Op-Ed: Why We Rise

Op-Ed: Why We Rise

by Adedayo Perkovich age 16 “It comes as a great shock to discover that the country, which is your birth place, and to which you owe your life and your identity has not in its whole system of reality involved any place for you.” — James Baldwin This year, my...

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Rights

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Rights

By Rida Ali, age 16 “Would I truly go to heaven, despite being gay?” was a question that James Guay asked himself as a young child. Guay, in an interview with Time, described how he was a victim of conversion therapy, a practice that attempts to change one’s sexuality...

Coronavirus and Xenophobia: Hate Spreads Like a Virus

Coronavirus and Xenophobia: Hate Spreads Like a Virus

By Rosell Estrella, age 10 and IndyKids Staff COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, late in 2019. The subsequent worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has with it spread xenophobia and racism toward many people of Asian descent.  President Donald Trump and...

Parker Todd, aka The Sickler

Parker Todd, aka The Sickler

By Charles Delange, age 12 Parker Todd was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD), also known as sickle cell anemia, at 3 years old. At 11, he wrote The Adventures of the Sickler, a comic intended to help other young kids struggling with illness. Now 14 years old,...

Drag Queen Story Hour Strives to Teach Kids Acceptance and Diversity

Drag Queen Story Hour Strives to Teach Kids Acceptance and Diversity

by Juan Cortes, Age 10 and IndyKids Staff Some drag queens around the United States are taking to a different kind of stage: one at the front of a public library.  The Drag Queen Story Hour, which started in 2015 in San Francisco, are events which see drag queens...

Mutual Aid: Community Spirit Is Contagious

Mutual Aid: Community Spirit Is Contagious

By Amedeo Max Bettauer, age 10 and IndyKids staff Tod Robbins, the founder of Utah Valley Mutual Aid, received a call from a woman speaking Spanish, a language he was rusty in and hadn’t practiced since college. But he knew from her voice that she was desperate. So he...

Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Thrown Out by Federal Government

Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Thrown Out by Federal Government

Photo by Bill Oxford By Orik Ehren, age 13 Juliana v. United States, a 2015 high-profile lawsuit which saw a group of 21 young plaintiffs accuse the United States of pursuing actions that exacerbate global warming, was dismissed on January 17, 2020.  The dismissal...

Trump Rolls Back Michelle Obama’s Nutrition Guidelines Act

Trump Rolls Back Michelle Obama’s Nutrition Guidelines Act

Fatty foods back on the menu. Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Juan Cortes, age 10 On January 17, 2020, the Trump administration rolled back the standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act led by Michelle Obama in 2010.  New standards proposed by the Agriculture...

NY State Bans Plastic Bags

NY State Bans Plastic Bags

Reusable bags NYC. Photo by Jon Tyson By Orik Ehren, age 13 In a landmark piece of legislation, the state of New York has banned the distribution of nonbiodegradable single-use bags by retail stores from March 1, 2020. With consumers now being encouraged to bring...

Female NASA Astronaut Makes History 

Female NASA Astronaut Makes History 

Christina Koch in space, 2019. Photo by NASA/Beth Wessinger Aisha Tabala Age 11 & Indykids staff On February 6, 2020, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to earth having achieved the remarkable record of holding the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch,...

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Mikhail Razzak, age 11 I was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, AL, and died June 1, 1968, in Easton, CT. I learned how to read and write when my teacher, Anne Sullivan, poured water with a pump on my hand and spelled the word “water”...

The Future of Australia’s Iconic Koala Is in Danger 

The Future of Australia’s Iconic Koala Is in Danger 

A koala chews on eucalyptus leaves. Photo by David Clode By John Davidson, age 11 and Siena Kokolios, age 6  Koalas are marsupials that live in eucalyptus trees—known locally as gum trees—in eastern and southern Australia. Marsupials carry their babies in a pouch....

Iran Protests and the Evolving Antiwar Movement

Iran Protests and the Evolving Antiwar Movement

Iran peace protests, Boston, 2020. Photo by Kai Medina By Rosell Rivas, age 10 & IndyKids staff Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated on January 3, 2020, under the authorization of President Trump. In response, the New York Times reported that...

Against the Iraq War: The Largest Global Protest Ever

Against the Iraq War: The Largest Global Protest Ever

Protesters against the war in Iraq march towards U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, 2007. Photo by, Ragesoss By Michael Hirschfield, age 12 and IndyKids staff On February 15, 2003, 12 to 14 million people gathered in 800 cities around the world to protest against the...

The Draft Haunted Many People, But Some More Than Others

The Draft Haunted Many People, But Some More Than Others

Vigil to End Vietnam War - October 15, 1969. Photo by United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division By Charles DeLange, age 11 Military conscription, or the draft, was a way for the United States to keep a steady amount of troops in the military...

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