Force for good

Thousands gather around the world and pay tribute to Jo Cox

All around the world, people gathered today to celebrate the life of Jo Cox, the British MP who was murdered last week and would have turned 42 on Wednesday. The biggest event took place at Trafalgar Square in London, where thousands gathered and a host of guest speakers including her husband Brendan Cox, U2 singer Bono and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai paid tribute to the British politician slain over her political beliefs. In Cox’s hometown of Batley an event was held as well, attended by her parents and sister, Kim Leadbeater, who said she hoped mourners would celebrate her sister’s memory by trying to making a positive difference. “I don’t have any answers as to why such a horrendous and tragic event has occurred in our lives,” Leadbeater told the hundreds of people in attendance. “But I do know that Jo would not have wanted any of us to make her life out to be anything other than what it was: a force for good,” she said. “My sister would want her murder to mobilize people, to get on with things, to try and make a positive difference.” In New York, hundreds gathered near the U.N., where Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., read a statement from President Obama. “We must never doubt how much things can change,” the statement said. “Jo knew that our politics at its best still works. If we recognize our humanity in each other we can advance social justice, human dignity and the peace that we seek in the world.” Other events were held across the world in cities as Beirut, Brussels, Melbourne, Nairobi, and Washington D.C., as well as various other cities across Europe.

Read the full story at The Guardian and The Telegraph.


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