26 April: Day of Solidarity with Gypsy, Traveller and nomadic people in the wake of the Policing Bill

On Tuesday 26 April 2022, Friends, Families and Travellers will take part in a ‘Day of Solidarity’ with Gypsy and Traveller people, ahead of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’s Royal Assent.

Members of the Police Bill Alliance, including Liberty and Friends of the Earth, will also take part, as a show of solidarity with Romany Gypsy, Irish Traveller and nomadic people.

The ‘Day of Solidarity’ is in support of the travelling way of life and as a show of continuing opposition to the Government’s cruel and draconian criminalisation of trespass and strengthening of police powers against roadside families. Allies, supporters and community members are strongly encouraged to take part.

Anyone wishing to get involved should use the hashtag #WeRoamWithYou, from 10am onwards. You can find social media assets to take part, here.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will see those who ‘trespass with intent to reside’ potentially facing time in prison, a £2500 fine and/or the confiscation of their vehicle(s) (home and possessions).

FFT will be producing materials and running workshops and events on what the legislation means and how to sustain a nomadic way of life under the new law. Sign up here for updates.




Notes for Editor

About Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)

Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

Media Contact

Sami McLaren, Senior Communications & Campaigns Officer

Tel: 07436 228910 Email: [email protected]

Relevant Resources

‘Stay up to date with our campaigns’. Friends, Families and Travellers. Sign up.

‘Briefing: Accommodation issues facing Gypsies and Travellers in England’. Friends, Families and Travellers. March 2022. View here.

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