In the days after what can only be described as a truly tragic week in the United States, there is an image being called “iconic” making waves on social media, a shot the photographer who took it almost missed.
The image, taken by Jonathan Bachman for Reuters in Baton Rouge, is a startling juxtaposition of a woman — calm and poised in a breezy summer dress, with officers dressed in riot gear.
Demonstrators had gathered outside the city’s police department to protest Tuesday’s police killing of Alton Sterling.
Bachman said between 100-200 protesters were blocking traffic on a highway when law enforcement officers dressed in full riot gear showed up and told the demonstrators to move to the sidewalk.
Some moved, some yelled, but the woman refused to budge an inch.
As a parent, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than having a sick child, unless you suddenly find yourself in a position where you are desperate to get that child the medication that they need.
That's the case for Nicole Nichols, whose 8-year-old daughter has Type 1 diabetes.
Her daughter has received supplies for her insulin pump through Medicaid for the past three years, but six months ago the supply company was outsourced and Medicaid refused to cover the new supplier.
Despite contacting 23 companies to try and find one that is covered by Medicaid, Nichols has had no success. Desperate and frustrated, she sent a letter to her state representatives asking if there was anything they could do to help.