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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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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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Who Am I?

I was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 1945 and was relocated to San Francisco through a federal program that sought to assimilate Native peoples to urban areas off-reservation. I was introduced to political activism in San Francisco, where I faced poverty, discrimination and racism.   I protested in support of the Black Panther Party and African …

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