This year for Night Out for Safety and Liberation, we asked people who are currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California to share their thoughts about what safety means. Read the below post by Rahsaan Thomas, who is a staff writer with the San Quentin News:
Safety is a place where everyone can heal from past trauma so there is no future drama.
Safety is a place where the public school system added restorative justice, art therapy, and financial literacy classes to its curriculum.
Safety is a place where police officers are peace officers; where cops take the same care in not killing a mountain lion or black bear running wild through a residential neighborhood to avoid killing a young black male.
Safety is a place where everyone has enough to eat, shoes on their feet and a place to walk home to.
Safety is a place where no one owns $10 million paintings unless everyone has enough to eat, shoes on their feet and a place to walk home to.
Safety is a place where people with mental health issues go to medical facilities, not prisons.
Safety is a place where prisons phased out by focusing on rehabilitation instead of punishment when they built bridges instead of more bars.
Safety is a place where justice is restored by healing all parties affected by crime, thereby eliminating the root cause for crime (trauma/alienation) and ending cycles of violence.
Safety is a place where there is no need to control guns because healed people won’t use them on each other.
Safety is a place where Donald Trump running for president would just be a joke.
Safety is a place where different races are valued like different flavors of ice cream, the variety of each respected, savored, and sampled.
Safety is a place where everyone’s religion is respected and we all wait for God to tell us we all got it right - Love God and love each other.
Safety is a place where we accomplish so much more together than we ever could apart.
Safety is a place we are creating right now through education, art, love and advocacy.
San Quentin, CA 94974