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2015 January 30


A committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center will compile and publish on our website a voter's guide for the Metro election to be held in August. If you have questions that you want candidates to answer, or any other questions for us about the guide, please send them to

Kathy Kelly is an internationally known peace activist who lived for a time in Nashville and has many friends in the Nashville activist community. She has just begun a 3 month stay in prison for "crossing a line" carrying a loaf of bread and a letter, protesting against drones, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. While she is in prison, she can still receive letters of praise and thanks at this address:
Kathy Kelly 04971-045
FMC Lexington
P.O. BOX 14525
For sending objects other than letters (e.g., paperback books), see special instructions at this link.

UPCOMING EVENTS.    New or changed items are in blue.  To submit events to the e-blast, click here.

31 Jan Sat 2-4pm. Socialist Discussion Group. This time, our meeting will be at Dose Coffee, 3431 Murphy Road. Participants are encouraged to read the two articles selected by Warren and selected by Zak, before the meeting, so we can discuss them. More info.

2 Feb Mon 6-8:30pm. Transition Potluck. West Nashville United Methodist Church, 4710 Charlotte Ave. This month's theme is permaculture principle #6, Produce No Waste. Our guest presenters will be Kelly Tipler of Turnip Green Creative Reuse and Matt Beadlecomb of Compost Nashville. More info.

3 Feb Tues 9:30am or 11:30am. Insure Tennessee Day on the Hill. Planned Parenthood (PPMET) and several other progressive organizations are supporting Governor Haslam's proposal to use federal Medicaid funds to extend health insurance coverage to 170,000 low-income Tennesseans. They have been urging Tennesseans to phone legislators to urge support. PPMET is planning some lobbying on the hill (i.e., in the state legislative offices) on Tuesday. Two briefings, at 9:30am and 11:30am, both at James K. Polk Theater (505 Deadrick Street), followed by meetings with legislators. Registration.

3 Feb Tues 7pm. Vets for Peace will meet, as usual, at International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. This month's guest speaker is Tzvia Thier, a World War II holocaust survivor who has broken with Zionism.

4 Feb Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Program Committee Meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

5 Feb Thurs 6-8pm. Sexy Chickens: A Presentation and Media Critique. East Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Avenue. Drawing upon frameworks created by Carol Adams and other feminist-vegan theorists, Missy will talk about the intersections between feminist and animal rights movements. We'll look at a variety of media artifacts and discuss the ways in which, in popular culture, non-human animals are feminized, human women are animalized, and objectification and oppression are normalized in these intersecting spaces. More info.

6 Feb Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Public Schools Early Childhood Expansion Grant. Join the League of Women Voters when Lisa Wiltshire, MNPS Director of Early Learning Innovation, will discuss the recent award from the U.S. Department of Education for the expansion of Pre-K services in Metro Schools. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road. Bring lunch or buy oone for $12. Additional info

6-7 Feb Fri-Sat. Compass Tn 2015 conference for organizers. Registration is $10 to $25 per day, depending on ability to pay; lunch is included. Please register in advance, to help the planners get a better idea of how many people to expect. Donations are welcome, to help provide scholarships for needy activists (e.g., students). Also, volunteers to help provide transportation are welcome. More info. Also español.
  • Friday sessions, 11am to 6pm, Gordon Memorial UMC (2334 Herman Street): Facilitated discussion for 25-40 active organizers (paid and unpaid) around the state focused on bridge building and base building, developing shared movement language, healing justice and mutual personal support, and trouble shooting other issues in organizing. Space is limited on Friday.
  • Saturday sessions, 9am to 4:30pm (Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Avenue): Workshops for around 100 organizers, leaders and participants in Tennessee movement organizations. See list of tentative topics.
7 Feb Sat 9:30am to 2:30pm. Student Conference on the Death Penalty, free, in Belmont University's Curb Event Center (Beaman A and B). Organized by Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP). Schedule and other info and registration at this link.

7 Feb Sat 11am to 1pm. Citizens Climate Lobby, room 118, Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. This month's speaker (by teleconference at noon) is Keya Chatterjee, of the US Climate Action Network. More info.

8 Feb Sun noon to 3pm. Community Shares Chili Festival at Yazoo Brewery, 910 Division Street, near the gulch. Tickets $15 for chili, or $35 for chili and beer. More info. This is a fundraiser for Community Shares, which is a collaborative raising funds for progressive organizations working for systemic change; it's the largest single source of funds for NPJC.

8 Feb Sun 6pm. Feminist Discussion. This month's reading is "Power of History," a chapter (available at this link) from the anthology Feminist Revolution. More info, including location in East Nashville.

10 Feb Tues. TADP postponed. The monthly meeting of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, ordinarily scheduled for this day, is postponed one week.

