Jess Hurd


Dale Farm – Portrait of a Grandmother

Irish traveller Mary-Anne McCarthy outside her home. Dale Farm residents, the largest traveller community in the UK are facing eviction from the Cray’s Hill site in Essex. They demand the council re-home them to another location within the district.

See images from today’s protest outside Basildon Council here where they delivered a Legal Memorandum to Basildon District Council setting out in terms of international law their rights to be re-settled as minority ethnic-community at another location.

“The Government has told Basildon it must provide land for us,” said Mary-Ann McCarthy, who presented the memorandum. “But we fear they will evict us by forced before this happens.”

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See Dale Farm video here

The Reader – Border Lines Photo Essay

Border Lines – The French and Afghanistan’s Refugees.

Photo Essay by Jess Hurd and Justin Tallis

Post Mela

Bengali youth celebrate when the police say the will leave their estate after the Mela, Whitechapel, East London.

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Dale Farm Travellers Build Barricades

Dale Farm, the largest traveller site in the country makes preparations to defend itself from eviction. Families fear for the welfare of their children if the forced eviction goes ahead.

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More on the Dale Farm story here

Dale Farm Video – Gypsy Weddings

Dale Farm is the largest traveller site in Britain and is under threat of eviction.
The High Court has ruled in favour of Basildon council and the forced eviction of over a hundred traveller families from the land they own in Essex.

Four couples rushed to marry ahead of the court judgement.
The wedding of Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan took place on UN Human Rights Day – December 2008.

The Guardian Eyewitness can be viewed here

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Save Dale Farm

Human Rights Day

Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan from Dale Farm celebrate their wedding day. 

This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges may rule that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.

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Dale Farm

Irish travellers from Dale Farm site in Essex protest against plans to evict them outside the High Court. London  

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Dale Farm Travellers

Irish traveller children from Dale Farm site protest against council plans to take the children into care, demolition of a school building and eviction. Basildon Civil Centre. Essex  

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America Project

“What’s Going On?”

In June I spent 6 weeks traveling across the United States of America gathering interviews with people I met about the recession, racism and the Presidential election.

The posts below are a selection of them. I will be adding more interviews and audio soon.

Thanks to Sion Touhig and Keith McKenna for their editing skills and everyone who helped me out along the way on what was an amazing trip.

All images and interviews © Jess Hurd

Socialist Worker newspaper article: The Real Faces of America

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