Articles by Paul Gregoire

Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space: An Interview with Lanz Priestley


In February this year, there were 948 homeless people in Sydney, according to City of Sydney statistics. Of these, 433 people were sleeping rough, 489 were occupying crisis and temporary accommodation, while 26 were hospitalised. At Central’s Belmore Park and Wentworth Park in Glebe, groups of tents are regularly pitched, sheltering some of the city’s rough ...

Panther, Prisoner, Professor: A Profile of Angela Davis


Angela Davis has been at the forefront of subversive political thought since the mid-60s. Currently, emerita professor in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Ms Davis has been constantly fighting oppression throughout her career. Davis grew up in the 1940s in the Dynamite Hill area of Birmingham, Alabama. It was a ...

Intersectional Oppression in the Criminal Justice System


Intersectionality is the concept that people are made up of multiple social identities, such as gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. These aspects of identity are not mutually exclusive. They intersect to form a whole, which differs from the separate components. The theory holds that forms of oppression – sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia – also ...

“Free My Father”: An Interview with Jewher Ilham


On September 23 2014, peaceful Uyghur rights advocate Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Xinjiang People’s High Court in western China on separatism charges. The two-day trial was condemned as “grossly unfair” by human rights activists around the world. A former economics professor at Beijing’s Minzu University, Mr Tohti has been a moderate critic ...

Welfare Drug Testing Is an Invasive Punishment of the Poor


During his budget speech, Australian treasurer Scott Morrison announced that the federal government will “commence a modest drug testing trial for 5,000 new welfare recipients.” And those with a positive test result will be put onto cashless welfare cards. Australian social services minister Christian Porter further explained in a press release that the “two-year trial of random drug ...

Attacks on Muslims on the Rise: An Interview with Mariam Veiszadeh


Four Muslim women were randomly punched in the face in an Islamophobic attack out the front of Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) last Wednesday. A 39-year-old woman from Paraguay allegedly assaulted each woman – one after the other – in a “bias-motivated” incident. One of the victims posted on her Facebook page that she’d been ...

‘High Alert’ Campaign Warns Drug Users of Police Operations


Under Operation Safenight, Victoria police are carrying out nightclub raids and searches targeting people who use drugs throughout Melbourne. The operation commenced on April 23, and searches have been undertaken in the city’s nightclub precincts on two out of the last three weekends. The police are said to have a “secret hit list” of 30 ...

Rehab and Harm Reduction: An Interview with WHOS director Garth Popple


The subject of drug rehabilitation formed part of the national discussion recently, after Australian Story aired the Breaking Good documentary. It told the story of Peter Lyndon-James, a former ice user, who now runs the “nation’s strictest” rehab clinic. Shalom House in Perth is run like a boot camp. Men who undertake the program have ...

Crime and Incarceration: An interview with BOCSAR director Dr Don Weatherburn


NSW crime rates are at their lowest in over forty years, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures revealed last month. Crime across most of NSW was found to have either declined or remained stable in most major categories over the two year period ending December last year. However, studies have shown that ...

Higher National Wealth Does Not Mean Better Living or Lower Crime


Last year was the hottest year on record, and scientists are putting that down to human-caused climate change. The World Meteorological Organisation has announced that as we move towards the middle of 2017, the continuing record-breaking heat is leading us into “uncharted territory.” A 2015 study revealed that civilisation has crossed four of the nine planetary boundaries, as a ...