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Issue #253 (September/October 2016) issue cover
Election 2016: What Matters to Us

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Teens write about what the issues they care most about during this presidential campaign. LGBTQ rights, poverty, gun control, and voter restrictions are some of the topics they cover. (full text)

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Bryant joins the youth program Police Explorers, and then gets racially profiled by two officers who haul him down to the station. He explores both sides of the issue of police harassment of young black men. (full text)

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The writer, a Stuyvesant High School student, is eligible for free lunch and her family is on food stamps. She writes about how this government assistance benefits her. (full text)

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Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. (full text)

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Climate change isn't a far off concept, it's affecting us now. Cindy urges our politicians to make the issue a priority and to take immediate actions. (full text)

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Hoa writes about moving from shelter to shelter: “Experiencing homelessness is something no child should have to go through, but it’s made me sympathetic toward other people who are struggling." (full text)

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David’s shy, but when a friend is bullied once too often, he speaks up. This makes him a target, but instead of backing down, David continues to protest. His tenacity pays off. (full text)

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David reports on a study that finds teachers have noted an increase in bullying during this election campaign and “an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color.” (full text)

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Winners write about what changes they want the incoming president to make including equality for women and fighting racism. (full text)

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Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. (full text)

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“Before I read The Kite Runner,” Hoa writes, “I thought Afghanistan was only a terrorist haven. Now I realize it’s a country with people who are just like me.” (full text)

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Jaelyn heads down to New York City’s City Hall to cover rally protesting police brutality against black people organized by Millions March NYC, a local group affiliated with Black Lives Matter. (full text)
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