tv Campaign 2020 Elizabeth Warren New Years Eve Speech in Boston CSPAN January 2, 2020 5:15pm-6:09pm EST
♪ >> campaign 2020. watch our coverage of the candidates on the campaign trail and make up your own mind. as the voting begins, watch our live coverage of the caucuses on monday, february 3. c-span's campaign 2020. your unfiltered view of politics. 2020 presidential candidate, elizabeth warner spoke in boston on the first anniversary of the hermotion -- formation of run for president.
it is so good to be home. [applause] >> you know, i can't think of any place i would rather be as we close out 2019 than here with you today in community. in a matter of hours, we will close the chapter on 2019 and begin a new year and a new decade. this is a time for reflection, for introspection, for renewal, for reset. every morning, my husband conan and i set our intentions for the day in reset by reading an affirmation from a book called "the president's devotional" by joshua dubois. the pages have become well-worn
overtime because we have revisited them many times. the affirmation we have revisited the most is entitled "a gentle battle." i will paraphrase it. it says that every morning, we awaken to a gentle battle. and we must decide, as soldiers, in what direction we will march. how shall our minds be focused? will we march in the direction of worry, weariness, and indifference? or in the direction of joy, peace, equality, and justice? of all the negotiations and decisions in our day, this gentle battle is the most important. your presence here today is a testament to that gentle battle, in spite of the adversity and
frequent heartbreak of 2019, again and again, you have chosen hope. every morning, you have awakened to that gentle battle and you have won it by choosing to march in the direction of equity and justice. you have chosen to turn toward the future, hopeful. you have linked arms and worked your hearts out, because you know you cannot allow cynicism and apathy to make a home in your heart. [applause] we don't have the luxury of cynicism. when our immigrant neighbors live in fear of a knock at their door, when moms and dads are working second and third shifts,
desperate to cover rent and a medical bill for their children -- we don't have the luxury of cynicism when faith leaders are steading their congregations through the aftermath of hate crimes, when families are reeling because they were robbed of their loved ones' lives by unregulated weapons of war. [applause] in the face of this adversity, you have remained steady. you have organized. you have mobilized. you have shown up for your neighbors, you have shown up for strangers. you have rejected tired tropes meant to divide us and make us feel small. you have learned that together, we are powerful.
[applause] you have chosen to work toward the future, the world we want our children to grow up in. in our family, new year's eve is spent in reflection, in worship, and in aspiration. we see it as an opportunity to take stock of the blessings and challenges of the year behind us and to look ahead, eyes fixed on what is possible. we are gathered here today to give each other permission to dream of what is possible. i am talking about an america within our reach. i am talking about an america i want my daughter to grow up in. i am talking about an america where my senator, elizabeth warren, is the president of the united states of america. [cheers and applause]
that's right. that's right. sounds good. [applause] sounds good, and it is going to feel even better. [crowd exclaims] it is always said that it is impossible until it is done. well, guess what? elizabeth warren has a plan for that. [applause] and here's the good news. it isn't sitting on a shelf. it is sitting in these very pews. this is about the people. all of the people. choosing to roll up our sleeves in the fight for the future we want for our children. i recently met a nine-year-old scholar at a school right here in boston, and i asked her, "what are your aspirations?" she stared back hard.
