Brooklyn’s progressive policing model, student-run refugee law clinics, the solutions whisperer
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a progressive policing model in Brooklyn, the introduction of over 30 drop-in law clinics for refugees in Germany, and solutions-oriented workshops creating tangible fixes to real-world problems.
Brooklyn’s policing experiment could be a scalable model for the future
For five days, police in Brownsville’s 73rd precinct withdrew from their regular posts, with violence interrupters and crisis management groups stepping in.
Source: The City
Germany is hosting student-run law clinics for refugees
Over 30 drop-in law clinics have sprung up across Germany to help refugees apply for asylum.
Source: The Guardian
The solutions whisperer is inspiring people to solve the planet’s problems themselves
Dhruv Boruah runs workshops dedicated to devising real-world solutions, supporting the inventors by bringing their creations to market.
Source: BBC News
One, two, tree: how AI helped find millions of trees in the Sahara
Efforts to map the Earth’s trees are growing – and could change our understanding of the planet’s health.
Source: The Guardian
Smartwatches might help to detect COVID-19 cases before symptoms appear
By continuously measuring the skin temperature and heart rate of wearers, infections can be spotted well before an individual is diagnosed.
Source: CBS News
The Charles Schwab brokerage firm is to end all political donations
The decision comes as swathes of companies rethink their involvement with political donations as a result of the siege at the US Capitol, and goes beyond the steps to be expected of similar firms.
Source: The New York Times
A NY nonprofit is training human trafficking survivors for culinary careers
The kitchen at Emma’s Torch pays refugees and asylum seekers to learn valuable new skills, resulting in a big first step towards financial security for those with limited English skills.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
More and more US states are legalising the salvaging of roadkill for food purposes
The no-waste, no-cost solution is helping feed families affected by the pandemic whilst ensuring the animal is not just sent to landfill.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
A Colombian community is ditching traditional models to build a collective future
The San José de Aparadó farmers declared themselves a peaceful community in 1997, regaining their territory by embracing cacao cultivation.
Source: Yes! Magazine
Dog and goat serving as mayors raise funds to renovate playground
The peculiar idea of pet mayor elections raised much-needed funds and helped get local kids involved in the project.
Source: AP News