In 2010, Republicans swept North Carolina, taking control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1896. We did not retreat. In 2012 the GOP officially waged its War on Women. We did not retreat. On May 8th 2012 the state in which I grew up in and dearly loved did the unthinkable, passed Amendment One, a change to the constitution that will take away rights from North Carolina’s citizens. We did not retreat.
We’ve been through a lot as young democrats, especially here in North Carolina. We turned our anger into passion and fed off of the energy from other people in our districts and the state who are diehard Democrats who just want to enact change. We took to the streets, Facebook, and Twitter to fire up our state’s young democrats!
We are not the irresponsible as some have accused us of being we are actively engaged. For me personally the journey to being a Delegate has been and continues to be a life changing experience. The youth vote is important and with the Twitter #hashtag #DNC2012 the world will be able to follow just how passionate we are about getting President Barack Obama re-elected. North Carolina’s youngest delegation will be voting for the President of the United States as the official Democratic nominee here in the state many of us were born and raised in. We are writing history and I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled to be a part of it.
We have a lot of work to do however, the Democratic National Convention being held here in Charlotte will be one of the biggest events in North Carolina’s history. More than 6,000 Delegates will be in our state for the convention is such a powerful message to the world. North Carolina is a Blue state no matter what anyone says and we Young Democrats will not retreat!
Joy Cook is North Carolina Young Democratic Chair of the 12th Congressional District and Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Joy is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently a Graduate degree candidate at High Point University. Joy serves her community as the Director of Strategic Communications at a North Carolina Non-Profit Agency. Follow Joy on Twitter: @JoyCookPR