As someone who participated in AIDS activism in the early '90s, and now works on ending the overdose deaths, the lens through which I view these parallels begins with this insight: every public health crisis must be understood as both a medical issue and a social issue.
In the heart of our criminal justice system is an inherent urge to be as punitive as possible. To achieve true reform that reverses the trend of mass incarceration, we must push against injustices in every case - regardless of how tragic that case may be.
When Kenney campaigned for mayor, he said that making sure that sidewalks aren't blocked "may be the first thing I tackle when I get [to the mayor's office]" and acknowledged that in other cities "construction's happening all over but you never leave the sidewalk."
As we applaud Krasner for many of his reforms and successes in a short period of time, we must hold him accountable when he diverges from his campaign promises. Larry Krasner has no business even threatening to seek the death penalty.