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JEREMY CORBYN is calling on everyone to join the online People’s Assembly (PA) Fight for Our Lives rally on Thursday to unite the left around socialist answers to the injustices exposed by Covid-19.
“These are unprecedented times,” the former Labour leader told the Morning Star, saying that the inability to hold ordinary meetings didn’t reduce the need to “urgently communicate a response that recognises health and social inequality have made the effects of Covid worse on the poorest. Join the People’s Assembly this Thursday!”
The online meeting hopes to bring together organisations that can put forward specific demands to campaign on coming out of the crisis that can be built into “a tangible left programme we can fight to implement,” according to People’s Assembly national organiser Ramona McCartney.
“It’s vital the left highlights the way the government has mishandled the crisis,” she added.
Speakers on its “health before wealth” theme will include Mr Corbyn as well as PA national secretary Laura Pidcock, trade-union leaders including Dave Ward, Mark Serwotka and Kevin Courtney, PA co-chair and Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner and activist leaders such as Black Activists Rising Against Cuts’s Zita Holbourne and Communist Party executive member and rail worker Alex Gordon.
It builds on the PA’s weekly Making Sense of the Crisis series, in which Ms Pidcock, the former MP for North West Durham, has hosted weekly webinars where experts, trade-union organisers and front-line workers discuss the impact of coronavirus on people’s lives and how the left should respond.
While those have been streamed live from a number of left Facebook pages besides the PA’s, including the Morning Star’s, this Thursday’s rally will be aired on a much larger number of Facebook pages. They include Mr Corbyn’s, those of unions including Unite, the CWU and PCS, the Left Bible, Disabled People Against Cuts, the Communist Party and Young Communist League as well as local PA groups, in an effort to reach a far wider audience.
The People’s Assembly Fight for Our Lives rally will air from 6.30pm on Thursday, streaming live from a number of Facebook pages. You can watch it on the Morning Star’s page at facebook.com/morningstaronline.
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