Category: Solutions

Major Robert Lyle passing out food to the homeless
In-Depth

A Shower, Then a Hotel: Service on the Critical Front Line of Solving Homelessness

Realtor and Flowood resident Teresa Renkenberger founded Shower Power and has been courting homeless Mississippians since 2019, offering free showers and hot tea to them once a week. But, when the temperature began to drop in Jackson first in January and then a major freeze hit in February, she was full of concern that some of the people she has developed relationships with might die out there in the cold from hypothermia. 

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Elevated view of a street in Lawrence, Kansas
Solutions

How 18 Million Americans Could Move Into Rural Areas Without Leaving Home

Changing how rural areas are defined could change Americans’ understanding of rural life. For instance, the current data reveal that rural areas have less access to broadband internet and health care services.
But if the homes and communities of 18 million more Americans are added to those rural statistics, the numbers could look better. That rosier picture—which would not be the result of any actual changes to Americans’ lives—could reduce public and political pressure to improve life in rural communities.

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white masks spell out 2021 on hardwood floor
MFP Voices

Mississippi and Texas Dropped COVID-19 Mask Mandates, but Urge People to Still Wear Them

The governors of Texas and Mississippi announced that they were rescinding their statewide mask mandates and allowing restaurants and other businesses to return to 100% capacity in early March. The moves come while new infection numbers in the U.S. are still higher than they were in September and just ahead of school spring breaks, known for large gatherings and crowded bars where the coronavirus can quickly spread.

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An early 20th-century NAACP map showing lynchings between 1909 and 1918.
MFP Voices

How Black Cartographers Put Racism on the Map of America

The work of the Black Panther Party, a 1960s- and 1970s-era Black political group featured in a new movie and a documentary, helps illustrate how cartography—the practice of making and using maps—can illuminate injustice. Cartography is a less documented aspect of the Panthers’ activism, but the group used maps to reimagine the cities where African Americans lived and struggled.

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A group of masked people sit in chairs awaiting COVID vaccines
Solutions

How To Really Fix COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling

The competition for slots will only worsen when the COVID-19 vaccination priority list opens to the broader public. It doesn’t have to be this way. Much of this misery comes from poorly designed vaccine sign-up websites, but the problem is more fundamental.

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