Congress will listen if we speak up

Great headline in the July 7 Herald: “Fairness now up to voters,” true about gerrymandering and drawing political lines, but also true in general.

As I prepare to take the train to Washington, D.C. for the Results (results.org) International Conference, I am especially aware of the power of citizens to do more than vote. I will be talking to my member of Congress, Rep. Suzan DelBene, and both senators, or their staff who are amazingly hard workers doing an often thankless job.

Fairness for renters is one thing I will be talking about. A renters tax credit will help the millions of American families paying over 30 percent of their income for rent (11 million pay more than 50 percent of their income for rent). Globally, I will be asking for continued support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Their life-saving work (27 million lives saved since 2002) is keeping us on the path to finally controlling these three pandemics. Fairness is possible, if we the people speak up. Our Washington state congressional delegation is particularly good at listening, why not join in the fairness conversation?

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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