As history has shown, during times of economic hardship it is our most vulnerable communities that are made scapegoats and suffer most.
It is essential that the anti-racist movement pulls together at this time to ensure that racists and fascists know that they are not welcome and will be opposed in our workplaces or on our streets.
Under the banner ‘Scotland United Against Racism’, the Scottish TUC Black Workers’ Conference took place last weekend in Glasgow.
This annual conference is essential in tackling racism and ensuring equality of opportunity within the workplace and wider society for our BAME communities. Speakers at this year’s conference included Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar, North East Scotland MSP Marlyn Glen, Human Rights Lawyer Aamer Anwar and STUC Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham.
Show Racism the Red Card held a stall and screened our Scottish anti-racist film at the conference in 2009 and asked the Committee to support the campaign over the following year.
That support came in the form of:
· continued sponsorship of the St Johnstone FC anti-racist poster by Perth and Kinross Unison;
· an invite to present and screen the same film at the inaugural GMB Scotland Equalities Conference followed by an anti-racist workshop;
· SRtRC football poster distribution at events across Scotland;
· launching ‘Stand Up Against Racism’ following the Black Workers’ Committee general election hustings at the STUC Congress Centre;
· sponsorship of this launch by Prospect; and
· a number of other supportive initiatives.
At this year’s conference GMB Scotland tabled a motion of support for Show Racism the Red Card.
The motion read:
“That this Conference congratulates the hard work ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ has done in Scotland and the progress it has made since it’s establishment in 1996.
“However, recent newspaper articles suggest that the funding was under threat and we are concerned that, with the new coalition government making sweeping cuts, this will affect many funded campaigns like ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
“Conference, therefore, urges the STUC Black Workers’ Committee to continue their support for Show Racism the Red Card and actively campaign should the funding come under threat.”
The motion was carried without opposition.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the STUC Black Workers’ Committee for their support over the years, we look forward to continuing to work together.
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