|Consultation:||Young Greens AGM 2019|
|Agenda item:||E Nominations|
E11: Tom Hazell
- Which role are you applying for?:
- Young Greens Co-chair
I'm standing for co-chair of the Young Greens because I recognise the massive challenges facing the planet, young people, and our party.
Now is a time of opportunity for the Green movement, but it is an opportunity we must seize. The problems we face are unprecedented: climate change, Brexit, the rise of the far right, Tory austerity, and so many more.
Now is the time for the Young Greens to offer young people hope with radical and fair solutions. We must be leaders in the struggle for a greener and fairer future. The Young Greens must show our vision for that future. I believe we should fight young people's corner with backing for a Green New Deal, for a reformed EU with Britain as a member, and against far right voices.
To do this, we should:
– Work hard to elect more Young Greens at all levels of government
– Initiate and support young people-led campaigns
– Support the regional structure so the regions can support our elections and campaigns work
I recognise that electing more Greens is a key path to making change. This is especially true for electing Young Greens. Young people are vastly underrepresented in Parliament and in councils at all levels; this excludes our voices. We must continue the success of our 2019 election support program and ensure that our elections team has enough resources to support Young Green candidates and mobilise support for them. It's time to have Young Greens speaking truth to power from council chambers across the country.
We also must continue, and enhance, the successful 30 under 30 program to train YG candidates and give them the skills to stand.
It's key that we initiate campaigns, at a national level, as we have done in recent years - for example with the Fair Pay Campus campaign. We can spread our Green vision with bold campaigns on a range of issues.
External young people's campaigns - most obviously the Youth Strike for Climate movement - have been key in drawing attention to the climate crisis and we need to back these too, and offer practical solidarity.
Previously, my work in the Young Greens has been at regional level, with the South East Young Greens. I've seen how effective local organising can be at mobilising Young Greens and supporting their election campaigns.
Young Greens activities offer a great alternative to local parties, which might initially put off younger members, and it's imperative that alternative is local to them. We should continue the program of revitalising the regional structure and supporting the local groups' work so they can do this.
This year's EC has been excellent and run some fantastic programs, especially over the elections. However, I am concerned by the lack of reports to the membership and accountability, and will commit to ensuring these are back on track.
If elected co-chair, I'll work to create a Young Greens with a radically green and just voice. By working hard on campaigns and elections, and with a proper regional structure, we can sell that vision to young people across the country. I'll campaign within the party to ensure these radical solutions are at the forefront of the Green offer.
I will work to counter transphobic voices within the party: trans men are men, trans women are women, and non-binary identities exist and are valid. I call on all other candidates to affirm this.
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- Local Party:
- Blackwater Valley
- Supporter 1 Name:
- Georgia Saunders
- Supporter 1 Local Party/Affiliated Group:
- Mid-Sussex Green Party
- Supporter 2 Name:
- Robert Nixon
- Supporter 2 Local Party/Affiliated Group:
- North Oxfordshire Green Party