10 Feb Tues. Deadline for registering for February 17 screening of "Cowspiracy."

12 Feb Thurs 6:30-9:30pm. Open Pint Night to benefit Open Table, which, in turn, benefits the homeless. Cumberland Transit, 2807 West End Ave. More info.

12 Feb Thurs 7pm. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State again will be meeting at West Precinct Community Room, 5500 Charlotte Pk (a block east of White Bridge Road). I don't know yet whether this is a permanent location, i.e., for meetings after February as well.

15 Feb Sun 11am. What does it mean to be evolved? As part of the Americans United's celebration of Darwin weekend, anthropologist Mike Kohut will speak at the Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road, Bellevue. The service is at 11, discussion at 9:45, lunch at 12:15. More info, or Charles Sumner at 615-646-9946.

16 Feb 6:15pm. Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community. Panel discussion at OutCentral, 1709 Church St. More info and registration.

17 Feb Tues 6:30-8:30pm. COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret documentary film screening at the Carmike Bellevue 8, 120 Belle Forest Circle, in Bellevue. Fossil fuels are NOT the only major contributor to global warming! This one-night-only screening will ONLY happen if at least 78 people reserve a $12 general admission ticket by February 10. It asks for a credit card number but your card will only be charged if we get 78 reservations by the deadline. More info about the film and about this event.

17 Feb Tues. 6:30pm. Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is meeting today (instead of Feb 10). Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215, in the Jr. High Room on the first floor. More info.

19 Feb Thurs 5:30pm. Water Resources Hearing, at Metro West Precinct Police Station, 5500 Charlotte Pike, on the possibility of dredging a pond at the Whitworth subdivision; this would affect wildlife at Richland Creek. The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance suggests attending this hearing.

19 Feb Thurs 6-8pm. Cultivating Compassion is a monthly gathering of community members focused on connecting, learning and sharing around the practice of compassion. $5 suggested admission, at door. International Room, Scarritt Hall, Scarritt-Bennett Center. Entrance to parking lots is on 18th Ave. More info.

20 Feb Fri 7-10pm. Fundraising party for Fair Food. Location TBA. More info.

21 Feb Sat deadline for registering for Feb 27 workshop.

21 Feb Sat 8am-6pm. OUT in Front Statewide LGBTQI and Ally College Conference. Sarratt/Rand Student Center, Vanderbilt University. More info.

21 Feb Sat 10am. 50K Tree Day. TEC will be planting 50,000 trees in one hour, at various locations across Tennessee. More info and registration.

22 Feb Sun 10am to noon. March for Trans rights and visibility. Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Avenue North. We will march and let our voices be heard, our tears seen. We must finally come together as community in the state of Tennessee and make people accountable for their transphobic actions and unacceptable inequality. More info.

22 Feb Sun 3-4:30pm. NOAH meeting: THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM FOR PROGRESS. Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, 1203 9th Ave N. Meet with mayoral candidates. More info.

26 Feb Thurs noon. Climate Change and Middle Tennessee. Paul Heggen, morning meteorologist for WSMV-TV, will talk about global climate change: the science of why it's happening, the effects we could see around the world and in Middle Tennessee, and what can be done to slow the warming trend. Event is free; lunch ($8) is optional. Third floor of the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave. Free parking in Lot R. More info and RSVP.

27 Feb Fri through 1 Mar Sun. Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) will hold a 3-day workshop on conflict resolution and communication skills. $40, includes lunches; some scholarships available. Participants must attend all three sessions: Friday 5-9pm and Saturday 9am-6pm both at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.; Sunday 9am-4pm at 736 Georgetown Drive. Register by Feb. 21. More info. For further information, registration form, etc., contact Trina Baum, 615-504-3025,

4 March Wed. Justice Day on the Hill. TADP and other organizations will be lobbying the state legislature.

4 March Wed 9am to 4pm. Statewide Adult Literacy Conference. Nashville public library, 615 Church Street. Lunch provided (RSVP in advance; let us know if you want to eat vegetarian.) Further info and registration; and probably there will be more information later.

10 March Tues. 9am to 3pm. Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. TTPC, TEP, and other organizations will be lobbying the state legislature. More info and registration.

14 March Sat. Richland Creek Cleanup. Organized by Richland Creek Watershed Alliance.

18-21 March. Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC. I don't know yet how large this will be, nor whether there will be a contingent going from Nashville. More info.

19 March 9:30am to 3:30pm. Hands Up, Voices United: Youth, Rights, & Justice in a Post-Ferguson World. Martin Center, 2400 Fairfax Avenue. A conference organized by ACLU-TN, for high school students ONLY. Free; lunch is provided; pre-registration required. More info and registration.

17-18 April. The People's Anti Racism UnConference. Presentations, workshops, art and music sessions. More info.

