We still have work to do to fulfill our goal of health care and coverage for every community. We must remove the barriers to care for immigrants, who despite paying into our system, are locked out of affordable health programs. We must also enforce federal protections for language access so that no matter what language you speak, you can access the information you need.
We are in a state of emergency, a time of challenge and controversy, but not because of the protestors. That state of emergency will continue until we stand, become uncomfortable, and demand a justice system that addresses the manifestation of pain in protest, the further chipping away of respect, and the real state of emergency our country faces.
There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."