and i said, "aspirations are something you hope for." and clear as day, she said, "ms. ayanna, i know what aspirations are." [laughter] [applause] "but i don't have aspirations, i have plans." [cheers and applause] true story. clearly, she takes after our next president. [laughter] with that, family, i am proud to introduce you to the woman who makes me believe in the possibility of 2020, who wakes every day to that gentle battle, joins hands with community, and walks boldly in the direction of equity and justice, our senator and our next president, elizabeth warren. [cheers and applause]
now, it is normally a moment for optimism, but let's face it. this year in america has been anything but normal. in the past 12 months, the president has become bolder with his lies and more brazen with his lawbreaking. he has tried to squeeze foreign government to advance his own political fortunes. meanwhile, the republicans in congress have turned into fawning, spineless defenders of his crime. [applause] sen. warren: it has brought no one any joy. but the house democrats upheld their sworn duty to the constitution and impeached the president of the united states of america. [applause] sen. warren: and soon, i will
return to the senate and do my sworn duty, as well. [applause] sen. warren: but unless some senate republicans choose truth over politics, donald trump will be emboldened to try to cheat his way through yet another election. so as we turn the page tomorrow into an election year and into a new decade, there is the chill of fear in the air. people are afraid, afraid for their families and neighbors, afraid for the children locked in detention centers and the children on lockdown in our schools, afraid for women, lgbtq people, especially trans people, whose rights will be decided by the supreme court next year. [applause]
you bet. afraid for our country, afraid for our planet. and the danger they feel is real. our democracy hangs in the balance. and now, it comes to us. now, it comes to us to fight back. [cheers and applause] we are a nation that fights back. fighting back is an act of patriotism. [cheers and applause] sen. warren: we fought back against a king and an empire to form a new republic. we fought back against the scourge of slavery even after it
was written into the constitution. we fought back against worldwide economic depressions. we fought back against fascist tyrants. those moments in american history define us, and at each one of them, if our leaders had approached the moment thinking small, we would not have made it through. [applause] americans do big things. that is who we are. [applause] and our best moments as a country have been when we see a challenge clearly and mobilize to meet it head on. [applause]
and that is why i come to you on this new year's eve with a heart filled with optimism. we became the world's leading industrial producer and simultaneously gave workers the right to join unions and the right to live decent lives. [applause] we created breakthroughs in science and technology and connected the world through the internet. we rocketed to the moon. we created some of the most beautiful and profound art and music the world has ever seen or read or heard, and these achievements, these victories, not one of them was born of fear. they were born of boldness and big dreams. [applause]
they were rooted in our unique ability to turn despair into hope, fear into courage, improbability into triumph. they were born of our ability to imagine a better world, to imagine it so clearly and so thoroughly, that we fought for it with everything we had, and we turned things we could only imagine into reality. we are gathered here today in a house of worship. for half a century leading up to the american revolution, this place served not only for prayer, but also as a safe haven to test out our early ideas of freedom, justice, and equality. a hotbed of resistance and
rebellion, a center of bold, progressive dialogue. it was here. here in this room. men and women gathered to confront moral and ethical challenges of the day. and ultimately they launched a challenge to the oppression of british rule and started a resolution -- revolution. [applause] and here, as they took their cues, theng these spirit of the american imagination was born. meeting by meeting, vote by vote, speech by speech. i want to tell you about one of the people who set in this very
room. a young girl. a young, enslaved girl. africa, she was kidnapped by slave traders and brought there by 17 sam dew one. she was an extra night person. mastered latin, greek and literature when it was a time when people could be condemned to death for learning it. back in the early 1770's, as she in this church, she scoured the holy scripture for the worst she needed to give voice to her vision and spark her imagination. she imagined a world that did but overall she could see.
she inspired leaders like george washington himself. she showed through her work the power of imagination to help fuel the revolution. week after week, phyllis came to yearsoom and imagined before the revolutionary war, she became the first black woman to publish a book of poetry in america. [applause] her imagination is woven into the tapestry of america's story. just for a moment, here in this place of ideas that took root nation, here on the eve of the new year, let us come together to imagine.
imagine what our country will look like. imagine what your own life will look like when we finally turn this page in our history. i know it some of you may be thinking. imagination? imagination alone will not be enough. you may be right that imagination is powerful. it forces us to contemplate changing our lives. to begin to expect change. ourselves time to see in our world better than they are today sparks urgency in our hearts and determination in our minds. together to imagine. imagine a country where the decisions made in washington are not simply bought and paid for by lobbyists and big donors. [applause]
warren: to imagine a country where the puzzle can industry does not have a death grip on our planet. -- fossil fuel industry does not have a death grip on our planet. [applause] to imagine a country where private prisons and detention centers don't exist. and no one makes a profit from locking people up. [applause] senator warren: to imagine a country where the nra and the gun industry don't get to put their own profits above the
safety of our children. [applause] senator warren: to imagine a country where big drug companies and insurance industry don't stand between americans and the basic health care they need. and to imagine a country where no politician has to kiss the of the rich in order to win elective office. -- elected office. [applause]
senator warren: when i am president, we will attack corruption in washington head-on. we will attack the concentration of power that makes this work great for the wealthy and well connected and not so much for everyone else. on day one, we will start to toe big structural change put people in charge of our democracy so we hear everyone's voice and count everyone's vote. on day one, we are starting to make big structural change to
end the rigid economy and create a new set of rules, rules that give everyone a chance to succeed. in my administration, we will build an america where you and your neighbor can celebrate each other success. you know our economy is not a zero-sum game. [applause] senator warren: we each do better when everyone has a fighting chance to build real and pride. [applause] senator warren: exactly a year ago today, i got in the race for president.
