Stacey Abrams speaks at a rally in Raleigh
Stacey Abrams, a politician and voting-rights activist from Georgia, speaks at a rally in Raleigh.
Okay? Sure. Justice your future within the margin of error. So I wanna thank you for what you're doing, because it is so important, and we're gonna be having some recounts. But you're gonna turn out those points way privilege to introduce to you. Representative Rosa Gil, who is my representative in the General Assembly Way have served together in the General Assembly. She is toughest nails. We'll always stick up for public education, will always stick to her guns and will always represent the people I'm honored to call her. My rep. Representative Rose again, E I mean, you can't do anything about it. Good afternoon, Democrats. E was thinking about What am I going to say? Because I know Deborah sent a lot, and we're gonna elect her as our next congresswoman. Way. Gotta take that. The house with God, I was thinking and I was looking up at the sun, and I thought about the problem the year that we together people. But, you know, people don't fall from the tree. So So you have to get up and shake up a little bit. So what we're gonna do today is that we're gonna have to go out and shape A with those folks that are out there that need to come out and vote. And, you know, I don't think it's gonna be our I think the people just need a little shakeup. And as a everything today, just reminded of what's at stake. We are voting for our livelihood. And the only way that we can change things and move things forward is that we've got the right people. In a way, I have the privilege of introducing a simple volunteer food, a super battle. She wants to speak to the wall. But again, Thank you. I don't have any taking those trees first time. Okay. Thank you. Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Shawnee often, and I'm a volunteer on the Biden Harris campaign. Just like many of you in the audience today. I've been volunteering for the past few months. Mostly text banking. Uh, last week we're running a texting campaign. Were texting people to come out, be canvassers. Maybe that's how some of you heard about this on I thought, you know, I need to practice what I preach. So I came out and I canvassed last weekend. It was awesome. Time It was great weather, actually last week, but it's really hot. So it's really nice of us around 60 degrees right now. So all of you will be walking around this afternoon are gonna be way more comfortable. Thank you guys. So much for coming out this afternoon. I was so shocked when the campaign called me and asked me if I would introduce Stacey Abrams. I had to make sure that I wasn't getting scammed, but it was completely riel. I am very honored to introduce Stacey Abrams today. Abrams is American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2000 and 7 to 2017 and served as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018 Abrams was the Democratic Party's nominee for the state of Georgia's governor Election. Yeah, and what's even more amazing about that was that made her the first black woman to be a gubernatorial nominee for a major party ticket in the United States of America that's so inspired after the election, Stacy founded fair fight on organization that is committed toe working towards fair elections in Georgia. and all over the country. Most recently, she produced a documentary called All In, Which is about voter suppression in the United States Past and present a very important topic for us today. So everybody should watch it. And lucky for us, it's available for free right now on YouTube. So I know what you'll be doing this Saturday night after a trip. Katrina. It's really an honor for me to be here for Stacey to come talk to us all this afternoon. She is personally an inspiration to me and all black women and girls who seek to be leaders in their community. Just like Stacy is. Please help me. Welcome Stacey Abrams. Oh, Oh, Okay. Okay. Thank you, Bob. Before I get into my remarks, you will help me thank the Biden team that has been doing such amazing work. Thank you so much for all of the work that you all are doing. E. I want to thank Shawnee for such an incredible introduction, and I believe by calling people by the names and the titles for which they are intended. So Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Holly, our representative and possibly speaker of the house Rosa Gil, Congresswoman Deborah Ross on Let's Now Talk about President Joe Biden. We got here about 20 minutes ago. I did a few radio interviews, and as I watched people come together, I saw the crowd grow and grow People walking by who I think were intended to go get a cup of coffee. They stopped here because they know that future is on the ballot and they see a bus that says, Battle for the soul of our nation. And the reality is we're all warriors in that battle. We got a little bit of a battle going on home in Georgia. We've got to us candidates who are about toe win some seats. We've got 16 Electoral College votes we intend to send to Joe Biden Way plan to flip the House of Representatives of the state of Georgia. But But I'm here today because I know that Georgia and North Carolina were yoked together by a history, but also by the promise of the future on. So when the Bible campaign said, would you go to North Carolina? I said, You mean will you go back to North Carolina? You see, when I was a Spelman College, I spent a summer at NCCU, studying