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October 28, 2004

And in the meantime...

The election season is almost over, and I share Jay's sentiment from last week that regardless of who wins, the fight's not over, and all of the energy and enthusiasm people in this country have shown over the election needs to be harnessed and grown. It would be a terrible shame if all of this sense of civic duty and desire to fix things just crumbles on November 2.

So, in that spirit, I'd like to share a list of statistics I came across today, as a little reminder that no matter what happens on Tuesday, there's a lot of work to be done, right in our own backyard:

  • The average age of a homeless person in King County today is 9 years old
  • Over 50% of shelter requests by homeless families went unmet in 2003
  • More than 1.2 million people, a fifth of Washington residents, used food banks between July 2001 and June 2002. Washington is #2 in the nation
  • In King County, 1 out of 3 students who start high school donít graduate
  • Kids who take part in early childhood development programs are 40% less likely to become teen parents
  • Two-thirds of students who cannot read by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare
  • 484,000 people under the age of 65 were uninsured in 2000 in Washington State
  • 37% of people requesting emergency food assistance in American cities are employed
  • In King County, on any given night 8000 people are homeless. This represents a 39% increase from 2001.

I hope everyone who's been energized by the desire to make the leadership of the country better will decide to channel that energy into making better the lives of the people in our little corner of it.

Posted by paulette at October 28, 2004 03:26 PM | TrackBack
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