i made a decision to run a campaign straight from the heart. today, i amere deeply grateful that so many of you have put your full heart into this campaign. thank you. over this past year, i have had the chance to shake hands or hug in 180an 100,000 people town halls across this country. there are a lot of differences among us. we are tall and short, we have , differingccents
needs, different talents, problems and dreams. but we are ready to fight side-by-side for our common aspiration. i have met voters in big cities and small towns, rural areas who are committed to tearing down the legacy of systemic racism. [applause] i have metren: straight americans were lgbtqted to the fight for
writes -- rights. i have met men who are committed to the fight for reproductive rights. [applause] farmers worried about the threat of automation and employees of startups in silicon valley who know that companies like facebook and amazon threaten our economy and threaten our democracy. [applause] it is one year into this campaign. you have never found it behind with executives or sucking up to donors for my campaign. one year into this campaign and i am still listening and learning from people all across the nation.
those moments of the connection are intense. heartmes they echo gripping fear. children who don't want to get shot in school. who say they will never be able to pay off their student debt. seniors who social security checks just won't cover the basics. fear never dominates. the fear always comes lit by a hope for change. hope for change because they america and each other. i believe too. [applause]
ion a -- ayana, my beloved sister talks about my plans, the plans we share. my plans for this country have by lettersnced pressed into my palm by little girls. my will to fight has been by the people who have whispered their dreams into my year. my determination to lead a movement has been forged by the tens of thousands of people who have said they are ready to fight for the country they know we can be. [applause]
so just for a minute, imagine what the country could mean for you. ifgine how you could be america worked for everyone. imagine how you could thrive if america was safe for everyone. how would you live your life? if you are no longer tied to your job and able to pay off student loans debt, would you try a different job? move back to your hometown? start your own business? if you were no longer paying half your income in rent, what could you do? pay off credit cards? put money in a savings account? get a dog? [applause] [applause]
senator warren: that tip came from bailey when i was working on this. think about it. stretchede no longer to make ends meet, who would you be? a coach, a volunteer western mark apparent -- a coach, a -- anteer, apparent e parent? a country where every child is treated as so valuable to all of us that their education is our top priority. [applause]
senator warren: imagine a country where teachers are deeply respected for the work they do and paid accordingly. a country where children with disabilities get services they are entitled to. imagine a country where no child ever has to do in active shooter drill again. active shooter drill again. [applause] imagine a country where every young adults is treated as so
valuable to all of us that 10 technical school, to your college and for your college is free and ready to welcome everyone of them. [applause] imagine fleeing violence and oppression and finding an america that matches our best every day, welcomes refugees with and care and compassion. [applause] while you are imagining, please
reimagine health care. if you are a typical american household, your family spent almost $12,000 last year on health care. about one in five of you including people with insurance did not fill a prescription because you could not afford it. so now, imagine an america where medicare for all ensures health care is a basic human right. [cheers and applause] imagine an america where you could get your prescriptions filled without having to worry
about the cost. imagine an america where black maternal health is a priority. [cheers and applause] imagine an america where if you get really sick, you can concentrate on getting well and not worry about bankruptcy. [cheers and applause] imagine an america where monthly social security checks are big enough to cover the bills and leave a little extra for home repairs, or an occasional meal out, or maybe even birthday presents for the grandchildren. while the survival of every living thing on this and planet
hangs in the balance, while fossil fuel companies still call the shots in washington, imagine an america that has come together to beat back the climate crisis and embrace a green new deal. [cheers and applause] yes. we are going to do it. and imagine what is possible when poor communities and communities of color are no longer dumping grounds for toxic waste and polluting industries. [cheers and applause] and just one more.
[laughter] just one more. right now, in america, women make up 51% of our population. you know where this is going. [laughter] we account for nearly 50% of the workforce, and we earn more than 57% of college degrees. [applause] but only about 29% of elected offices in america are held by a woman. this so, imagine an america where more women, women of color, lgbtq women, women with diverse backgrounds have more power to make the right decisions for our country. [cheers and applause]
[whistling] imagine an america where the lived experience of women is reflected in committee rooms, in corner offices, and yes, even that really nice oval-shaped office at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting] >> warren, warren, warren, warren, warren, warren, warren, warren, warren.
