I did not begin the holiday season in a very festive mood. When Robert McCullough announced the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, it felt like a sharp blow to the stomach. I never expected an indictment. Still, I was deeply hurt and deeply angry. As a young Black man, the low value placed on Mike Brown’s life by local authorities was also a judgment about the value of my own life in their eyes. I am a St. Louis resident, a professor, and a lawyer. Most of all I am a human being. This assault on my human dignity compelled my response. Between legal observing, protesting, and worrying about the safety of my friends and neighbors, I did not sleep for three days straight.