State of the Union

Watch Zeljko’s talk below in English with Romani subtitles

“In the midst of the Cold War, Roma leaders gathered in London in 1971 to proclaim self-determination and transnational unity among the Roma. At the first World Roma Congress, they agreed on symbols of unity: the blue-and-green flag with a red wheel under which we all stand with pride and sing “Gelem Gelem,” our anthem in Romanes, our language. These symbols have unified our people and our cause of self-determination for 50 years. They represent a political gift that my generation inherited from the previous one.”