In this piece created for the Online Newshour – in cooperation with the National Minority Consortia – we see East St. Louis in a new way. We see the story of a small city that could be true of any inner-city or forgotten suburb in America. We see the story of a city ravaged by the decline of the industrial economy. Now, East St. Louis is fighting for a second chance.
This piece features ordinary citizens who are working together in order to make their community a safer and more hospitable place to live. While these individuals may not be able to remake their communities alone, their story show each of us that there is always something that we can do to make an impact. To quote the President of the United States at the inauguration today:
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
As we move forward with our work on the mortgage/financial crisis we seek to show people that there is something that all of us can do to support ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities. This action cannot wait, which is why we are continuing to connect individuals and communities in the St. Louis Region to mortgage and financial resources.