Well, here we are. Republicans have taken the gavel, and it’s just as bleak as we predicted. On the campaign trail in 2010, we heard over and over that job creation and the state’s economy were priority number one for Republicans. Instead, they have spent no time creating jobs, and all their time on efforts to take away economic development monies, to increase heath insurance costs for North Carolina families by exempting us from national HCR, threatening our watersheds by emptying out the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and advancing veiled and baseless reasoning to infringe the voting rights of college students, minorities, seniors, the homeless and many others.
The Young Democrats of North Carolina have had enough, and so have you.
I have to start by extending another “thank you” to all of you on BlueNC who have supported our Young Democrats or who have contributed to or worked on the campaigns of young Democratic leaders like me.
I’m taking this opportunity to reach out to you as a young elected official and as National Committeeman of the Young Democrats of North Carolina. I’ve spent the last ten years building grassroots youth movements, working to elect Democrats locally, and helping our statewide candidates pick up ground in northwest North Carolina. This fall, I will seek a second term on the Boone Town Council at age 28.
I write on behalf of young leaders all across the Old North State, who see the future of North Carolina leadership starting today. You understand the importance of empowering the next generation of Democratic leaders. You understand how important it is to get our generation to stand up for our right to vote, our right to quality education, and our civil rights.
Our organization will to spend 2011 living up to our legacy. Many Democratic elected officials began their political journeys as leaders in the Young Democrats or the College Democrats, and for 83 years the Young Democrats of North Carolina have lit the path to a bright future for North Carolina. That is why we're hoping you'll support the 2011 Young Democrats of North Carolina and College Democrats of North Carolina State Convention on April 1-2 in historic downtown Winston-Salem.
If you missed Tucker Middleton's earlier post, the Young Democrats of North Carolina and College Democrats of North Carolina have come together to prepare a convention that will give Democrats of all ages the tools to recruit young volunteers and reach young voters. Activist trainings, breakout sessions, and an inspiring Leadership Luncheon form the core of a convention program that will teach and encourage our generation's leaders. With your support, we will empower hundreds of young North Carolinians to fight this destructive, regressive Republican legislative agenda.
With Republicans at the helm, we cannot relent in our fight to defend over 100 years of Democratic progress. We have never needed a new generation of Democratic leaders as much as we do right now, and our Young and College Democrats are up to the task. More Young Democrats than ever are stepping up as elected officials; our members are Soil and Water Commissioners, City Councilmen, County Commissioners, State Legislators, and Presidential Electors. Nonetheless, we need to encourage more people to answer the call to work on Democratic campaigns, fight to save public education, and run for office.
We humbly ask you to join us in standing up for the future. For as little as $70, you can sponsor the 2011 State Convention and help us work toward victory in 2012. Sponsorship at this level includes your ticket to the convention, and recognition as one of our convention sponsors. You can view all of the sponsorship levels and perks and make a secure online contribution right here. Even a $20 contribution at the "Good Democrats" level will help us fight terrible legislation like the Voter ID bill and the Republican budget.
Help us protect the governing achievements of true Tar Heel leaders like Marc Basnight, Jim Hunt and Terry Sanford. Join the Young Democrats and College Democrats as a convention sponsor and protect the progress we’ve fought so hard for over the past 83 years. I'll be around to answer any questions - we need your support this year.