17-19 April. Re-Visioning Justice in America conference at Vanderbilt Divinity School. More info.

17-23 May. National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. I don't know yet whether anything will be planned for Nashville (but I'm always ready to carry a sign in front of CCA). More info.



Wednesdays. A PLACE AT THE TABLE. Dinner at 5pm, speaker or film at 6pm. Weekly community dinner and movie/lecture series, catered by Martha Stamps, at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave. (entrance on 23rd Ave), Nashville 37203. Dinner cost ranges from $10-$12 for adults, and $5-$6 for children, depending on the offerings. Reserve your space each Wednesday by calling West End United Methodist Church at 615.321.8500 before 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday.

Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at


Generally around two Wednesdays per month, but not currently in a regular pattern. 6:30pm. NASHVILLE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER meets at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Usually it's either a meeting of the Program Committee or the Board of Directors, but anyone is welcome.

First and third Saturday afternoons of most months. Socialist Discussion Group. For details, check the website.

Second and fourth Monday of each month: NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION 6 to 8:15 pm. Free training group, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. This group is open to all and meets in the red Morgan House behind the church. Contact Diane Allison at or Pete Kopcsak at Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at and at

Third and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6-9 pm. WORKERS' DIGNITY. Know Your Labor Rights workshops and intake for new cases of wage theft. Volunteers accompany workers through the wage recovery process. More than $200,000 recuperated in the last four years. Join with Nashville's first workers' center to build economic justice and stand with a worker-led movement. Location: 3013B Nolensville Pike. More info: 615.669.6679,, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."


Some Saturday in most months, 6:30pm. L-CLUB. This is a potluck dinner group with varying locations, speakers, and topics; see the web page for details. The "L" stands for "liberal," and the group describes itself as "liberal" and "progressive," even though some of its meetings are devoted to supporting extremely conservative Democrats. Many of its meetings are nostalgic visits to causes that used to be liberal or progressive. But some of the meetings are actually devoted to current progressive causes, and those will be mentioned in the events section when your eblast editor is aware of them.

First Monday of most months, 6-9pm. TRANSITION NASHVILLE potluck dinner, usually at West Nashville United Methodist Church, 4710 Charlotte Ave. How can we make our towns more resilient, better able to cope with the coming changes (peak oil, global warming, etc.)? More info.

First Tuesday of most months, 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

First Tuesday of most months: VETERANS FOR PEACE. 7 pm, at International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. All people (not just vets) are welcome to attend. For more information contact Joey King,, 615-485-1616.

First Saturday of most months. CITIZENS' CLIMATE LOBBY, 11am to 1pm at Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. Generally the meeting is from 11 to noon, and then at noon there is a national conference call by phone, with some speaker on a topic of current interest. More info at this link.

Second Tuesday of each month, except in summer. 6:30pm. TENNESSEANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY. Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215, in the Jr. High Room on the first floor.

Second Tuesday of the month, 6pm. SEED MONEY SUPPERS. Until further notice, this is at the Wild Cow Restaurant in East Nashville, 1896 Eastland Avenue. Buy your $10 ticket at the event. Several startups will present their ideas; you vote on which one you like. The winner gets 3/4 of the proceeds. (The other 1/4 pays the expenses for the event.) More info, including this month's location, at the website.

Second Thursday of each month, 7pm. SIERRA CLUB of Middle Tennessee meets at Radnor Lake Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. Note: you must enter from Granny White Pike. web page

Second Thursday of most months. 7pm. AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or or

Third Tuesday of most months, 5:30pm. Gideon's Army planning meeting in suite 300 of the Teach for America building, 220 Athens Way. 5:30 mingle/games. 6pm meeting. More info or email.

Third Thursday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Check website for dates, times, locations.

Fourth Monday of most months, 6pm. RAM (Recycling Advocates of Middle Tennessee) is a research and education-based environmental organization. RAM advocates the development of recycling techniques that foster industrial improvement, new jobs, prosperity, awareness, health, a cleaner environment, and a reduction in land filling. To attend our meetings, call or e-mail 2 days in advance at 227-3499 or

Last Tuesday of most months, 2-3 pm. Task Force on Refugees & Immigrants. Room 318, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave (entrance on 23rd Ave). The purpose of the organization is to improve community awareness about issues related to refugees and other immigrants, enhance appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, serve as a networking avenue for those who serve and advocate for refugees and immigrants, and provide support for organizations that disseminate information to assist refugees and immigrants in obtaining essential services that help them integrate into our communities. More info.

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530 26th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37209-4137
            phone (615) 321-2266

The Nashville Peace and Justice Center (NPJC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equity and creating a peaceful, just and sustainable society through reflection, education and non-violent action.

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