Friday, 2 March, 2012
Last weekend the HMDT Team visited two events of organisations which are focused on fighting contemporary discrimination and promoting fairness and equality.
 
Sporting Equals Ethnic Media Campaign Launch – 24 February 2012
 
On 24 February 2012, Outreach Officer Roberta Atherton attended the launch of a new campaign to promote ethnic diversity in sport held by Sporting Equals. The campaign aims to encourage and enable ethnic media to increase sports news coverage in order to better reach black and minority ethnic audiences. The launch was an exciting opportunity to hear perspectives from an array of representatives of the sporting world including media, athletes, sporting academies, national governing bodies and organising committees. Roberta was particularly inspired to meet a 100 year old marathon runner, set to contest this year’s London Marathon at the age of 101 and to hear of developments in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Jane Jones of Paralympics GB discussed the proud and fascinating history of the Paralympics and how much the event has grown over time, while Neil Walker of London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) confirmed his organisation’s commitment to promoting London’s multi-cultural identity at the Olympics and to ensuring breaking news would be accessible to all.
 
 
Unite Against Facism – 25 February 2012
 
Unite Against Facism (UAF) held their annual conference on 25 February 2012 to plan the campaign for the coming year. We held a HMDT stall at the event and were very impressed with the level of interest and support received from delegates. Amidst interesting speech and debate from UAF members, former professional footballer Leroy Rosenior of Show Racism the Red Card spoke movingly about racism and homophobia in football and the simple actions he took to challenge discrimination happening around him. The group of EDL members gathering outside the conference in protest served as a reminder that even in a society not at risk of genocide, we all have the power to take actions that will either challenge or promote exclusion.
 
 
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