Local people attempting to shake up local politics
The Great Get Together is a weekend of community events meant to commemorate the 1 year anniversary since the assassination of Jo Cox MP by a far-right extremist. Her husband, Brendan, and his Jo Cox Foundation have joined forces with The Big Lunch and the Duchess of Cornwell, as well as celebrities like Jamie Oliver.
HOPE not hate is one of the national partners – last year, the Jo Cox Foundation chose them as the charity to further her legacy of tolerance and community cohesion and last summer they organised over 80 community events across the UK under the #MoreInCommon banner.
The Jo Cox Foundation hopes thousands of community get-togethers will be held over 17 and 18 June. Community events can be of various sizes, from indoor food and music events, to street parties or a multicultural fair in the park, but they must reflect Cox’s “dynamism and joy at life” and her passion for championing diversity, while bringing people together in order to celebrate that we have #MoreInCommon than the things that divide us!
HOPE not hate’s aim is for the community event not just to be great fun and bring people together who wouldn’t otherwise meet, but to create a wide coalition/ network that in the future can organise events and trainings to challenge hate and build community cohesion.
There’s a meeting on the 5th of April at 7pm in the High Flyer to plan a Great Get Together event in Ely. Why not go along, and help shape something meaningful.