Susan Craig-Greene (United Kingdom)


Susan Craig-Greene

Susan Craig-Greene (Dale Farm Housing Association): Susan is originally from Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in International Relations. Susan then won a Bailey Scholarship to enter the University of Leipzig, where she studied the changing role of women in reunified Germany. She returned to teach in Germany two years later on a Fulbright scholarship and entered the private sector to work at an IT market research consultancy. Susan then returned to university and earned an MA in Human Rights at the University of Essex, where she earned a distinction for her dissertation. After graduating, Susan took a placement with Amnesty International’s International Justice Project. She left Amnesty following the birth of the first of her two children and began studying documentary photography. She lives close to the Dale Farm site.



17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I’ll never forget that first St Patrick’s Day I spent with the Dale Farm residents. It was four years ago now and only the second time I had visited the site. I was asked to come along to a celebration the women were having in a local pub. I felt very much like an outsider […]

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Posted Mar 17, 2013

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01 Feb

Basildon’s Big Fat Eviction Balls-up

It was great to see AP Director Ian Guest last week and to get the chance to discuss ways in which we can try to assist the residents still living at Dale Farm. The landscape there has changed drastically since his last visit, before the eviction. There are now mounds of rubble, discarded possessions and […]

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Posted Feb 01, 2013

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25 Jan

Dale Farm: New Year, Same Old Problems

It is the beginning of a new year – over a year on from the eviction of the Irish Traveller families at Dale Farm – and it is clearer than ever that Basildon Council’s aggressive, multi-million pound approach to the situation was a waste of time and has only caused more problems for the Travellers […]

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Posted Jan 25, 2013

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22 Mar

Five months on from the Dale Farm eviction: It’s not too late to find a long-term solution

It seems strange that in the five months that have passed since their eviction, in some ways, everything is different for the Dale Farm Travellers but, in other ways, nothing has changed.  The home they had made over the past ten years is unrecognisable:  Basildon Council has dug up every yard and has intentionally left […]

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Posted Mar 22, 2012

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01 Mar

My experience of the Dale Farm eviction

Four months have now passed since Jimmy Tom’s 7th birthday. In the weeks leading up to his birthday, all he could talk about was how much he wanted to still be in his home at Dale Farm to celebrate it. Jimmy Tom got his wish, but it wasn’t at all as he had imagined. At […]

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Posted Mar 01, 2012

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12 Oct

Prologue to an Eviction: a photo essay on Dale Farm

Here is a link to a collection of photos I have taken at Dale Farm since Basildon Council issued the 28 days’ notice letters to residents on 4 July.  Since then, residents’ lives have been turned upside down.    At Dale Farm, the Travellers are adapting to a changing world where travelling as they once […]

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Posted Oct 12, 2011

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11 Oct

Judgment Day for Dale Farm Tomorrow

As we were driving out of Dale Farm the other day, my five year-old son said to me, “Mummy, if you tell the judge that it is the Travellers’ culture to live together in caravans, maybe he will let them stay there.” After thinking a bit more about it, he told me, “It won’t be […]

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Posted Oct 11, 2011

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22 Sep

Dale Farm: To be continued…

We thought it was all over.  At 3 p.m. on Monday, a group of bailiffs in a huddle (surrounded by police and press) left their enclosure for the first time and approached the barricaded gates at Dale Farm.  After making a muffled announcement that only a few members of the press actually heard, they retreated […]

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Posted Sep 22, 2011

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19 Sep

Last Stand at Dale Farm Begins

Today is the day the bailiffs come into Dale Farm. The Travellers’ home is now unrecognisable. Although many residents remain on site, fearing a violent clash between bailiffs and protestors, they have been forced to move the children, elderly, and ill away from danger. There are makeshift barricades throughout the site, slogans (“Lady with Difficulty […]

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Posted Sep 19, 2011

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13 Sep

Basildon Council, are you listening?