the issues of youth, poverty and how we build a better nation that treats our Children the right way to summers. Later, I came back to North Carolina and spent my summer at N. C. Unc Chapel Hill, studying environmental justice and environmental racism because we cannot fight for a future if we don't have a planet to fight board. Wow! And the shiny mentioned in 2018 I decided to try a little job like governor. Well, when voter suppression and the secretary of state, he decided to run his own race, he decided to be the the I appreciate that he decided he would be the umpire, the referee. He would be the scorekeeper and the contestant, and shockingly, he won. Or at least he got the votes. But what I know is that when any American is denied the right to have their voice heard, our democracy isn't working. And so I'm here not only fighting for the sole American fighting for democracy on that fight comes right through Raleigh. You all have already turned in more than 140,000 votes. But there is more to be done because polls are not predictions. Polls are possibilities. But those possibilities on Lee come true when we work for it, when we fight for it and when we turn out like our lives depend on it. And you're here today because you get that. But the thing is, there's so many people in Raleigh who haven't heard that their voices matter who don't know that their votes matter who believe that voter suppression is just permanent and it's not worth the energy. Well, I'm here to tell you, as someone who lost an election, that just gave me more time to fight for my future. And I'm here to tell you we're gonna win this election because you're gonna get out and do the work. You're gonna knock on those doors that so many people have have avoided those people who who sit inside thinking nobody cares about as a coward and fear, because Cove in 19 is not only stealing their health and stealing their money, they're worried about their frontline jobs, and they're worried about the future for their families. They need to hear from you today because when you knock on that door, you show them that you care. When people feel that they're seen, they start to believe that maybe someone will listen. And when they vote, they see that those those policies change, they start to think, Well, maybe I'm in this with you, too. And once the world starts to change, people start to believe maybe I could shape another little bit of my future. Baby, I could fight for affordable housing. Perhaps if I show up and vote, I might get Medicaid expansion. If I do my job, maybe criminal justice reform will be less than a tagline and become a reality in the United States of America. If I show up, if my vote gets added to the vote next to me in the vote next to me in the vote next to that, maybe we will have a nation that reflects the values we've been promising for 243 years. You see, I believe in a more perfect union, and I know that perfect union begins with each and every voter in 2018. When we ran in Georgia, we did something a little odd. I was in an editorial board meeting and one of the reporters said well, you're spending a lot of money talking to voters. How do you know that's going toe work? Because they thought I should be on television or on the radio or in digital. We did those things, but I understood because I grew up in a community where we were on the poor black street in the middle side, class side of town. So we get down to the good school. My parents figured out photography before you had GPS because they understood what they needed for their Children. But the problem Waas not a single politician ever came to our neighborhood. My parents have not missed the boat since 19 so they were old enough to vote. But no politician ever came to ask them for their votes because they didn't come to my parents. They didn't come to my next door neighbor who worked at the shipyard factory on. They didn't come to the domestic worker who lived on the other side, and those were people who thought their voices did not matter, and they grew up believing that voting did not matter. Well, we may have believed that for our lives, but in the last four years if we haven't learned that voting matters, We have learned nothing at all because we've got a leader who calls himself a punitive president who believes that lying is the answer, that denying science is the answer. That doesn't take responsibility for anything. But I will tell you, he said, one thing that is true and one on Lee. You know, he said earlier this year, if every American voter who is eligible to vote cast a ballot, he would not win reelection. I say Let's prove them right Let's do tonight here in Raleigh. Let's prove them right, Let's get out the vote. Let's knock on doors. Let's talk to people that we haven't met. Let's ask people not to vote for us, but to vote for themselves And let's tell them to go all the way down the ballot. Don't stop at the top because the vote matters. But the closer you get to the bottom of the balance, the closer you get the home I want. Ah, President Joe Biden, Vice President Harris. But I need a lieutenant governor. Iran. Holly, I need a congresswoman way need representative Rosa Gills, but we also need to the council members, County commissioners D A way need judges who believe in justice, and that happens because you do the work because you show up because you show up and you show America the North Carolina it's blue and never going back. Thank you so much.