Welcome to the 26th issue of The Funambulist. This issue is a particular one as our targeted readership is a 8-14 year-old one. So if you have a younger friend or children, be a doll and have them read it before you do! 🙂
We are very excited to present an issue that collaboratively put together with brave teenagers and activists aims at engaging the younger generation. Kids of the World, Unite! takes on a difficult task to pedagogically depicting various facets of, in many cases ever-existing, political discussions with a main dossier that presents a broad variety of struggles experienced by children. Whether it be how a cat saved a contributor’s mother’s life during the Viet Nam war (Patricia Nguyen & Hai Minh Thi Nguyen), growing up as a Black child during the South African Apartheid (Cathryn Moodley & Boniswa Khumalo), the story of the Indigenous queen of Ayiti (Paula Anacaona & Claudia Amaral), the notion of gender from a child and a maddy’s perspectives (Adel Tincelin & Charlie Tincelin-Perrier), the existence across roots and cultures (Yiling Changues), learning to make a protest banner (Aram Han Sifuentes), or the fact of being Black and adopted (Amandine Gay & Natacha Nze Ndong).
As usual, our News from the Fronts section that opens each issue and complements the main dossier, includes articles reflecting on ongoing struggles. This time, we asked five 18 to 20 year old activists to share with us stories from their fronts in Hong Kong (Rachel Wong), Britain (Rosamund Zipporah), Ecuador (Erika), Martinique (Alexane Ozier-Lafontaine), and the U.S (Rooha Haghar).
Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Caroline Honorien
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Contributing Copy Editors: Carol Que, Noelle Geller, and Minh-Ha T. Pham
Contributing translator: Ana María León
COVER | KIDS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
Lisolomzi Pikoli for The Funambulist
— NEWS FROM THE FRONTS (BY 18-21 YEAR OLD ACTIVISTS) ///
2 | IN HONG KONG, THE YOUTH IS LEADING THE MOVEMENT
4 | VOICES THAT SHAKE! NOTES FROM THE FRONT
6 | FIGHTING FOR YOUTH RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY AS AN INDIGENOUS TEEN IN ECUADOR
8 | DECOLONIZING HIGH-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN MARTINIQUE
11 | EXISTING AS BAHA’I IN IRAN, FIGHTING AS REFUGEE IN THE UNITED STATES
— MAIN /// KIDS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
15 | INTRODUCTION
16 | IN THE YEAR OF THE CAT
Mimi Thi Nguyen
22 | BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS: BLACK SELF-LOVE AND EMANCIPATION MOVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Cathryn Moodley & Boniswa Khumalo
28 | 1492, ANACAONA THE INSURGENT OF THE CARRIBEAN
Paula Anacaona & Claudia Amaral
34 | MARLEY THE FROG TELLS YOU ABOUT GENDER; HOLLY TOAD!
Adel Tincelin & Charlie Tincelin-Perrier
40 | BETWEEN ROOTS AND RHIZOMES
46 | BE BOLD! THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN PROTEST BANNER
Aram Han Sifuentes
52 | WHO IS CLAIMING US? ON BEING BLAK AND ADOPTED
Amandine Gay & Natacha Nze Ndong
58 | CONTRIBUTOR BIOS