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.



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

18 Jul

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 crucifixes and portraits of Mary that already decorated the walls of the centre are new posters with messages such as “£18 Million wasted on Dale Farm. No sites identified. Who is really to blame?” and “Tell us where to go and we will go. If not here, then where?”

The new office on site at Dale Farm, photo by Susan Craig-Greene

Someone has to be in the office at all times to sign visitors in and to answer any questions the residents have about their precarious situation. Today, it was 11 year-old Dale Farm resident, Eileen who was manning the office.  Unlike most of the adults at Dale Farm, Eileen can read and write and was proudly showing me and my 3 year-old daughter, Molly, how much she had learnt so far at Crays Hill Primary School. She even drew Molly a picture of a princess that has now become her most prized possession.Dale Farm resident, Eileen, manning the new office on site at Dale Farm, photo by Susan Craig-GreeneThe office will serve as a central meeting point for residents facing eviction to gather for moral support, to get daily updates on their legal situation and to make sure that their homelessness applications are up-to-date. We hope that, after two years of asking Basildon Council to agree to have officers from its Homelessness Department on site, this will finally take place. The office can serve as a hub for officers to meet with residents and more effectively process their homeless applications. Furthermore, their presence on site would be an important gesture to show the Travellers that Basildon Council is taking its homelessness obligations seriously.

Father Dan, the priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wickford, blessed the office after the final in the series of nine prayer services he has led on site at Dale Farm over the last nine days.

Eileen's picture for Molly 

 

Posted By Susan Craig-Greene

Posted Jul 18th, 2011

2 Comments

  • iain

    July 24, 2011

     

    Way to go, Dale Farm! This is the best way to show the finger to the Basildon council, and its multimillion pound intimidation machine.

  • Cole Skuttler

    August 31, 2011

     

    Would you kindly refrain from giving law to the lawless. i’m sure you are mistaking these low-life, scum, PIKEYS for the original GYPSIES that used to do so much good in the land. This lot are just FREE-LOADING, NON TAX-PAYING drop-outs from our society. They go on about their traditions when most of the families have only been “travellers” for the last 50yrs or so. Original Gypsies were Romany….Not Irish Tinkers.
    …..As for HUMAN RIGHTS……What about all the rights of the people these thieving wastrels have abused for so long.

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