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Dec 18, 2014


WANTED: Progressive employers, commercial or nonprofit, large or small. We would like to arrange a meeting to recruit you into the Community Shares workplace giving system, if you're not already in it. This would not obligate any donations from you or your employees, but would make it easier for them to make donations. This would help us fulfill NPJC's obligations as a member of Community Shares, which is the NPJC's largest single source of funding. Please contact or 650-8868.

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

20 Dec Sat 4pm / 5pm. Rally against police brutality. "No more 'business as usual'." Planning meeting at 4pm, at location to be announced; then demonstration at 5pm, at some local mall to be announced. More info at this link; both locations will be posted at that link sometime on Friday. Allow extra driving time, considering the holiday shoppers' traffic. Dress warmly; wear red and/or black.

20 Dec Sat 6-8pm. Workers' Dignity fundraiser and celebration. 995 Thompson Pl, Nashville 37217. Food, music, dancing. More info.

21 Dec Sun. Nashville Socialists postponed until January 3.

24 and 31 Dec Wed. NPJC will not meet these two weeks.

3 Jan Sat 3pm. Nashville Socialists meet and greet at Cafe Coco, 210 Louise Avenue. Probably we'll be in a back room, where it's easier to find a big enough table. Probably we will have a big rose-and-fist picture on display on our table, to make it easier for you to find us. More info.

6 Jan Tues 9:30am to noon. TN Citizen Lobbyist Training in room 16, Legislative Plaza. (That's in the rooms under the plaza; the entrance is on 6th Ave N near Union St.) This free training will be given by Stewart Clifton, a registered lobbyist and former member of the Metro Council. More info.

6 Jan Tues 6pm. Gideon's Army community briefing / teach-in / forum. Watch for additional details (including location).

7 Jan Wed 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

13 Jan Tues 10am. Women's March on Nashville. Legislative Plaza. Not just women, but other people who care about them, too. Response to the legislators who will be sworn in on January 13, and who have already filed legislation attacking women's privacy rights. More info.

14 Jan Wed 6:30-8pm. NPJC Board Meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

17 Jan Sat. Put People First will put on some sort of demonstration, to send a message to Governor Haslam, who is being inaugurated today. Time and place to be announced.

17-18 Jan Sat-Sun. Cumberland Green Bioregional Council 31st annual Winter Gathering. Saturday's activities will be at Brookmeade Congregational Church, 700 Breslyn Road. More details will appear after a while on the CGBC website, or call Eric Lewis at 615-646-6266.

6-7 Feb Fri-Sat. Compass Tn 2015 conference for organizers. Additional details will appear in later eblasts, or contact taptenn@gmail.comm.

22 Feb Sun 10am to noon. March for Trans rights. Legislative Plaza. Watch for further details.

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.



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.

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 Thursday 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.

Nashville Peace & Justice Center
c/o Friends Meeting House
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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