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From Nakba to Now, a Palestinian Teen’s Journey of Resilience and Resistance

By Aida El-Hajjar, AGE 14 My name is Aida, which translates to “the return” in Arabic. I was given this name because, even though my parents are refugees, they were confident I would return to Palestine someday. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, and the hope of returning to Palestine burns brighter …

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Exploring the Intersection Between Inflation and Houselessness

By IndyKids Staff What is inflation? One definition is “a rise in prices, which can be translated as the decline of purchasing power over time” (Investopedia). Why does the word “inflation” make most people’s eyes glaze over, and why do they try to think of — literally anything else? How is it that something with …

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Starr-Studded in Strikes

By Elizabeth Croft,  Editor Jingsia Hathorne AGE 14 Unions play a crucial role in positively impacting workers’ lives. Unions, as democratic entities, actively negotiate and uphold fair wages, affordable healthcare, job security, stable schedules and other essential rights. Various professions have established unions to safeguard these job-related benefits, and in the United States, numerous artists …

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ChatGPT: This Isn’t Science Fiction. The AI Generation Is Here. Are Educators Ready?

By Luca Cantagallo, age 13 ChatGPT, a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool, has been taking the world by storm, and, in the process, confusing both parents and educators alike. The use of the program in schools initially caused knee-jerk reactions from school boards around the country, with New York City Public Schools, Baltimore, Los Angeles …

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Will Congress Finally Pass Biden’s Billionaire Tax?

By Clara Wong, age 14 On March 9, Biden proposed a minimum 25% tax rate to be imposed upon America’s billionaires, referred to as the “billionaire tax.” Billionaires are not thrilled.  Every year, the president submits a fiscal budget to Congress that holds documents containing information on government funding. All budgetary publications must then be …

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Zoning Amnesty Laws Prove Deadly in Turkey Earthquake Aftermath

By Aisha Siddiqa Hassim, age 13 Earlier this year, parts of Turkey and Syria faced two catastrophic earthquakes. The combined effects of these earthquakes were disastrous and resulted in the death of over 50,000 people.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is facing criticism over the lack of preparedness and slow response after the earthquakes. The …

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Will TikTok’s New Safety Measures for Kids Actually Keep Them Safe?

By Maliyah Ledesma, age 11 and IndyKids staff In the world we live in today, we rely on technology more by the second, so it’s easy for young folks to get lost mindlessly scrolling. This is why social media platform TikTok announced in March that they would be implementing a new default setting with safeguards …

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Does Colonialism Still Impact Communities Today?

To Understand the Present, We Must Look to the PastBy IndyKids staff In the 1700s and 1800s, rich and powerful European countries, such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, began to venture out in search of more land and resources that they deemed valuable. They began to establish colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and …

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Now, More Than Ever, Trans Kids Need Our Support

By Anya Rothman-Cimino, age 11 Recently, legislatures across the country have been slowly but surely taking away trans youths’ rights. According to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, approximately 450 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced already this year. During an interview on The Daily Show, President Joe Biden spoke out against the anti-trans bills in …

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