Sun 5th Jun LONDON - Resisting Dale Farm evictions plus legal monitors meeting

Tony Gosling tony at
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).

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Posted on May 30, 2011 by Grattan Puxon
After a ten-year siege, Britain’s biggest 
Traveller community could be saved from 
destruction by a new EU strategy to integrate 
Europe’s 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 don’t 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 Europe’s 
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 EU’s 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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