For more information on the issues and campaigns described here, please feel free to contact the Peace Pledge Union at coordinator@ppu.org.uk or on 020 7424 9444.

 

Banner declaring 'War is Not Family Entertainment'

On Saturday 30 June 2018, events will be held around the UK to celebrate and promote the armed forces – and the values of war, coercion and obedience that they uphold.

Thankfully, plans are also underway for protests, vigils, and other events to challenge war and armed force. 

We are expecting more protests this year than at any time since Armed Forces Day was founded in 2009.

You can read more about our objections to Armed Forces Day, or follow the links below to join protests or vigils in your area.

For more information, or if you would like support to organise resistance in your own area, or for copies of PPU postcards to distribute, please email coordinator@ppu.org.uk.

Blackpool - Members of Veterans for Peace will be taking action between 11.00am and 3.00pm in central Blackpool, in resistance to a military recruitment drive in the town.

Bradford - Local people are organising peaceful resistance to Armed Forces Day, using material from the Peace Pledge Union. Email coordinator@ppu.org.uk if you would like to join in, and we can put you in touch.

Bristol - Local people are challenging Armed Forces Day by distribting postcards from the Peace Pledge Union. Email coordinator@ppu.org.uk if you would like to join in, and we can put you in touch.

Bury St Edmunds - A vigil for peace will be held from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Peace Garden in Abbey Gardens, while military hardware is on display as part of a "family fun day" nearby. Organised by Bury St Edmunds Quakers and open to all.

Cardiff - People from South Wales will be travelling north to protest against the "national event" for Armed Forces Day in Llandudno (see below).

Folkestone - Members of Kent Christian Peace Activists will be resisting armed forces events on Sunday 1 July, with support from people of other religions and of none, and with materials from the Peace Pledge Union. Meet at 11am at Leas Cliff on Sunday 1 July. Watch out for information at https://twitter.com/KCPeaceA or email coordinator@ppu.org.uk.

Glasgow - Scotland Against Militarism are planning resistance to Armed Forces Day, fresh from their protests against the Glasgow arms fair. Click on their links or email coordinator@ppu.org.uk for details.

Guildford - Local members and supporters of the Peace Pledge Union will be handing out postcards questioning Armed Forces Day, between 12.15 and 1pm on Saturday 30 June. If you would like to join them, you can turn up, or email coordinator@ppu.org.uk to be put in touch.

Leeds - Local people are organising peaceful resistance to Armed Forces Day, using material from the Peace Pledge Union. Email coordinator@ppu.org.uk if you would like to join in, and we can put you in touch.

Leicester - Armed Forces Day will be observed a week earlier than elsewhere, on Saturday 23 June. Leicester for Peace will be organising a vigil and monitoring what's going on, from 10am to 12noon at Humberstone Gate. All welcome.

Lichfield - Local people are organising peaceful resistance to Armed Forces Day, using material from the Peace Pledge Union. Email coordinator@ppu.org.uk if you would like to join in, and we can put you in touch.

Llandudno - The "national event" for Armed Forces Day is in Llandudno this year - so national protests will take place there too.

Ramsgate - Members of Kent Christian Peace Activists will be resisting Armed Forces Day, with support from people of other religions and of none, and with materials from the Peace Pledge Union. Watch out for information at https://twitter.com/KCPeaceA or email coordinator@ppu.org.uk.

Southampton - As the armed forces march on Sunday 1 July, you can join 'A Bit of Sense on the Side'. Organised by Southampton Food Not Bombs with the support of the Peace Pledge Union. 1.00-3.00pm at the KFC-Sprinkles crossroads/Palmerston Park.

Stirling - Scotland Against Militarism are planning resistance to Armed Forces Day, fresh from their protests against the Glasgow arms fair. Click on their links or email coordinator@ppu.org.uk for details.

Social media - You can follow the PPU on Twitter and Facebook. Please share your own images or comments on Armed Forces Day, including events in your own area. Hashtags include #ArmedForcesDay, #EverydayMilitarism and #ResistMilitarism.

Protest against Armed Forces event in Leicester, 2018