Sun 5th Jun LONDON - Resisting Dale Farm evictions plus legal monitors meeting
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Jun 1 22:27:51 BST 2011
Resisting the Evictions at Dale Farm - Meeting and Legal Monitors training
Sunday 05 June · 13:00 - 16:00
Location Freedom books, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
For centuries Travellers have been persecuted and
harassed across Europe. Now, Dale Farm, the UK's
largest Traveller site, is under imminent threat
of eviction, with the Tory-run Basildon Council
spending a third of their budget and cutting key
services in order to evict over half the homes.
Dale Farm Solidarity will be setting up a camp
during the eviction notice period, with both
legal monitors gathering evidence that could stop
a month-long eviction, and activists preventing
breaches of fundamental human rights. Come to the
meeting this Sunday to get involved, to train as
a legal monitor, and to hear from supporters on
the background to the situation, what is
happening now, and what we can do about it.
- Dale Farm Solidarity meeting will start at 1pm
- Human Rights Monitors & Legal observer training
will follow (training packs will be available)
Both these events will take place this SUNDAY, 5th JUNE, 2011
VENUE: Freedom books, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
(next to the KFC near Aldgate East tube station).
More information at
http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/ , where you can
sign up to the announcements list and text alert service
DALE FARM MAY BE SAVED BY NEW EUROPEAN PLANS
Posted on May 30, 2011 by Grattan Puxon
After a ten-year siege, Britains biggest
Traveller community could be saved from
destruction by a new EU strategy to integrate
Europes 11-million Gypsies. The Dale Farm estate
in Basildon, like other presently unauthorised
sites, may now win a reprieve at least until
alternate accommodation can be provided.
The UK has been given until the end of this year
to draw up a national plan to ensure that every
homeless Traveller has access to suitable
accommodation. With this EU plan in place, said
Richard Sheridan, president of the Gypsy Council,
we dont believe the government will allow £20
million to be wasted on an eviction at Dale Farm.
The European Commission has imposed the deadline
on all EU member states in an effort to tackle
the current widespread exclusion of Europes
millions of Gypsies from schools, jobs,
healthcare and housing. In a framework document,
the Commission says each country should set
individual national integration goals in
proportion to the Gypsy population on their
territory. Each strategy must outline how it will
contribute to priority targets. They include
reducing child mortality and ensuring that all
Traveller children complete at least primary
school level education. Most vital to residents
at Dale Farm and similar locations where
Travellers face eviction from their own land,
such as Smithy Fen in Cambridgeshire,
accommodation will have to be made available to those in need.
Expected to be finally adopted in June, the plan
will oblige all EU countries to design programmes
for the uplifting of their Gypsy populations.
Funding for the work will be available, according
to Romani MEP Livia Jaroka, who has been closely
involved in drawing up the EUs Roma strategy.
Jaroka also said Brussels would be in a position
to punish countries which failed to properly
implement the integration strategy. Britain will
have to submit a ten-year Gypsy and Traveller
integration programme to the European Commission
by the end of this year. It will then be assessed annually.
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