Anti-racism charity runs stall and host fringe meeting for delegates on the subject of challenging racism in the workplace.
Building on the long term and highly successful partnership between the organisation and UNISON, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) attended the annual National Delegates Conference which this year took place in Brighton.
UNISON are SRtRC’s longest standing supporter and have just renewed campaign funding for the coming year. In addition, the charity has benefited from generous branch donations which have supported the delivery of anti-racism education in schools and have collaborated to create resources including an ‘Immigration Myth Buster’.
SRtRC staff ran a stall promoting the work of the charity alongside a wide range of educational resources and merchandise. Over the course of the conference over 2,000 England World Cup posters, 2,000 Football Club posters and 220 magazines/ goody bags were distributed among the 2000 attendees.
Many delegates wore their newly purchased SRtRC t-shirts with pride and tweeted pictures after visiting the stall. A gallery of images from throughout the conference can be viewed here.
On the final day of the conference, SRtRC held a fringe meeting entitled Challenging Racism in the Workplace. The meeting was attended by over 60 delegates
Liz Snape (Unison Deputy General Secretary) chaired the meeting and gave several strong messages encouraging Unison Branches and regions to support SRtRC financially. The charity’s Chief Executive Ged Grebby spoke on the campaign’s priorities and the importance of links with the unions. Clare Williams (Unison Northern Region) spoke on the work of the partnership with the Northern Region at every level of the union from branches to the regional committee and the youth committee. Clare’s testimony of the work of SRtRC was absolutely outstanding and could not have been better.
Former Juventus, Portsmouth and Stoke City striker Vincent Pericard, former Chelsea legend Paul Canoville both spoke about their personal experiences of racism in football and society. Both Paul and Vincent were also available on the stall and after the meeting for photographs with delegates. Finally, Stephen Cavalier the CEO of event sponsors and campaign supporters Thompsons Solicitors spoke in glowing terms about the work of Show Racism the Red Card.
The meeting closed with an energetic Question and Answer session from delegates.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank UNISON for their continued support, and all of the delegates who gave up their time to visit the stall and the fringe meeting. Thanks also go to event sponsors Thompsons Solicitors and to all those who spoke on behalf of the campaign throughout the conference.