Transcript of Fargo woman's speech at DNC
DENVER - The following is a transcript of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by Amanda Kubik, at the Democratic National Convention on Monday: I am Amanda Kubik. In 1997 I was a high school sophomore in North Dakota. That spring, the Red River f...
DENVER - The following is a transcript of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by Amanda Kubik, at the Democratic National Convention on Monday:
I am Amanda Kubik. In 1997 I was a high school sophomore in North Dakota. That spring, the Red River flooded its banks and devastated Fargo and Grand Forks. In our saddest and soggiest hour, I saw my generation, my friends, come to life. We've moved on from filling sandbags to raising money for a myriad of causes, to signing up for AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. And even serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. We feel a sense of urgency to make this country the America we grew up believing in. So when I hear that people doubt the impact of young people, I know they don't know our powerful potential. But Senator Obama knows.
Before the caucuses, the campaign sent staffers to North Dakota. That had never happened before. That team engaged young people, tapping into our potential. Until then, we were unregarded and the result was voter apathy among us. That has changed. Thanks to Barack Obama, young people got involved and found our voices.
Across the nation, thousands of students and young professionals are uniting on campuses and in coffee shops, organizing, speaking out and running for local office. We are making our change visible. The victory of Barack Obama and Joe Biden in November may be the first presidential election where the youth vote and our activism play a decisive role, but I guarantee it won't be the last. We are a generation who grew up believing yes, we can do anything, or as we sometimes say up in Fargo, "Ya sure, ya betcha." For the better, we young patriots will change our country, and Barack Obama is the change we need to do it.