A great day at this historic event which took place in Parliament Square, on Saturday 21st May, was attended by around 200 people. Brilliant speakers, excellent organisation and at the end a petition was presented at 10 Downing Street. The rally was a protest against the new Housing Act which redefines Gypsies and Travellers for the purposes of planning law. Gypsy and Traveller rights, culture and equality are all under threat. ACERT was well represented by our Chair and other members.
A petition was handed in to 10 Downing Street.
Gypsies and Travellers from all over the UK will be holding a rally on Parliament Square on Saturday 21st May to challenge new housing and planning laws that both redefine our ethnic identity and that seek to deny us a culturally appropriate home, and to make a stand for Gypsy and Traveller pride and empowerment and against racism and prejudice.
The rally, called ‘Dosta, Grinta, Enough!’*, will begin at 12 noon in Parliament Square, concluding with four organizers handing in a signed petition with over 5000 signatures into Downing street at 4pm.
A campaign is growing to challenge the change in planning regulations which changes the planning definition of Traveller to those who have a nomadic habit of life. Those who have permanently ceased to travel, to get their children educated, due to old age and ill-health, will lose the right to be considered as travellers.
ACERT encourages its members to sign the online petition and attend the national demonstration on 21st May 2016.
The petition was launched after a meeting between HertsGATE, The Gypsy Council, The Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association and former UK Association of Gypsy Women campaigner Shay Clipson at the Traveller Movement office on the Holloway Road in London.