A statement from The Jo Cox Foundation:
Six years ago today, on 16 June 2016, Jo Cox was murdered while on her way to a constituency surgery in Batley and Spen. Those closest to Jo lost a devoted mum, daughter, sister, wife, friend, and colleague. The country lost a talented parliamentarian, passionate campaigner, and life-long humanitarian.
The causes Jo cared about still demand urgent action: protecting civilians in conflict, empowering women in politics, and building less lonely, more connected communities. We miss her voice and powerful advocacy on these crucial issues.
Although Jo can’t be with us as we face today’s challenges, at The Jo Cox Foundation we are led by the values that guided Jo’s life: her sense of empathy, her belief in collaboration, and her ambition for change. Like her, we believe we have more in common than that which divides us.
The anniversary of Jo’s murder is a moment of reflection and an occasion to remember her life and legacy. As an organisation, we continue our work to bring about the kinder society that Jo dedicated her life to building – inspired always by the example that she set.
Be a part of building a positive legacy for Jo
Taking place next weekend from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June 2022, community events across the UK will be celebrating Jo’s message that we have more in common than that which divides us. The first Great Get Together in 2017 took place on the anniversary of Jo’s murder, but to focus on celebrating Jo’s life instead of the way she died, her family and friends decided to move it to the weekend closest to her birthday instead. Host your own or find an event in your area.
We work to champion the causes Jo cared about. If you care about these issues too, our monthly supporter newsletter is the best way to hear news from us and how to get involved: from sharing our election Civility Pledge with your local candidates, to learning about your local More in Common group, or even applying for a job or volunteering vacancy with us. Sign up.