Eleanor Adam from the Scottish TUC reports on our event
Last week’s [17th October, 2012] Show Racism the Red Card event at Westminster was a lively and informative evening, even for those (like me) who fail to recognise the most famous of footballers, of which there were many!
As one of a group of women trade unionists in London for a TUC course, I was heartened to see the strong union presence at the event, including Len McCluskey (General Secretary, Unite the Union) and GMB National Equalities Officer, Kamaljeet Nandu.
Harriet Harman, John Bercow and Andy Burnham were among MPs present to demonstrate cross-party support for the work of Show Racism the Red Card.
Attendees at the event heard how the Show Racism the Red Card team successfully engage with local authorities to develop partnerships to tackle racism and other equality issues in schools. Collections of post-it notes at the event graphically illustrated how the views of pupils were shaped by misconceptions and misinformation.
The vital role of Show Racism the Red Card in schools was highlighted by footballer Curtis Fleming who shared his experiences as being - with his brother - one of only two black kids at school in Dublin, an account as funny as it was moving.
Overall an excellent and well organised event which I am sure will add to the support for Show Racism the Red Card's excellent work.
Eleanor Adam, writing in a personal capacity