Biden said, “One of the most powerful voices we hear in the country today is from our young people. They are speaking to the inequality and injustice that has grown up in America. Economic injustice. Racial injustice. Environmental injustice.” He added, “I hear their voices and if you listen, you can hear them too. Whether its the existential threat posed by climate change, the daily fear of being gunned down in school, or the inability to get started in their first job. It will be the work of the next president to restore the promise of America to everyone.”
Joe Biden has struggled to gain youth support during the Democratic primary. So when he made a nod to young people and their activism during his speech accepting his party’s presidential nomination , on Thursday, it was notable.
Cate Hurley, deputy press secretary for the democratic National Convention Committee said “This year, our convention was different in look and feel and featured powerful and diverse voices from the next generation of party leaders.”
Emma Gonzalez. 20 year-old parkland shooting survivor and co-founder of March For Our Lives, narrated a video focused on gun violence, an issue that motivated young people to turn out to the polls at the highest rates in a quarter century during the 2018 midterm elections.
A farmer, Andrew Adamski, who studies microbial ecology at Northern Michigan university, and Katherine Lorenzo, a climate activist in Nevada.
Alexandria Villasenor. 15 year-old climate activist, described witnessing the 2018 the Campfire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. On Wednesday, he said, “climate change is robbing my generation of a future.”
Estela Juarez 11-year old, the daughter of a Marine veteran, read a letter to Trump detailing her mother’s deportation, “Every day that passes, you deport more moms and dads and take them away from kids like me.”
Billie Eilish, who called on young people to support Biden, she said “silence is not an option and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it because they do. the only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves.”
Biden team including students for Biden which was launched by the campaign last summer, and the Biden campaign youth vote team, which is led by Hannah Bristol.
The college democrats have been engaged in electoral politics for years, they are seeing an unprecedented amount of collaboration with the Biden campaign and other down ballot campaigns, Nowling said. he also noted other youth-oriented facets to the Biden team including students for Biden, which was launched by the campaign last summer, and the Biden campaign youth vote team, which is led by Hannah Bristol.