On Saturday, February 25, the College Democrats of South Carolina hosted its first-ever spring state convention at Furman University in Greenville. The convention featured President Obama’s strongest college supporters from six different schools, including Furman, the University of South Carolina, Clemson, Winthrop, Claflin, and Francis Marion. The theme of the convention centered on President Obama’s call for young Americans to be “Greater Together.”
Students heard an inspiring speech by Shirley S., a local volunteer community organizer for President Obama’s grassroots campaign in the state. She told her son’s story of struggling to pay for college. As a parent, she emphasized the financial relief that President’s Obama health care reform and student loan reform have brought her family to help make college more affordable. Her son, Jonathan, was an Obama Organizing Fellow for OFA-SC last summer.
Shirley urged students not to take for granted the important reforms passed under President Obama’s leadership, such as allowing young Americans to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26 and making college education accessible to hundreds of thousands more students by doubling funding for Pell grants.
Thanks to the event’s passionate speakers, students – myself included – most certainly left the convention ‘Fired up, ready to go!’
Now is the time for young South Carolinians to be “Greater Together” – to stand up and support President Obama.
Ben SaulPresident, Furman University College Democrats Vice President for the Upstate Region, College Democrats of South Carolina
To learn more about the campaign’s Greater Together program, visit http://www.barackobama.com/young-americans.