Calling out to all activists and legal observers - Dale Farm eviction expected 19/09/11

***Mustering point - Saturday 17th Sept, London Liverpool Street station, meet 11am, for the 11:13 train to Wickford. We will meet you at Wickford station with transport to the site***

If you can't make it you can support in another way, we are in desperate need of funds. Please donate!

The background

Dale farm in Essex, a former scrap yard which is now home to 90 Traveller families, is under threat of imminent eviction. To find out more check out the website. The eviction will make 400 people homeless, and will devastate the brilliant and close-knit community at Dale Farm, breaking up families, pulling children from schools, and denying the elderly and sick vital community and health care. Basildon Council and the Coalition government have pledged between them to spend £18million wrecking the lives of Dale Farm families. Legal routes for stopping the eviction are almost exhausted; we need people to help stop the eviction now!

The eviction has been set for 19th Sept and could last over a week, perhaps weeks. The police can raid the site before this date and the more people on site the better protection we can provide and the more chance we have of preventing the cruel and brutal planned eviction of Dale Farm.

Dale farm residents are calling on supporters to come to Dale Farm as far in advance of that date as possible to help them stop the eviction. Residents have invited us to set up a base, dubbed ‘Camp Constant’. Launched in August, 2011, it is a mass gathering of national and international supporters of the Dale Farm community. Activists are supporting the Travellers in defending their homes and community.

As the eviction date looms, we are in constant need of more and more people. There's many different ways of getting involved – we need medics, legal observers, site defenders, cooks, etc.. More people are needed on all fronts.

Please sign up for txt alerts, as we can’t trust the council not to try an early eviction.

Noise protest outside Cedars detention centre, 09/09/11

This afternoon activists from NoBorders and No One is Illegal held a noise demonstration outside Cedars, a detention centre for nine families and their children in Pease Pottage, Sussex, which opened last week.

UK opens new detention centre for children and families, 01/09/11

London NoBorders strongly condemns today's opening of a new "pre-departure accommodation centre" for children and families in Sussex.

The centre, known as "Cedars", is located in the village of Pease Pottage south of Gatwick airport, and will hold nine families for 72 hours or up to one week in "exceptional circumstances". It will be run by infamous security company G4S and "play facilities" will be provided by Barnardo's.

Dale Farm families could be evicted from midnight tonight

Info from the Dale Farm Solidarity campaign, Wednesday 31st August:

A last ditch effort to stop the eviction at the High Courts has just been turned down. This means that anytime after midnight tonight, Dale Farm could face the bulldozers. Dale Farm residents are defiant, refusing to leave their homes, and supporters from the UK and across Europe are standing with them.

An eviction attempt is expected anytime in September. Please come to Camp Constant at Dale Farm to spend some nights here and sign up to the sms eviction alert system. Dale Farm is only 30 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street Station. The atmosphere at Dale Farm is inspiring -- for some video of residents and supporters celebrating and learning together, see here.

Resistance to the UK's migrant prisons

The following looks at some of the resistance to the UK's migrant prisons (known as "detention centres" or "immigration removal centres") from both detainees and campaigners in the last ten years. It is far from exhaustive and is a work in progress.

Detention of immigrants in the UK was codified in the 1971 Immigration Act and has been practised on a large scale since the mid 1980s. Unlike in many other EU countries there is no time limit on immigration detention.

Aside from the detention centres and residential short term holding facilities (STHF) listed below, the UK holds thousands of people under immigration detention rules in HM Prisons every year. Migrants are also detained at STHFs at ports and airports, in cells at reporting centres, and in police custody.

"Hub" meeting, 01/09/11

Once again it's a chance for like-minded campaigns (No Borders, NOII and others) to get together and exchange information, plan any joint activities and so forth. It's on Thursday 1 September, 7pm, at Freedom Bookshop, 84 Angel Alley, Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. All welcome.

Making The Connections workshop, 04/09/11


FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND THE RIGHT TO STAY! This is the rallying cry for Roma, Gypsies and Travellers and of migrants throughout the world. A common thread of persecution, of forbidden lands, eviction and deportation connect the struggles for migrant rights and the rights of Gypsies and Travellers. These realities have met dramatically in the crack-down and deportations of Roma people from France and Italy.