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Baltimore’s Bloods, Crips, BGF Gangs Explain Their Truce Throughout Freddie Gray Protests

Those involved in the partnership say they’re not out to get cops.

Bloods, Crips, and members of the Nation of Islam. Image via Facebook, photo by Farajii Muhammad

In the midst of the protests for Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the city’s major gangs—namely the Crips, Bloods, and BGF—reportedly called a truce with the intent of protecting the community and standing together non-violently against police brutality.

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After the Copenhagen Synagogue Shooting, This Muslim Community Is Responding in the Best Way Possible

A “Friendship Ring” made up of hundreds of people will surround an Oslo synagogue while worshipers pray.

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The past several months have seen a series of attacks aimed at Jewish businesses and places of worship across Europe, including—but not limited to—the horrific murder of Jews buying groceries in a Paris market, and the recent shooting death of a volunteer security guard at Copenhagen’s Central Synagogue. In response to those acts of violence perpetrated against Jews, the Muslim community in Oslo, Norway is standing up—literally—to support and defend their Jewish neighbors.

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How Environmentalism Can Foster Nation-Building

A reforestation program unites the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

Anyone who manages to make their way to the isolated Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in the southern Caucasus Mountains will find rolling, jagged terrain dotted with unexpected wonders. In biblical times, so the legends go, this was the land where Noah settled. Roaming across the peaks and plains, you’ll find a mountain with a gap in its peak supposedly caused by the Ark slamming through during its descent, ancient salt caverns so deep they’ve carved houses and hotels into the shafts, and hundreds of stone sheep carved by Turkic invaders centuries ago. But perhaps the most amazing, if overlooked, sites in the region are the small groves of weedy tree saplings popping up by the roadside. Although Nakchivan’s history is full of wonder, its recent past is one of strife, which, over the past 30 years, stripped away almost every piece of wood in the countryside. Yet, despite continued hardships, the peoples of this small and secluded part of the world are, of their own accord and powers, bringing back their lost forests.

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What You Won't Hear in the Presidential Debates: Real Middle East Peace Solutions

This election season, like all election seasons, the presidential candidates will inundate us with all sorts of issues they think we think are...

This election season, like all election seasons, the presidential candidates will inundate us with all sorts of issues they think we think are important. In North Carolina and Iowa, they’ll talk about farmers and agriculture and small businesses. In Detroit, they’ll talk about the auto industry and labor unions and factories. In Florida, they’ll talk about Medicare and retirement benefits and social security. Top that off with a heaping dose of rhetoric on education, unemployment, spending, saving, government cuts, women, housing, gay rights, veterans, foreign policy, and Big Bird, and one is likely to become nauseated by the sheer plethora of topics that will be amplified before November 6.

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Disarming: New Project Uses AK47s as Icons of Peace

For the project AKA Peace, 23 contemporary artists have used the AK47 as a canvas to create artwork to raise awareness for peace.

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The AK47 killing machine isn't an object one normally associates with peace. But for the project and exhibition AKA Peace, 23 contemporary artists have used this icon of destruction as a canvas to create artwork to raise awareness for peace. All of the decommissioned assault rifles come from war torn regions—taking an object synonymous with violence and fear and turning it into something beautiful.
Today all these repurposed guns will be for sale at Phillips de Pury, with the proceeds going to Peace One Day's Global Truce Campaign for 2013. Peace One Day led the initiative to establish International Peace Daythe first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violenceadopted by the U.N. Now, they hope to grow that effort into something even larger than it's become.

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Welcome to the new doodles series here on GOOD. The practice of sketching notes rather than simply sharing information via text has started to grow in popularity due to its visual appeal and tendency to draw us back to quickly accessible information. People like Mike Rohde and Nora Herting in particular have helped bring this highly approachable art form to the tech world and we would like to continue that momentum here to help spread thinking about sustainability, culture, health, and more.

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