Show Racism the Red Card at the Unison National Delegate Conference, Liverpool

Show Racism the Red Card were present the Unison National Delegate Conference at the ACC, Liverpool on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of June 2019.

As well as engaging with hundreds of people on the SRTRC stall, the charity also held a very successful fringe meeting on the Tuesday, with around 400 people present.

 The meeting was kindly sponsored by Thompson's Law and featured some excellent speakers.

Show Racism the Red Card chief executive Ged Grebby opened the event, giving an overview of the charity’s anti-racism educational work and the increasing need for it. Ex-Scotland, Wolves and Stoke striker Chris Iwelumo then shared his thoughts and experiences of racism during his time as a professional footballer. Ex-Nottingham Forest striker Jason Lee spoke of his role as Equalities and Education Executive of the PFA and of having to face racism during his career, especially from the press and TV. Unison’s Elizabeth Cameron then spoke of the fight against racism and discrimination in the workplace, before Steve Cavalier (Thompson’s Solicitors- the event’s sponsors) voiced his strong support for SRTRC’s school educational work as well as his dismay at the growing level of racism within football and the wider society. Clare Williams (Unison’s Northern General Secretary) reiterated the need for education in tacking workplace and school-based discrimination, lamenting how the current government and political climate have fuelled the problem. The final speaker was the Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyme and Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner, who underlined her (and her party’s) commitment to improving the current dire situation, whilst making her anti-racism stance very clear.

It was a profound and inspiring hour of speeches, and the hundreds in attendance showed their appreciation and support

The fringe meeting closed with a photo taken of the speakers and delegates holding up cards in support of SRTRC’s Wear Red Day 2019. Our thanks to all at Unison and Thompson’s Law for their fabulous support helping to Show Racism the Red Card.

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