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USA Today

Amanda Shafer

‘Fake governance’ has plagued my generation. Here’s how we rise above it.

“Tomorrow’s leaders see the need to rise above partisan rhetoric. We have the potential to reach consensus on the problems corrupting our country. We just have to be willing to engage with one another to find it.”
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RealClear Public Affairs

Manu Meel

Why I Still Believe in America

We have the opportunity to listen and to understand the pain and struggles of our fellow Americans, to move past our political affiliations in search of common purpose. We have the choice to empathize with those of different backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, to build coalitions that facilitate real and unified change. We have an opportunity to embrace the story of America.
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The Fulcrum

Vince Cahill

Online politics is rough, sure, but wading in makes for a better electorate

There are no two ways about it: Political discourse is increasingly taking place online, and not only because of COVID-19 lockdowns. More than 70 percent of American adults were using at least one social media platform as of last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey. As would be expected, the figure soars above 90 percent among adults younger than 30.
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Channel Kindness

Chloe Johnston

Bridging the Gap

Even in these trying times, it is through Jakob’s efforts that we can see that open, constructive dialogue is possible, regardless of ideology or belief. With empathy and understanding it is possible to move beyond what we assume to be true and truly listen to understand people different than ourselves.
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Haaretz

Alex Leopold

Why I Still Believe in America

The normalization agreement reached last week between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, brokered by the Trump administration, is a diplomatic achievement for all the parties involved. The U.S. has brought two of its close allies in the region together; Israel has garnered diplomatic recognition from a third Arab state without making territorial concessions to the Palestinians; and the UAE has strengthened its own regional position and enhanced its reputation in Washington on both sides of the aisle.
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The Fulcrum

Noah Jennette

Community engagement as a vital component of civic education.

By fostering a community built on mutual respect, rigorous dialogue and solution-oriented strategies, young people will be able to enhance their civic education before entering the often-toxic public discourse.
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The Fulcrum

John Overing

Is there a way to combine two flawed election systems into a better hybrid?

Public trust in the American government has been declining for decades, forcing lawmakers and citizens alike to rethink the most fundamental element of our democracy: how we elect our leaders.
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Association of American Colleges and Universities

Isaac Huang

Bridging the Political Divide

Labels only divide us. Let us remember that we share this country and planet and that it is our collective responsibility to secure our future. There is an optimistic saying about today’s students becoming the leaders of tomorrow. While I appreciate the sentiment, I would make a slight correction: our students are leading America today.
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Huffington Post

Manu Meel

We Need To Change Our Political Culture.

In the short term, the idea of talking to someone you disagree with sounds like the cause of a headache. It appears naive that the solution to political gridlock can be as simple as facilitating discussions between opposing political viewpoints. However, the alternative of staying within our ideological bubbles is much worse.
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The Fulcrum

Amanda Shafer

Don’t give up on democracy, fellow young voters

We have the power to unrig the system. Political apathy is not the answer. As a generation, we must turn to peaceful activism and civic engagement to demand a government that listens to us and a democracy that works for every American.
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USA Today

BridgeUSA Collective Op-Ed

How will the coronavirus pandemic shape Gen Z? University students share their thoughts

For my generation, Gen Z, the COVID-19 pandemic will leave a scar on us. The question is how will it shape our view of the world? Students from across the nation share how the pandemic is affecting us, the future of America.
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