Sources close to former Labour leader say it is not a step toward rival party
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has today announced plans for a new organisation to support social justice, peace and human rights, in Britain and across the world.
The Peace and Justice Project will be launched on 17 January next year, in an online event featuring panellists including former ANC leader Ronnie Kasrils, young climate activist Scarlett Westbrook, Labour peer and former teachers’ leader Christine Blower, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and Labour MP Zarah Sultana.
The PPJ will provide a platform for campaigns, work with social movements and trade unions, commission research on solutions to common problems and build networks for progressive change, both in the UK and internationally.
Corbyn’s new project, which sources close to him say is not a step toward a rival party or movement, will focus on combating poverty, inequality and unaccountable corporate power – and promoting peace, global cooperation and climate justice; self-determination, democracy and human rights.
The PPJ aims to bring people together to support social and environmental justice, peace and internationalism.
Jeremy Corbyn said:
The aim of the Peace and Justice Project will be to bring people together, for social justice, peace and human rights, in Britain and across the world.
It’s there to create space, hope and opportunity for those campaigning for social justice and a future that works for the many, not the few.
We will work with unions and social movements to build a network of campaigners, grassroots activists, thinkers and leaders, to share experiences and generate ideas about solutions to our common problems.
We will combine research and analysis with campaigning and organizing. And we can build on the popular socialist policies developed in the Labour Party over the past five years.
This year, many of us have felt powerless in the face of forces beyond our control. It doesn’t have to be like that. Things can, and they will, change.
Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador, said:
Coronavirus has shown again how neoliberalism is incapable of dealing with the huge crisis our societies face.
Now, more than ever, we need to be united in our struggles across the world against neoliberalism and inequality.
We need to build a world where corporate power is replaced with real democracy, where people have access to full rights, key services like health and education, and a life with dignity.
I welcome the creation of Jeremy Corbyn’s new Peace and Justice Project, and I look forward to working with him for a world where people come before capital.
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