Change city zoning laws to ban new construction of fossil fuel projects

In the coming months and years, cities will move to the forefront of the climate change movement. Portland, Oregon took a bold step in ...
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    Free copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in American hotels

    On December 10, we commemorate Human Rights Day: the anniversary of the day in 1948 when the nation members of the United Nations ...
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      The Loyal Opposition in America should form a Shadow Cabinet

      In the United Kingdom, major political parties that are out of power in parliament aren’t entirely erased out of the ...
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        “Safe days” for domestic violence survivors

        Abuse from one’s partner takes a terrible toll on victims — physically, emotionally, and socially. Domestic violence, which ...
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          Build more Green Walls: Get cities to plant a crazy number of trees

          Verdant greenery captures more than the eye and enhance more than the beautiful scenery around town. Trees are also good for public ...
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            Sue the big banks to make them pay for the foreclosure crisis

            Nearly a decade later, major banking institutions have recovered from the Great Recession they helped precipitate but many communities ...
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              Build up your savings—and get a chance to win a lottery jackpot

              Economists and anti-poverty advocates have long warned that playing the lottery can be a money trap for low-income Americans, given the ...
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                Another path to owning your own home and building wealth: community land trusts

                For many families, owning their own home is still a pillar of the American Dream. Thanks to a new model for affordable homeownership, ...
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                  Pool housing funds from different agencies to build more affordable housing

                  Like so many other metropolitan areas across the country, Chicago long faced a thorny dilemma: how best to ensure affordable housing ...
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                    Law clinics for green-collar worker-run businesses

                    The Green-Collar Communities Clinic (CG3) is the first and only law school clinic of its kind in the country: free legal, business, and ...
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                      Create LGBTQ units inside police departments

                      It’s dangerous to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer in America. As numerous statistics warn us, LGBTQ people in ...
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                        Win a prize for simply applying to college

                        The barriers facing low-income young people with dreams of college aren’t limited to family money troubles, little encouragement ...
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                          How to make dark alleys safer: invite everyone in by throwing parties

                          “If you treat it as a place where nobody goes, then you’re inviting illicit activity and you’re inviting people not to respect ...
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                            Charge extractive industries a severance fee for the damage they leave behind

                            Extractive companies come and go, but the damage stays. When local communities welcome oil, gas, and mining business interests into ...
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                              A new intergenerational movement to bring the young and the aging together

                              Today’s youngest will grow up experiencing a new phenomenon in human history: being alive at the same time as four to five ...
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                                Hawaii’s novel way of selecting judges

                                In our idealized view of the American legal system, judges are supposed to be dispassionate arbiters of the law who are freed to focus ...
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                                  Raise wages by banning employers from asking salary history

                                  Due to the declining power of ordinary workers against powerful employers in general, unfairly low compensation is the unfortunate ...
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                                    Why doctors should prescribe legal aid for their patients

                                    Ask doctors who’ve practiced in underserved communities and they can testify that what happens to their patients can hinge on the ...
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                                      Hire dogs to help struggling students and promote learning

                                      The power of a friendly dog to comfort traumatized people is already well-known, if not to pet owners, then to those who’ve heard ...
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                                        To help homeless panhandlers, let them be city workers for the day

                                        While many other cities are moving to ban panhandling by homeless people or push them further out to the outskirts, the city of ...
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                                          These moveable “pop up” preschools for underserved communities are a hit

                                          High-quality preschool helps ensure that young children are ready to learn, academically and socially, on the first day of ...
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                                            For a healthier climate and community, cities should stop requiring so much parking

                                            In order to combat climate change, we need to encourage people to use to mass transit rather than driving individual vehicles that run ...
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                                              To curb human trafficking, clean up the foreign labor recruitment process

                                              This summer, a new law went into effect in California that protects international workers from human trafficking and abuse by ...
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                                                Smart ways for shelters for homeless dogs and cats to achieve “no kill”

                                                Not all homes deserve a dog or cat, but all dogs and cats deserve a loving home. Unfortunately, with nearly 3 million homeless ...
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                                                  Open food pantries inside local schools

                                                  When children come to school hungry because their family can’t afford food, they struggle to learn and concentrate in class. ...
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                                                    Give all new renters a voter registration form when they move in

                                                    Being a voter just got a bit easier in the city of Minneapolis. In March, a new local ordinance went into effect that requires ...
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                                                      In a country of second chances, college for ex-prisoners returning to society

                                                      America aspires to be a country of second chances. In terms of the numbers, most incarcerated people do eventually return to society on ...
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                                                        How one city made its domestic violence rate plummet

                                                        About a decade ago, the city of High Point found itself struggling with an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence—the worst in the ...
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                                                          The Next Einstein Project: Easy steps to help first-generation college students fit in and finish

                                                          Even for the most talented and determined among them, young people who grew up in a disadvantaged family face enormous barriers to ...
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                                                            Send more American students to study abroad

