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PPU members - book now for our AGM

No Pride in War activists

PPU members - book now for our AGM

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Saturday 29th February 2020, 11am - 5pm

Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

In these difficult times, the need for a strong and active pacifist movement is greater than ever.

We invite you to join other members of the Peace Pledge Union on 29th February in London, to hear more about our work over the past year – and to help us shape what comes next.

There are many ways to get involved with the PPU as a local activist, a member of a working group, an office volunteer, a Council member, a white poppy packer... the PPU is currently run by a very small number of staff and volunteers, and we warmly welcome others who have time to offer!

On 29th February, as well as conducting the formal business of receiving the annual report, approving the accounts, debating motions and announcing who has been elected to PPU Council, we will be reporting back on the progress we have made on the areas of work raised through motions at the AGM in June 2019, and exploring our four campaign areas:

  • Everyday militarism
  • Remembrance and white poppies
  • Peacebuilding and nonviolence
  • Military spending and recruitment

We will also be inviting you to participate in your choice of small group discussions.

  • With no end in sight to high military spending and militarist policies under the current government, help us plan how we, as pacifists, can actively resist.
  • Tell us how you would like to be involved in the PPU and how we can support you.
  • Join us in considering how we increase the diversity of people involved in our movement.
  • Help us to explore our equality and respect policy and how we put it into practice.

Book your place now

Please book your place now by emailing kathryn@ppu.org.uk with the subject line 'AGM booking' and the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Access requirements
  • Dietary requirements (we will be providing tea, coffee and a vegetarian sandwich lunch)

You don’t need to book in advance in order to attend, but it is a great help to us if you do. Thank you.

The AGM is a free event for members of the Peace Pledge Union. You can join the PPU here. If you are able to make a contribution towards the cost of lunch, we will welcome donations on the day.

We will also be holding a conference later in 2020 which will be open to all.

Submitting motions for the AGM

Motions for debate at the AGM (including any proposed amendments to the PPU Constitution) may be submitted by any two members of the PPU, provided they have been members for at least twelve months. Please submit any motions, with details of the two members who are proposing them, by email to election@ppu.org.uk or by post to PPU, 1 Peace Passage, Brecknock Road, London N7 0BT to arrive by Monday 20th January 2020.

Stand for election to the Peace Pledge Union Council

  • Would you like to be part of determining the PPU's policies, strategy and direction?
  • Are you a PPU member?
  • Have you been a member for at least a year?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you are welcome to stand for election to PPU Council. You must submit your nomination by Monday 20th January 2020.

The ballot will be held by post once this deadline has passed and the result announced at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 29th February 2020.

Who is on PPU Council and what does it do?

PPU Council consists of the Chair, Treasurer and up to seven other members. It is elected annually by PPU members. People who were on Council last year are welcome to stand again, as is anyone who has been a PPU member for a year or more (if you have been a member for less than a year, you are still welcome to vote in the election, but cannot stand or nominate).

PPU Council determines the policy, strategy and direction of the PPU between AGMs, and is responsible for general oversight of the PPU staff and finances. The Council usually meets four times per year in London (travel expenses are paid) although there are sometimes also special meetings to address particular issues. Council members also tend to be involved in other ways, such as by sitting on working groups, or working with staff in areas to which they are suited.

How do I stand for election?

To stand for election, or to nominate someone else, you need to have been a member of the PPU for at least a year.

You can nominate yourself to stand for election to Council, but if you want to stand for Chair or Treasurer you will need another nominator as well as yourself.

To nominate yourself or someone else, please email election@ppu.org.uk by Monday 20th January 2020. If nominating yourself, you are encouraged to include a statement of up to 200 words to be circulated to members with their ballot papers (but this is not obligatory). Alternatively, nominations and statements can be posted to the Returning Officer, Peace Pledge Union, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT, to arrive by Monday 20th January 2020.

What will happen next?

After Monday 20th January, our Returning Officer, John Morris, will inform the PPU staff of the details of nominations received. If there are more candidates than places, ballot papers will be sent out to members, to be returned by a set date. The ballot papers will be counted by the Returning Officer, in sight of others, shortly before the AGM on Saturday 29th February. The results will be announced at the AGM, after which those elected will take office.

Any questions?

If you have questions about the nomination and election process, please contact the PPU Returning Officer, John Morris, at election@ppu.org.uk

If you have questions about the PPU more generally, about membership or volunteering or other matters, please contact us at mail@ppu.org.uk or on 020 7424 9444.