UPDATED: Important dates as evictions loom

Children play at Dale FarmBasildon District Council is likely to serve 28 days notice of eviction following a meeting on March 14. In response, those supporting the Dale Farm residents have set some key activities and dates.

1) Dale Farm meeting in London, 1 pm, Sunday March 6

For those interested in organising in support of the Traveller site in Basildon. All welcome. It will be at Freedom Bookshop: Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

NEW EVENT: Infonight and meeting 7:30 on Thursday the 10th
at Offmarket, 111 Lower Clapton Road, E5

Dale Farm in Essex is the UK’s largest Travellers community, consisting of nearly a hundred plots and over a thousand residents. Across the UK many sites have been closed and others evicted and travellers forcibly moved on. This is only part of the marginalisation and prejudice Travellers face, this is not just about homes but also the criminalisation of a community and a way of life . Basildon council wants to spend over £13 million evicting 52 plots of land and 150 families from Dale Farm making hundreds of people homeless. Let’s organise in solidarity with the residents of Dale Farm to save these homes and prevent the largest eviction in recent UK history. This info night is for sharing the latest information from Dale Farm as well as for organising effective solidarity action. Homes for all!

2) Dale Farm meeting (2pm) and Protest (6:30 pm) at Basildon District Council meeting, Monday March 14

On March 14th, a special meeting of Basildon District Council will decide whether to serve 28 days notice of eviction. We will be meeting at 2 pm at Dale Farm to plan our presence there should notice be served. At 6:30 pm we will hold a protest outside the Basildon District Council office. Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DL More details to follow.

3) Camp Constant — from April 9th?

If the council serves the 28 days notice of eviction on the day, then we are likely to set up “Camp Constant” for human rights monitors, starting April 9th. More details on that to follow, but we will need supporters to take part in non-violent direct action, legal observers, and communications volunteers.  If you can help, email dale.farm@btinternet.com.

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