It was great to see hundreds of people turn out to march alongside Dale Farm residents and stand up against Basildon Council’s £18 million eviction campaign. It was important for the residents to see so much support, particularly local support, as they often believe that all local people think like Len Gridley. Jean excitedly rang […]

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Posted Sep 13, 2011

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07 Sep

Last chance to learn for Dale Farm children

The children of Dale Farm returned to school, today, to begin what could be their last two weeks in formal education.  After the residents had received their 28-day notice letters, I was sitting in Nora Sheridan’s trailer having a cup of tea when two women from the Travellers’ Education Service came by and handed her […]

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Posted Sep 07, 2011

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04 Sep

We have failed the Dale Farm Travellers

After all local taxi companies refused to come to the Traveller site on Oak Lane on Wednesday morning (except the Crays Hill School bus driver), eight women from Dale Farm and I endured a long journey on a protestor’s hippy bus to hear the tragic news that they had reached the end of the road […]

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Posted Sep 04, 2011

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04 Aug

28 days later… A Community Faces Destruction

Today officially marks 28 days until the final deadline Basildon Council has given the Travellers to leave their homes and community behind. It has been a busy week at Dale Farm. Not only do there seem to be members of the media swarming the site at all times, but there have been several noteworthy meetings. […]

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Posted Aug 04, 2011

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18 Jul

No Big Fat Gypsy Eviction Here. We are Human Beings.

Last week marked the official opening of the office in the St. Christopher’s Community Centre on site at Dale Farm.  So far, it only consists of a table, some chairs, a sign-in sheet and a kettle, but we hope to be kitted out with at least a computer, printer and broadband this week.  Adding to the […]

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Posted Jul 18, 2011

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14 Jul

There is a simple solution at Dale Farm: provide a culturally-adequate site

“All persons, groups and communities have the right to resettlement, which includes the right to alternative land of better or equal quality and housing that must satisfy the following criteria for adequacy:  accessibility, affordability, habitability, security of tenure, cultural adequacy, suitability of location, and access to essential services such as health and education.” Committee on Economic, Social […]

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Posted Jul 14, 2011

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10 Jul

There are many ways to protect the green belt. Evicting Dale Farm Travellers is not one of them.

I was at Dale Farm yesterday for the first in a series of Activity Weekends, arranged by Dale Farm Solidarity to get supporters mobilised and organised in the lead up to the eviction.  As I was waiting for meetings to start, I had a chat with Dale Farm resident, John, who was showing off his boxing gloves and looking […]

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Posted Jul 10, 2011

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06 Jul

Support Dale Farm Travellers

If you want to support the residents at Dale Farm, here are a few ways you can get involved. They need your help now more than ever. Activity Weekends Starting this Saturday, 9 July, supporters will be meeting at Dale Farm every week from 11 a.m. to discuss : * Planning * Introductions and discussions […]

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Posted Jul 06, 2011

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05 Jul

Prayer Service at Dale Farm

Residents facing eviction and local supporters gathered together today outside Mary Ann’s chalet for a special prayer service, led by their local priest, Father Dan. The Irish Travellers at Dale Farm are all devout Catholics and, over the past ten years, have become a fixed part of the Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in […]

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Posted Jul 05, 2011

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04 Jul

28 days’ notice

Today, I received the call I’ve been dreading since I started working with the Travellers at Dale Farm. Michelle, one of the residents, rang to tell me that Basildon Council (BDC) was at the site, issuing the 28-day notice letters. I headed down there, hoping that it was just another of the many false alarms […]

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Posted Jul 04, 2011

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01 Jul

Dale Farm Travellers Face Constant Abuse

Following the news that Essex Police have now secured £4.65 million from the Home Office, Basildon Council seems more determined than ever to go ahead with its £18 million eviction campaign at Dale Farm. Councillors agreed the final funding arrangements for the eviction at a meeting last night, and the 86 Traveller families fear that […]

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Posted Jul 01, 2011

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12 Jun

It’s all happening at Appleby Horse Fair

I have just returned from my second trip to Appleby Horse Fair, an annual event that has been fixed in the calendars of Romany and Irish Traveller families since the 18th century. The fair is much more than just an opportunity for Romany and Travellers to conduct business (mainly buying and selling horses) and to […]

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Posted Jun 12, 2011

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03 Jun

Even by its own standards, Basildon Council fails Traveller community

Basildon District Council’s (BDC) has voted for the third time to carry out a ‘direct action’ (eviction) at Dale Farm. This time, the decision was made by BDC’s Development Control Committee and, according to committee chairman, Stephen Hillier, “follows the members’ careful review of each individual case and the updated personal circumstances…” (See BBC article […]

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Posted Jun 03, 2011

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24 Apr

Why is local prejudice against Dale Farm Travellers so acceptable?

