Adele McKiernan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they studied history and integrated liberal studies. They are now a second-year Loretto Volunteer in St. Louis working at Missouri Health Care for All, as a Grassroots Organizing Fellow.

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Health care is not equal — it's a racial justice issue

Young Voices: I think with Black Lives Matter at the forefront of our minds going into the 2020 election, there is a chance to call health care a racial justice issue again — on the national level.


We liberal white Catholics must get serious about racial justice

Young Voices: I am reading Fr. Bryan Massingale's words in my parents' wooded backyard. There are birds chirping all around me. In my mind's eye, I see Amy Cooper in Central Park. We see each other.


Taking vows of marriage — to myself

Young Voices: Last month, I decided it would be essential for me to wed myself. This wouldn't be a thought experiment; it would be a marriage. And there would be a ring, flowers, an outfit, vows.


What I found in the labyrinth

Young Voices: A few hours before my new housemates and I were set to leave for St. Louis, it started to pour. I set out on a walk alone, to process the change that was about to occur.