Month: November 2020

IndyTeens: The Deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd Spark Protests Similar to the Civil Rights Movement

By Carlos Prates Tavares, age 16 On May 26, after the death of George Floyd, protests against police brutality and racism sparked across the country. These protests are reminiscent of the civil rights movement, bearing uncanny resemblances as well as differences. While their goals are similar, the civil rights movement fought against explicitly racist policies, …

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IndyTeens: Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens as COVID-19 Strains War-Torn Country

By Ishaan Horwith, age 13 The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, a country already devastated by an ongoing civil war, has worsened dramatically since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, increasing the demand for aid and crippling an already struggling healthcare system. After years of war, Yemen’s healthcare system is incapable of coping with a pandemic. Only …

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IndyTeens: Fast Fashion Amid a Pandemic of Human Rights and Environmental Violations

By Luca Pang, age 16 What is fast fashion? If you’re unfamiliar with the term, fast fashion refers to cheap clothing which is rapidly produced by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. Many people are still unaware of the true social and environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry.  The social injustices within …

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IndyTeens OP-ED: Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism 

By Neva Simon, age 16 Donald Trump has repeatedly taken advantage of the American government to fit the agenda and desires of his administration, like his preference to protect the economy more than people during the COVID-19 crisis. But recently, he has begun taking out his political tantrums directly on the American people. Trump and …

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IndyTeens: Trump Administration’s Recent Ruling Attacks LGBTQ+ Community

By Sabat Ali, age 14 As the global pandemic continues to worsen, access to healthcare providers is crucial to staying healthy and safe. However, President Trump’s recent measures have attempted to make it difficult for members of the transgender community to find providers who are willing to treat them. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) forbids …

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IndyTeens: Poor African American Communities Are Dying at Twice the Rate of White People Due to Environmental Racism in Their Communities

By Michael Hirschfield, age 13 Environmental racism could be a contributing factor for why Black communities have faced more serious illness and death due to COVID-19 than white people. Environmental racism is a term which refers to the disproportionate targeting of poor communities of color when large corporations build factories, water treatment plants or other …

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