Watch Kerry Washington’s DNC 2012 Speech (VIDEO)
Kerry Washington delivered a powerful and rousing speech to the audience at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Thursday night. The “Scandal” actress addressed a diverse crowd of more than 20,000 before President Barack Obama took to the stage. Watch the video and read the transcript below.
I’m so grateful to be here with all of you tonight!
I’m here not just as an actress but as a woman, an African-American, a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, a person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama!
So many people struggled so that all of us could have a voice in this great democracy and live up to the first three words of our constitution: “We the people.”" I love that phrase so much. Throughout our country’s history, we’ve expanded the meaning of that phrase to include more and more of us. And That’s what it means to move forward. And that’s what this election is all about. And it’s why we can not sit on the sidelines.
Look, I get it. Whether it’s school, work, family, we’ve all got a lot on our minds. People say to me, “I’m just too busy to think about politics.” But here’s the thing: You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you.
Today there are people out there trying take away rights that our mothers, our grandmothers and our great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. And we the people can’t let that happen.
We want you to know–tonight, even as this convention is coming to a close, a movement is being built across our country. The other side wants to take our voices away and render us invisible. But we are not invisible.
From a home in Iowa to a yogurt shop in Colorado–friends and neighbors have gathered for 5,000 watch parties. They are committed to this campaign. All of us together will re-elect President Obama.
None of us can be silent. We need all of you in this network, and we will win this election, because we are the people.
Get out and vote on November 6!