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December 11th, 2013

07:20 am - do i have romany heritage?
i was wondering if i have romany heritage? I was looking up stuff about romany because i was facisnated by them...and i was looking up the language, and i realized some of the words my grandmother used with me when i was a child were romany words. But I don't know how they entered our language. I always thought that my great grandmother was some kind of belarussian, but we don't really know. and i swear my grandmother used romany words with me like "lula" etc. And my mother uses cards for fortune telling. And my grandmother has really dark skin that russians don't have. And people from russia have even mentioned that I'm a gypsy etc. It's so weird jokingly.

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March 23rd, 2011

06:39 pm - Roma playwright beats odds with one-woman show


When she was a teenager, Alina Serban, a Roma, never told classmates that she lived in a shack and never imagined she would one day study in New York, perform Shakespeare or showcase her own play.

In her young eyes, even university studies seemed far out of reach.

"Why am I lying to myself? Go to university? This is nonsense!" she cries out in her one-woman show that has people talking even before it premieres Wednesday in one of Bucharest's big jazz and theatre clubs, the Green Hours.

"The dirt in this courtyard has been devouring me for six years, how can I even dream of leaving this place?

"I will marry, have a lot of children and let my husband beat me until all my dreams fall out of my head," she says in the play.

But 23-year-old Serban beat the odds -- and wants to spread the message.

Her play, entitled "I, undersigned Alina Serban, declare," tells her story, that of a determined girl who fought deprivation and serious discrimination against a minority still degraded in everyday Romanian expressions.

"'Don't do like the Gypsies do', 'If you don't behave, I'll give you to the Gypsies': every time I heard such phrases in the street, I would bite my tongue and think: 'I don't care'," Serban recalled.

A big part of her battle was embracing her Roma identity.

"I had to hear non-Roma tell me being Roma is cool to accept who I am," she confessed.

Romania is home to Europe's biggest Roma minority. Officially, they number 530,000 but pressure groups put the figure as high as 2.5 million, saying most do not declare themselves, fearing discrimination. Many live in dire poverty, some without official IDs. Less than one percent of Roma make it beyond secondary school.

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December 14th, 2009

11:23 am - Romany Women - Poetry Anthology
Like Water

Sar o Paj

an anthology of poems by Romani women


Editor’s Note

Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić

The idea for this book first came to me in October, 2008, during my participation in the seventh Romani Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. During a conversation with Dev Bhardway, Director of the India Intercontinental Cultural Association, Mr. Bhardway asked me if I would be interested in publishing my Romani and English work with them. Subsequently, I began to think about asking our women to support my idea to publish the first Romani women’s anthology of poetry. Read more...Collapse )
Current Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Habibi Min Zaman - Balkan Beat Box

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October 11th, 2009

11:40 pm - URGENT!!! I want to Stop Roma persecution! Bulletin

c/o Marko D. Knudsen

Vote Roma !!!! ENG / ROM / DEU

ERTF Charter on the Rights of the Roma is online for a referendum for all Roma over the world.

Please share this info all Roma people!!!

Voting ends on this Sunday (11/10/09) midnight Central European Time.

Vote, be part of the Roma History and decide for yourself!

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Current Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Current Mood: enthralled

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May 19th, 2009

10:33 am - A question
Hello everyone!
I want to say right off that I'm American, and I don't identify as Roma in any way. My grandparents are Romanian, though one grandmother would sometimes say she was Hungarian. This grandmother recently passed away and I was having a Romanian friend translate some of her old documents for me when he said to me, "I didn't know you were a gypsy." He says that her maiden name, Badila (or Badilia, her writing is sometimes unclear), is a Roma name and she wasn't either Romanian or Hungarian. I feel terrible that I'm only learning about her life now that she's gone, from old papers rather than her, but I wanted to know if this was true, and if it is, whether there's any way I can learn more about where and how she might have lived before coming to America.

Thanks if any of you know anything about this, and sorry to bother you if this community isn't the place to ask this question.

