Show Racism the Red Card Scotland were delighted to be named as a late addition to this year’s STUC Congress 2019 at Caird Hall, Dundee.
The team set up a stall at the 3-day conference alongside fellow charities, hosting a fringe meeting entitled ‘Challenging Racism in the Workplace’, and showcased our recent anti-racism work to the First Minster of Scotland.
Day 1 was spent meeting members of the many trade unions operating in Scotland who greatly support the work that Show Racism the Red Card do. “Without a doubt we would not be able to deliver our much-needed anti-racism education if it wasn’t for the trade union movement,” added Jordan Allison of Show Racism the Red Card Scotland on the decrease in Government funding over the last 10 years.
Day 2 saw our fringe meeting, ‘Challenging Racism in the Workplace’ held at Caird Hall, Dundee. Guest speakers included Annette Drylie (Chair of Equalities at GMB Union), Stephen Smellie (South Lanarkshire Branch Secretary at Unison) and two of Dundee United’s first team, Ian Harkes and Rachid Bouhenna.
The fringe meeting began as our sessional worker Chris Priestley gave the audience an example of activities used in our workshops for all ages. Both Rachid and Ian of Dundee United were not shy in joining in too.
This followed a talk by Annette Drylie on the rise of the far right that we are seeing in our society. She gave a very powerful account of her organisation’s own experience of anti-semitic abuse towards a member of their staff. Stephen Smellie then gave an insight on the impact of Show Racism the Red Card’s workshops on his South Lanarkshire branch.
Day 3 and we were able to discuss some of our recent anti-racism initiatives, including our Scottish Creative Competition 2019, with Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland. We invited along the winner of this year’s P6/7 category winner of the competition, Erin Harvey (Sidlaw View Primary, Dundee) to our stall where she was met and congratulated by the First Minister. This was a fantastic moment for her, the school, and everyone associated with our Scottish Creative Competition this year.
During her speech at the STUC Congress 2019, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Scotland wants no part of Theresa May’s despicable hostile environment. We reject the dog whistle xenophobia that is too prevalent in political discourse. And we stand firm and united against the rise of the far right."