Congrats grads, world needs you

Congratulations to all the outstanding graduates of Snohomish County, including my former middle school student, Drew Hatch. (“Class of 2015: A foundation of love” by Julie Muhlstein.) Drew and his classmates join our world at an important fork in the road for humanity: for the first time we have the opportunity to control the three plagues of mankind, tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria, according to Dr. Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

We have a chance to end hunger and poverty by 2030, according to World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim. Northwest Harvest says Washington ranks 37th in reaching hungry children, only 3 of 11 hungry being reached in the summer. With the love, intelligence, courage and grace of our new graduates, this can change. Use your voices, graduates, let your government know it is time to back all these changes for a better future for all.

Legislation soon to be considered by Congress will put recent reforms of U.S. AID into law, making sure the developmental assistance given by America is most efficient and overseen by Congress. This bill will also work to save the 17,000 children that die in our world every day, mostly from preventable causes and the 289,000 mothers who die each year from pregnancy-related causes. Asking your representative to vote for this bill can be your first step to make a difference. Congratulations, graduates, just in time, the world needs you.

Willie Dickerson


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