Unite The Union Conference Summary

UNITE THE UNION CONFERENCE, BRIGHTON

 

On Monday 24th June 2019 Show Racism the Red Card took part in a fringe meeting hosted by Howard Beckett, Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union.

 

The meeting was kindly sponsored by Thompson's Law and attended by 120 delegates, a great turnout especially after a full day's conference. Earlier that afternoon all of the delegates, many wearing SRtRC t-shirts, posed for a photo with Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey to promote Wear Red Day.

 

SRtRC Southern Regional Manager Steve Goodsell gave a short presentation on the education work being delivered in London and the South. Steve spoke about the responsibilities of Politicians in regard to the language they use and the views they publicly espouse to describe people, as these filter down into the classrooms and playgrounds of our young people. At a recent SRtRC workshop Steve attended, some young people viewing a photograph of Woman wearing a Burqa commented that she 'looked like a letter box', which they admitted repeating after hearing a media story about a prominent Government MP's disgraceful comments.

 

Delegates watched a short film called 'Hannah's Story' which features a teenage girl who suffered racism at school which affected her confidence and mental well-being. Hannah talks about what happened following a visit to her school by the SRtRC Wales Education Team, how it made those who were being racist realise that what they were doing, was not only hurtful but against the law. Hannah is happy at school now and some of the people who were making racist comments previously are now her friends. You can watch the full version of the film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9j8yQk83tY

 

Howard Beckett talked about the great working relationship between Unite the Union and SRtRC and how much Unite value the contribution that SRtRC make to society with their education work in schools. He also urged members to support Wear Red Day in Scotland on the 4th October and the 18th October in England and Wales.

 

Susan Matthews (NEC) spoke about 'The systematic racism within employment practices' and gave examples of other forms of racism that many people may be unaware of, such as Environmental Racism. Susan described how some London Boroughs are creating play areas on estates that are only accessible by children of parents who pay rent, as opposed to those that live in council properties. This almost always unfairly penalises Black and Minority Ethnic families, which is happening more and more according to Susan.

 

Stephen Cavalier of Thompsons Law spoke about the great work of SRtRC in schools and how vital it was that funding is found to not just maintain the current level of delivery but to be able to reach out to thousands more young people across the UK. Stephen added how good it was to see top footballers speak out against racism in the game and in society, and the importance of supporting them. He said it was shocking that Danny Rose of Spurs and England should feel that he looks forward to not playing football because racism is such an everyday occurrence now.

 

Terry Angus and Simone Pound of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) both spoke in support of the work of SRtRC in schools, but also about the fantastic partnership that exists between the PFA and SRtRC. The football club events held each season are held in high esteem by the PFA, and the clubs themselves. The Community Departments at the football clubs contribute a great deal to the success of the club education programme, with hundreds of players getting a chance to contribute to the events and interact with young people from local schools. Many players continue to make a contribution to SRtRC by way of speaking at events and being trained to deliver educational workshops, two of whom have been honoured for their achievements - Leroy Rosenior and John Beresford, both proud holders of the MBE.

 

The fringe meeting closed with a photo taken of delegates holding up cards in support of Wear Red Day 2019. Our thanks to all at Unite the Union, Thompsons Law and the PFA for their fabulous support helping to Show Racism the Red Card.

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GMB Union Conference report

GMB Conference Report

Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th June - Brighton

Show Racism the Red Card had one of the most popular stalls at the GMB Conference in Brighton last week. The majority of the delegates who went to the conference visited the stall, with 254 collecting t-shirts paid for by Regional Branches to wear on the final couple of days. Looking around the conference, the majority of people were carrying one of our carrier bags and so our brand was widely publicised. The stall was run by Martina Barton (Admin Worker), Steve Goodsell (Southern Regional Manager) and Ged Grebby our CEO.

£237 was raised from donations and sales of wristbands, badges and T-Shirt's. A further bulk order for 50 t-shirts was made which will raise an additional £400. The football club posters were very popular although several delegates were disappointed 'their' team was not on display, the most notable absentee's being Leeds Utd, Derby County and any Scottish clubs.

Key members of the GMB came to talk to us about the campaign and seemed enthusiastic about the opportunity to fund us on a local basis, and to support Wear Red Day 2019. We were approached by two Councillors who were interested in SRtRC working in their Local Authority area. 

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SRtRC Vice President Leroy Rosenior MBE spoke at the main conference and received a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. The GMB officials commented that it was the best speech they had ever heard at conference. Leroy also attended and spoke at our fringe meeting on the Wednesday afternoon. Leroy was joined by Ged Grebby, Tim Roache (GMB General Secretary) Taranjit Chana (GMB National Equality Race Lead) Tony Higgins (FIFPro} and Stephen Cavalier from Thompsons Solicitors who sponsored the fringe and provided lunch for attendees. All speakers were enthusiastically received, with Leroy once more being given a standing ovation. Around 100 people attended with standing room only  come the 12.45 start!

Overall it was a great conference with fantastic support from delegates and management towards the work of Show Racism the Red Card.

