Disputed Territory

May 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Disputed Territory

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Nationalism has a neo-dangerous underbelly. On no account be misled! Never think we are immune. Always check in on universal humanity: Zoning can only be fluid and voluntary; Intentionally walk in each others’ shoes So that independence and dignity are preserved. Magnify positivities for no-one’s life escapes adversity. […]

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GRT in UK Politics

Apr 23, 2021 / Comments Off on GRT in UK Politics

Written By Virgil Bitu As in general, the GRT population is not taken into consideration not even during elections. Politicians feel no restriction or common sense when they are referring to us GRT. They cannot express their thoughts when they refer to other vulnerable groups because they are held accountable by the media, state institutions or the public. They cannot express any hatred but Antigypsyism, as is the ultimate hate crime. The politicians express their Antigypsyism in different ways even during the election campaigns by promoting Antigypsy policies. This is what happened at the beginning of the actual local elections campaign. Labour Party launched in Orford a flyer, mentioning at the seventh point “Dealing with traveller incursions”, same Labour Party which accused its leader of Anti Semitism, but this time […]

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Caste not Class

Apr 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Caste not Class

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Dr Andrews’ speech to an Oxford debating society, underlining the prevalence and power of racism in schooling has been widely watched on social media. He expertly distinguishes schooling, at any level, from education and shows its neo-colonial use as a means of perpetuating international control and continuing white economic supremacy. Since his analysis confronts racism and its unequal distribution of money, power and privilege, he nods in the direction of white working-class educational failure but does not focus upon it. Sociological research has long queried the reality of upward social mobility. Just as Dr Andrews says, this is limited to a few high flyers and is used as tokenism to justify social stratification and to invite individualised and psychological explanations of frustrated career paths. However, […]

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Our Walk through the planet

Apr 23, 2021 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Let’s take a walk high up in the trees so the leaves mingle with our hair, Stretch the soles of our feet down long sinews to tread flat on the soil, Engrain the colour of the dirt into toughened skin that fears no thorns, Express assurance that we are one substance with our surroundings, Not “lovers of nature” but nature itself, just another species, dust grown, Respecting our oneness with earth, expecting our return to its embrace. […]

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LACHO ROMANO GES!

Apr 10, 2021 / 0

Written By Virgil Bitu LACHO ROMANO GES! O Del te del amen zor thai gogi! God may give us strenght and wisdom! Today we celebrate 50 years from the First World Roma Congress, which was the milestone in the process of our identification and recognition as a nation. Than we, Roma, Gypsies, Sinties, Travelers adopted our flag, anthem and 8th of April was declared Roma Nation Day. Why I say Roma Nation Day and not Roma Day or Roma International Day, is because is the only time of the year when we come together and we celebrate as a nation, no matter how we call ourselves: Roma, Gypsy, Tsigan,Traveler, Sinti, Ashkalie…. We should keep the same attitude and feelings even during the rest of the year, without paying to much […]

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The Forgotten People

Mar 26, 2021 / 0

Written By Virgil Bitu 20th of March 2021 – UN Anti-Racism Day We, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are a population with a very rough fate. During the centuries we have been enslaved, victims of the Holocaust, of armed conflicts which were not ours and even nowadays we are constantly victims of violent hate crimes especially across Europe. Roma communities are the most affected by hate crime in countries like Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Macedonia, Kosovo where the far-right movements are on the rise and the fascism is wining day by day. UK doesn’t make any exception! Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have no equal access to housing, education, health, work. We face discrimination on daily basis. Verbal and physical aggression, vandalised and arsoned caravans, actions that […]

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Preparing for Cop 26

Mar 26, 2021 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen from Pexels This preparation for Cop 26 rests on a promise found in holy writings: “The sun shall not smite you by day nor the moon by night.” Participation in Cop 26’s climate deliberations is modelled by leaders of Catholic and Islamic faith groups. Of parallel importance is the capacity of green organisations to moderate and enhance deliberations. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established on 21 March 1994. Its membership is 197 countries. This group’s shared urgency to prioritize climate vulnerability must be developed in a context of biological equality between and within species. Green groups should work to achieve a united platform from which to critique and support 2021 deliberations. Ahead of the conference […]

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Ally-ship and Position

Mar 26, 2021 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer I was warned that within Greens of Colour that there were some rumblings of misgiving about ally-ship. I decided to examine what the idea of being an ally means to me. What I jotted was: friend, supporter, empathetic observer from within, “standing in the shoes of main players”, sharing work, awareness or skills. I heard that a position identified for or by an ally was problematic for some. My concepts arise from sociology so, please, allow for the omission of psychological implication. To me position means: authority, leadership, recognition, autonomy, policy, and implementation. None of these are characteristics of ally-ship. Unmusical though I am, two songs lilt in my memory: “Lean on me” and “I want to hold your hand.” Two of Greens of Colour’s […]

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Introducing Robinah K. Nanyunja

Jan 22, 2021 / 0

Written by Robinah K. Nanyunja I entered politics at the founding Congress of The African Greens Federation (AGF) and Ecological Party of Uganda (EPU) in 2010 when I was elected as a Vice President of EPU. Since then I got involved in party building and organizing. In 2014 I was elected as the Treasurer for AGF. In 2016 I contested as a parliamentary candidate in Uganda National elections where I became second. In 2018 I was elected as the First Vice President of AGF and in 2019 EPU held a delegates conference where I was elected as Organizing Chairperson. Currently I am running as a parliamentary candidate for 2021 Ugandan National elections for Kawempe North Constituency on the ticket of Ecological Party of Uganda where I am the only female […]

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Japortation: threatening lives, damaging responsibilities.

Jan 15, 2021 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Japortation is implementation of the UK Home Office’s “hostile environment” directed against Jamaican nationals who have been identified as illegal immigrants. It involves holding them without warning in detention centres, flying them to Jamaica and delivering them to the custody of the Jamaican Defence Force pending contact with their wider families. As a London born and educated, dual national of England and Jamaica, I migrated to live and teach in Westmoreland and raise my children with the option of two cultures. Less well protected by friends and relatives are many who made the reverse journey to the UK as children or very young adults before Independence 20-30 years earlier. They travelled on British passports or other identification documents. Because life in England was lived on […]

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