Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain1 2
Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo. Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now: one, that our precious children are bathed in love; and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion; it is poisonous. Jo would have no regrets about her life; she lived every day of it to the full.British Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the vigil in Birstall, where Corbyn told mourners:
Jo was brutally murdered here 24 hours ago in this town — a town she loved, a town she grew up in, serving a community she loved. … And in her life she’d worked for anti-slavery campaigns, she’d worked for Oxfam, she was a campaigner for human rights and justice all around the world. … She was taken from us in an act of hatred, in a vile act that has killed her.A member of Canada’s Parliament who had known Cox gave an emotional speech after her shocking death, stating that “Jo used her voice for those who have none, dedicated her passion to those who needed it most.” Cox’s husband had made a The BBC collected images from vigils and tributes across the nation, which you can see here. While it’s difficult to predict what the effects of a public figure’s death will be, it seems that the slaying of Cox is already impacting Britain and beyond. Gun deaths in the U.K. are rare, as are attacks on politicians; but in the aftermath of Cox’s murder, questions have been raised about security for MPs, especially women who have received threats. Additionally, many have called for Cox to be honored with dedication to the causes she held dear, and a fund in her name has been started. Her death may also affect the Brexit debate as the U.K. heads to a vote on the issue Thursday. For her valiant, often “ballsy” approach to humanitarian crises spanning from Syria to her own Britain, Jo Cox, the progressive “rising star” whose light was extinguished far too soon, is our Truthdigger of the Week. Wait, before you go…
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