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Mami, What's 'Deported'?
I worry about being separated from my undocumented parents
author image Luzeli worries about the possibility of being separated from her parents, who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

The day I realized my parents weren’t safe in America, I was 10 years old and at the park with my family on a hot summer Sunday. My cousins and I were running around, spraying each other with water guns. My mom and aunts were cooking hot dogs and hamburgers... [more]

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Where’s My Comfort Zone? Rainier feels different at his predominately white school, but writes that "hearing I’m 'not black enough' stings worse than being the odd one out." [more]
Why the Planet Needs Your Vote in 2020 Zachary evaluates different presidential candidates' positions on climate change. [more]
How I Came to See Islam in a New Light Mariam finds a spiritual connection after doing her own research about her religion. [more]
Black History Is More Than Just Slavery Savannah reads about accomplished black women and writes, "When I learn about historical figures who look like me achieving great things, it shows me that a lot is possible despite the odds I may have to face. [more]
God Isn’t a Therapist Gabrielle worries that feeling depressed means her faith is weak, but ultimately discovers that seeking therapy doesn't make her a bad Christian. [more]
Don't Call Me Jeremy Lin Kevin's basketball team comes up with a plan to end racist taunting at games. [more]
My School Opened Me Up About Other Cultures After immigrating from El Salvador, the author makes and learns from friends from around the world at a high school for international students. [more]
The Bronx Junior Fighting for Equitable Schools Sixteen-year-old Leanne Nunes has experienced inequity in her own education and is committed to changing the system. [more]
How I Rejected What Others Think Girls Should Be Lisbeth is bullied about her looks when she’s younger but upon reflection, and with the support of the women in her family, she creates her own definition of beauty. [more]
Students of Color Protest an 'Unrecognized Culture of Bias' How should schools respond to racist behavior? Rainier looks at both sides of the issue surrounding a protest staged by students of color at Ethical Culture Fieldston high school this past winter. [more]
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