Month: August 2021

Someday You Could Be… Sara Saedi

Interview By Raya El-Hajjar, age 13

Sara Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran, during wartime and an Islamic Revolution. Her parents fled to the United States, where they lived undocumented until Saedi was in her twenties. Saedi is the author of the memoir, Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, which explores her experiences as an undocumented teen growing up in the United States.

Turmoil in the Middle East Rise as Israel and Palestine Can’t Find Common Ground

By Amzad Ali, age 16 and IndyKids Staff “Stop the fire immediately. We’re escalating towards a full scale war,” Tor Wennesland, United Nations Middle East envoy, said in a tweet on Tuesday, May 18. In the past few weeks, tension has reached new levels in the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.  The recent violence …

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“People Are Not Scared Anymore”: Colombians Protest Tax Hike in Ongoing Pandemic

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 16 Already facing post-pandemic unemployment and poverty, Colombians were hit with an announcement on April 28 by their president, Iván Duque, of a tax reform that targeted millions of middle- and working-class people but favored the wealthy. Although the tax reform was intended to stabilize Colombia’s economy after COVID-19’s impact, it …

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Center Spread: The Protest Issue⁠—First Amendement Rights Under Threat

Introduction: “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” — Frederick Douglass: First Amendment & the Importance of Protest By Raya El-Hajjar, age 13 Did you know there is no legal age for exercising your First Amendment rights? Additionally, there are no citizenship requirements—anyone in the United States can exercise their right to free speech, assembly, press …

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The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Hits Back at Police Brutality

By Samaria Bunburry, age 14 Following nationwide protests after the murder of unarmed Black man, George Floyd, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March this year. The legislation aims to reduce the number of Black victims of police brutality, change the policing experience of everyone and ensure that …

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Breaking News: Federal Judge Rules DACA “Illegal”

By IndyKids Staff The Dreamers’ future is once again under threat this month after Andrew Hanen, a Texas federal judge, ruled  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unconstitutional. DACA, an initiative created in 2012 by then-President Obama, protects undocumented immigrants who come to the United States as children from deportation. This ruling will …

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Breaking News: Bootleg Fire Becomes Nation’s Largest Wildfire

By IndyKids Staff Having already scorched over 350,000 acres⁠—an area larger than Los Angeles⁠—the Oregon wildfire has now become the largest burning in the United States this year. Named after the nearby Bootleg Spring, the fire began on July 6 and has now forced over 2,000 people from their homes. The Bootleg Fire is just …

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Science Brief: Can We Live on Mars? MOXIE Brings Us One Step Closer to Finding Out!

By Aida El-Hajjar, age 11 On April 20, NASA used the experimental MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situation Resource Utilization Experiment) instrument aboard the Perseverance robot for the first time. NASA’s MOXIE instrument demonstrated that oxygen can be created on Mars, making it more livable for humans.  Around 95% of Mars’ atmosphere is made up of carbon …

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Science Brief: New Ozzy Dino Discovery Breaks Record

By Amelie Kokolios aged 10 and Siena Kokolios aged 8 Palaeontologists, scientists who study dinosaurs, have recently recognized a new species of dinosaur that’s the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper, was a plant eater, and was found near Cooper Creek in Queensland. It’s taken 14 …

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