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Meet Fayrouz Saad, Candidate for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

BY: JENNY YU

As we go further into the 2018 election cycle, this is a name that will be making headlines more and more: Fayrouz Saad. At 34 years old, she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Michigan’s 11th congressional district. If she wins, she will be the first Muslim woman in congress. This is a seat previously held by David Trott that will be up for grabs in the next election. I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Saad about her passion to serve others, her hope for youth’s political involvement, and her campaign platform.

Saad’s engagement in politics began at a young age. She fondly remembers registering new citizens to vote outside naturalization ceremonies with her sister. This passion continued throughout college when she started interning on John Kerry’s campaign. She went on to work for the Obama Administration and became the Director of Immigrant Affairs for Detroit. Saad gives credit to her experience when asked how her background makes her a good candidate for the position. Because of her experiences, not only has she helped draft and pass legislation, but she has helped implement it as well. This expertise helped her to better understand what works and what doesn’t work in politics. Saad was eventually inspired to run for the house seat when she realized that there were practically no politicians who shared her cultural background, rendering many of her political views underrepresented. She is excited to bring a new perspective to the table and to better diversify the group of lawmakers in D.C.

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Is kneeling for National Anthem justified? A Roundtable Discussion in North Babylon, NY tries to find answers

BY: MATT PECORARO

Are the actions of Colin Kaepernick justified? Is kneeling for the pledge an act of disrespect or a justified protest? Following weeks of political debate around the nation, largely stemming from the comments of the President, the North Babylon High School Chapter of Next Generation Politics decided to hold a roundtable discussion on this very issue.

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Roundtable Discussants in Rio Grande, Texas, Find Common Ground on Hotly Contested Issues

 

BY: CHRISTIAN VILLARREAL

On October 19, 2017, the Rio Grande, Texas, Chapter of Next Generation Politics held a Roundtable Discussion at Harlingen High School South. The three topics discussed were gun control, immigration policy, and the campaign against international terror. Members shared their existing opinions, identified points of disagreement, and worked to find points of common ground and compromise.

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Indiana NGP Hosts Discussion Forum with Nate LaMar

BY: KATELYN GOODPASTER

In the back of a small classroom, in a small high school, in a small town, a big conversation was starting. On October 16, 2017, the New Castle High School chapter of Next Generation Politics sat down with Nate LaMar, a local politician, veteran, and international manager for Draper Inc., for a roundtable discussion.

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Deliberative Discussion in Oxford, Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY: BENNETT BROWN

The Next Generation Politics Chapter of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi recently hosted its first Deliberative Discussion on the topic of the refugee crises occurring in several nations.

The aisle was split, with a divide between how discussants thought countries should react to current influxes of refugees in several countries around the world. The discussion was largely centered around the question of whether or not opening borders could reduce unneeded tension in a nation. Those who opposed ‘loose borders’ made very clear the harms that hyper-immigration could bring to a country’s economy and safety. Several members argued against the aforementioned point, however, stating that nations need to center their focuses on humanitarianism as a whole and not oppress any human being regardless of the individual’s citizenship to a particular nation.

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Garden City, New York, Chapter’s Event on Feminism

BY: CATE SCHICK

This month, the Garden City High School Chapter held a two day event on October 11th and 12th. The discussion surrounded the topic of feminism, the political tactics and strategies used by women in power and our opinions on them. Three “main” perspectives were prepared and read before our audience, at which point our chapter’s members chose to align with the perspective that they most agreed with. Afterwards, the floor was open to other opinions, which were also shared with our audience. Due to the topic of discussion, most of the attendees were women, but we did have a few male voices who shared their opinion to balance out any potential for bias. Members were split between two ideas: on one hand, some members felt that it was necessary for women in power to acknowledge and remind voters of their gender due to the disadvantage women may face in political campaigns, but other members felt that women who rely too much on their gender while campaigning end up sacrificing important aspects of their campaigns.

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Illinois NGP Hosts Roundtable Discussion!

BY: James Han

A reflective commentary/statement on the recent event. The views discussed in the following article are reflective of the individual participants in this event and not Next Generation Politics.

The Bloomington High School Chapter of Illinois recently held a Roundtable Discussion to discuss several current events and their implications for Generation Z. The topics of this discussion were the merits and demerits of removing Confederate statues from public areas and gun control. We went over some basic facts and statistics concerning the amount of Confederate monuments that exist in the United States as well as when they were built. We also provided data on the amount of hand guns and semi-automatic guns that are circulating in the United States.

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An NGP interview with Nadya Okamoto

The Kings Park High School Chapter of Next Generation Politics recently interviewed Nadya Okamoto! Nadya is a sophomore at Harvard College and – at the age of 19 – a candidate for Cambridge City Council! In our interview, Nadya discussed her experience thus far as the youngest candidate in the Cambridge City Council race, her campaign’s platform, and her opinions on civic engagement and other issues. Check out the video of our interview with Nadya and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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Istanbul NGP Hosts Mock Election Simulation

   

BY: DAMLA OZBAY

Last week, the Istanbul (Anatolian Side) Chapter of Next Generation Politics hosted a ‘Mock Election Simulation.’ An electorate of chapter members was created, with three candidates running for the office of President of the Republic of Turkey for the 2019 election. Overall, candidates spoke of the importance of stability as well as Turkey’s ties to neighboring countries. Speeches were made by the candidates with time allotted for questions from the voting body of members.

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Commack High School Chapter Hosts Successful Debate

 

BY: AUSTIN HELLER

On October 10th, 2017, the Commack High School Chapter of Next Generation Politics hosted a debate that included the issues of the unbalanced levels of respect towards the U.S. flag in reference to NFL ‘Take a Knee’ Protests and the extent of the 2nd Amendment and what it stands for. Participants were divided into left – people who generally support social equality and egalitarianism – and right wings – people who generally support traditional and social orders and hierarchies. Each wing provided an opening statement for its side, then, one at a time, each participant recited his or her thoughts and ideas about the issue being discussed. Once this discussion concluded, each wing provided a closing statement.

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