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by Matt Trinder
JEREMY CORBYN issued a rallying cry for action to tackle global inequality and the climate emergency today as he launched his new Peace and Justice Project.
The former Labour leader was joined at an online rally by prominent left figures including Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, academic Noam Chomsky and fellow Labour MP Zarah Sultana.
Mr Corbyn said: “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.
“But we have both the ideas, and the power when we come together, to overcome these crises. What our movement does today will be felt for generations to come.”
Partnering with a network of organisations, activists and volunteers, the project aims to support those suffering from austerity and fight for an affordable Covid vaccine by challenging intellectual property rights which can make jabs too expensive for many global south countries.
The foundation will also campaign against media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s planned News UK TV channel as part of a demand for “just, free and accountable” news and develop “bold and concrete proposals” for a Green New Deal.
“Our role will be to champion [these] ideas and support the movements that can turn them into reality. Because if you refuse to argue for your side, our opponents win by default,” Mr Corbyn added.
“Our movement can turn the dial towards peace and justice.”
Ms Sultana agreed, saying: “We win by building the bonds of solidarity, when we link our struggles and stand up for each other.
“Friends, there is no time to despair because we have a world to win.”
Mr McCluskey said: “This initiative can carry forward the best of Jeremy’s leadership.
“The message of no more austerity, of solidarity with the poor and the vulnerable, tackling the dreadful inequalities in society, genuine internationalism, prioritising climate change, ending wars and addressing global poverty.”
Mr Chomsky added: “It is most fitting that [this project] should honour Jeremy Corbyn, a man whose dedication to these values throughout his career is an inspiration to all of us. It is our task to carry [these] efforts forward.”
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