Activism

Youth Climate Strikers Continue to Push for Change

By Luca Cantagallo, age 13 and IndyKids staff Hundreds of youths skipped school for another Youth Climate Strike on March 3, 2023, to protest against climate change. As the group grew, the chants of “People over profit!” rang through the air. This annual event originated with Greta Thunburg’s 2018 Fridays for Future (FFF) protest that …

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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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Remembering the Mother of the Disability Rights Movement

By Abigail Bodden, age 10 Judy Heumann, known as “the mother” of the disability rights movement, passed away on March 5, 2023. Heumann was a lifelong advocate for disability rights internationally. In 1977, she led a 26-day sit-in in San Francisco, which paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which now protects disabled …

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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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How Cooking Skills and Gardens in Schools Improve Students’ Health

By Khanya Stroman, age 13 Gardens are not just for the good for the way they smell and look, but they can also improve the long-term health of kids, a new Texas-based education program has found. Elementary and middle school kids from low-income backgrounds have participated in the Texas Sprouts program. The students learned about …

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