I realized only very recently that Gypsy (Rroma) community leaders are not in the habit of blogging. I want to better understand how blogging can be used to organize a grassroots community on the web and also how we can introduce people to Rromani culture, traditions, values and identity (Rromanipe). I also want to grow and deepen the international Rroma community we are building at Kaskosan.com, the web’s first and the largest global Gypsy social network.
Before you start bashing out your ideas, here is some brief background on the Rroma movement.
In the past two decades, Rroma community leaders, local governments and NGOs have attempted to address a number of urgent issues, including institutionalized discrimination against Rroma, poverty, illiteracy, as well as racism in local media and anti-Rroma violence. This communication has mostly taken place within EU and local governments, and involved national and trans-national non-Rroma politicians and political organs.
Unfortunately, most of the tremendous work and money invested has had or no little impact on local Rroma communities.