“We have the ideas, and power when we come together, to build a world of peace and justice”
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is launching his new Peace and Justice Project (PJP) right now in a 90-minute online rally on Sunday 17th January that began at 3pm.
The event includes speeches from international campaigners including:
- renowned left-wing thinker Noam Chomsky
- youth climate activist Scarlett Westbrook
- Mandela government minister Ronnie Kasrils
- Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
- Labour parliamentary rising star Zarah Sultana
- former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis
- former NUT general secretary Christine Blower
Corbyn will announce four specific projects within each of the PJP’s four main areas of work and invite supporters to get involved. Each project will be launched with a policy paper, a network of organisations that PJP will partner with and a campaign aim.
- The economic security project will organise direct support for communities across the UK hit by the triple crisis of austerity, the pandemic, and the new recession. We will work with food banks, mutual aid groups, social organisations, and trade unions, mobilising our supporters to provide assistance and solidarity.
- The international justice project will campaign for a Covid-19 vaccine available to all, and affordable everywhere. This will initially involve a petition pressuring the UK Government to drop their opposition to intellectual property laws being relaxed, to speed up the vaccine rollout in the Global South.
- The democratic society project will campaign for a more just, free and accountable media; supporting public interest journalism and challenging corporate monopolies, including launching a campaign against Rupert Murdoch’s planned entry into UK TV news.
- The climate justice project will build a network with environmental campaigners to develop bold and concrete plans for a Green New Deal solutions, shaping debate ahead of the COP26 climate conference in November.
Corbyn will say:
The pandemic is intensifying three deep, connected and global crises: the climate emergency, an economy that generates inequality and insecurity faster than prosperity and freedom, and a global order that holds back the vast majority of our planet’s people and is dangerously breaking down.
But we have both the ideas, and the power when we come together, to overcome these crises, and build a world of peace and justice. What our movement does today will be felt for generations to come.
Our role in the Peace and Justice Project will be to champion those ideas and support the movements that can turn those ideas into reality. Because if you refuse to argue for your side, our opponents win by default.
So many of the ideas we need to make the 2020s better than the 2010s were developed in and around the Labour Party in recent years, by outstanding thinkers, but more importantly by demands of our movements, and the skills, knowledge and needs of the communities affected.
We will build on these policies, taking them further, adapting them to the post pandemic world, so that our movement can turn the dial towards peace and justice.
As we launch today, we will focus on four areas of work, and we want you and the movements you’re involved in to take part.
Follow or join Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project here.
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