local representatives educated young people on the political landscape of their state and used "geofenc...

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Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Black Lives Matters protests have been sustained by an autonomously organized mutual aid network providing a range of services for protesters and community members. Requests for information and assistance are sent usi...

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Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Behind the nightly protests against racism and police brutality on Portland's streets for more than five months stands a network of street medics and mutual aid groups dedicated to equipping and protecting protesters,...

National Geographic

Bridget Huber

3 December 2020

Bavaria, Germany

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Environmental advocates got 1.75 million signatures to change Bavarian farming laws to protect biodiversity. The Save the Bees Campaign calls for using subsidies to nearly triple the amount of organic farming, creatin...

Christian Science Monitor

Noah Robertson

2 December 2020

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue has become an example of American protest art as protesters have covered it in graffiti demanding racial justice and surrounded it with basketball hoops, gardens, tents, lawn chairs, an...

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