PROTEST DEMO – THURSDAY 30th June, Basildon, 6.30pm (or arrive earlier at Dale Farm and travel in convoy with Dale Farm residents)
Basildon Council is set to vote this Thursday June 30th to set aside another 1.2 million pounds towards the staggering 20 million eviction bill for Travellers at Dale Farm. The 28 days notice of eviction appears imminent and so we will be protesting on Thursday in Basildon at 6:30 pm. We will also be meeting at Dale Farm on Saturday July 2nd at 1 pm and will have legal monitor training after our meeting, at 3pm.
We need to reach as many people as possible in the next several weeks. Below is some background information on ways people can support Dale Farm, and details of upcoming events (you can find more information elsewhere on this website). Please forward links to this site and details of events to friends and relevant email lists and please post our website and facebook pages on social networking and other sites. If you organise with other groups, please speak with them now about getting involved in this action.
Protest on Thursday June 30th, 6:30 pm in Basildon.
The protest will be at the Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL
From London, Towngate Theatre is only a half hour train ride from Fenchurch Street Station (get off at Basildon Rail Station). http://bit.ly/e35e1Z
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming and if you need further information
As well as meeting at the Basildon Centre, Dale Farm residents have asked for people to meet earlier in the day on 30th June at Dale Farm and can then travel in convoy with Dale Farm residents to the Basildon meeting protest to meet with other protesters at 6.30pm. Again, for more information, please email email@example.com
Dale Farm Solidarity and Legal Monitors training at Dale Farm, Saturday July 2nd
We will have an update and meeting at 1 pm, and at 3 pm we will have legal observer training. All those who wish to get involved are welcome! For directions from London Liverpool Street station see: https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/contact/
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US:
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help organise with us, or if you’re part of a group which can add it’s name to our pledge to spend a night at Dale Farm. We also have leaflets, films and speaker lists if you’d like to put on an infonight in your community (see info night links on the website).
MORE ON DALE FARM:
With cuts in social housing, the homeless are getting a rough deal from the present Coalition Government and none more so than Travellers. They were told a while back to buy their own land and settle themselves and now Eric Pickles is encouraging councils to evict them from the places they bought.
This is causing a crisis for many thousands of families and matters have come to a head at Dale Farm, in Essex. The largest Traveller community in the UK, Dale Farm is under threat of bulldozing. Some hundred families face the largest eviction of its kind in recent memory, a nightmare which will force its residents to camp again on roadsides and car-parks.
Most of Dale Farm lies on a former scrap-yard owned by the Travellers and about 30 minutes by train from London. Ignoring pleas from UN bodies, and more recently Amnesty International, Basildon District Council has set aside 9.2 million pounds for the eviction operation (more than 1/3 of it’s budget). Essex police have obtained another 10 million pounds from the Home Office and Basildon Council to cover what they expect to be a three week battle with resisting residents and supporters.
This is an act of ethnic cleansing comparable to what has been seen in France and Italy – and together we aim to stop it.
Dale Farm residents are expecting to receive 28 day notice of eviction in the next two weeks. They are asking people of goodwill to come and spend a night in Dale Farm when the notice expires. Please join us, by signing up at: https://smsalerts.tachanka.org/dalefarm/
If you’re on facebook, you can also invite your friends to: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170414852985935
We’ll need people to act as human rights monitors and come to Dale Farm in the event of an eviction. See https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/hrm/ for details. Before the 28 days notice expires a solidarity and resistance camp, ‘Camp Constant’, will be set up at Dale Farm. Sign up to our email bulletins to get the latest news: http://lists.ucrony.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/dalefarm-solidarity
Email us at: email@example.com if you’d like to help organise with us, or if you’re part of a group which can add it’s name to our pledge to spend a night at Dale Farm. We also have leaflets, films and speaker lists if you’d like to put on an infonight in your community.
No Pasaran! They shall not pass!