On Wednesday 13th February, UNISON organised a Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) event at De Montfort University (DMU). The event allowed students and staff from DMU the opportunity to learn about the work of SRtRC, how UNISON support the work of SRtRC and take part in a Q&A session with the guest speakers on the day.
The event was hosted in the Clephan building on DMU campus where 70 guests turned out to listen to the guest speakers. Ben Browne, DMU Chief Operating Officer, opened the event by discussing how proud he is that DMU has be named the first University of the year for Social Inclusion. He went on to say that the University will continue to support events that help promote the great work of UNISON and Show Racism the Red Card. Ben Holman, Campaign Worker for Show Racism the Red Card, spoke about how the organisation was started, the work it conducts with young people and the support it has received from UNISON over the past years. The guests then watched the brand-new SRtRC educational film which features members of society, and professional footballers, talking about their experiences of racism. Former professional footballer, Chris Iwelumo, was in attendance and he was next up to speak to the audience. Chris spoke about his own personal experiences of racism in both football and growing up in Scotland. UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie, then spoke to the guests about why he supports SRtRC and why we must tackle all forms of racism.
Claire Horne from Thompsons Solicitors explained how she often deals with race discrimination cases and she advised the guests on how to report discrimination in the workplace. Ryan Bromyard from Leicester City Community Trust finished of explaining the work of the organisation in the local community and by highlighting the Show Racism the Red Card event that they held just the week before at the King Power Stadium.
The event was rounded off with a Q&A session where the audience had the chance to ask their questions to the panel. Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a massive thank you to UNISON for organising the event and for the continued support of the organisation. A big thank you also to DMU for hosting the event and for all of their help on the day.