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Spanish Arch to light up red against racism

The Spanish Arch will light up red tomorrow to ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ this weekend.

The Galway Anti-Racism network is asking people to come out for Friday’s Wear Red day in support of Show Racism the Red Card.

The Spanish Arch one of three prominent national monuments getting lit up this weekend along with Dublin’s Mansion House and Liberty Hall.

Show Racism the Red Card is a charity that uses education and other programmes aimed at young people to tackle racism here in Ireland.

A recent report by the European Network Against Racism found that incidents of racism increased last year, with 256 incidents reported around Ireland.

Those included 128 incidents of hate speech, 23 racist assaults, 11 threats to kill or hurt someone because of their race, and 35 cases of ongoing racist harassment.

To support their ongoing work to ensure “that racism has no place in our society in work, school, sport or wherever,” SRtRC is asking people to donate just €2 on Wear Red to help fund their educational programmes.

Over 42 schools, councils, sports clubs and trade unions have committed to taking part in Wear Red Day with more than 6,500 people expected to take part.

Garret Mullan, coordinator of SRtRC said that lighting up the Spanish Arch and other buildings provides a very visible symbol of solidarity with people who are suffering racist abuse.

Donations can be made online at theredcard.ie/donate or by cheque, or this year you can text SRTRC to 50300 and €2 will be charged to your phone.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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