As a proudly anti-racist campaigning union, PCS is backing a series of national Stand Up to Racism demonstrations in London, Cardiff and Glasgow and encourages members to go along and show their support.
The #MarchAgainstRacism, on Saturday 17 March, which will be replicated in European and US cities, has been organised to mark the UN’s annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Activists should spread the word about the march, and other events in the equalities calendar, as a way for members to get more involved with union activities.
Racism not welcome here
A series of local rallies is also being held in February and early March to build for the event – click here for the schedule.
Migrants and refugees in Britain are being scapegoated for the effects of austerity, EU nationals are being used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations, and institutional racism endures in many walks of life.
With the racist agenda coming from Donald Trump in the USA and emboldening the far right, and a resurgent far right in Europe, it’s a timely opportunity to tell the government that racism is not welcome here.
In other news from PCS’s equality team:
- The union’s young members network has now moved under the equalities umbrella. If you are a young member aged 27 or under, we really want you to get more involved in your union. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can get involved.
- The first 2018 edition of Equality Freedom and Justice – the newsletter of the National Black Members’ Committee – is out now and can be downloaded here.
- You can help celebrate LGBT History Month in February by organising an event in your branch or workplace. The theme is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, looking at the differences in LGBT equality across the globe. Resources are available from the PCS equality department by emailing email@example.com, or can be downloaded from the LGBT History Month website.
- Plans are already under way for this summer’s pride season. Why not join Proud, PCS’s LGBT members’ group?