Time to Stand Up Against Racism. The Scottish launch of Stand Up Against Racism featured Paul Sinha, Des Clarke, Phillip Differ, Saj Chauhdry and Susan Morrison.
Show Racism the Red Card worked in partnership with Scottish Ethical Events to organise the Scottish launch of a new anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigning project.
Stand Up Against Racism is modelled on the campaign’s already well known work in football, it will provide a platform for stand up comedians to use their skills and art to reach adults with an anti-racist and anti-fascist message.
The Co-operative, the STUC, The Stand Comedy Club and Bombay Blues have all supported the timely launch of Stand Up Against Racism alongside football fans, footballers and writers. Opposing racism in a diverse, tolerant Glasgow is epitomised by a good night out with a good Glasgow curry, great stand ups and good company.
Tommy Breslin, Education Coordinator with Show Racism The Red Card stated, “Stand Up Against Racism is an excellent way of bringing together adults in a fun and engaging manner to celebrate multi-culturalism and point out just how ridiculous racism is.”
Jaki Speirs, Scottish Ethical Events said, “Scottish Ethical Events is proud to support SRTRC, STUC and Scotland's stand up community in launching Stand Up Against Racism. We look forward to a brilliant night's entertainment demonstrating Scotland's opposition to the racist BNP.”
Dave Moxham, Deputy Secretary, STUC, says "STUC is delighted to host this event and receive the support of all these great performers. Trade Unions in Scotland say yes to curry, comedy and no to the BNP. We are going to have a great night."
Susan Morrison added,” I love comedy, I know nothing about football but what I do know is it is time to stamp out racism”.
Saj Chauhdry said, “I am extremely proud to support the cause, signed up without batting an eyelid.”
Phillip Differ said, “I love comedy, I love football, I love curry, I hate racism. Doing this gig was a no brainer.”
Satnam Ner, Chairperson of the STUC’s Black Worker’s Committee and Chair of Prospect Rosyth Branch says, “In the final days leading up to polling day, I can’t think of a better way to support the excellent work of Show Racism the Red Card and everything that it stands for.”
David Dugan, Regional Co-operative & Membership Manager, The Co-operative said “The Co-operative is committed to breaking down barriers in all aspects of society and we are proud to help support this event.”
Ex-footballers Jim Duffy, Derek Ferguson and Gerry Britton will also be involved in the evening’s event to bring in the footballing element.
The idea for this project came from an educational event for young people that Show Racism The Red Card held with Arsenal FC earlier this season, Stephen K Amos joined the session and very successfully used comedy to get his anti-racist message across.
There was no shortage of comedians willing to get involved with the new campaign and it is anticipated that the project will be rolled out across Scotland over the coming year.