Vengeance is not justice

deep roots of racism. Antiblack

fear guides tough on crime

seeing those not white as “Other”

not worthy of basic human needs –

housing, safety, education, work

holding a broken system in place

unequal forever from beginning of this country’s constitution

uneven sentencing leaves women, Black Brown people and LGBT most vulnerable

time to envision society of accountability rather than punishment

possible to begin now and let solutions emerge

grateful for push to understand the deep complexity of prison industrial complex