The campaign staffed a busy stall and held fringe meeting at the annual public sector trade union conference.
"I was humbled by the stories of your speakers, Leroy Rosenior and Howard Gayle who faced racism throughout their playing careers and to hear of the work they do along with Vincent Pericard in working with your organisation. I was extremely impressed by the work that you do with limited funds and I am sure you could do so much more with greater funding."
Frank Radcliffe, UNISON Eastern Region Probation Branch
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) would like to thank the trade union, UNISON and its members for their ongoing support. The campaign ran a very popular stall in the exhibition area at the ACC in Liverpool, where UNISON held its national conference from Tuesday 18th June – Friday 21st June. SRtRC were also able to organise a very well attended fringe meeting on the Friday.
The stall allowed campaign volunteers and staff to update delegates about the work of the campaign and our resources. Visitors were also able to pick up free football club posters and goody bags. SRtRC also had a variety of resources for sale including wristbands, badges and T-Shirts. Thanks to the popularity of these resources and the generosity of members’ donations the stall raised over £300.
On Friday 21st, SRtRC organised a fringe meeting with a panel that included UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary (Communications, Campaigns and Policy), Liz Snape, former professional footballers and SRtRC Honorary Patrons, Leroy Rosenior, Howard Gayle and Vincent Pericard and UNISON Northern Region Convenor, Clare Williams. The event was very kindly sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors and UIA Insurance.
The former professional footballers all gave personal testimonies about their experiences of racism and why they got involved in the campaign. There was also time for some excellent questions from the floor.
Clare Williams said, “Unison in the Northern Region is extremely proud of our strong ties with Show Racism the Red Card over 17 years. Racism has changed over the last two decades but the need to challenge racism myths remains as vital as ever.
“Trade Unions can play a major role in combating racism and I would urge all Unison Branches to affiliate to SRtRC. In the Northern Region we are looking to produce a ‘myth-busters’ leaflet in conjunction with Show Racism the Red Card for our members to challenge some of the myths around immigration. It was my pleasure to endorse the campaign at our national Conference”.
There was some great feedback for the fringe meeting from UNISON delegates and some thought provoking questions during the Q&A. SRtRC received a very positive note from Frank Radcliffe:
I was pleased I attended the Show Racism the Red Card fringe event at the Unison National Delegate Conference last week in Liverpool. I had not realised the extent and breadth of the work you do throughout the country and that you now not only focus on teaching children about racism but you also challenge homophobia too. I was humbled by the stories of your speakers, Leroy Rosenior and Howard Gayle who faced racism throughout their playing careers and to hear of the work they do along with Vincent Pericard in working with your organisation. I was extremely impressed by the work that you do with limited funds and I am sure you could do so much more with greater funding.
I will be happy to offer you the support of my branch in showing the red card to discrimination in all its guises. I hope you can gain more funding from bodies such as branches in this trade union and the wider public in order to carry out the very important work you do in our communities."
Chair, UNISON Eastern Region Probation Branch.
SRtRC would like to especially thank our excellent volunteers at conference, Natasha Bougourd and Vanya Obrastsoff-Rutinsky for their hard work.