DALE FARM SOLIDARITY – ‘BIG WEEKEND’ PREPARATIONS…

1. Camp Constant: a mass gathering of national and international supporters of the Dale Farm community will commence on the ‘Big weekend’, Saturday, 27th to Monday 29th August, which is the final weekend before Travellers have been told they must abandon their homes or face the bulldozers. Residents of Dale Farm have invited supporters down for a long weekend of skill sharing and cultural celebration. Join us for:

* Training for legal observers and human rights monitors
* Practical eviction resistance workshops
* Acoustic music on Saturday night
* Traveller history & celebration

Sleeping space is available in caravans and residents homes or you can bring a tent, and you are welcome to sleep over on Friday August 26th. There will be more information next week, but for now, we would love to hear from people who to help out with this. In particular:

Workshops: We’re planning a full programme of workshops for the weekend. We may have space for some additional workshops if you have some constructive/inspiring ideas, relevant to resistance and Traveller heritage. We’re also looking for people with good ideas/energy/kit for some workshops for kids and young people. There are over 100 children facing eviction at Dale Farm and residents have especially asked for creative workshops that the young people can enjoy. If you think you can help, please email: savedalefarm@gmail.com

Music: residents are keen for some acoustic music on Saturday night ‘to cheer us all up’ without disturbing elderly and unwell residents. There are likely to be several small music tents on Saturday evening and some open mic spots. Traditional Irish music with fiddles extremely welcome, but if you have a band who can play a good uplifting acoustic set, or are just happy to fill an open mic slot, please email: savedalefarm@gmail.com

Food: want to help run the vegan kitchen? Again: savedalefarm@gmail.com

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2. Haven’t been to Dale Farm yet? Well, either wait for the ‘big weekend’ 27th – 29th August, or get a head start on site this weekend. There’s loads to do, so join us on site at 11am for a morning briefing and site tour. See: https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/activity/

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3. Sign up to stuff:

To spend nights at Dale Farm here

To get our email bulletins here

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4. Invite your friends to the facebook group for pledging to spend a night at Dale Farm here and for the big weekend here.

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5. Amnesty International has sent a call out to all their many thousands of supporters, condemning a forced eviction which would leave families homeless, when no alternative culturally appropriate site has been made available. This follows last week’s letter from the UN Special Rapporteur to the UK government, expressing concern that the planned forced evictions will be a clear breach of human rights legislation, if families are not offered an alternative site before forced evictions take place. See the Essex University Human Rights Clinic for more information on this.

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6.  Dale Farm news round-up: RomaBuzzMonitor and OpenDemocracy

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7. Remember the Demo: Sat, 10th Sept, 1pm, see here for more information and email: savedalefarm@gmail.com to add your group’s support to the list…

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8. Info night in Cambridge, Monday 22nd August, 7.30pm, rear of St Barnabas church, Mill Road, for more information see here (pdf) or here (odt) or here (word doc).

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9. See you at Dale Farm.

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2 Responses to DALE FARM SOLIDARITY – ‘BIG WEEKEND’ PREPARATIONS…

  1. carol fyfe says:

    does basildon council have a huge budget that they can afford to pay for the eviction?
    no doubt the less well of will feel the impact of the cuts to local services because of their snobbery
    why not let them live where the are there is worse things happening in the world.

  2. Martha jean Baker says:

    I got an email to ask me to phone when I know what train I am on this Saturday but the email did not tell me what phone number to use. Please let me know.

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