Anti Racism Creative Competition entries 2018

This is a sample of the work submitted to the Anti Racism Creative Competition 2018.  #cc18 #srtrc

Dreams

by Melissa Akalonu

Dreams. I dream of something great ;something bigger, there’s no debate.

Where we wouldn’t segregate for cynical reasons like hate.

I dream where the north south divide we’ve been taught about wouldn’t matter as much, because humanity hasn’t been cast aside..

Where the voices and cries of students aren’t overlooked by the orange man on top of the red, blue and white flag; Basic human rights denied.

I dream of a time where our leaders would finally learn from history’s mistake. I mean why fight fire with fire?seek peace by causing war? For God’s sake!

Where am I, I must still be dreaming- I am not awake!

I dream that one day, we’ll come out of our apathetic and technology-infested bubbles and see that we all go through the same troubles and face similar struggles.And In this made up universe; I’ll be judged not for the colour of my skin but the content of my character.

Where my race or gender isn’t a barrier or treated like a curse.

I dream that these dreams don’t have to be dreams but reality. Where this school can be the door and we are the key.

Wherever you go we’ll be by your side, anything you want we’ll provide.

This is no coincidence, 50 different cultures!     You can talk to anyone from the Isle of Man to the Republic of Congo to Pakistan!!, This is clearly God’s Plan (or whatever higher power you believe in).

I dream that – no, I believe that the change starts with us regardless of our religion, gender or sexuality. Where we can conquer all adversities because there’s unity in diversity.

 

The robin and tit,

Of beauty and grit,

Each one that emits,

It’s unique toolkit,

Yet It’s hard to admit,

That some lacking wit,

Include the robin but omit the tit.

 

The rabbit and hare,

As light as soft air,

Stride up and down where,

They live but beware,

The bipedal bear,

Who discovered the pair,

Greeting the rabbit and hunting the hare.

 

Of black and of white,

Of split and of spite,

Of hoods and of blight,

Why of blood and bite,

Stop the needless fight,

And preserve each rite,

Of both the black and the white.

 

Lucas Thornton

Belvedere college S.J.

 

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Anti-racism charity releases infographic ahead of UN Anti-Racism Day

Anti-racism charity releases infographic ahead of UN Anti-Racism Day

 – Calls on Government to increase investment in integration –

On the eve of the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Irish anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) have released an infographic highlighting its work to tackle racism in Ireland.

The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21st March, with activities and events taking place across the globe.

Speaking ahead of the international day, Garrett Mullan, Executive Director of SRtRC today (20.03.18) said: “The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is the perfect time for us to take stock on the work that SRtRC has been able to do to challenge racism.

 

“To mark this important day, we are releasing an infographic to highlight the amount and scope of work that SRtRC achieved, since 2017.”

Since the beginning of 2017:

  • 3,878 football players took part in SRtRC actions during the ‘Football Against Racism in Europe’ fortnight;
  • 332 student teachers and teachers completed the SRtRC online training;
  • 7,082 school students have participated in SRtRC workshops; and
  • 200 schools and youth services participated in the Anti-Racism Creative Competition 2018.

“Whilst we are proud what we have achieved in this time, we are calling on Government to increase the Integration Funds and the Community Integration Fund, so as to allow organisations like SRtRC to sustain the impact of their work,” continued Mr Mullan. “In 2007, Government allocated €9.2m for integration but only spent €3.2m. The amount allocated has since been reduced to €1.1 million, leaving anti-racism organisations with limited resources with which to tackle racism in Ireland.”

For further information on how to get involved, please contact info@theredcard.ie

 

 

 

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Education against racism evaluation surveys

To assess our work, so we can improve our offer, we are launching three surveys to stakeholders for feedback.  They surveys are short and will take no longer than 5 minutes.

