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Launch of Project for Peace and Justice, dynamic socialist movement
Speaking at the YouTube launch of Project for Peace and Justice on 17 January 2021, attended by over 10,000 viewers, Jeremy Corbyn reminded that movements do transform the world.

“Look at those movements that fought for liberation from slavery, the vote, equality for women civil rights, freedom from colonialism, for the eight hour working day, the right to organise for our national health service for socialism” he said.

“That's why we're all here. Because the struggle for peace and justice is needed today more than ever, things can and will change”.

He 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 the global order that holds back the vast majority of our planet's people.

“A global response to the pandemic was held back by authoritarian nationalist leaders and the drive for corporate mega profits”.

Jeremy Corbyn focused on four areas of work in building a truly democratic society, making references to Labour’s 2019 manifesto programme (part of smear campaign against Corbyn was undue criticism of the radical programme).

He identified a green New Deal paid for by the wealthy and big polluters that supports our planet and new economy that produces good quality unionised jobs - as was a standard Labour's 2019 manifesto programme, “the most developed green agenda in the world”, combining radical decarbonisation with an enormous good jobs programme in every part of the country.

The second area of work is economic security, he explained. With the immediate task of supporting people in the pandemic recession, we will advance the policies that would make the effects of recession so much less severe for millions of people – “policies that give people things they can always rely on are publicly owned and properly funded public services, high quality and affordable transport, cheap bills from public providers, a huge expansion of social housing, rights at work from day one for all workers” he said.

“The third area of our work is International Justice. I've spent my life campaigning for peace and justice and human rights all over the world. And this project will carry on that work, will campaign against the merchants of death in the arms trade and against war” he said.

On the contradiction surrounding Covid-19, he said: “as with economic security, an urgent priority is to address the injustices and inequalities of COVID. Some rich countries have acquired enough doses of vaccine for their entire population to be vaccinated three times over, while nine out of 10 people in poor countries will not receive a vaccine even this year.

“If the COVID emergency has taught us anything, it's just how connected we all are, and that global problems cannot be fully addressed by local solution. If vaccines are to end the pandemic, 60% of the world must be inoculated to achieve that immunity. Yet a combination of vaccine nationalism and the irrational placing of profit ahead of public health is thwarting the global solidarity and coordinated action needed to roll out Coronavirus vaccines for the entire world”.

In his mention of the democracy there is a touch to the inadequacies:  “Democracy is so much more than voting once every four or five years and sometimes with a choice restricted to parties which fundamentally agree on most things. We want to see democracy dramatically extended into our communities, our workplaces, our public institutions - the simple principle is if something has significant power over our lives, we should have some collective say over it”.

Regarding the collusively acting media that exercise inclusion and exclusion, Mr Corbyn pointed out:  “We want a powerful and influential media, but one that puts power and influence in the hands of the majority, not in the hands of a few.

“A truly free media would expose truth and challenge the powerful. But right now, much of the media isn't very free at all. The influence of billionaires and their interests is huge. And the power of tech giants has mushroomed.

“We need to democratise the media, so that real journalism that seeks truth and challenges power is supported over misinformation and falsehood. The Peace and Justice Project will work with academics, experts, journalists, media workers, to develop research and policies for change that our movements can rally around.

“We need an urgent parliamentary commission to protect our news media from oligarchy and monopoly control. We've started a petition for this parliamentary Commission on our website”.

“I'm also talking about the powers of Facebook and Amazon and Google, which are huge in controlling the way in which social media operates. We should all have access to social media. And indeed, what we put forward in the general election last year was that everyone should have access to universal and free broadband” Jeremy Corbyn concluded. 17/01/2021