The new Show Racism the Red Card educational film is to be launched at Newcastle Civic Centre on Thursday 23rd May at 2pm.
Attending are former Newcastle United FC footballers: Olivier Bernard, Steve Howey, Richard Offiong and John Anderson; former Sunderland AFC captain Kevin Ball, Clare Williams from UNISON, Councillor Habib Rahman and Laura Pidcock MP.
The film features England Manager Gareth Southgate and Wales Manager Ryan Giggs, plus several Premier League players: Trent Alexander–Arnold; Deli Alli, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Pickford, Harry McGuire and many more.
The film & accompanying Education Pack explore:
* An introduction to racism
* Where does racism come from? Exploring stereotypes and the influence of the media
* The history of racism
* Experiences of racism
* Dealing with and campaigning against racism
* Celebrating diversity
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said;
“Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism education charity and we are always looking to update our educational resources. This film and Education Pack will be a key part of our education work for the next few years. Sincere thanks go to all the players and individuals who took part in the film.
Racism is on the rise in the UK and anti-racism education is the key to combating this.”
Laura Pidcock MP for North West Durham and Shadow Minister of Labour
"It is more important than ever to invest in anti-racism education. This excellent organisation have been warning for years that the far-right are on the rise and unfortunately they are proving to be right. Young people need the space to have important conversations about immigration, cultural difference and entrenched stereotypes. Fundamentally they need to be given the space to think critically and this organisation does that, they work away in the back ground in our communities having these difficult conversations. There must be a concerted show of support for this organisation in practical terms, they should be funded to carry out this crucial work in expanding the world view of the fantastic young people we have in this country. "
Clare Williams, UNISON Regional Secretary said: "UNISON is proud to continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card which is needed now more than ever. It can help bring communities together when much of the language around Brexit is driving people apart.”
“We congratulate the organisation and applaud the work that they do. Racism is divisive and is used by the far right, some so-called mainstream politicians and sections of the media to blame the social and economic ills of the country on ethnic minority groups, immigrants and asylum seekers. UNISON and ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ have stood shoulder to shoulder in fighting this hatred for many years, and we will continue to do so for as long as it persists in our society.”