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  • Paula
    ... Gerald and Joann. Gerald died quite some time ago. It s not a common name around here. Good luck with your search. paula In
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      ---I went to school with Kathy & Jodie Kadlec, their parents are
      Gerald and Joann. Gerald died quite some time ago. It's not a
      common name around here. Good luck with your search.
      paula

      In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Jackie and Mike Kadlec" <mep@t...>
      wrote:
      > Hi Paula, thanks for the input on the Roms. I think that my
      husband's
      > family is mostly in Wisconsin but I'm not sure if there are cousins
      in
      > Kansas. His whole family is kind of one big mystery to the both of
      us and
      > the rest of the family, too. :-) Again, thanks for the input.
      >
      > Jackie
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Paula [mailto:hotrodkitty2000@y...]
      > Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 2:21 PM
      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [S-R] Re: Roma?
      >
      > ---Roms were originally from India from what I understand. They
      > migrated across Europe and have their own language.
      > Does your husband have family in Kansas? I went to school with
      some
      > Kadlecs.
      > paula
      >
      > In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Jackie and Mike Kadlec"
      > <mep@t...> wrote:
      > > Hi all, I am curious about this e-mail that was about the Romas.
      I
      > believe
      > > they are what we have all been told as Gypsies, correct? What I
      > don't
      > > understand is the culture involved. Can anyone give me any
      > websites or
      > > general information of what is going on? I know little about the
      > culture in
      > > the Czech Republic and Slovakia and would appreciate any
      > information that
      > > could be given or any websites that could offer some insight. I
      > figure that
      > > any information might be able to help me with tracking down my
      > husband's
      > > family and the conditions that they lived in during the 1800's
      > while they
      > > lived in Bohemia. Thanks.
      > >
      > > Jackie
      > >
      > > -----Original Message-----
      > > From: amiak27 [mailto:rmat@p...]
      > > Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8:16 AM
      > > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: [S-R] Re: Roma?
      > >
      > > I will think more highly of the critics when they open their own
      > > borders to the free transit & settlement of Roma. Until that
      time
      > > they are running an academic exercise, criticizing the Slovaks
      for
      > > not solving problems they, themselves are not willing to face.
      > >
      > > Since Slovakia wishes to join the EU, then let the EU open the
      > > borders to free transit for free citizens and at the same time
      > insist
      > > that Slovakia meet minimum standards of EU. Then criticism will
      be
      > > justified.
      > >
      > > I see the article as pure propaganda for a perceived cause.
      > >
      > > Ron
      > >
      > > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Ranchik"
      <ranchik@p...>
      > > wrote:
      > > > What do you make of this article?
      > > >
      > > > http://www.ihf-hr.org/viewbinary/viewhtml.php?doc_id=5367
      > > >
      > > > Text included here for ease of reading:
      > > > ----------------------------------------------------------
      > > >
      > > > Roma in Slovakia: Discrimination, Inequality, Neglect
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Bratislava and Vienna, 16 March 2004 - In a press conference
      > today,
      > > > the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF)
      and
      > > the
      > > > Slovak Helsinki Committee (SHV) expressed their concerns at the
      > > > failure of the Slovak government to respect human rights
      > principles
      > > > and standards before and in the context of the series of riots
      > > > recently conducted by members of the Roma community in Central
      > and
      > > > Eastern Slovakia.
      > > >
      > > > The riots emerged in February, in reaction to the entry into
      > force
      > > of
      > > > a new Slovak law on social benefits (Amendment no. 45/2004 to
      the
      > > Act
      > > > no. 195/1998 on Social Aid). The IHF and the SHV are concerned
      > that
      > > > parts of this law have a clearly discriminatory intent, such as
      a
      > > > provision limiting financial help to large families, which in
      > > > Slovakia are mostly present among the Roma community. These
      > > families
      > > > would see their benefits reduced after the fourth child -- a
      > highly
      > > > questionable, discriminatory policy.
      > > >
      > > > The IHF and the SHV stressed the failure of the state, over the
      > > last
      > > > decade, to appropriately address widespread discrimination
      > against
      > > > the Roma population, in spite of expectations that improvements
      > > would
      > > > be brought before the country's entry into the European Union.
      > > >
      > > > No significant steps have been undertaken to develop a
      > > comprehensive
      > > > strategy vis-à-vis the problems of the large Slovak Roma
      > community,
      > > > and to address the growing anti-Roma sentiment that has
      followed
      > > the
      > > > February events. "Discrimination, inequality, and neglect of
      the
      > > Roma
      > > > question continue, while the authorities concentrate their
      > energies
      > > > into countering the alleged damage caused by the Roma on
      > Slovakia's
      > > > image abroad", said Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director.
      > > >
      > > > Discrimination against the Roma population in Slovakia has been
      > > > rampant for many years, and was only exacerbated by the new
      law.
      > > > Racial segregation, including depriving Roma from residence
      > permits
      > > > in a number of Slovak towns and other unofficial measures
      carried
      > > out
      > > > by local authorities and apartment owners, have led to the
      > > increased
      > > > isolation of Roma in slum settlements lacking the minimum
      modern
      > > > utilities. The extremely high unemployment rate, which the
      Slovak
      > > > authorities often put on account of the "Roma culture" and
      other
      > > > stereotypes, is largely due to widespread racial
      discrimination,
      > > with
      > > > e.g. local employment offices accepting to post job
      announcements
      > > > stating that Roma would not be considered. The practice of
      > > > segregating Roma pupils in special neighbourhood schools or
      > placing
      > > > them in schools for children with developmental disabilities
      > > remains
      > > > a burning issue raised regularly by the European Roma Rights
      > > Centre,
      > > > an IHF cooperating organisation.
      > > >
      > > > Concerned about reports of abuse committed by the large police
      > and
      > > > military forces deployed in the context of the February riots,
      > the
      > > > IHF and the SHC are calling upon the state to carry out proper,
      > > > independent investigations into these abuses. The case of the
      > death
      > > > of Radoslav Puky is of particular concern for both
      organisations,
      > > > which are urging the authorities to carry out proper
      > investigations
      > > > into the circumstances of the death and to establish an
      > independent
      > > > committee in charge of the civil supervision of the
      investigative
      > > > results.
      > > >
      > > > Urgent steps must be undertaken by the authorities to address
      the
      > > > increasing intolerance within the majority Slovak population
      > > towards
      > > > Roma people.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > For more information:
      > > > Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director: +43-1-408 88 22 or +43-
      676-
      > > 635
      > > > 6612
      > > > Ingrid Baumannova, SHC Executive Director: +421-2-5296 8875
      > > > Henriette Schroeder, IHF Press Officer: +43-676-725 4829
      > >
      > >
      > >
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