[cheers and applause] ok. imagine an america where no matter the color of your skin, who you love, how you worship, where you were born, or what zip code you live in, you are safe and your opportunities look pretty much like everyone else's. [cheers and applause] if you can imagine all of this, if you can imagine that something better lies on the others of the chaos and ugliness of the last three years, then you are more than halfway there. the first step is to see it. the next step is to fight for
it. [cheers and applause] we begin this fight with a hard truth. no one who has power in washington is going to give it up easily. many corporate executives and career politicians and billionaires on both sides of the aisle want to keep their influence and their wealth, and they are already deep in the fight to do so.
look at the facts. americans overwhelmingly believe that health care is a basic human right, but the private health insurance industry is dumping millions of dollars in false tv ads to scare people away from any change. and the corporate interests know just which candidates for president are on their side. a huge majority of americans support a wealth tax. but billionaires are on tv claiming that it is impossible to get it done anyway, so we shouldn't bother trying. and the billionaires know which candidates for president are on their side. an overwhelming majority of americans want to reduce the influence of money in politics, but wealthy donors are lined up, checkbooks in hand, buying their chance to lobby candidates privately and maybe even to get an appointment as ambassador. and you better believe they know which candidates for president are on their side. [applause] the billionaires, the corporate executives, and their favorite presidential candidates have one clear goal -- to convince you that everything you imagine is impossible. to convince you that reform is hopeless. to convince you that because no one is pure, it is pointless to try to make anything better. those with power and those who
do their bidding dump an endless avalanche of excuses, misdirections, and distractions on the american people all designed to get us to give up and resign ourselves to the way things are, with them in power, and everyone else left behind. but we know in our hearts that power in america can rest with the people. and we can and must have an economy and democracy that finally works for everyone. [cheers and applause]
and we, the people, know that the america we imagine together is possible when americans believe in ourselves and in each other, and when we have the courage to fight for it. phyllis wheatley was a poet, but her life was not one of gentle remove. she had circulated her poems and published in the journals of the day, and they had received attention both here in boston and around the nation. but that was the problem. the boldness of her imagination frightened some people. it was a terrifying thought to some powerful white people that this young woman, this young enslaved woman, would create something so potent that she challenged the existing order. so, just a few blocks down the road, at the old south courthouse, a group hauled
phyllis into court and demanded she sit before a panel of 18 of massachusetts' most powerful white men. they remanded that she prove that she had written those poems. in order to continue to circulate her work, she would have to prove that it was possible that an enslaved black woman could possess the intellectual capacity to write as she wrote. their attack on phyllis was an attack on her intellect, on her integrity, and the very notion she could exist. their attack was also an attack on the humanity of people trapped in slavery. an assertion of innate non-personhood. but phyllis stood tall, and at the end of proceedings, the officials were persuaded,
possibly even embarrassed. phyllis left the courthouse going on to become a nationally and internationally celebrated. george washington invited her to visit on the eve of the revolutionary war. she became a pioneer of black literature in america. phyllis wheatley's spirit is the american spirit. it is the enduring spirit of imagination fortified by courage. patriotism infused with dreams of the great country we can be. phyllis wheatley challenged the power structure of the 1770's just a few years before our fledgling nation would challenge the worldwide power structure by taking on a british king in a revolution. but phyllis's story and the story of generations of african-americans in this country did not end in victory. phyllis married badly and died
penniless. and even as the hopes for the birth of a new nation continued to rise, it would be another century before the tyranny of slavery was destroyed and yet another century before african-americans began to experience true freedom and justice in our country. and yet, in the face of hatred, injustice, and oppression, black americans throughout our history have never stopped imagining and fighting for a better tomorrow, not just for themselves, but for our entire nation. black history, american history has shown us the way to the america of our highest ideals, a roadmap of resistance and endurance in the fight to transform the heart of our nation. and that fight continues to this very day. 2020 is our fight. our chance to rewrite the rules of power in this country, our chance to come together despite our differences and mobilize a movement for change. i believe when future generations of americans look back on this time, this moment, they will celebrate us for choosing hope over fear,
after the lawsuit, while still an enslaved woman, phyllis wrote a poem entitled "on imagination." and she asked her readers to embrace the power of possibility. here are her words. "we on thy pinions can surpass the wind and leave the rolling universe behind, from start to star, the mental optics rove, measure the skies and range the realms above. there, in one view, we grasp the mighty hold, or with new worlds amaze the unbounded soul." in the spirit of one young woman
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