Month: October 2019

“The Biggest Bully I’ve Ever Had to Deal With.” – How Congresswomen Stood Up to President Trump

By Hudson, age 13, and IndyKids Staff  As students begin another year, many schools take steps to prevent bullying and safeguard the health and well-being of their students. Yet, unfortunately, bullying isn’t just a problem on the playground, but it’s an issue in many levels of society, from workplaces to families, even in the highest …

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Human Rights Groups Call on China to Stop Separating Uyghur and Other Turkic Muslim Children and Return Them to Their Families

By Clara Wong and May Mcgrath age 10 and IndyKids Staff Pronunciation for Uyghur- WEE-gor Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese government to immediately release all Uyghur children being held in so-called child welfare institutions and boarding schools in Xinjiang — an autonomous region in China’s northwest that borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. …

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The Alcatraz Occupation: A Powerful Symbol of Indigenous Resistance and Leadership

By Lanyie Rhodes, age 12 and IndyKids Staff In November 1969, Richard Oakes, a Mohawk from New York, led a protest with around 80 Native Americans/Indigenous peoples to the island of Alcatraz about 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco. The group was made up of members of more than 20 tribes from across Turtle Island, …

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How the Black Campus Movement of the 1960s Transformed Higher Education in the United States

By Michael Hirschfield, age 11 and IndyKids Staff Between 1965 and 1972, Black student activists held protests at thousands of colleges and universities to demand more equality in their schools. Known as the Black Campus Movement (BCM), they were campaigning for safety, respect, inclusion, increased enrollment of African-American students, more racial diversity amongst their teachers, …

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“What We Do, We Do from Our Hearts”: How the Young Lords Addressed Inequality in New York City

By Rosell Rivas, age 11 and IndyKids Staff The Young Lords were originally a street gang but turned into a grassroots revolutionary civil and human rights organization in the summer of 1969. They were mostly made up of young Puerto Rican men and women living in East Harlem’s neighborhood known as “El Barrio” and the …

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Trump Pushes to Allow Oil Drilling in the Pristine Arctic Wildlife Refuge

By Jesus Hernandez, Age 11 The Trump administration wants to allow companies to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), home to the largest untapped oil reserves in the United States, by the end of 2019. The Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement in September promoting oil …

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The Green New Deal: Why We Can’t Fight Climate Change Without Addressing Inequality

By Tully Comfort age 12 and Indykids Staff In February of this year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bill Markey introduced in Congress a Green New Deal (GND) resolution to take on inequality while eliminating climate pollution, by creating jobs with higher wages and bringing clean air and water to people across the country. Climate …

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