Hello People, Last weekend marked the tragic death of one of my greatest inspirations: Jo Cox. I wrote a guide on theCramm as a tribute to her amazing life and want to share it with you all today. Here goes:
Jo Cox should be remembered as an individual who wanted to make a difference, someone who worked tirelessly to create a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world.
She was the Labour Party MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire from 2015-2016. She was a passionate politician, one who cared about every one of the people in her constituency.
Before she entered the world of politics, she was a humanitarian aid worker in many countries throughout the world, she also spent years of her life campaigning for countless charities. On top of that, she was a loving and much-loved mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and colleague.
She made a huge difference to many people’s lives, from refugees to the elderly to children to people with disabilities. Perhaps this is why she is remembered and honoured with such sadness today.
Jo Cox was tragically murdered on the 16th June 2016, at a constituency meeting. Her killer was later caught and is currently serving a life sentence in jail.
The past few days have been spent remembering the compassionate deeds that were fulfilled in this short life. Jo was just completely human.
IN HER OWN WORDS….
Here we have some quotes from Jo herself:
“One of the reasons I’m entering politics is that only 23% of the house of commons is female. If women don’t make that 50/50 then the people making decisions for our communities are never going to be reflective of our needs.”
“Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration and, whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again is that we have far more in common and far more unites us than divides us.”
– An extract from her maiden speech
“These children have been exposed to things no child should ever witness and I know I personally would risk life and limb to get my two precious babies out of that hell hole.” – On refugees and immigration.
“Every decade or so the world is tested with a crisis so grave that it breaks the mould. It’s how history judges us. The second world war, the genocide in Rwanda, the slaughter in Bosnia. I believe that Syria is our generation’s test.”
Please click the link below to listen to the most joyful and emotional protest song put together by some of the world’s greatest musicians, in memory of Jo:
Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray cover Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ in honour of Jo Cox MP’s legacy and work.
A unique protest single is to be released by a group of music stars and MPs as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox and her outstanding public service. Revenue from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.
The song was chosen as it called for multiple singers and choirs, reflecting a message of togetherness. During a time of growing worldwide political upheaval and uncertainty, the song marks the need for unity and tolerance.
Now, there’s something for YOU to do! I want to know who inspires you, why and how. Let me know in the comments, along with how this makes you feel. I appreciate all your heartfelt messages and I’m sure Jo would too. Thanks for reading and please keep Jo’s husband and two young children in your minds and hearts.