'PRISONS ARE CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR THE POOR”
Sign Posted in Washington Square Park
for Demonstration in Rockefeller Center NYC
26 July 1974 — 40 years ago today….
Some of us knew very long ago, that the pain of drug war would have to get worse before people who didn’t think it applied to their freedom, saw the insanity of it.
Can you imagine how much better off Americans would be if, for example California has built 21 new universities instead of the 21 new prisons, which they actually did build in this time period.
A prison is a place of hopelessness and waste. Only those who endanger innocents in society should be confined there. America’s prisons make people worse when they get out that when the went in… and… you pay for that, both ways. I’ve been delivering that same sermonette for over 40 years. I never expected people to listen but I would like to point out the fact that now there exists a great deal of perfectly respectable data to indicate that the anti-prison message makes significant sense.
Street Work — Sète France • 6.22.13
I live in a village most of the year.
In summer, I live in a city.
I don’t leave.
The summer population of Sète
increases by as much as 500%.
While most of they year i see my neighbors
on the street, in summer, I meet strangers.
It still amazes me what
a camera and a smile can do.