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.

Release almost all women prisoners. They shouldn't have been in prison in the first place.

End Covid-19 jail visiting ban for children in England and Wales, MPs urge

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/03/end-covid-19-jail-visiting-ban-for-children-in-england-and-wales-mps-urge?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

When I was 22, I watched a friend become HIV+ cuz he couldn't afford Truvada PrEP which cost s$1,300/m but costs <$6 to make. CDC invented & patented PrEP, but they refused to stop Gilead's price gouging for yrs. Today, the the same thing is happening with remdesivir for COVID.

“Now that government spending is being unleashed on a massive scale, the public has a right to demand that companies receiving help contribute to social and racial justice, improved health and the shift to a greener, more knowledge-based economy.” https://gu.com/p/e87ad/stw

Boris Johnson said the government sent four new mobile testing units to Leicester 'shortly' after 8 June.

@FactCheck understands that it was ten days after that date before the first new centre was opened - and 21 days before four had been added.
https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-johnson-not-telling-the-whole-story-on-leicester-testing

This is spot on.

Glorifying slavers, murderers and racists with statues serves no purpose but to keep alive the hurt inflicted upon BAME communities. Tear them down – and start teaching about the horrific violence and tyranny that empire is built on. https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1278456811834814466

Exc: @TheGreenParty will let members vote on who their next member of the House of Lords will be.

The candidates are:
@GreenPartyMolly
@Amelia_Womack
@clrandrewcooper
@GreenRupertRead

https://leftfootforward.org/2020/07/exclusive-four-candidates-for-green-spot-in-house-of-lords/

Whitehall is intensely relaxed about NATO ally Turkey's military intervention in Iraq. But then military action over borders is condemned only when committed by enemy states. That well-known defensive alliance NATO has so far remained silent on it. The "rules based int'l order".

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