Unfortunately, it is not at all unusual to encounter “nuke the site” and “bomb the bastards” comments about Dale Farm Travellers on the Echo website or on right-wing blogs like AmbushPredator’s. How has it come to a point where blatantly racist (and often genocidal) views have both become tolerated by my local community and seemingly welcomed by a local media website? Following a link […]

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Posted Apr 24, 2011

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15 Apr

Dale Farm resident, Viviana (age 4) tells her story through photography

The children of Dale Farm are engaging in an exciting new photography project (Dale Farm: My Community, My Family), which aims to provide a platform for them to tell their story whilst at the same time to improve upon their skills in photography, literacy and ICT. Viviana, age 4, has done a fantastic job with […]

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Posted Apr 15, 2011

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15 Mar

Tragedy at the Towngate

Last night’s ‘extraordinary’ Basildon District Council meeting on the situation at Dale Farm, which was appropriately staged in the Towngate Theatre, was a tragedy from the outset. As they sat passively in the audience facing a stage dominated by 28 Conservative council members, it was immediately clear to the Travellers present at the meeting that […]

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Posted Mar 15, 2011

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14 Mar

Travellers question costly eviction

Tensions are understandably running high at Dale Farm today, as their fate is now in the hands of those voting in tonight’s Basildon District Council (BDC) meeting. As I talk with the Travellers, these are three of the questions that keep coming up: 1. How can they vote to evict us if they have admitted […]

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Posted Mar 14, 2011

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06 Mar

Latest about the Dale Farm situation in the news

Have a look at this BBC News article, which suggests that Basildon District Council (BDC) must fund the eviction operation at Dale Farm on its own and will not receive  the £3 million they requested from the government.  Tony Ball, BDC leader, insists that the council has £5 million available for the operation and has even committed to “resign as […]

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Posted Mar 06, 2011

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04 Mar

“They are making us look like some sort of aliens…”

Millions of Britons will now have to find something else to do with their Tuesday evenings. The Travellers at Dale Farm are heaving a sigh of relief that Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is finally over, but must face in its aftermath the possibility that it has left a long-term negative impression of them and their […]

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Posted Mar 04, 2011

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24 Jan

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

I found the first in the newest Channel 4 series, “Big Fat Gypsy Weddings” a lot more interesting than last year’s snapshot. Channel 4 has definitely improved upon their access from their last attempt, but it is not true that Travellers are reluctant to discuss their views and culture. I have found them remarkably open, […]

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Posted Jan 24, 2011

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11 Nov

We will all miss John Flynn.

I was so sad to hear about the tragic death of Dale Farm resident, John Flynn, last week. He was a beloved and integral member of the community, a man of integrity, devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. I will remember him as a man who was always smiling, and was welcoming and looked out […]

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Posted Nov 11, 2010

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10 Sep

More evictions of Hovefields Travellers started this week

Despite protests from residents and supporters, bailiffs and bulldozers descended on Hovefields on Tuesday, 7 September, to clear seven pitches and to forcibly remove the Traveller families living on them.  Several of the families were in the process of pursuing homeless applications with Basildon District Council in anticipation of such an eviction. As there has not […]

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Posted Sep 10, 2010

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17 Jul

Article in Billericay and Wickford Gazette

Natalie Hoodless, Chief Reporter for the Essex Chronicle, was nice enough to interview me a few weeks ago and here is the resulting article in the Billericay & Wickford Gazette. 

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Posted Jul 17, 2010

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30 Jun

Bailiffs bulldozed Traveller yards at Hovefields, Wickford

Click here for the Dale Farm Housing Association’s press release about Constant & Co.’s demolition of several (mostly vacant) yards yesterday at Hovefields. 

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Posted Jun 30, 2010

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22 Jun

More comments from locals about Dale Farm

It is unfortunate how some of my fellow residents feel about the Travellers at Dale Farm.  Have a look at this blog from “Ambush Predator”.

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Posted Jun 22, 2010

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21 Jun

Article in Basildon Echo/Recorder

I will give a fuller response as soon as I have time, but for now, here is a link to the article and comments in the local press about the work I am doing at Dale Farm.

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Posted Jun 21, 2010

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15 Jun

Dale Farm: A Community in Transition

The residents of Dale Farm were informed that the UK’s highest court of appeal, the House of Lords, will not hear their appeal to remain at Dale Farm, and that there may be no protection from eviction whilst they pursue other legal avenues. Unless their neighbours can be encouraged to engage with the Travellers, recognise their […]

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Posted Jun 15, 2010

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20 Apr

Introducing the Travellers at Dale Farm

I have now been involved with the Irish Traveller community at Dale Farm (or Oak Lane as the residents know it) for over a year. It is amazing what a difference one year can make to your life. I went from knowing virtually nothing about this group of people who live only a few miles […]

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Posted Apr 20, 2010

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