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April 21st, 2009

02:07 am

Just wanting to introduce myself. I'm Catherine, I'm from Australia. I'm of gypsy heritage on my mothers side (ether my great-grandmother or my great-great grandmother) and I'm interested in learning more about my heritage. People make fun of me in highschool because of it, even the teachers told me I was making it up. I was told there were no such things as gypsys, and that people that called themselves gypsys were just a group of people, nothing special about them. I was told blatantly that gypsys were not a culture, not an ethnic group, just a bunch or posers basically. That really hurt me because I know that I'm a gypsy by blood because I can feel it. I think it makes me special and interesting, and I would really love to learn more about it, learn romani eventually and go and see what my true romany gypsy family would have lived like.


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April 8th, 2009

11:42 am - OPRE RROMA!!!!

what is zup friends? HAPPY INTERNATIONAL RROMA DAY!! Let alll party in the name of Rroma everywhere! Honor our past, present and future! All allies join the party!
Hope you're all having a wicked time riding the freedom waves!
Ja Develehi! Az Develehi!

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February 2nd, 2009

10:06 pm - Group for Roma and part-Roma who were adopted
(x-posted) I'm not really here... Just a quick note for anyone "touched by adoption," as they say:

There's a new website and listserv for children (teens, probably) and adults who have Romani heritage and were adopted by non-Roma.

(There's a separate group for adoptive parents:

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November 19th, 2008

10:55 am - Rant

So last night I was at a dinner party with about 80 to 100 business men and women. I didn't know many people there, but the food was fantastic so I just listened to conversations and met a few people.  The reason why I was at the party in the first place was that a Roma friend of mine was providing the entertainment on the Russian guitar. He is a professor at the university and a master on the seven-string.  After he was finished playing, many people wanted to meet the two of us. 

This woman approached me and began to ask questions about the Roma and the Russian guitar.  She was surprised there were Roma here in the States.  She said, "Well they all came from Romania, so I guess I just thought they stayed there. So there must be some in Russia too since you know how to play the Russian guitar."  Ok, so I had to set her straight on that comment.

Foolish me broke the cardinal rule of dinner parties.  I mentioned politics. I commented that the Roma were in Italy as well and told her what was happening there.  Well, she has vacationed in Italy ..."and they are a very civilized people, so if the Roma are being fingerprinted, then they must deserve it.  There must be a reason. The Italian government wouldn't do something like that without a good reason."  She then introduced me to someone else and walked away.

Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Christmas stuff

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November 16th, 2008

10:58 am - A Victory!

Facebook pulls Italian neo-Nazi pages after outcry

Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:04am EST
By Robin Pomeroy

ROME (Reuters) - Facebook said on Friday it had removed several pages from its site used by Italian neo-Nazis to incite violence after European politicians accused the Internet social networking site of allowing a platform to racists.

Seven different group pages had been created on the site with titles advocating violence against gypsies.

"The existence of these groups is repulsive," said Martin Schulz, Socialist leader in the European Parliament which lodged a complaint with the California-based company.

Facebook said it had removed the pages because they violated its terms of use.

"Facebook supports the free flow of information, and groups provide a forum for discussing important issues. However, Facebook will remove any groups which are violent or threatening," it said in a statement.

Italy's Roma, or gypsy, communities have been subjected to several attacks in recent months while Italy's media has focused attention on violent crimes committed by gypsies. The government has dismantled illegal shantytowns where many Roma live.

European parliamentarians and some Catholic groups have criticized what they see as the demonization of an ethnic group which, like the Jews, was subject to mass killings in Nazi Germany.

Facebook allows people to upload personal details and create a group of on-line friends. Users can also create groups around a shared interest such as a political party, films or music.

Shimon Samuels of the Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Facebook should create technology to filter out "hate speech."

"It's not a new thing -- it's happened before, it's even happened before on Facebook. We are not surprised this group of really marginal Italian neo-Nazis have taken advantage of it," Samuels told Reuters.

Facebook says it does not pre-screen the pages but it does have a team looking for violations of its terms of use which bans users from posting anything which is hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.

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