On 10 March 2012, in the West Midlands, local activists met with representatives from the Traveller Solidarity Network and Europe-Roma to support European Roma.
The meeting, held at Unite the Union offices in Birmingham and supported by the National Union of Teachers, opened with a short film by the Traveller Solidarity Network that examined the aftermath of the Dale Farm evictions in Essex. It highlighted the military nature of the evictions, the use of armed police, riot police and tasers and its effect on the families and their community. The film also highlighted anti-Traveller racism and its basis in everyday prejudices and government policies. One Traveller spoke of living in ‘an open air prison, waiting to be released’.