#speak4kids during your convention speeches
  • Petitioned Michelle Obama and Ann Romney

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Michelle Obama and Ann Romney

#speak4kids during your convention speeches

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Dear Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Romney,

Even though you are the spouses of political rivals, we know you both share one strong bond: support for us - the newest generation of Americans.

We are the future and, the better educated and healthier we are today, the more likely it is that our nation will no longer face many of today’s problems tomorrow.

However, unlike almost any other group, we have no voice in the political process. We can't vote.  We don't get to make our case on CNN, FOX News or MSNBC.  We don't have well-funded lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  And we don't play a role in the political conventions.

As the election comes closer, more Americans and interest groups will be raising their voices. But where will ours be?

Now, more than ever, young people from preschoolers to high school students need a voice as well.

-Nearly 1 in 4 of us live in poverty today, more than any other age group, and a historic record.

-One out of every three of us is overweight or obese, a crisis that affects our health care and our national security.

-Every 26 seconds, a student will drop out of high school in the United States, robbing him or her of important opportunities to support their family and contribute to our economy.

-Only 60 percent of us age 3 to 5 years old are enrolled in a formal preschool program, private or public, which is proven to be a key to later success in school.

We are requesting that, during each of your speeches at your respective political conventions, you devote a few minutes to speak on behalf of our nation’s young people to give us a voice in the process and remind the rest of America about the challenges we face.

We hope, that despite your differences, you will both agree that the lack of our voices require the power of your combined ones.

-Jose Valentin (16) and Bella Scribner (16)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • duane berry DUQUESNE, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I work with youth every day.

    • Kim Hunt DETROIT, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe our children need people to support them and to make a difference we need leaders to take a stand for our children.

    • Debra Nanez TUCSON, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Because the children are not only "our" future...their "human beings" being tortured by Sex Offenders! I make sure ALL the children are going to school safe on the school buses in my neighborhood. We ALL need to stand solid together and help one another! God Bless ALL the children, around the world!

    • Harold Chandler LAUREL, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Whatever budgets are negotiated and cut and sacrificed, we have to make sure we don't cut off our investment in our children.

    • Morgan Caldwell EWING, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Children are the future and we need to invest in them now- show them someone cares.


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