Community Organizer and Grassroots Activism
Patrick Gregoire is a Program Specialist at Amnesty International USA and a community organizer focused on building political power with marginalized, long-time, low-income DC residents of color to gain greater community control of land and housing.
He is also co-founder of Cancel Rent DC, a lead organizer in their action working group, and front line member of the outreach group, planning, organizing, and facilitating coalition wide events.
Patrick also heads ONE DC's Right to Housing Committee where he recruits working class people of color to organize, educate, and fight for their human right to housing. He and his team are currently focused on pressuring DC City Council to cancel the rent for all coronavirus impacted people. Patrick also serves as a ONE DC liaison with the Right to the City Alliance Homes for All Campaign, a nationwide platform that calls for housing justice across the United States.
He has planned and coordinated various protests and direct actions, a Freedom School on gentrification and displacement, a People's Assembly, and popular education events on worker cooperatives, radical approaches to debt, and Juneteenth.
Patrick holds an MS in Peacebuilding in Global Affairs from The New York University, where he wrote his thesis on contemplative practices and how they can be used to inform, orient and support cross-cultural peacemaking endeavors. Patrick grew up traveling and spends his free time being physically active and learning about the various DC scenes.