                                                            Given the increasing interdependence of nations and complexity of America’s role in an interconnected world, it’s more ...
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                                                              Modernize Unemployment Insurance systems so you can keep benefits while launching a new business start-up

                                                              The rate of new business start-ups is in a long decline in the United States, raising concerns about this crucial source of job ...
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                                                                Reward cleaner air with free public Wi-Fi Internet

                                                                In Amsterdam, a start-up is testing out a new air pollution monitoring device that triggers on to provide free and secure Internet ...
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                                                                  Require pharmaceutical companies to justify their price hikes

                                                                  The level of profiteering and price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry can be downright scandalous, as former drug company CEO ...
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                                                                    The Next Einstein Project: How this low-income public high school graduates 100% of its Black students

                                                                    Who will emerge as the next Albert Einsteins—uncommon genius to join the pantheon of humanity’s greatest theorists, scientists, ...
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                                                                      Electric car-sharing programs for impoverished neighborhoods

                                                                      For Americans who aren’t rich, simply traveling to work, school, or the grocery store can be an expensive, time-consuming hassle. ...
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                                                                        Talk to an American Muslim over free donuts & coffee

                                                                        After the recent surges in bigoted attacks on American Muslims, Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins responded in a ...
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                                                                          Big Pharma would hate this simple solution to curbing $3 billion wasted per year on expensive medicines

                                                                          Did you know that the United States throws away $3 billion worth of perfectly good, unused cancer drugs annually—because they’re ...
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                                                                            Spread the Providence model to close the 30 million “words gap” for poorer children

                                                                            By age 3, children in impoverished households already face a stunning disparity in their language development compared to children with ...
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                                                                              Seattle is rethinking policing by putting social workers on the daily beat

                                                                              The city of Seattle is trying out an unconventional way of policing: team up social workers with police officers to walk the beat ...
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                                                                                The public option for banking: Create city banks for and by the public

                                                                                In the United States, state and city governments rely on the same private sector banks used by individual consumers for ...
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                                                                                  To bring fresh fruit and veggies to food deserts, turn old buses into mobile food markets

                                                                                  A promising program in Toronto, Canada is bringing fruits and veggies to impoverished communities in an unusual way: through a grocery ...
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                                                                                    To break the cycle of violence, embed violence intervention teams in hospitals

                                                                                    Some hospitals are taking an unusual approach to stop the street violence that’s driving the same victims to cycle in and out ...
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                                                                                      Require housing rentals to be free of toxic lead paint

                                                                                      The lead poisoning crisis isn’t just limited to Flint, Michigan. It’s a scourge across the country, causing irreparable ...
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                                                                                        The right to know if global companies are profiting off human rights abuses in their supply chains

                                                                                        Modern day slavery, sex trafficking, and forced child labor aren’t just festering in the shadows in far-flung locales. These ...
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                                                                                          Ban corporate “non-compete” agreements that trap low-wage workers

                                                                                          A newly emerging issue is on the radars of pro-worker advocates, corporate accountability watchdogs, and economists: the ...
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                                                                                            Bring in the voters with food trucks and pop-up parties

                                                                                            Voting in elections is a civic duty of all Americans, but making it part of an enjoyable social experience could entice more voters to ...
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                                                                                              Children are taking climate change to the courts

                                                                                              The judiciary is familiar battleground for veteran climate activists, but today, it’s kids who are pioneering a new strategy in ...
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                                                                                                Build all new buildings with green roofs—with solar panels or rooftop gardens

                                                                                                The core idea behind “green roofs” is simple: use building rooftops to grow plants or generate clean energy with solar ...
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                                                                                                  Panama Papers: The Response

                                                                                                  By now, chances are that readers of this website have heard of the Panama Papers. So let’s get right to the point: what should be ...
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                                                                                                    Why Norwegian parents send their kids to simulated refugee camps

                                                                                                    For the refugees worldwide who’ve fled their home countries due to war and persecution, life in a refugee camp is often brutally ...
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                                                                                                      Urban Warriors: connecting combat veterans to teens in high-violence neighborhoods

                                                                                                      A promising program in Chicago is bringing combat veterans and teenagers in high-violence neighborhoods together. The premise behind it ...
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                                                                                                        Barbershops that turn out Black men to vote

                                                                                                        For men, the local barbershop can be the proverbial community water cooler where they let down their guard and ...
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                                                                                                          A different way to police: catch kids doing good and give “positive tickets”

                                                                                                          Police officers typically show up in kids’ lives after they or someone they know get in trouble with the law. So it was no ...
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                                                                                                            Showers and bathrooms on bus wheels for the homeless

                                                                                                            In San Francisco, decommissioned city buses are now bringing something to homeless people that everyone else often takes for granted: ...
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                                                                                                              The promise this inspiring teacher has been keeping to his students for four decades

