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.

“Countless premature deaths of disabled people have occurred as a consequence of DWP’s disability assessment regime.”

Government brands DNS ‘vexatious’ for trying to obtain info on 90 DWP deaths - @johnpringdns https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/government-brands-dns-vexatious-for-trying-to-obtain-info-on-90-dwp-deaths/

“Boris Johnson believes helping struggling families to pay their bills would be "shovelling" money to appease "bleeding hearts"…”

Contrast this with the help & handouts he himself expects for golden wallpaper.

Tragically wrong man at wrong time for UK. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-thinks-helping-families-27029749

@annettedittert Many people have a problem using the word "fascist". It seems to cross a line for them. But the truth is, fascism is real, it exists, and unless we call it out by name, as this history professor from Yale does, we'll never be able to effectively fight it.

Once again the government putting profit before people's lives. Time to go

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/21/grenfell-families-enraged-by-plan-to-keep-stay-put-policy?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Labour (and the Lib Dems) siding with the hard right to oppose one of the few actions the government is taking on the #ClimateEmergency and #EcologicalEmergency. They speak but fail to act

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/20/hard-right-tories-push-delay-environmental-land-management-scheme-brexit?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Why, so soon after the year-long battle to pass the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act, is the government now embarking on trying to pass another law to restrict protests - and what's in the new Public Order Bill?

Read our new explainer! https://netpol.org/2022/05/17/public-order-bill-2022/

Germany has learnt the wrong lesson fun the holocaust. It is not that Jews are always right, but they racism is always wrong. The #Nakba should be commemorated.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/05/20/berlin-bans-nakba-day-demonstrations

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