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White poppy distributors in Huddesrfield, 2017

WHITE POPPIES:
FOURTH YEAR OF HIGH SALES

At the time of writing (three days before Remembrance Sunday), white poppy sales for the year have just passed 97,000. This marks the fourth consecutive year of sales over 90,000.

However, we don't sell poppies for the sake of it but for the message of peace and remembrance that they represent. We are pleased to have seen increased media and social media discussion of white poppies this year, ranging from national newspapers and television to local radio.

Many thanks to everyone who is wearing a white poppy, and particularly to those who have sold or promoted them, whether on stalls, to local media or just by telling friends and colleagues what white poppies represent. Thanks to all the volunteers who have assisted the PPU staff team in packing up and distributing poppies.

The number of outlets selling white poppies has risen considerably, this year. They include several universities and three cathedrals. They range from a supermarket in Lochgilphead to an antiques shop in Fishguard, from an LGBT centre in Manchester to a bar in Derry/Londonderry. We must congratulate Nottingham on having more white poppy outlets than any other town or city in the UK.

With three days still to go, one of the more unusual events is a white poppy evening at Flipping & Frying fish and chip shop in Lincoln tomorrow (10 February). They will be donating proceeds from mushy pea sales to the Peace Pledge Union.

There will be alternative Remembrance events around the UK, including the PPU's Alternative Remembrance Sunday Ceremony in central London (see right).

 

Group holding the No More War banner

TAKE THE PEACE PLEDGE!

If you've not yet signed the peace pledge, then Remembrance Sunday is a great time to do so. As we remember victims of war, let's commit ourselves to resisting war and tackling its causes. You can become a member of the Peace Pledge Union by signing a pledge to do just that and by paying a small annual fee (in proportion to your income).

As well as a welcome pack and the opportunity to vote at the PPU annual general meeting, you'll receive the PPU's magazine Peace Matters three times per year. The latest issue includes news of over 100 peace activists arrested at the recent DSEI arms fair in London and reflections by the playwright Michael Mears on performing a play about conscientious objection.

 

 

 

 

 

 


ALTERNATIVE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CEREMONY

12.00 noon, Sunday 12 November 2017
Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HE

All welcome

There are plans for alternative Remembrance events around the UK.

The Peace Pledge Union is holding the Alternative Remembrance Sunday Ceremony in central London. This is an opportunity to remember all victims of all wars, including civilians, members of armed forces and conscientious objectors, of all nationalities. 

It is also a chance to commit ourselves to learning from the past, working for peace, challenging militarism and tackling the causes of war. 

We will observe two minutes' silence and lay a wreath of white poppies.

There will be brief spoken contributions and messages from people who have experienced and resisted war in different parts of the world. Contributors will include:

Chloe Skinner, recently returned from working with Christian Peacemaker Teams in occupied Hebron.

Sam Walton, recently on trial for attempting to disarm a warplane bound for Saudi use in Yemen. 

Information will be available about campaigns to resist war and to challenge the causes of war. 

The event is likely to last no longer than 45 minutes. 

We will not glorify war nor sanitise its horrors nor glamourise the armed forces. We will remember all victims of war.

Alternative Remembrance Sunday Ceremony 2016

 

DISARMING EDUCATION: WEEK OF ACTION

Armed forces visits to schools are on the rise. The number of cadet forces in state schools in the UK has more than doubled since 2012. The Officer Training Corps recruits in universities, aiming to ensure that graduates will promote the armed forces in their future careers.

Around the world, pacifists and anti-militarists will make an International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth from 20 to 26 November this year. It is organised by War Resisters' International (WRI), of which the Peace Pledge Union is the British section.

We are expecting a number of events in various parts of Britain, including at universities. We are working to support students who are resisting militarism at university and we have launched a new section of the PPU website to help with this aim.

If you're organising an event locally, or would like help or support to do so, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Contact Wayne Sharrocks at wayne@ppu.org.uk or on 020 7424 9444.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



   

 




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