"The white fathers told us, "I think, therefore, I am" and the black mother within each of us – the poet – whispers in our dreams, I feel, therefore I can be free."- Audre Lorde

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

dear steven harper: it's wrong to steal.

I believe that EVERY human, INCLUDING those who have been 'criminalized', deserve the chance to find healing, freedom and purpose in something beautiful. (like having the opportunity to nurture and care for plants and animals on a farm). The closing of the Prison Farms is a living symbol of the Harper government's continued exploitation of human dignity and true rehabilitation. Profit should NEVER undermine redemption; nor should it take precedence over the quality of human life. The self-worth and honour of those who have been demonized and oppressed by the prison system, should NOT be dismissed. True growth and genuine inner change will not come from the neoliberal "responsibilization" model of punishment; it comes from respect, grace and opportunities to learn and practice patience, care and gentleness. Super-Prisons are NOT the answer, nor is closing the prison farms.
shame, harper, shame.

snail coitus makes me smile