Posted by: admin | July 29, 2009

Markus Batchelor Declares “It is Our Time Now”

     Today, in a speech to the members of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute, Markus Batchelor gave an overview of his campaign and gave the people gathered a vision of a better tomorrow.

In one week, in thid 30th year of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute, you, the youth leaders, will choose the next youth mayor of the District of Columbia.  The members of MYLI have a destinct priviledge and obligation to take charge of what they want this program and this to be.

The Youth Mayor is not only a figure head, not only a leader within this program, but a liason, a representative of the youth of Washington, being a voice of the leaders of tomorrow, making our opinions and feelings known to the leaders of today.

Washington D.C. is the center of moder democracy, in encapsulates America’s history, it is a cultural melting pot. Many all over the country and the world look to Washington in times of celebration and for guidance in time of crisis. Some of the greatest men and women who ever lived walked the same streets we walk today. This city is a world stage. But, Washington is more than that. It is also our home. Where we go to school, go to work, hang with our friends.

Despite that, we long for so many things in this day and time. Less crime, better education, more opportunities  at success, cleaner streets, decreased poverty, an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS in this city, a greener planet sustainable for life thousands of years after we leave it.

The problems we face, as we all know, are not the fault of our generation alone. The generation before us, and the generation before them, and so forth, are the bearers of the burden. But, when those generations perish, the problems will survive, to live with us as a reminder that what we do today will surely follow us into tomorrow.

But I truly believe that this generation of youth leaders, this generation of DC youth can put an end to the problems that have faced us for so long.  We have talents, we have the skills and we have the motivation to learn together how to tackle those issues, make our voices heard and make this city what it should truly be.

That’s what this election is about. That’s what this campaign is about. That’s what this past 30 years has been about. Our voices-being heard. Our ideas- turned into action. Our city- becoming a better city than out parents had.

This is our fervent belief, our determined hoal and our deepest hope.  We are the ones who will either make or breakthe future we desire to have. A wise man once said “Change will not come if we waitfor some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”.

We can move forward, we can progress. In one week, we can make a committment to ourselves and to each other that we are better than the issues we face, we deserve more from this city and that we will strive to have that realized.

It is our time to stand up, it is our time to make progress,  it is our time to have our voices heard and our deepest dreams of a better city realized. It is our time to move forward together. We can’t wait another minute, we can’t wait another second and we surely can’t wait another year. It is our time now. Thank you.


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