Leading left-wingers call for pro-Corbyn network in open letter


Leading activists, artists and media commentators sign an open letter for grassroots movement to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

LEFTWING activists have called for people across the UK, from both within and without the Labour party, to engage a mass movement in support of Jeremy Corbyn.

In a open letter published in the left-wing Red Pepper magazine activists including the poet Michael Rosen, Michael Mansfield QC and feminist writer Selma James call Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party a “great opportunity”.

The letter reads: “Jeremy [Corbyn] has campaigned tirelessly over decades for social justice, and we share his vision for rebuilding democracy, respect and community. This election means we can start building a better country and a better world.”

The letter, which also carries the support of campaigning organisations such as Disabled People Against Cuts and publications including the human rights magazine The Internationalist, also states that a movement is necessary due to the opposition Corbyn will face.

“Parts of the media will attack him because they do not like his agenda of hope and participation. Many MPs will try to limit and constrain the process of giving power back to the people,” the letter states.

It continues: “We call on like-minded people to join us, creating a democratic and diverse network through action across the country – we will support each other’s campaigns at a local level as well as support the development of progressive changes at a parliamentary and legislative level.”

People can join the new network on the Red Pepper website. The signatories are as follows:

Hilary Wainwright, Michael Calderbank and James O’Nions, Red Pepper

George Monbiot, Writer

John Pandit, Asian Dub Foundation Soundsystem

Joseph Blake, People’s Parliament

Jacqui Howard, Compass

Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now

Liz Davies, barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Michael Mansfield QC, Mansfield Chambers

Asad Rehman, Newham Monitoring Project

Lee Jasper, Black Activist Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Project

Ewa Jasiewicz, Fuel Poverty Action

David Graeber, writer and anthropologist

Emma Hughes, Platform

Selma James, Global Women’s Strike

Amrit Wilson, South Asia Solidarity Group

Michael Rosen, Poet

Guy Taylor, Globalise Resistance

James Elliot, NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign

Rosie Mudinki All African Women’s Group

Deborah Hermanns, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Anna Minton, author Ground Control,

Noel Douglas, Occupy Design

Alison Playford, Occupy London

Luke Cooper, activist

Rita Chadha, Chief Exec, RAMFEL

Andy Greene, Linda Burnip, Debbie Jolly, Bod Ellard & Paula Peters, Disabled People Against Cuts

Shaun Dey, Reel News

David Renton, barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Jan Woolf, chair Left Book Club

Mark Curtis, writer

Bert Schouwenburg, trade unionist

Rajiv Menon QC, Garden Court Chambers

Dr Jo Ram, co-founder Community Reinvest and University College Union member

Aaron Bastani, Co-founder of Novara Media

Marc O’Neil, UK Uncut

Ian Hodson, Fast Food Rights

Sujata Aurora, anti-racist campaigner

Jacqui Howard, Compass

Sirio Canos Donnay, Podemos London

Andrea Pisauro, Sinistra Ecologia Liberta UK

Andrew Simms, The New Weather Institute, Author

Charlotte Bence, Unite London & Eastern Young Members’ Committee

Jo Littler, Soundings

Victoria Chick, Economists Against Austerity

Joel Lazarus, community educator

Jeremy Gilbert, academic

Nina Lopez, Legal Action for Women

Max Harris, All Souls College, Oxford

Mark Burton, Scholar activist, Manchester

Gail Bradbrook, Compassionate Revolution

Angus McNelly, Occupy Tours

Natasha Nkonde, Community Organiser

Sam Mason, PCS rep/Climate activist

Joe Taylor, National Community Activists Network

Symon Hill, Christian author

Aaron Kiely, Student Assembly Against Austerity

Gabriel Bristow, London Play & Youth Work Campaign

Alison Allan, Hilary Saunders, Steve Timmins & Sue Kilroe, The Greater Bristol Alliance

Natasha Maria Brooks, Maia Kelly, Aislinn Lambert, Sakina Sheikh & Khinezar Tint, Students Against TTIP

Zita Holbourne, BARAC UK, poet & artist

Rafeef Ziadah and Michael Deas, Palestinian BDS National Committee

Mostafa Rajaai, NUS International Students’ Officer

Pat Stack, activist

Michael Chessum, activist

Beth Redmond, NUS national executive

Ruth Cashman, Right to Strike Campaign

Jill Mountford, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Daisy Bata, Ritzy Cinema Staff Living Wage Campaign

Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes

Mika Minio, Energy Democracy Project

Sara Callaway, Women of Colour/Global Women’s Strike

Jason Moyer-Lee, Independent Workers of Great Britain

Cathy Nugent, editor of Solidarity

Craig Gent, Novara Wire Editor

Diana Garcia Lopez, Cambridge People’s Assembly

Neil Kirkham, Cambridge People’s Assembly

Neil Swannick, Hannah Mitchell Foundation

Derek Clarke, High Peak Co-operative Party

Adam Ramsay, journalist

Shakira Martin, NUS Vice President Further Education

Didi Rossi, Queer Strike

Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Jess Worth, Hazel Healy, Chris Brazier, Chris Spannos and Jamie Kelsey-Fry, New Internationalist

Picture courtesy of John Perivolaris