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tv   Campaign 2020 Elizabeth Warren New Years Eve Speech in Boston  CSPAN  December 31, 2019 11:06am-12:00pm EST

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>> please join me in welcoming to the stage, ayana pressley. [applause] [cheering] [applause]
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>> oh my goodness, stop it! [applause] [cheering] >> thank you. wow. good morning, family! [applause] good morning,y, church? it is so good to be in massachusetts, in boston. it is so good to be home. [applause] you know, i can't think of
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anyplace place i would rather be than heree out 2019, 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. reflection,me for reset.ection, renewal, every morning, my husband conan and i, set our intentions for the day in reset by reading affirmation, book called the joshuant's devotional by tabious. the pages have become well-worn because we have revisited them many times. the affirmation we have revisited the most is entitled, a gentle battle.
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i will paraphrase it. awaken every morning, we to a gentle battle. as soldiers in what direction we will march. how scheller minds be focused? -- how shall our minds be focused? with weariness and indifference? or in the direction of joy, peace, equality and justice? of all 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 2019,nt heartbreak of again and again, you have chosen hope. every morning, you have awakened to that gentle battle and you marchon it by choosing to
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in the direction of equity and justice. you have chosen to turn toward the future, hopeful. workede linked arms and 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 emigrant neighbors live door,r of a knock at the when moms and dads are working second and third shifts, desperate to cover rent and -- wel bills for children don't have the luxury of cynicism when fake leaders -- faith leaders are leading their
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congregations through the aftermath of hate crimes, when family members are reeling because they were robbed of loved ones by unregulated weapons of war. [applause] adversity, of this you have remained steady. you have organized. you have mobilized. you have shown up for your neighbors, for strangers. you have rejected tired tropes meant to divide us and make us feel small. you have learned together we are powerful. [applause] you have chosen to work toward the future, the world we want our children to know up in. in our family, new year's eve is
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spent in reflection, and worship and aspiration. we see it as an opportunity to take stock of blessings and challenges of the year behind us fixed onok ahead, eyes what is possible. we are gathered today to give each other permission to dream of what is possible. i talking about in america within our reach, an america i want my daughter to grow up in, an america where my senator, warren isann the president of the united states of america. [applause] [cheering] >> that's right. [applause] that's right. sounds good. [applause]
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good and it is going to feel even better. [laughter] [applause] it isalways said, impossible until it is done. guess what? elizabeth warren has a plan for that. [laughter] [applause] 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. i said, aspirations are something you hope for. clear as day she said, i know what aspirations are. [laughter] [applause]
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but i don't have aspirations. i have plans. [applause] [cheering] >> true story. clearly, she takes after our next president. [laughter] with that, 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 walked boldly in the direction of equity and justice, our senator and next president, elizabeth warren. [applause] [cheering]
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>> so good to see you! [applause] [cheering] >> thank you! [cheering] you, thank you, thank you. thank you. in a few hours, the dawn of the new year will break over america, offering us a moment for pause in reflection. it is normally a moment for optimism. let's face it. this year in america has been anything but normal.
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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, republicans in congress have turned into fine, spineless defenders of his crime. [applause] it has brought no one any joy. the house democrats upheld there's more i -- their sworn duty to the constitution and impeached the president of the united states of america. soon, i will return to the senate and do my sworn duty as well. [applause]
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unless some senate republicans choose truth over politics, donald trump will be in bolded heat his way through yet another election. as we turn the page into a new tomorrow, election year and a new decade, there is the chill of fear in the new year. 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. afraidfor our country, for our planet.
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the danger they feel israel. our democracy hangs in the balance. -- the danger they feel is real. now, it comes to us. now it comes to us to fight back. [applause] we are a nation that fights back. act ofg back is an patriotism. [applause] 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. against worldwide economic depression. we fought back against
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fascist tyrants. those moments in american history define us and at eight them, if our leaders had approached of 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] 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
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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,
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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 with everything we had and we turned things we could only imagine into reality. we are gathered here today in a for half arship, 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 bold,ion, a center of progressive dialogue. it was here in this room, men and women gathered to confront
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the moral and ethical challenges of the day. they discussed, debated and ultimately launched a challenge to the oppression of british rule and started a revolution. [applause] and here, as they took their thees among these pews, spirit of the american imagination was formed, meeting speeching, vote by vote, by speech. so i want to tell you about one of the people who sat in this very room. a young girl. a young enslaved girl name lis wheatley -- phyllis wheatley. born in west africa, phyllis was
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kidnapped by slave traders and brought to new england in 1761. from a young age, it was clear she was an extraordinary person. she mastered english, latin, greek, literature, at a time when enslaved people could be condemned to death for learning. as she entered her teen years, she became a writer. back in the early 1770's, as she sat in this church, in these pews, phyllis scoured the holy scripture for the words she needed to give voice to her visions and to spark your imagination. she imagined a world that did not yet exist but a world that she could see. she penned ideals of a better america. ultimately, she inspired leaders like george washington himself. work,owed, through her the power of imagination to help fuel a revolution. week after week, phyllis came to
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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 story. so, just for a moment, here in this place of ideas that took root and shape a nation, here on the eve of a new year, let us come together to imagine. imagine what our country will look, imagine what your own life will look like when we finally turn this age in our history. i know what some of you may be thinking. imagination?
