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Gypsy Gentlemen

Discussion and Connection group for Gypsy/Romany/Rroma men, and for those who are interested in the history, linguistics, traditions, tales, and music of these peoples. Latcho Drom

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Latest Activity: Apr 29

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The Romani (also Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Roma or Roms; exonym: Gypsies; Tsiganes, Sinti, Kale/Calo, Romani: Romane or Rromane, depending on the dialect) are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who trace their origins to medieval India.

The Romani are widely dispersed with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia, followed by the Iberian Kale in Southwestern Europe and Southern France, with more recent diaspora populations in the Americas and, to a lesser extent, in other parts of the world.

Their Romani language is divided into several dialects, which add up to an estimated number of speakers larger than two million. The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates), and many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two.

Resources:
Language:
Romani-English Dictionary: Romany Dictionary - personal project from college years. Needs updating.

Breakdown of the Language structure

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News:
Roma News from Radio Prague: http://romove.radio.cz/en/

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General Information:

Amnesty International - 11 things about the Roma


Patrin Web Journal - http://reocities.com/Paris/5121/

General History of the Roma

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Tradition for the sake of tradition - early marriage and stigmatizing education is hurting us.

Started by Liam Strain. Last reply by Regular Joe Sep 9, 2014. 1 Reply

Reading though this thoughtful testimony by my friend, Qristina, I am struck by several things.…Continue

Tags: women, romanipen, culture, education

Persistence of Discrimination - article and commentary.

Started by Liam Strain. Last reply by Liam Strain Sep 4, 2014. 2 Replies

John Feffer has written a good article in the Huff po, interviewing a roma activist of many years, about persistent (and even unconscious) discrimination both among the roma, and those who would help…Continue

Tags: blog, awareness, gypsy, roma, intelligentsia

Discrimination by exclusion in official Holocaust remembrances.

Started by Liam Strain Nov 18, 2012. 0 Replies

Petra Gelbart has written an eloquent article detailing her experience with the UN and their official remembrance ceremonies which, year after year, continue to make only token, if any mention, of…Continue

Tags: racism, discrimination, UN, holocaust, roma

A few articles that have been forwarded to me.

Started by Lukus Albin. Last reply by Liam Strain Jun 1, 2012. 1 Reply

Te aven Baxtalo, So these three articles have been forwarded to me and I thought I would share them and see what you have to say about them.…Continue

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Comment by Liam Strain on April 29, 2015 at 12:41am

Pretty good short "11 things you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask" from Amnesty International. 

https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/blogs/2015/04/roma-in-europe-11...

Comment by Liam Strain on April 7, 2015 at 2:58pm

"To move forward in justice is to work for reconciliation with this past. We must build new just relationships with Roma people and commit ourselves to the difficult and worthy task of healing and reconciliation."

Cardinal Peter Erdo - on behalf of the Vatican

http://www.news.va/en/news/ecumenical-message-released-for-internat...

Comment by Liam Strain on April 7, 2015 at 2:56pm

"The United States marks this occasion by reaffirming our commitment to the inclusion and equal treatment of all Roma people, wherever they call home. I commend the activists and citizens who fight every day to end discrimination against your people. No one should go hungry, be turned away from school, or denied a job because of baseless prejudices."

exerpt of John Kerry's remarks honoring International Roma Day, today. 4/7/15

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/04/240388.htm

Comment by Liam Strain on December 9, 2014 at 6:17pm

Interesting article, RJ. Thank you for sharing it. Touches on some complex issues, and treats them pretty fairly to my eyes... 

Comment by Regular Joe on December 9, 2014 at 4:45pm
Comment by Liam Strain on October 3, 2014 at 1:55pm

And in less happy news, a Roma football club in Czech republic was promoted to the higher league - but is being boycotted by other teams, refusing to play home matches particularly. Messy story, with significant problems on both sides of the issue.

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Around_the_World/2014-10-02/36293...

Comment by Liam Strain on October 3, 2014 at 1:52pm

As we approach Roma Pride day (in Europe) - a nice article in the Jewish News "As Jews, we should stand up for Roma rights."

http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/opinion-jews-stand-roma-rights/

Comment by Liam Strain on September 16, 2014 at 11:17am

Good resource of Holocaust rememberance, including a downloadable booklet:
http://enter.coe.int/roma/Roma-Youth-Action-Plan/News/Right-to-Reme...

Comment by Liam Strain on April 8, 2014 at 8:49am

Latcho Romano Divvus! - Happy International Roma day. 

On this day we commemorate the estimated 1.5 million Roma, Sinti and Kale killed in the Porrajmos under Hitler, celebrate the first Romani World Congress in 1971, and raise awareness about ongoing racism and discrimination in Europe and elsewhere. 

If you have a chance to throw some flowers into a nearby body of water, that is the traditional memorial.

Comment by Liam Strain on September 3, 2013 at 12:07pm

Another great blog article by Qristina Zakova Cummings - this on the nature of Identity and the Diaspora for the Roma. 

"Despite acknowledgement of our common Indian origin, we carry with us no idea of an ancestral "root" or land to which be belong, and as such, we struggle to reconstitute and authenticate a unified collective identity."

http://golden-zephyr.com/identity-and-diaspora/

 

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