Proud American, Proud Rooseveltian

On Friday, history was made. I heard the news in the middle of the night, from halfway across the world in Australia: Marriage equality had finally come to all 50 of the United States. The moment I found out is something I will remember for the rest of my life as citizens across my native country finally gained the rights they had always deserved.

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Storytelling as activism: mental health reporting in Chicago

In mid-December, I walked toward the storefront office of the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers on Chicago’s Northwest Side. I walked in the front door feeling intense and nervous. There are moments in reporting that aren’t about collecting heaps of documents or asking lots of questions, but simply about being the reporter people will let inside their lives. This was one of those moments.

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It won’t stop

When I heard the news about Freddie Gray, the first thought that came to mind was, “Damn. It’s happening again.” A feeling of complete powerlessness consumed me, my limbs felt numb and tears welled up in my eyes. These feelings didn’t flood over me simply because Freddie Gray was killed.

It was because it could have been me.

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