is an American author and activist working for the rights of the Roma people
(also called Gypsies
). He has worked for the advancement of the Roma and acceptance of them throughout Eastern Europe
and the Balkans. Today he heads the Kosovo Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF), an NGO
working with the afflicted residents of the UN Camps in north Kosovo
. From July 1999 until September 2009 he was head of mission for the Society for Threatened Peoples
in Kosovo and Serbia.
Polansky has published twenty-seven books, including sixteen books of poetry. His book of poetry "Gypsy Taxi" (2007) was reviewed on BBC radio. Polansky's most controversial book "UN-Leaded Blood" described the inaction of UNMIK, as many children died from lead poisoning in the UN camps in north Mitrovica. Other books by Polanksy included a novel, "The Storm", and a collection of oral histories of Czech Roma Holocaust survivors, called Black Silence
. His best-selling book was a collection of poems about boxing called Stray Dog. Polansky's penultimate book "Undefeated" (2009) is a collection of selected poems from 1991-2008. The book was published in Italy by Multimedia Edizioni and is in English and Italian.
Polansky's latest book Deadly Neglect (2010) names and shames those UN and Kosovo government officials, and NGOs, responsible for the 89 Roma (Gypsies) who have died to date in the Kosovo UN refugee camps.
On December 10, 2004, the City Council