Center Spread: Humanity Is Killing Its Co-tenants

By Orik Ehren, age 15 Climate change is one of the most intimidating beasts that humanity has ever faced. Its multifaceted nature combined with a lack of human attention results in a force that spells the demise of an ignorant race and the species with which it shares the Earth. Humanity’s animal co-tenants will suffer …

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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 escalated after police began shooting at protesters with plastic bullets and tear-gassed innocent people. …

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Occupy Summer School

This summer, at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (UAI) in Brooklyn, teen girls full of ideas and action participated in Occupy Summer School, a three-week course on how to stage an effective protest.

The Power of Student Protest

When students and young people have organized and demanded change, the outcomes have been tremendous. The voices of youth have had a special role in creating positive changes in revolutionary movements from the 20th century through today.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, a grassroots social justice movement that protests police violence against unarmed Black and Latino people, is sweeping the country and growing every day. From the Millions March to “die-ins,” activists of all ages are raising voices and fists to demand an end to police killings of unarmed Black and Latino people.

43 Students Missing in Mexico

On September 26, 2014, 43 students training to become teachers at Raul Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa, Mexico, were declared missing. There have been massive demonstrations throughout Mexico and in major global cities calling for justice.

Militarization of Youth

At most public high school job fairs in the United States, students will run into military recruiters. In 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act passed, containing a small section requiring public schools to give over all student contact information to the military and allow recruiters to visit school campuses.