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You may have read about our newest project, a collaboration with the Alternative Law Journal – Paper Weights. You might also be asking, why is Scissors Paper Pen running a project like this? Yep, it is a bit different to what we usually do.  Here’s a few thoughts on why:

Because there aren’t any other opportunities quite like this.  In a media environment where the same opinions get recycled or diluted, we want to support writers who broaden out narrow debates, refreshing the public discourse with new voices. We believe that there is something vital and important in being able to communicate complex ideas and opinions about wicked social problems to an amorphous public who hold widely varying opinions themselves. It gives the writer a certain power, and a certain responsibility. We want to be part of a movement of writers who are making the complicated issues in our world accessible in creative and inspiring ways.  This type of writing makes for a more democratic sphere of public opinion empowering people to participate and advocate for the change they want to see in their communities.

And with that said, we’re very pleased to announce that our writers for the Paper Weights project are Riddhi Blackley, Jennifer Chen, Siobhan Clair, Tom Shepherd and Laura Sweeney.  And here’s a bit more about them:

Riddhi Blackley

Riddhi Blackley

75 words about me. I haven’t had this much trouble writing 75 words since the great procrastination of 2003. I am much more comfortable writing about transformational education for sustainability, young people, crime and public space or feminist legal theory. In fact, I’m stubbornly passionate about such topics and usually very eager to share my views. This comes in handy at uni where the Social and Community Studies and Justice Studies degree provides a legitimate outlet for my writing. And would you look at that… 81 words.

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen

I’m a twenty-something working in Canberra and I’ve noticed language being used both increasingly to polish over the truth, or to distract us by focusing on the trivial and the fleeting.  I’m excited to be part of a project that turns language towards exploring and promoting social justice in new ways.  I’m also excited about midnight walks, travelling without plans and haloumi cooked any which way.

Siobhan Clair

Siobhan Clair

I am a policy officer with a passion for social justice and qualifications in creative industries and law. I believe in the potential for quality research, report-writing, media commentary and narrative to contribute to positive community change and reform. The process of searching and discovery, of seeking out that of relevance, and interrogating, assembling and refashioning those various found elements into a new and original piece of writing, holds true thrill and satisfaction for me.

 Tom Shepherd

Tom Shepherd

I am a legal practitioner in Canberra and NSW. I have an interest in criminal law and mental health. I engage in typical Canberran suburbanite middle class passions, but would prefer to live like Jaques Cousteau.

Laura Sweeney

Laura Sweeney

I am  a twenty-five year old law graduate and current affairs junky who is passionate about making the law a power for good not evil.  I have a particular interest in discrimination law and currently work for the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.  I have previously worked for A Gender Agenda, an advocacy and support organisation for intersex, transgender and gender diverse people and interned at the ACT Human Rights Commission.”

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