Welcome to the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)
Formerly known as Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance (GARA), CRER is focussed on helping to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and in promoting racial justice across Scotland. Over the years CRER has had a key role in advocating, campaigning and influencing developments to promote racial equality. It has been effective in responding to a broad range of interests needed to make an impact upon deep rooted issues and respond to the needs of communities. CRER has experience of anti-racist work covering areas such as youth empowerment, community engagement, pioneering research as well as helping to mainstream race equality across the public sector in Scotland..
Promoting Good Relations: New Approaches, New Solutions
Friday 21st November 2014, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Glasgow City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ
An important part of our work focuses on the Public Sector Equality Duties (PSED) and the Scottish Specific Duties. The PSED states that Scottish public authorities must have 'due regard' to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations amongst everyone.
It is “fostering good relations” that we have taken a particular interest in as it appears to be the aspect of the PSED that is most widely misunderstood or ignored altogether. For this reason we are hosting an all-day event on Friday 21st November to bring together people from the public and voluntary sector to discuss what constitutes fostering good race relations and how it can be taken forward.
Stop and Search
For the first time, detailed information on stop and search at a local level has been made available through Police Scotland’sLocal Policing Management Information reports. Carol Young explores what this data tells us about race equality in stop and search.
Institutional racism in stop and search has long been seen as one area where England and Scotland diverge in terms of race equality. Inequalities are well evidenced south of the border, with people from Black communities six times more likely to be stopped and searched in England and Wales in 2010. In Scotland, stop and search is generally more prevalent than it is in England and Wales. This may be at least partly due to differences in legal powers, with non-statutory stop and search being prohibited in England and Wales since 2003. Looking at Police Scotland’s preferred measure of stop and search, the rate per 10,000 people, stop and search rates are almost seven times higher in Scotland...
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The State of the Nation 2014: Employment
The State of the Nation: Race and Racism in Scotland - Employment
Ethnicity and Employment in Scotland's Public Sector
Evidence suggests that positive interaction between people from different ethnic backgrounds erodes prejudicial attitudes and helps build cohesive and integrated communities. This interaction can take place in neighbourhoods and communities (i.e. where people live), in social and cultural arenas (where people play) and in employment (where people work).
Of these three aspects of people’s lives, achieving integration in the workplace should be the easiest. However, there is ample evidence that people from Black minority ethnic backgrounds suffer disadvantage in the labour market. Some of this is down to structural discrimination in the labour market and some to racial discrimination by employers.