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Religion News Service

Adelle M. Banks

25 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Faith leaders from communities of color mobilized voters to support candidates and policies that empower Black and Brown people. Events such as “Souls to the Polls” and the coalition-run Black Church 75 initiative, re...

The 19th

Alexis Lanza

25 November 2020

United States

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A growing number of climate activists — mostly young women — are using social media to post about sustainability and encourage others to live a greener lifestyle. While climate activism can be a slow process, people ...

The Guardian

Peter Yeung

20 November 2020

Paris, France

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Cities across France are using citizens’ assemblies, where a diverse group of citizens study important issues and make policy recommendations. In Paris, 150 citizens spent nine months working on the climate convention...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

17 November 2020

United States

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The killing of George Floyd inspired a series of exhibits in Minneapolis featuring quilts made by over 100 artists depicting stories of racial injustices and also empowerment in the United States. These protest quilts...

Southerly

Sara Sneath

Carly Berlin

13 November 2020

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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Religious leaders in Louisiana successfully mobilized their communities to vote against a state amendment that would give manufacturers a tax break at the expense of local governments. The interfaith network of 250 re...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Lauren Hernandez

13 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Civic participation by youth advocacy groups registered tens of thousands of young voters and educated many more on election-related issues, including local and state ballot initiatives. Events held on zoom provided r...

Yes! Magazine

Isabela Dias

12 November 2020

Brazil

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Collective, or shared, candidacies, where groups of candidates to run for a single elected position in Brazil, has helped elevate women and other marginalized groups with progressive platforms to rise to power. From 2...

Truthout

Anoa Changa

12 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Civic engagement organizers have decreased the gap between Republicans and Democrats in Georgia over the past several elections by increasing voter participation and leveraging the shifting state demographics. Groups ...

Bloomberg

Jordyn Holman

11 November 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A Target store looted and destroyed near the site of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, Target's corporate headquarters city, was quickly rebuilt with improvements informed by community input. The mostly white-run...

The Daily Tar Heel

Kathryn Goodwin

8 November 2020

United States

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MyVote organized over 300 student volunteers, mostly in high school, to research candidates and their policies so that voters could have a “one-stop-shop” platform to learn about policy platforms of candidates running...

The GroundTruth Project

Carlisa N. Johnson

5 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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A massive, though unofficial, multi-issue coalition made up of voter advocacy, legal, and other social justice groups, increased participation in Georgia’s elections. The groups conducted voter outreach year-round and...

Vox

Roge Karma

4 November 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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By framing their police-reform proposal as an investment in community services rather than a bid to take money away from policing, the Re-Imagine L.A. County coalition of racial and criminal justice advocacy groups wo...

Chalkbeat

Cassie Walker Burke

4 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago-area high school teachers are approaching the mental-toll of election cycles on their students by rethinking curricula. Some teachers are approaching election anxiety by hosting empathetic dialogues by address...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

The Hechinger Report

Charlotte West

30 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The Oakland Youth Vote started as a youth-led ballot initiative to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote for school board representatives. Student activism helped get the initiative on the November 2020 ballot a...

Yes! Magazine

Innocent Eteng

29 October 2020

Lagos, Nigeria

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Modeled in part on America's Black Lives Matter protest movement, Nigerian protests against brutality and extortion committed by the police have in a brief time attracted uncommon levels of support across ethnic and r...

The Guardian

Juan Moreno Haines

Kevin Deroi Sawyer

28 October 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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Two men incarcerated at San Quentin prison tell how the men incarcerated there held a mock presidential election, despite a pandemic-related lockdown and prison officials' failure to distribute ballots that had been s...

The Crisis Magazine

La Risa Lynch

24 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago Votes works to ensure access to voting for people awaiting trial in jail. In addition to registering thousands of voters, they helped pass a Cook County law designating the nation’s largest single-site detenti...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Bastian Berbner

23 October 2020

Botswana

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Botswanans have deprioritized deeply held tribal identities, created a national identity, and found societal stability by using the practice of randomly assigning civil servants to different parts of the country. Send...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

23 October 2020

United States

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Media Literacy Now is a nonprofit aimed at combatting misinformation, especially on social media platforms, and lobbying for media literacy education in schools. The organization was started by Erin McNeill in 2013 an...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

22 October 2020

United States

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The Midwest Culture Lab consists of three organizations working to increase voter turnout among young people, especially young people of color. The partners work with artists, musicians, and other creative people to c...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 October 2020

United States

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Civic and advocacy groups fight disinformation targeted at Latinx voters and conduct voter registration and education outreach. Voto Latino encourages young people to help older relatives spot disinformation and train...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

21 October 2020

United States

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Cyber security simulations are taking place across the country to help everyone, from government officials to journalists, to identify election-related cyber threats and coordinated disinformation campaigns and make p...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

19 October 2020

United States

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Citizens' assemblies, where a randomly selected representative sample of people work together to make decisions and find policy solutions to social issues, is an effective approach to decision-making that bridges pola...

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