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imagining alone won't be enough. you would be right. but imagination is powerful. it forces us to contemplate change in our lives, to begin to expect change. taking the time to see ourselves and our world better than they are today sparks urgency in our heart and determination in our minds. we come together to imagine. two imagine a country where decisions made in washington are not simply bought and paid for by lobbyists and big donors. [applause] to imagine a country where the fossil fuel industry does not have a death grip on our planet. [applause]
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to imagine a country where private prisons and detention centers don't exist and no one makes a profit from locking people up. [applause] 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]
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to imagine a country where big drug companies and the insurance industry don't stand between americans and the basic health care they need. [applause] and to imagine a country where no politician has to kiss the rings of the rich in order to win elected office. [applause]
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we come together to imagine this reality because this reality is now within our reach. [applause] president -- [applause] [cheering] [whistling] [applause] [cheering] when i am president, we will attack corruption in washington head on. [applause]
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we will attack the concentration of power that makes this government work great for the wealthy and well-connected and not so much for anyone else. [applause] day one, we will start to make big, structural change to put the people in charge of our democracy so we hear everyone's voice and count everyone's vote. [applause] on day one, we will start to make big, structural change to end the rigged economy and create a new set of rules that give everyone a chance to succeed. [applause]
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in my administration, we will build an america where you and your neighbor can celebrate each other's success because you know our economy is not a zero-sum game. [applause] that we each do better when everyone has a fighting chance to build real security and thrive. [applause] exactly a year ago today, i got in the race for president. [applause] [cheering] [applause] and i made a decision to run a campaign straight from the
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heart. [applause] today, i amere deeply grateful that so many of you have put your full hearts into this campaign as well. thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] over this past year, i have had the chance to shake hands or hug more than 100,000 people. [applause] now town halls0 all across this country and sure, there are a lot of differences among us. we are tall and short, we have different accents, different needs, talents, problems, dreams. for all our differences, we are ready to fight side-by-side for our common aspirations.
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[applause] i have met voters in big cities and small towns and rural areas who are committed to tearing down the legacy of systemic racism. [applause] [cheering] [applause] i have met street americans who are committed to the fight for lgbtq rights. americans who are committed to the fight for lgbtq rights. [applause] i have met men committed to the right for reproductive rights. [applause]
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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 our democracy. [applause] it is one year into this campaign. you have never found to be behind closed doors with corporate executives or spending hours on the phone sucking up to donors to fund my campaign. ie year into this campaign, am still listening and learning from people all across this nation, because those moments of deep connection are intense. sometimes, they echo heart gripping fear. children who don't want to get
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in school. whose social security checks won't cover the basics. fear never dominates. people tell me what is broken with a fear always comes hope for change. they believe in america and they believe in each other and i believe too. [applause] ayanna, my beloved sister, talks about my plans, talks about the
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plans we share. my plans for this country have been influenced by letters pressed into my palm by little girls. my will to fight has been strengthened by the people who have whispered their dreams into my ear. my determination to lead a movement has been forged by the tens of thousands of pull who have said -- 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 that country could mean for you. imagine who you could be if america worked for everyone?
