Uncommon Sense: Activist Judy Ryan’s Battle For Victoria’s First Safe Injecting Facility
Uncommon Sense presenter Amy Mullins interviews Judy Ryan on her journey to making safe injecting facilities a reality in Victoria.
Judy discusses the influence of her mother’s extensive social justice work, which ultimately influenced her to do something about the growing dehumanisation she witnessed, as detailed in new book We Talk, You Die: The Battle For Victoria’s First Safe Injecting Facility.
Judy describes fatal drug use in North Richmond and Abbotsford as a chaotic, stressful “war-zone” of constant sirens that people now “wouldn’t believe how bad it got”, and how her deep appreciation for her amazingly eclectic and universally diverse North Richmond community fuels her compassionate campaigning. She also identifies addiction stigmatisation as still the biggest obstacle to keeping people safe, upon which she aims to educates readers through her book.
Tune in for more on Judy’s inspirational dedication to research, self-education and political participation.