In just a few hours, I’m heading onto the stage in my hometown of Oakland to formally kick off our campaign for president, and I want to share some themes from the speech I’ll deliver today.
But first, let me take this moment to share a genuine message of thanks. I’m grateful to have you by my side as we take on this historic challenge. None of this could be possible without you and the tens of thousands of other people across the country who are stepping up to join me in this fight.
I’m so proud to be a daughter of Oakland. My parents met as graduate students at UC Berkeley, where they were active in the civil rights movement.
They were born half a world apart from each other. My father, Donald, came from Jamaica to study economics. My mother, Shyamala, came from India to study the science of fighting disease. My parents came here in pursuit of more than just knowledge. Like so many others, they came in pursuit of a dream — for themselves, for me, and for my sister Maya.
We were raised by a community with a deep belief in the promise of our country — and a deep understanding of the parts of that promise that still remain unfulfilled. We were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of ALL people. We were raised to believe public service is noble and the fight for justice is everyone’s responsibility. That, in many ways, formed my life.
That’s why I’m running for president: I love our country and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are and what our country can be.
I’m ready to fight for the values we as Americans hold sacred and dear. And I’m ready to fight because we deserve leadership that will focus on the needs of the people of this country, not their own self-interests. Together, we will put forth a vision of the future of our country in which everyone can see themselves. And I believe ours is a winning fight.
This won’t be easy — but nothing worth fighting for ever is. We face tough days and hard work ahead. But this is our America — and it’s up to each and every one of us to fight for our future.
The people in power are no match for the power of The People.
Let’s do this.
— Kamala Harris