The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 30

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 30

By Jet Watling, age 11 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are 61 million people with disabilities in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of whom have benefited...

Who Am I?

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,...

Melting Habitats Imperil the Polar Bear

Melting Habitats Imperil the Polar Bear

By Seneca Oehrle, age 12 and IndyKids Staff A study published in July on Nature.com found that almost all polar bear subpopulations are facing major habitat loss. Human contribution to global warming has led to declining levels of summer sea ice. This forces polar...

Personal Report: Homophobic Hate Crimes Haunt Upstate Couple

Personal Report: Homophobic Hate Crimes Haunt Upstate Couple

By Ellie Schneider, age 12 Homophobic hate crimes against my uncle, Arjay Baker, and his husband started three-and-a-half years ago, when a neighbor began to use homophobic and racist slurs against them. The hate reached a tipping point after a high-power pellet gun...

Meet IndyKid Reporter… Nicolle Berroa

Meet IndyKid Reporter… Nicolle Berroa

By Hudson Mu, age 14 Meet Nicolle Berroa, a 13 year old eighth grader from South Florida. Nicolle has been writing for the newspaper for a while now after being introduced to the program by her aunt who works with IndyKids. She wrote her first cover story for this...

Going Ape for Social Distancing?

Going Ape for Social Distancing?

By Ozzy Brown, age 11 Humans may think they are the only species that practice social distancing, but other animals also social distance to stop the spread of contagious diseases. Humans could learn from them about how to protect their community and stay safe....

Global Methane Emissions at Record High 

Global Methane Emissions at Record High 

By Linnea Quammen, age 10 and IndyKids Staff Methane emissions across the world are at a record high, according to the most recent data findings from 2017. The latest study by scientists with the Global Carbon Project in July says that nearly 600 million tons of...

Washington NFL Team Drops Its Racist Mascot, But Fight Continues

Washington NFL Team Drops Its Racist Mascot, But Fight Continues

By Claire Davis, age 12 Washington, D.C.’s NFL football team decided to drop their team name because it was offensive, containing a racial slur, to the Native American community it portrayed. They aren’t the only sports team with this problem. A study of Native...

Real-World Examples of Police Defunding and Reform

Real-World Examples of Police Defunding and Reform

By Varick Mazumder age 10 and IndyKids Staff While according to White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump is “appalled” by the current BLM movement, some states have already started taking steps toward reexamining their police systems, and some...

How George Floyd’s Death Sparked New Momentum for the BLM Movement

How George Floyd’s Death Sparked New Momentum for the BLM Movement

By Sabrina Mazumder, age 12 and IndyKids Staff George Floyd’s death at the hands of cops has reignited the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement globally. On May 25, Floyd, a Black man, was killed after a white police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost...

A Brief History of Policing in the United States

A Brief History of Policing in the United States

By Aman Mehrota, age 10 and IndyKids Staff The United States police forces are a pretty modern invention. Early police forces were privately funded systems governed by the rich white elite to protect property. Some say that systemic racism has always been the...

New York Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools Until 2022

New York Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools Until 2022

 By Maude Stevens, age 12 This summer, New York state lawmakers voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology in schools until 2022, citing student data protection and concerns that the technology might be biased against Latinx and Black students. The New York...

Has Time Expired for TikTok in the United States?

Has Time Expired for TikTok in the United States?

By Aimen Zehra, age 10 Originally published July, 2020 President Trump issued an executive order in August to ban TikTok in the United States. The app, popular with celebrities and teens around the world to make goofy content, was created by ByteDance, a Chinese...

New Security Law Erodes Hong Kong’s Autonomy

New Security Law Erodes Hong Kong’s Autonomy

By Sam Gelber, age 12 China imposed a new security law on Hong Kong on June 30. It is designed to erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and criminalizes acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion. Hong Kong was responsible for setting up its own security law, but did...

The Plastic Pandemic

The Plastic Pandemic

By Amy Block, age 9 and IndyKids Staff In recent years countries began banning single-use plastics because they often end up  in landfills or, worse, in our oceans. According to the Smithsonian magazine, many states were forced to lift bans on plastic bags because...

Portland Protests: Will Police Brutality End?

Portland Protests: Will Police Brutality End?

By Inaaya Majid, age 10 Originally published July, 2020 Mass Black Lives Matter protests in Portland against police brutality and racial violence have been ongoing ever since May 29.  When the protests started, they were very peaceful and nonviolent. But violence...

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