Branch Black Members Group
Black History Month 2017
Black History Month is an annual event that takes place during every October in the UK. It serves as an opportunity to focus on the achievements and contributions from the Black community and reflect on the path towards full race equality so far and the challenges that remain.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month which began in the USA and since it began has grown to incorporate the history of Africa, Caribbean and Asian communities who share a link with the UK through the history of slavery, colonialism and migration.
Black History Month is a chance for all PCS members to remember our history and stand in solidarity with fellow members and the wider black community, renewing our commitment to tackling inequality and opposing racism.
You can show your solidarity using the photo opp cards available below to show your support via social media, use #BHM and by tagging @pcs_union and also by sharing the ten key facts about Black History Month helpcard to raise awareness of the importance of BHM.
STUC Black History Month Lecture
Friday 6th October, Glasgow
As part of this year's Black History Month the STUC Black Workers' Committee will be hosting their third annual Lecture with special guest Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary at UNISON.
The lecture will explore the history of organising and anti-racist campaigning, looking at successful campaigns and the lessons we can learn today.
The event will be held at the STUC Offices, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG with registration open from 5:30pm and lght refreshments provided. Register to attend today by contacting Ainslie Callghan at email@example.com or by calling 0141 337 8108.
As part of the day all attendees are encouraged to wear red as part of Show Racism the Red Card's Wear Red Day to show their support and solidarity with the campaign.
PCS Black Members Seminar 2017
Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th October, Leeds
The 2017 PCS Black Members Seminar will be taking place across the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October in the Novotel hotel in Leeds.
This year's Seminar theme will be 'Celebrating 30 years of Black History Month.'
PCS Black Members Seminar is aimed at encouraging greater participation from black members, integrating PCS campaigning and organising priorities with challenging the particular issues faced by our Union's black members.
Each PCS equality seminar consists of a variety of guest speakers, workshops and discussion groups to encourage delegates to get involved and are aimed at members who are newly active or would like to become more active in PCS.
Applications are also positively encouraged from balck members who also identify as LGBT, disabled or young members who are often under represented at Union events.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 11th September 2017 with successful delegates notified for Friday 15th September. All travel and accommodation costs will be met centrally by PCS. If you have any additional requirements then you can contact PCS' Equality Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black History Month 2016
Held every October in the UK, Black History Month is an annual celebration that puts the focus on the contribution and achievements of the Black community, often overlooked or hidden by the mainstream whoch has been taking lace for over 30 years.
For 2016, PCS has chosen the theme of Past, Present and Future. Particularly important following the recent rise in racist attacks seen across the UK in the run up to and following the EU Referendum.
PCS as a Trade Union places equality at the heart of everything it does, standing up to racism and discrimination, challenging stereotypes and promoting equality.
A look at our shared history shows many members of the Black community that we can all be proud of. Mary Seacole, nurse in the Crimean War; Ignatious Sancho, writer, musician and businessman; Olaudah Equiano, political activist, Sophia Duleep Singh, suffragette.
Today there are many making their own history, Lord William [Bill] Morris, TGWU first black general secretary; Diane Abbott, first black woman MP; Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London; Ken Olisa, OBE, Lord lieutenant Greater London; Munroe Bergdorf, trans model and feminist; Zita Holbourne, poet, activist; Rikki Beadle-Blair, writer and film-maker.
And with the rise in racism and discrimination as well as rising inequality throught the Government's ongoing austerity agenda, the stage is set for the next generation to take their place in history.
For more details on PCS' equality work, speak to any local rep who can direct you to the relevant equality group or groups you are interested in.
And for more details and events taking place as part of Black History Month, visit the UK Black History Month website.
PCS National Black Members Seminar
Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th October
PCS' Annual Black Members' Seminar will be taking place on the weekend of the 8th and 9th October in the Novotel Hotel in Birmingham.
The black members' group seminar will seek to set the agenda for the Network as well as foster closer working with the national, regional and group networks and advisory committees in line with PCS' national campaigning and organising priorities for our Union.
Seminar is aimed at active or newly active black members who want to build and develop themselves in order to become more active in PCS, applications from those in PCS' other under represented groups are actively encouraged. PCS will meet the costs of travel and accomodation for delegates.
For any members interested in applying, please find the required forms below. Please note the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 9th September.
If anyone has any questions regarding seminar or the work of PCS" young members network then please speak to a local rep.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Saturday 19th March 2016
As part of the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Stand Up to Racism are organising major demonstrations in Glasgow, London and Cardiff to coincide with demos that will be taking place around the world.
The event in Glasgow will be organised in conjunction with Unite Against Facism Scotland and the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees to create a huge demonstration against racism.
The demo will assemble in George Square from 11am and we encourage everyone to join us to send a clear message that PCS is opposed to discrimination against minority communities in Scotland, as well as across the UK and the rest of the world.