Tom Franklin

Chair and Regional Party Liaison Officer and Regional Treasurer

Tom franklin

After a long period of not being involved in party politics I joined the Green Party in 2012, as it is the only party that is taking climate change seriously.

Since then I have discovered how many of its policies I like from advocating active transport (walking and cycling) pushing for better local public transport, fighting for better air quality so that we can all have clean air to breathe to the Citizen’s Income. I have also found it warm and friendly, and a great way to get to know York and its people when I moved here in 2015.

I am particularly concerned about the arms trade and the death and destruction that follows from that. I have twice been arrested for trying to prevent arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. The first time I was acquitted on the grounds that I was trying to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second time I was acquitted for using the right to protest, but the Crown Prosecution Service is currently appealing the acquittal.

I am a father with two grown up children and live with my partner and her one-eyed cat in North York.

I am also treasurer of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Green Party.

If the police get away with calling protest "domestic extremism" we will lose the right to protest and any semblance of democracy

Much-delayed public inquiry into #spycops infiltration of political groups - set up 6 yrs ago - suggests that it anticipates starting public hearings next summer (page 9 of latest update).

'As for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them”.'
This is what will (probably only briefly) be our next PM.
Congratulations, the Tory party.

New from @AP: EPA enforcement against criminal polluters has plummeted to a 30-year low.

But tell me again how the Trump administration is all about "law and order" and being "tough on crime." h/t @KnickmeyerEllen

"Authoritarian surveillance programs are always used to target the most vulnerable and marginalized, and facial recognition enables the automation of oppression" via @evan_greer

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