                                                                                                              Retired high school teacher Bruce Farrer turned an unusual writing assignment for his students into an unusual promise—and the 72-year ...
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                                                                                                                The unusual way Denmark reins in reckless corporate greed

                                                                                                                It’s a common refrain: corporate executives in the U.S. are too short-sighted and myopic in their time horizon, controlled by the ...
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                                                                                                                  Voting guides for citizens by citizens, Oregon-style

                                                                                                                  Could voting guides created for citizens by citizens encourage more people to participate in the electoral process and increase their ...
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                                                                                                                    The cutest book club: children reading to orphaned dogs at animal shelters

                                                                                                                    A new idea is spreading to instill a love of reading in kids and help shelter animals find their forever families. The Humane Society ...
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                                                                                                                      Put solar panels on our national highways

                                                                                                                      Here’s a simple but powerful idea to help accelerate the clean energy revolution: put solar panels on our roads. Why let all that ...
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                                                                                                                        Train a new corps of activists on how to convert businesses into worker-owned cooperatives

                                                                                                                        Worker coops aren’t the standard way of running a business in America. That’s a big reason why they’re catching on. ...
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                                                                                                                          Re-imagine public libraries—through exchanges with art museums

                                                                                                                          Our public libraries are more than just repositories of books and media. They are institutional anchors that make information ...
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                                                                                                                            Shorten the work week and lengthen vacations—it’ll create jobs!

                                                                                                                            Spend fewer hours at work, use your paid days off, and take longer vacations — and at the same time, help put other Americans back to ...
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                                                                                                                              Spread Project Fatherhood to more of America’s toughest communities

                                                                                                                              If you don’t have the experience of growing up with a father involved in your life, what do you draw on to be a good father and ...
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                                                                                                                                Make everyone’s tax returns public

                                                                                                                                Whoa, what? You read that right: let’s put every American’s tax return in the online public domain—after anonymizing it to ...
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                                                                                                                                  Amazing things happen when we put preschools and nursing homes together

                                                                                                                                  The Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle is unlike any preschool or senior living facility that most Americans have seen, ...
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                                                                                                                                    Push American companies overseas to adopt a Code of Conduct for gender equality

                                                                                                                                    For women around the world, discrimination and hardship based alone on their identity as women is a daily reality that’s ...
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                                                                                                                                      A big idea for better science: a Wikipedia for software code

                                                                                                                                      Whether the field is physics, biology, or neuroscience, chances are that the scientific breakthroughs making headlines today ...
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                                                                                                                                        Calling all cities: commit to ending the cradle-to-prison pipeline

                                                                                                                                        Seattle’s City Council recently passed a resolution that endorses the goal of zero-percent detention of youth and calls for ...
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                                                                                                                                          Law students + citizens barred from voting = organizing for democracy

                                                                                                                                          Americans who’ve finished their time in prison should be able to fully rejoin society and undertake one of the most important ...
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                                                                                                                                            Make it impossible for a CEO to ignore the workers: put them on the corporate board

                                                                                                                                            Current law requires all publicly traded companies to have a board of directors, which hold major responsibilities and powers over the ...
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                                                                                                                                              Clever but underused progressive tax ideas for urban inequality

                                                                                                                                              Although much of the public debate on inequality focuses on national policies, there’s an impressive array of state and local ...
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                                                                                                                                                Bring Finland’s baby starter box to America

                                                                                                                                                Here’s how we can help ensure that all children in America get a strong and equal start in life, no matter the wealth of the ...
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                                                                                                                                                  50% discount for Arabs & Jews dining together

                                                                                                                                                  One family-style restaurant in Israel is inviting Arabs and Jews to eat together there—and offering them a 50% discount on creamy ...
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                                                                                                                                                    Label Gas Pumps: “WARNING: Use of this fossil fuel contributes to climate change”

                                                                                                                                                    Gas pumps should come with warning labels, just like tobacco products. That’s the proposal under debate in the city of North ...
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                                                                                                                                                      Buy factories that are closing and hand them to the workers

                                                                                                                                                      It’s already happening, workers are buying closing factories, so there are models to replicate.  See New Era Windows for one ...
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                                                                                                                                                        Buy Vacant Buildings Cooperatively

                                                                                                                                                        A group of neighbors in Minneapolis started the Northeast Investment Cooperative to pool money to buy vacant buildings and rent them to ...
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                                                                                                                                                          Reverse Canvassing

                                                                                                                                                          Knock every door in transient communities (students, low-income, renters) to register and ID EVERY RESIDENT, not just known voters ...
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                                                                                                                                                            Student Power Networks

                                                                                                                                                            Florida’s Dream Defenders, Ohio Student Association, and Virginia Student Power Network are three examples of an exciting new ...
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                                                                                                                                                              Spread the Vermont universal healthcare model

                                                                                                                                                              National Economic Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) is partnering with groups in PA, ME, and MD to spread the VT universal healthcare ...
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