Some of my dearest friends are in New York city right now. Tomorrow is the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Service. This is the first year they are allowing the Romani People to speak. Nearly 80 percent of the Romani people in parts of Europe were wiped out by Nazi Germany, yet they still face persecution, violence, and outrageous laws in Europe. They are often ignored and not even mentioned when it comes to the Holocaust memorials. This needs to end now. We must recognize The suffering and stigma these people face. They are banned from education, jobs, housing and basic health care, then demonized when they turn to stealing, traveling, and squatting to survive. The United Nations has refused to recognize their suffering and even the freer countries like Canada and the US have laws in place to make it hard for them to seek asylum from the horrible human right crimes perpetrated against them. I wish I was there with them to witness this historical event.