Today I’m announcing a new project for the New Year. I’m very excited about it, and I hope you will be too.
Next month, we’re kicking off the Peace and Justice Project. We’re going to bring people together, for social justice, peace and human rights, in Britain and across the world.
I’m telling you about it now, because I want you to be part of it.
It’s been a difficult year for all of us.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and deepened the scale of injustice and inequality in our society. Its mishandling and devastating human consequences have shown the inability of our privatized, hollowed-out system to meet the challenges of our time.
The Black Lives Matter movement has fuelled a global response to the scourge of racism.
Wildfires across Australia, Russia, and the US have driven home the fact that none of us are safe from the climate crisis.
After years of endless wars, economic crisis, increasing inequality and insecurity, it’s become clear that our politics and economic systems have failed, and are in fact part of the problem.
Injustices and threats at home and abroad cannot be separated. What’s happened this year has shown us how connected we all are.
We need to build solidarity beyond our borders, and across communities, to solve our common problems together.
The Peace and Justice Project is 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.
Whether it’s Rolls-Royce workers defending their jobs in Barnoldswick, or the huge protests in India, whether it’s children going hungry here in one of the world’s richest countries, or languishing as refugees from war and crises, we will support those campaigning for peace and justice.
That’s just a taster. This project won’t be a substitute for any other campaign or organization. It will be a resource and a platform to work together for progressive change.
In January I’ll be able to say more, when we have our launch. I’ll be joined by some fantastic campaigners – that means you.
Before we go, sign up to our launch event now, the information is just about to come on the screen.
I hope we’re going to build something important together. 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.
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