For our Education Pack survey, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2YLH8PH

For our Teachers/ Educators survey, please  go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MX5JHJK

For our Pupils survey, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNCVNY5

 

 

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Awards to clubs who welcome refugees

             Club Welcome plaque presentation award

The presentation of Club Welcome plaques to conclude our Club Welcome Refugees programme will take place next Tuesday with Minister of State David Stanton TD presenting a plaque of appreciation to five sports clubs.

Pictured: participants in the Show Racism the Red Card Club Welcome programme activities at Booth Road Celtic FC, Ballaghaderreen GAA club and Sligo Rovers FC

The pilot of this programme was completed during 2016-2017 and is in recognition that sport has a big role to play in promoting integration.  The five clubs receiving awards have carried out a programme of sustained work which will contribute to integration of refugees within Ireland.

The programme was supported by the Community Foundation and the Ireland Funds and ran between 2016 and 2017.  Thanks to support from the St Stephens Green Trust, we will be continuing this pilot programme and develop it as well as increase the number of clubs involved.  We will be putting out a call for involvement in the 2018 programme shortly.

The Club Welcome awards are being presented at 12: 30pm, Tuesday 23rd January 2018 in the Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

The five clubs are:  Booth Road Celtic FC, Dublin 22, Ballinacurra Gaels GAA club, Limerick, Ballaghaderreen GAA club Roscommon, Emo Celtic, Co Laois and Sligo Rovers.

-Sligo Rovers delivered coaching sessions freely accessible to residents in Globe House, once a week over 20 weeks.  Sligo Rovers not only offered training sessions for residents  of Globe house but we also organised fully qualified coaches and also organised friendlies for the residents of Globe House against local grass root clubs in Sligo.

-Booth Road Celtic Football Club hosted an open coaching evening with the FAI inviting residents from the Towers Accommodation Centre and also engaged with residents of the accommodation centre to identify and accommodate access for children in the centre to participate at different levels of the club including the club academy on Saturday mornings for children aged 4-7 and under 8’s to under 14s schoolboy teams.

-Emo FC have provided free access to their all- weather facilities to residents in Montague House and also made a policy decision to allow free membership to their club to children of asylum seekers, in recognition of financial barriers.

-Ballinacurra Gaels GAA club in Limerick engaged with local support agency Doras Luimni and have organised ‘Have a Go’ days specifically with children of asylum seekers and refugees.

-Ballaghaderreen organised a club blitz involving some Syrian refugees (pictured above) and also a trip to Croke Park for the All- Ireland final between Roscommon and Mayo.  The club now has Syrian refugees training with the Under 18’s football team.

 

 

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Wear Red Day report 2017

24th November marked the second annual Wear Red Day against racism hosted by Show Racism the Red Card.  The programme called for participants to register activities for the day where those involved were invited to wear red, collect donations and deliver other activities to show their support.

Upon registration, participants received an organiser pack which included leaflets, posters, red cards, stickers and template press release and announcements.  23 schools and 12 other groups participated.  Check out this link for the full report

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FARE fortnight report 2017

5th – 19th October 2017 was FARE fortnight.  FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) is a UEFA supported initiative in which actions take place inviting participation in all affiliates to take action and support the anti-racism message and to spread the word that Football People support.

Here are some highlights of the fortnight. Click below for the full report.

  • 11th year of FARE fortnight in Ireland
  • More participants than ever before.
  • 4 SSE Airtricity League Clubs involved
  • 58 Grassroots clubs with 3878 players involved
  • 4082 young people participated in workshops
  • Coverage in local and national media
  • Promoting the message of #EqualGame #TackleRacism #SRTRC

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Joint Statement with PFA Ireland in response to racist abuse tweets to Cyrus Christie

