JFK at 100: Corbyn and Sturgeon should remember Kennedy’s plea for alliances and unity in a world gripped by chaos

Monday 29th May - Today marks what would have been John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday.  The 35th president of the United States was assassinated in 1963, but his vision of a better future for the world endures.

At Kennedy's swearing in ceremony and inaugural address on January 20th 1961, at the height of the Cold War, he laid out his vision for a more peaceful world and a 'grand and global alliance' to take on what he called “the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.”


Speaking at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., president Kennedy told the crowd:

“To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share... United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures.  Divided there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds, and split asunder”

Progressive Alliance is asking leaders of all progressive parties to remember Kennedy's call to action and commit to cooperation to defeat the Conservatives on June 8th.

Neal Lawson, spokesperson for Progressive Alliance, said:

“JFK at 100 is a timely reminder to reflect on the current state of our world.

“Kennedy became president at the height of the Cold War, when civil strife was growing across America and the first signs of climate change were being detected by scientists

“Tyranny, poverty, disease and war remain common challenges we face.  Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood, Tim Farron and Caroline Lucas have an immense opportunity to follow Kennedy's example – to offer and take the hand of friendship – to work together for the good of the country.

“On this day, Jeremy Corbyn should remember John F. Kennedy's example of global leadership and  work with other progressives to change the government”

Progressive Alliance is encouraging tactical voting in seats across the country and pursuing active campaigning in 31 key marginals where there is a grassroots presence.  Whether in these key seats or in other close contests across the country, Progressive Alliance seeks to determine the single best placed challenger to ensure a progressive MPs is returned to parliament.

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