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letters | the young electorate

Youth activism still very much in evidence

With all due respect to Farah Stockman (“Activists no more: Young people once led the fight to vote; today they barely cast their ballots,” Op-ed, Nov. 6), my grandmother was a schoolteacher too. And my niece, who also just turned 18, voted for the first time in this election. That’s apparently where our commonalities end.

Unlike Stockman’s interpretation of the data and the direction regarding our youth, I see young people occupying Wall Street, railing against global warming, fighting for gay marriage, and taking on a status quo where the rich get richer and the rest figure out how college debt has skyrocketed over the past decade.

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