Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

‘Race Card': Clifford W Thornton Jr. arrives in NZ


‘Race Card': Clifford W Thornton Jr. arrives in NZ

A leading black American advocate on health, race and drug issues is set to arrive for an in-depth community based New Zealand tour this morning.

Clifford Wallace Thornton Jr. is an executive of ‘Efficacy’, a State-side group working to end racial and drug-war injustice, and is being hosted by the Mild Greens with the generous support of numerous community groups, individuals and organisations particularly sympathetic to ‘decriminalisation’.

Mr Thornton arrives at Christchurch International airport at 11:30 am (Wednesday) and will be in the country for an unspecified period of time. He is keen to meet with ordinary Kiwis, community leaders, politicians, trade unions and media.

An initial interview has been booked by Auckland's Radio 95BFM (Auckland) for Thursday 27th Nov at 12:15pm.

It is hoped that Mr Thornton will be able to make a strong contribution to a community debate around the increasingly doubtful ‘war on drugs’ methods being used in New Zealand.

A recent Parliamentary inquiry found that cannabis ‘criminalisation’ enforcement disproportionally targets Maori. Law reformers suggest the apparent discriminatory enforcement amounts to exploitation, and is indicative of extremely poor public policy ‘long past its use-by date’.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Flaws In Anti-gang Laws


Google “Christopher Luxon“ and “mojo” and you get nearly 60,000 matching responses. Over the past 18 months – here and here and again, here – Luxon has claimed that New Zealanders have either lost their mojo and/or are in the process of re-finding it. With mojo in hand, New Zealanders will once more become a nation of over-achievers, blessed with the feisty Kiwi can-do spirit of yore.

But here’s the thing. According to Luxon, we’re naturally bold, inventive and self-reliant. Yet according to him, we’re also “wet, whiny and inward-looking”...
More


 
 

Government: GPS 2024: Over $20 Billion To Get Transport Back On Track
Transport Minister Simeon Brown has released the draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport, outlining the Coalition Government’s plan to build and maintain a transport system that enables people to get to where they need to go quickly and safely... More

ALSO:


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.