Dale Farm Solidarity

19 Aug

The Dale Farm estate is a former scrapyard bought by Traveller families and has existed since the 1970s. Basildon Council has targeting half the community for destruction, and has failed to provide alternative sites for families to move to. Families have been given until midnight on August 31st 2011 to abandon their homes or have them bulldozed. Basildon have voted to spend a third of its budget — £8 million demolishing the estate and turning people out onto the road. The policing of what could be a three-week operation has an additional price tag of £10 million, of which £6 million is being provided by the Home Office.

There will be activity weekends at Dale Farm, every Saturday until the opening of Camp Constant,  a mass gathering of national and international supporters of the Dale Farm community  on the Saturday, 27th, 11 am 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 them for:

* Training for legal observers and human rights monitors
* Practical eviction resistance workshops
* Acoustic music on Saturday night
* Media training, including photography, film making, reportage
* Traveller history & celebration

From September 1st onwards, a constant presence at Dale Farm is needed in case of eviction. You can sign up to spend a night at Dale Farm: https://smsalerts.tachanka.org/dalefarm/

Demonstrate on Saturday Sept 10 against the £18 million eviction of 90 Traveller families from their homes and Eric Pickles’s Localism bill, which removes the requirement of local council’s to provide alternative sites.

Dale Farm Solidarity has called a demonstration starting at 1pm on Saturday Sept 10th. Meet at Wickford Train Station, 30 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street Station. The march will then proceed to Dale Farm and Camp Constant, a base for human rights monitors and those who will engage in civil disobedience to stop the bulldozing.

For more information, updates, and to check the dates of activity days see: http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/activity and https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_124229427082

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