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imagine how you could thrive if america was safe for everyone? if you lived in a community without fear, without fear of oppression, violence, anti-semitism, white supremacy, police brutality -- how would you live your life? if you would no longer tied to your job and could pay off your student loan debt, what would you do? if you are no longer paying half your income in rent, what could you do? pay off your credit cards, put money in a savings account, get a dog? [laughter] [applause] >> yeah, yeah. that idea came from bailey. [laughter] think about it. if you were no longer stretched to make ends meet, who would you
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be? what opportunities would open up for you? for your children? for your grandchildren? imagine a country where every child is treated as so valuable to all of us that their education is our top priority? [applause] [cheering] imagine a country where teachers are deeply respected for the work they do and paid accordingly. [applause]
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a country where children with disabilities get the services they are entitled to and the resources they need. [applause] imagine a country where no child ever has to do an active shooter drill again. [applause] and imagine a country where every young adult is treated as so valuable to all of us that technical school, two-year college, four-year college is tuition free and ready to welcome everyone of them. [applause]
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imagine fleeing violence and oppression and finding an america that matches our best values every day, welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees with care and compassion. [applause] [cheering] and while you are imagining, please reimagine health care. [applause] if you are a typical american household, your family spent
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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. now, imagine an america where medicare for all insurers health health care is a basic human right. [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. [applause]
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[cheering] imagine an america where, if you get really sick, you can concentrate on getting well and not worry about bankruptcy. [applause] 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. ile the survival of every living thing on this an planet hangs in the balance, while fossil fuel companies still call the shots in washington, imagine an america that is come together
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beat back the to climate crisis and embrace a green new deal. [applause] [cheering] >> yes. [applause] >> we are going to do it. [applause] imagine what is possible when poor communities and communities of color are no longer dumping grounds for toxic waste and polluting industries. [applause] and just one more. [laughter]
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just one more. right now in america, women make up 51% of our population. you know where this is going. [laughter] [applause] we account for nearly 50% of the workforce and we earned more than 57% of college degrees. [applause] 29% of elected offices in america are held by women. 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. [applause] [cheering] [whistling] [cheering] [applause]
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imagine an america where the women iserience of reflected in committee rooms, corner offices and yes, even that really nice oval-shaped office at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. [applause] [cheering] [shouting] [applause] warren, warren, warren, warren,warren, warren, warren, warren. >> ok. [applause] an america where no
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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. [applause] if you can imagine all of this, if you can imagine that something better lies on the ugliness the chaos and 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. [applause] we begin this fight with a hard truth.
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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 wealth and they are already deep in the fight to do so. look at the facts. americans overwhelmingly believe 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. justorporate interest know which candidates for president are on their side. a huge majority of americans support a wealth tax. billionaires are on tv claiming it is impossible to get it done anyway, so we shouldn't bother trying. the billionaires know which candidates for president are on their side. overwhelming majority of americans want to reduce
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influence of money in politics but wealthy donors are lined up, checkbooks in hand, fighting their chance to lobby candidates privately and maybe even to get n appointment as ambassador. you better believe they know which candidates for president are on their side. [applause] the billionaires, corporate executives and their favorite presidential candidates have one clear goal -- to convince you everything you imagine is impossible. to convince you reform is thatess, to convince you 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, misdirection and extrac distracn
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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 the hind -- left behind. we know in our hearts, power in america can rest with the people. economynd must have an and democracy that finally works for everyone. [applause] and we the people know the america we imagine together is possible, when americans believe in ourselves and in each other
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and when we have the courage to fight for it. poet butheatley was a her life was not one of gentle remove. she had circulated her poems and they had received attention in boston and around the nation. 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.
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they demanded she prove she had written those poems. in order to continue to circulate her work, she would have to prove it was possible that an enslaved black woman could possess the intellectual capacity to write as she wrote. their attack on phyllis was on her intellect, her integrity and the very notion she could exist. their attack was also -- attack was also an attack on the humanity of people trapped in slavery, assertion of innate on personhood -- non-personhood. but phyllis stood tall and at the end of proceedings, the officials were 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.
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she became a pioneer of black literature in america. phyllis wheatley's spirit is the american spirit. it is the enduring spirit of courageion fortified by . 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. the storys's story in of generations of african-americans in this country did not end in victory. phyllis married badly and died penniless. 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
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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 despiteo come together our differences and mobilize a move and for change -- mobilize
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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, courage, dreams over cynicism. i believe they will see we fought to build in america of our best values, an america that works for everyone. [applause] [cheering] [whistling] [applause] after the lawsuit, while still in enslaved woman, phyllis wrote
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a poem entitled, on imagination. she asked her readers to embrace the power of possibility. here are her words. we 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. grasp theone view, we mighty hold, or with new worlds amaze the unbounded soul." in the spirit of one young woman who raised her voice from these pews more than two centuries ago , let us begin tomorrow committed to dream big, fight hard and win. [applause]
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[cheering] [whistling] [cheering] [applause] >> thank you. [applause] [chanting] warren, warren, warren, warren, warren, warren. [applause] [cheering] [whistling] [applause] >> all right. so this is one of the moments you have been waiting for. it is picture time. [applause] as you know, everyone who wants one, gets one.
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we will line people up over and, you see kevin, line up have your moment with our next president. [applause]
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