THE PARADOX OF GEN Z POLITICS
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Racism. Inequality. War. Technology and data security issues. Climate Change. Youth today have an ever-growing list of concerns when it comes to the state of the world and are rapidly approaching a point of burnout - especially as 78% of global Gen Zs feel that the government is most at fault for today’s political problems. However, recognizing that politics is messy and that the only way to achieve balance is to embrace nuance, Gen Zs around the world are trying to reintroduce a measure of civility and working to see things from others’ perspectives in the hopes of finding attainable solutions in a world that seems to be pushing to extremes.
In this month's report, Cassandra presents its stump speech and rallies its global delegates to unravel the political mindset of our increasingly influential youth. Here, we’re sharing a sneak peek of the report by spotlighting three Gen Z powerhouses creating a course for change.
JUSTIN TSENG, U.S.ELECTED GEN Z
Justin Tseng, a first-generation Taiwanese American, is the elected city councilor in Medford, Massachusetts. At 21, Justin decided to run for council after reading about proposed cuts to education in his hometown and learning about the council’s lack of racial and generational diversity. His win marked a milestone for the city as one of the youngest and first Asian American councilors in Medford’s history.
— Gui, 23, Brazil (Cassandra International Collective)
ENGAJAMUNDO, BRAZILIAN MARKET EXAMPLE
Engajamundo is a youth-led organization created by young people who believe in their responsibility as a key part of the solution to face Brazil's and the world's greatest social and environmental challenges. Its mission is to make young Brazilians aware that they can transform their reality by changing themselves, their environment/community, and engaging politically.
— Julia, 21, Australia (Cassandra International Collective)
ESTHER KAZUNGA, SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCER
For Esther Kazungu, African parliamentary proceedings have become her TikTok comedy staple. Originally from Kenya, she rose to fame with video sketches of South Africa’s Parliament debates and has since diversified her coverage to proceedings from other countries, such as Kenya, Somalia, Ghana, Namibia, and Malawi.
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