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Hackney Community College to host ‘Great Get Together’ for community groups in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox

PUBLISHED: 14:02 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 16 June 2017

Jo Cox photographed by husband Brendan at their houseboat in Wapping before she was killed

Jo Cox photographed by husband Brendan at their houseboat in Wapping before she was killed

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Some 70 Hackney community groups are coming together to honour the vision of Jo Cox at Hackney Community College tomorrow as part of the national Great Get Together in her memory.

Labour MP Jo Cox, who was outspoken on human rights issues, was shot and stabbed in the street a year ago by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair. The Great Get Together was set up by Jo’s widower, Brendon Cox, to encourage unity, peace and community spirit.

The event More in Common has been organised by the community coalition Hackney Unites and will also remember those killed in recent terrorist attacks as well as celebrate Hackney’s diversity.

There will be spoken word sessions, discussions, film screenings, storytelling, a student fashion show, and an “Islamophobia exhibition”, as well as performance and circus arts.

An Orthodox Rabbi will join a session on “faith in the community”, Professor Gus John will speak about the legacy of CLR James, and campaigners for fair funding for schools will be discussing their next move.

Groups from the Turkish, Kurdish and Caribbean communities; Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths and the “non-religious” Unitarian Church; the refugee community; disability rights groups; private renters’ group Digs; the LGBT+ community; and women’s rights groups will all be there too.

And Hackney’s mayor Phil Glanville will also be on hand along with councillors to answer questions.

The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 11.30am at the college in Falkirk Street, Hoxton, and will run through to 5pm.

The following day there will be a garden party in the communal gardens of an old school in Chelmer Road, Homerton, from noon.

There will be food and drinks stalls, live music, a face painter, and a collection will be held for the Jo Cox foundation to benefit her favourite charities.

Anyone is invited and asked to bring some food to share, although it’s not necessary.

Event organisers Ed Bayes and Will Bibby said: “The only must is that we all come together as a local community.

“We were inspired to hold a community event because of the kind and caring person Jo Cox was and what she stood for.”

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