Reading this morning’s article about the Nobel Peace Prize, I was struck by the description of the organization’s work as “silently but surely contributing to peace in the world.” While the Nobel committee shines a light on these global actions, shouldn’t we shine a light on our silent and sure local peacemakers? In big and small ways, many are working heroically in our state to help reduce all forms of violence.
The bipartisan legislation The Youth Promise Act, currently before Congress, would fund evidence-based violence reduction programs at the local level. As we read about the epidemic of violence in our state, it makes sense to initiate preventative programs that focus on our youths, giving them tools to live lives free of violence.
There are many proven programs available that help reduce violence, suicide and incarceration, and as if turning lives around were not a big enough reward, these programs save more money than they cost. Write or call our Washington delegation and ask them to support this important legislation.
— Lori Draper