May Monthly Round-up - England

The Education teams in England worked to collectively deliver a series of informative, creative workshops and events during May 2019. 

It included:

32 workshops

64 hours of workshop activities, excluding assemblies and fun fitness sessions

1248 young people participated

12 Primary schools   

1 Secondary school

The North East team has again had a busy month. During May, we have delivered 21 workshops into 9 schools reaching 478 pupils. Quotes from pupils highlight the positive impact they have had on those attending:

 

“I liked how we were able to learn a lot of things about which words are racist and not and also a lot of stories about what people have had to go through to help me understand how shocking racism really is”

 

“I loved your passion to help people who are getting bullied because they are different”

 

Teacher comments:

 

“The relationship the facilitator built with the children from the very beginning of the workshop was brilliant and resulted in some very valuable interactions”

 

“The facilitator was superb with the children and conversation flowed freely and without confusion”

 

At the beginning of the month, Patrick from the team delivered workshops at two youth clubs in Middlesbrough reaching 54 young people. On Wednesday 1 May, he delivered 3 small group workshops at Breckon Hill and on Thursday 2 May, a discussion with young people attending Newport Youth Club took place and was led by ex-player and Middlesbrough First team coach, Curtis Fleming.

 

On Tuesday 7 May, members of the team supported our Campaign team colleagues at another successful club event at Newcastle United. Over 100 pupils from a number of schools attended and took part in Hate Crime workshops and a Question and Answer session with a panel which included Newcastle United Women’s goalkeeper, Michaela Raine, former NUFC players and SRtRC patrons, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard & Steve Howey and Cllr Peter Earley, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning at North Tyneside Council.

 

This month saw the start of the SEA (School Equality Ambassadors') project, a new project funded from the Home Office: Building Stronger Britain Together programme. The aim is around preventing/educating about Far Right extremism through a targeted 4 week anti-racism course looking at racism’s roots and causes, through to educating about Hate Crime and finally educating about extremist groups and behaviour. We have completed the first block of training with pupils at Churchill Community College in Wallsend and are in the middle of sessions for pupils at Portland College in Sunderland.  Initial feedback has been very positive:

 

“Lovely presenters! The sessions were well presented and thorough.  The presenters were very professional and spoke to the students in a way that they could easily understand.  The students responded well and answered questions, as well as getting involved in discussion.  It is hoped that now, these students, have a wider view of diversity and are more aware of how flippant, racist remarks and taunts can hurt and potentially harm others.”

 

The North East Education team were involved in organising a Regional Premiere of the Education Film on Thursday 23 May held at Newcastle Civic Centre. More than 70 attendees enjoyed a screening of the film, speakers including Laura Pidcock, Member of Parliament for North West Durham and Shadow Minister of Labour  and Clare Williams, Regional Secretary, UNISON Northern and a panel Q and A with Show Racism the Red Card's Young Ambassador, Isra Mohammed; ex-players and supporters Kevin Ball and Steve Howey and our own Justine King. Special thanks to Habib Rahman for both speaking at the event and for the support in providing us with such a good venue for the event and congratulations on being appointed as Newcastle’s Sheriff, the first British Muslim to hold the position. Pupils and teachers from two schools, St Bede's in Peterlee and St Joseph's in Hebburn were also in attendance and went away with bags full of SRtRC goodies.

 

Justine King, our Education Co-ordinator in the North East also appeared on the Drivetime Show on Fast FM at the end of May to talk about various issues around racism and how to educate against it.

Bamburgh School Delivery

Bamburgh School Delivery

Breckon Hill School Delivery

Breckon Hill School Delivery

The south regional team visited a total of 6 schools during May. We delivered 3 lots of carousel type workshops reaching a total of 450 students. 3 schools received 11 workshops which amounts to 22 hours. One secondary schools received two assemblies for 320 pupils. The team also assisted at the Charity Football event held at Chelsea FC  and hosted a successful City Hall Showcase event in London. We also supported a KickOff 3 event at Thurrock.

 

Quotes from Schools:

We booked SRtRC for assemblies for 320 pupils. We were impressed by the professionalism of the educator and the pupils gained much insight into the issues surrounding racism. The pupils and staff have asked for workshops which we are looking into. 

Oxted School

 

 

Another excellent day with Show Racism the Red Card. The staff and pupils wanted to say a very big Thank You for creating such an open and comfortable space for such a difficult subject. We hope you enjoyed the artwork the children completed on the day.

Charterhouse Square School

 

This is the 3rd year we booked your workshops and again you have not disappointed. Looking forward to next academic year.

Fitzharrys School

Special screening of new Show Racism the Red Card film

Show Racism the Red Card has organised a special regional premiere of the new Show Racism the Red Card educational film.

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England manager, Gareth Southgate, is featured in the film, alongside a number of professional and former professional footballers and other role-models talking about their experiences of racism.

Laura Pidcock MP (North West Durham), Shadow Minister for Labour, will speak at this event.

You can see a trailer for the film below and to secure a place at this event, please e-mail Sarah Lewis by Monday 20th May.