Another successful fringe event held at UNITE Conference in Brighton
You cannot kick racism out of football until you kick racism out of society, and it’s the issue within society that needs dealing with.
Len McCluskey - UNITE General Secretary
On Tuesday 7th July 2015, Show Racism the Red Card attended UNITE's 2015 Annual Conference where they held an excellent fringe meeting attended by over 100 delegates.
Speakers at the event included Len McCluskey, UNITE General Secretary, Stephen Cavalier, Chief Executive of Thompsons Solicitors as well as Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive Ged Grebby and Ex-professional footballer and Red Card Hall of Fame member, Leroy Rosenior.
The event was chaired by UNITE Political Director, Jennie Formby, who opened the event by talking about the great work of the campaign and introduced the panel. She also introduced the theme of the event, which focused on challenging racism in the workplace.
Next up, Show Racism’s Chief Executive Ged Grebby talked extensively on what the organisation does to combat racism, not only in football, but also on a nation-wide level. The audience was then shown to a clip of an upcoming SRtRC educational film which features Gary Lineker, as well as numerous other famous footballers.
UNITE General Secretary Len McCluskey then delivered a great speech in support of SRtRC and the importance of continued funding of the organisation. In the speech, Len encouraged UNITE members, “.. go back to your branches and get your branches to affiliate to SRtRC. A number of branches represented here represent large workplaces with plenty of money in your branch funds. Please, please go back and advance what this organization is trying to do..”. Futhermore, he implored delegates ”Email me! Email me to let me know which of your branches have actually supported [SRtRC]” adding “I don’t know of anyone else, I’m sure there are others, but I don’t know any other group that works with children in this manner”
Len’s passionate speech was then followed by a moving personal testimony from ex-footballer and SRtRC patron, Leroy Rosenior. Leroy talked about some of his own experiences of racism and the importance of anti-racism education.
Finally, Thompsons Chief Executive, Stephen Cavalier spoke about his involvement with the campaign before moving onto talk about problems such as the attacks on legal aid and racial discrimination in the workplace. Both subjects of importance to the organisation.
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