Ireland’s James McClean is to be commended for speaking out about racist comments aimed at team mate Cyrus Christie in the aftermath of Ireland’s play- off with Denmark. The statement from Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) and Professional Footballers Association Ireland (PFA Ireland) comes after McClean revealed the racist tweets directed at Cyrus Christie.
Christie’s teammate, James McClean, revealed the existence of the tweets at Saturday evening’s PFA Ireland awards in Dublin, citing it as an example of what the team had been subjected to in the immediate aftermath of the game. He said that Christie, already deeply upset over the outcome of the game, had shown the messages to other players in the dressing room at the Aviva stadium.
“We spoke afterwards and it really got to a few players,” said McClean in an interview on stage after he had been presented with the award for Overseas Player of the Year.
Alleged racist comments have been referred by the FAI to the Gardai for investigation. The tweet urged him to go to Jamaica and boasted about wanting to lynch him.
Garrett Mullan (Show Racism the Red Card) said: “There is no place for racism in sport or on social media. We welcome the fact that the FAI and Gardai are taking action but social media outlets also have a role to play in responding to racism.
As important as reporting such vile incidents is the support that someone receives from those around and in this case, it is clear that Cyrus Christie’s team mates have been affected by this incident. We welcome the fact that James McClean has shone a light on to some of the nasty elements out there. His support for his fellow team mate will help the team and Cyrus in particular, to emerge stronger from this incident”.
Stephen Mc Guinness, General Secretary of the PFA Ireland: “We fully support all efforts to stamp out racism from the game and that includes comments targeting players on social media. The nature of this incident is really shocking and no player should be subjected to that and we hope that the perpetrator is called to account. This incident should serve as a message to all involved in the game from grassroots upwards that racism needs a response from authorities and team mates. It cannot be ignored”.

Contact: Garrett Mullan (Director SRTRC) @ 0863927650
Notes to Editors:
About Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card is an international anti-racism charity that was founded in the UK in 1995 with a £50 donation from Newcastle United’s Shaka Hislop.  The Irish branch was established in 2006.  The aim of Show Racism the Red Card is to harness the high profile of sportspeople to combat racism.  The organisation works to produce anti-racism educational resources, and to educate young people through workshops and coaching activities. Further information is available at: www.theredcard.ie

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FARE fortnight of action 2017 #footballpeople #tackleracism

FARE fortnight of action kicks off

The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) fortnight of action begins on the 5th and runs through to the 19th October.  It is part of a UEFA supported initiative which will see actions take place in all affiliate countries where the anti- racism message is promoted at all levels of the game from grassroots to champions league and international games.  In Ireland, it involves a partnership of the Football Association of Ireland and Show Racism the Red Card to deliver actions reach schools, clubs and the wider community.

4030 players from 62 clubs around Ireland will be taking part in activities to mark Football Against Racism in Europe fortnight of action.  These actions will include children doing Champions League style handshakes and wristband exchange, with the home team presenting the band to players on the away teams.  Actions will also include team photos with the Red Cards of SRTRC.  At adult level, players will be warming up wearing the bibs with the Equal Game message, which is being promoted by UEFA.

At SSE Airtricity League level, Longford Town, Sligo Rovers and Cork City are hosting actions, where players will be wearing the Equal Game bibs

Development Officers of the FAI are also delivering the Show Racism the Red Card workshops to 4059 children in 120 schools over the fortnight.  In Limerick, there will be an interschool anti-racism blitz with 14 primary schools participating.  A highlight of the fortnight is the Irish Amputee International team will be holding up the Red Cards at the first ever UEFA Amputee tournament and will be posting it on their livesteam.

 

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SRTRC Audited Accounts 2016

This is a link to our audited accounts for 2016.  The document includes directors report and full finance report.

Full Accounts Signed 2016

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Show Racism the Red Card 2017-18 programme of activities

Show Racism the Red Card activities 2017-18

Our Mission is to challenge racism through providing education resources and intercultural activity which support integration.

Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) offers a unique platform of education & sport to tackle racism and promote integration. We are working with schools, clubs and youth services to support inclusion and raise understanding of what is racism and how to respond.

We invite you to get involved in any of our programme of activities. SRTRC activities include:

– Anti Racism education workshops
– Anti Racism education training
– Anti Racism creative competition
– FARE fortnight against racism in football
– Wear Red Day
– One Race Human Race exhibition tour Continue reading

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