Dwelling Justice Part 2: Incarceration, displacement, policing and race.

Thursday, 15 September 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Natalie Ironfield, Debbie Kilroy, Roj Amedi, Idil Ali & Witt Gorrie.  Photo by Klari Agari.

This conversation will elaborate upon the relations between sovereignty and dwelling struggle in the political projects of panellists. Themes include incarceration, displacement, policing and race, making explicit connections between those intersections of dwelling and sovereignty.

Natalie Ironfield is a Dharug person whose PhD research focuses on the limitations and consequences of carceral reformism for First Nations people. Natalie is also an educator and is currently working on the #BanSpitHoods campaign.

Debbie Kilroy OAM is one of Australia’s leading advocates for protecting the human rights of women and children through decarceration – the process of moving away from using prisons and other systems of social control in response to crime and social issues. She is a founding member of Sisters Inside.

Roj Amedi's life work is racial and economic justice which she aspires towards as a community organiser, building solidarity between intersecting communities.  Roj is the current head of Communications and Engagement at Justice Connect, a legal services organisation and charity that designs and delivers high impact interventions to increase access to legal support and progress social justice.

Idil Ali is a proud Somali woman raised by the east African community in the Carlton flats. A settler on unceded Wurundjeri land, Idil embeds her belief in freedom, sovereignty and resistance into her work as a writer, performer, youth practitioner and community organiser.

Witt Gorrie is a transgender social worker who, for the past decade, has worked alongside communities impacted by criminalisation and incarceration. Witt runs a project at Flat Out called Beyond Bricks & Bars, providing direct support to trans and gender diverse people who are incarcerated in Victoria and also the Incarcerated Trans & Gender Diverse Community Fund.

From September 8 - 29, each Thursday from midday - 1pm 3CR will be broadcasting some of the conversations from the Forum for Dwelling Justice that brought together grassroots individuals, groups and activist-scholars to identify the radical potential for resistance to dispossession, displacement and precarity in our campaign work. 

The purpose of the event was to foreground the relationship between ongoing colonial dispossession, housing injustice, incarceration, racial violence and poverty, and to build solidarity among movements.

The forum was organised by RMIT's Centre for Urban Research and supported by the International Journal of Housing Policy(link is external)Renters and Housing Union and 3CR Community Radio.

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