A well-attended SRtRC fringe meeting heard from a range of speakers about the importance of fighting racism through anti-racism education.
The first speaker was the former General Secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower, who is now Vice President of SRtRC. Christine called on all delegates at the conference to challenge racism in their schools. Christine said, “get the fantastic team from SRtRC into your school to help you fight racism and combat the rise in Hate Crime.”
Daniel Kebede from NEU Northern Region outlined how the union in the North East work closely with the SRtRC campaign. Daniel said, “I am proud that our union has made a stand against OFSTED’s banning of the hijab. We must all work together to combat Islamophobia and the far right.”
Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism spoke about the worrying new development of the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) and Ged Grebby from SRtRC outlined support for the counter demonstrations against the FLA.
Laura Pidcock MP spoke about her work as an Education Worker and Manager at SRtRC and said that “Every single teacher should have the time and space to challenge racism. I urge you all to support SRtRC and work with them in your school”.
The final speaker, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT and new joint General Secretary of the NEU said, “This union is proud of the role it has played in the development of SRtRC. Some of our colleagues have gone home today because they are worried about the threat of ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ tomorrow (3rd April). This cannot be right and this union pledges to do all it can to stop Islamophobia. Last year 25,000 people took part in SRtRC’s Wear Red Day; let’s make that 50,000 or 75,000 this year!”