Saturday, 17 September 2011

Fwd: [dalefarm-solidarity] Calling out to all activists and legal observers - information ahead of Monday's Dale Farm eviction

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From: Dale Farm Solidarity <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 13:33:14 +0200
Subject: [dalefarm-solidarity] Calling out to all activists and legal
observers - information ahead of Monday's Dale Farm eviction
To: dalefarm-solidarity <>,,

*Calling out to all activists and legal observers - information about the
Dale Farm eviction this week - Please forward this around your networks ASAP

Today, we are witnessing a new civil rights movement for Travellers. What's
happening to us at Dale Farm will never happen again. Monday 19th, they will
try to bulldoze Dale Farm and we strongly recommend getting here ahead of
the eviction as it is likely to start at 8 am. We will also need people to
come up throughout the week of the eviction.

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


*Dale farm residents are calling on supporters to come to Dale Farm to help
them stop the eviction or act as human rights monitors. * Activists are
supporting the Travellers in defending their homes and community. 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 <> in
case urgent information needs to get relayed or follow us on
You can send information to the legal hotline 07928669515

*Getting to the site*

Dale Farm is about 30-40 minutes from London by Train, you can find
directions here. <> From Wickford
Station (30 minutes journey from London), it's a 15 minute cycle/45 minute
walk from the station. To arrange a lift call the site phone: 07583621312

Please see map <>for
more info on access to the site. As of Saturday Sept. 17th, there are no
restrictions on entering Dale Farm.

*Be Prepared*

Things to bring:

-warm clothes

-water bottle
-sleeping bag and roll mat

-notepads, pencils
-cameras for taking photo evidence

-clean phone

Things not to bring:
-offensive weapons
-Things you would not like the police to take off you


A vegan kitchen is running. We will be asking for donations to cover our
costs, but it may be an early target of the Bailiffs, so please bring extra

*Sleeping arrangements *

Sleeping space is available in caravans and residents' homes but we
encourage you to bring a tent, and you are welcome to sleep over anytime.
Please bring a sleeping bag if you can, and a roll mat is highly recommended
especially since most of the tent space is on hard ground.

*Legal info*

Write on your arm before you get here:

Dale Farm Legal Hotline: 07928 669 515
Birds Solicitors: 07966 234 994
Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors: 07659 111 192

*Other info*

Camp Constant site phone: 07583621312

The welcome pack is available here (in three formats, all versions have the
same content):Dale Farm Welcome
or Dale Farm Welcome
or Dale Farm Welcome word
doc<> -
if you have trouble opening any of these for any reason, please email The welcome packs contain information on Dale Farm
and the political context of the current eviction, Camp Constant and what to
bring, Traveller history, and legal advice for activists.

People coming organised as affinity groups are very welcome.

Please promote our facebook
<>event through social
networking sites, and see the original callout

See you here!
Camp Constant

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