Month: December 2019

“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” – Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Justice

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 11 and Indykids Staff Young people are making history as powerful leaders in the fight against climate change. Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is receiving global attention for her work and has quickly become the face of the movement. Thunberg’s work has been of great importance in the school strike …

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How Is the Story of America Told? Illuminating History to Better Understand the Past, the Present and Our Future

History can be an exciting and fascinating window into the past—learning about inspiring people and how they helped create what we have today. But there are some parts of history that are painful and difficult to tell. Oftentimes these traumatic events in our past might be downplayed, misrepresented or left out altogether, depending on who …

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The 1619 Project: Revealing the Truth About Slavery and Its Legacy

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 14 On a warm sunny day, New York Times journalist Nicole Hannah-Jones stands on shoreline of Old Point Comfort, Virginia, with the waves lapping beside her and the seagulls chirping above. In the first epsiode of the 1619 podcast, she pauses for a moment to imagine what her ancestors and the …

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The 400 Years of Inequality Project Uses the Study of History to Create a More Equal Society

By Rosell Rivas, age 10 years old and Aisha Tabala age, 11 The 400 Years of Inequality project marks a painful anniversary in American history, when the first of millions of Africans were brought over as slaves to work on plantations established on land stolen from the indigenous peoples of the continent, now known as …

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History for Young People

By: August Kaiser Age, 11 and Indykids staff Kids aren’t always being taught the truth about Native American history, and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz wants this to change, so she encourages them to learn about history from resources produced by Native Americans and other communities of color who are often either misrepresented in textbooks or left …

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40th Anniversary of A People’s History of the United States

By Michael Warman Hirschfield, age 12 Next year is the 40th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Zinn, an activist, historian and professor, is celebrated for raising awareness of the oppressed. He highlighted the stories of people like Native Americans, African Americans, those who were enslaved in the United States, …

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Children Miss Out on School as the Crisis in Jammu and Kashmir Continues

By Jesus Hernandez, age 11 and Indykids Staff Every morning, Aliya Khan, a fifth grader in Kashmir, wakes up and walks to her school. But soon she returns home, disappointed, every day, according to an article published in The New York Times, at the end of October. That’s because it’s the same news: Her school …

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“What Is It Like to Grow Up in a Place That’s Going Away?”: The Last Generation, an Interactive Documentary Telling the Stories of Kids from the Marshall Islands

By Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 12 Izerman Yamaguchi-Kotton, a 9-year-old boy, squats down on the shoreline of his local beach, arranging white-and-fawn-striped shells from smallest to largest. Every morning after breakfast he loves to come down to the beach and check on his pet crabs in the rock pools. His hobbies include collecting bugs, snorkeling …

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