Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Pedro Kumamoto: “Get Involved”

The young lawmaker from Guadalajara tells AQ how young people in Mexico can respond to violence and economic challenges in their communities.

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For our latest print issue on youth in Latin America, we asked leading young politicians, artists and entrepreneurs from around the region about the biggest challenge facing youth in their country today. See all of their answers here. 

Mexican youth’s working conditions become more precarious every day. The possibility of leaving our parents’ homes, either by earning an income or accessing a mortgage, is becoming increasingly distant. The war against drug trafficking has made us the population group that has suffered the most casualties. In short: Being a young person in this country means having our rights increasingly not respected. How have we responded? Without a doubt there are movements, groups, research, and other spaces that have debated this issue. However, we have not yet targeted our institutions. That is the greatest challenge of youth in Mexico: that the struggles we have lived inspire us to get involved, rather than becoming indifferent to politics.

Kumamoto is an independent congressman from the state of Jalisco, Mexico

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