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31 July 2014

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

31 July Thurs through 3 Aug Sun: Nashville's Children's Sabbath: A Weekend of Hope. Several events at various locations. Lectures, meals, entertainment. Organized by Gideon's Army, Children's Defense Fund, Urban League, and other organizations. Most of the events are listed at this link. In addition, there may be some "Family Supper Events" on Friday and Sunday; I was told that you can call the Urban League of Middle Tennessee at 615-254-0525 for locations.

1 Aug Fri 11:30am to 1pm. TDOT 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan. Nashville Community Transportation Planners Larry McGoogin and Katy Braden will use an interactive presentation to outline the 25-Year Long Range Transportation Plan and gather input from attendees using hand-held transponder technology. The 25-Year plan is updated every 5 years and serves as the guide for future statewide transportation investment. The current update cycle began last fall and will continue through 2014. The lecture, organized by League of Women Voters, is free; bring your lunch or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road.

1 Aug Fri 4-6pm. Peace Rally: NOT IN OUR NAME in front of Estes Kefauver Federal Building, 801 Broadway. More at this link. Statement from the organizers:
As residents of the United States, we are required by law to pay taxes. In this representative democracy, we entrust our elected officials to use those taxes for our services. Instead, our elected officials have taken it upon themselves to fund war criminals in our name. WE ARE NOT OKAY WITH OUR TAXES FUNDING THE KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS ACROSS THE WORLD! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! NOT IN OUR NAME! Come demand accountability for how our taxes are spent!

Where is your money going?
  • Apartheid Israel
  • Imprisoning innocent people in Guantanamo Bay
  • Droning Pakistani civilians
  • Coups in Central America

2 Aug Sat 11am-1pm. CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, room 118, Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. This month's speaker (by teleconference, at noon) is Scott Nystrom, the REMI analyst who wrote the recent report about a carbon tax. More info.

2 Aug Sat 6:30 to 9 pm. CHARLES EISENSTEIN INTERVIEW. Another NPJC Film Night, at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Light refreshments. Tonight we'll watch the first half of Eisenstein's 3-hour DVD of his recent interview with with filmmaker Catharina Roland, followed by discussion; if attendence is sufficiently large we'll watch the second half next week. The back of the DVD packaging says "Charles Eisenstein describes this interview as 'nearly magical.' It contains the essence of all of his books, and beyond into new thinking on themes of money, sex, good and evil, interbeing, sacredness, doing, nondoing, and whether humanity can make the transition in front of us." Eisenstein is, in the opinion of your eblast editor, the greatest visionary of our present time. His most recent book, "More Beautiful World," available free online at this link, explores the psychology of the transition we are now making from an age of separateness to an age of reunion.

2 Aug Sat. 7pm. Hidden Colors 3: The Rules Of Racism. 1535 11th Ave North. The newest release in the film series Hidden Colors is out and will be screened at Nashville Peacemakers in North Nashville. It's a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. Trailer. $5 donation. More info.

4 Aug Mon 6:15pm. Oh! what a lovely war film screening at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. -- an NPJC film night. Light refreshments. This 1969 antiwar musical is almost 2 1/2 hours long, and we hope to have at least a little bit of discussion afterward, so that may take us until 9:30 or 10pm. The US government is about to begin celebrating the 100th anniversary of World War 1, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and they're going to be whitewashing and rewriting both wars very extensively, so we'd better get started on remembering what really happened, and this film seems a good way to begin.

5 Aug Tues 6-8pm. Nashville Latino Health Coalition Meeting at Progreso Community Center, 5666 Nolensville Pike. More info at this link.

6 Aug Wed 6pm. Free lecture on how to brew beer, at All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply, 924 8th Ave. South. More info.

8 Aug Fri 7-9pm. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION TO JUDGE ROY MOORE, at 171 Rains Avenue, is being planned by a few members of the Nashville chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Judge Moore made himself infamous by putting a two-ton stone version of the Ten Commandments in the judicial building in the dark of night. He will be speaking to a local branch of Glenn Beck's Project 912. Watch for more details.

8 Aug Fri 6pm to 11pm Tomato Art Concert, and 9 Aug Sat 9am to 6pm Tomato Art Festival, both at 11th and Woodland in East Nashville. Not basically political, but some progressive organizations will be among the "vendors" with booths at the festival.

9 Aug Sat 6:30 to 9 pm. CHARLES EISENSTEIN INTERVIEW. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Tentatively (i.e., if the first half got a big enough audience on August 2), tonight we'll watch the second half of Eisenstein's 3-hour DVD of his recent interview with with filmmaker Catharina Roland.

16 Aug Sat. Citizenship Clinic organized by Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Call 615-414-1030 to make an appointment or volunteer. Additional details will be posted in a later eblast if we get them.

16 Aug Sat 11am-2pm. Presentation on sustainable gardening techniques at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Afterwards, enjoy conversation over a meal ($12) in the Susie Gray Dining Hall. More info.

19 Aug Tues Deadline for early registration for Sustainable Tennessee Meeting. Prices go up after today. See August 21.

21 Aug Thurs 11:30am to 1pm. GENTRIFICATION. Panel discussion. Bennett Hall on the Scarritt-Bennett campus; parking lot entrances on 18th Ave. Bring your sack lunch. $6 to register, by email or phone (615-340-7557) or online. More info.

21 Aug Thurs 1-8 pm. Sustainable Tennessee Policy and Practice Meeting at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue (parking lot and entry on 23rd Ave). Probably additional details will soon appear at this link.

30 August Sat. TIRRC 2nd Annual Inter'Nash'ional Food Crawl. Explore delicious foods from around the world here in South Nashville. Watch this space for additional details.

1 Sept Mon. 6-9pm (tentative). TRANSITION POTLUCK will resume.

8 Sept Mon 6:30pm (tentative). NPJC Roundtable: CRUCIAL ISSUES IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION. Presented by Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Light refreshments.

10 Sept Wed 6:30-8:30pm. The Moral Monday Movement: An Evening with Equality North Carolina's Chris Sgro. Out Central, 1709 Church St. Join us to learn more about North Carolina's Moral Monday movement that is challenging the North Carolina Legislature's regressive policies on voting rights and many other issues. More info. (I'm told that the speaker's name is pronounced like the word "grow" with the sound of the letter "s" in front of it.)

13 Sept Sat 10am to 3pm. Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration free at the Neighborhoods Resource Center (1312 Third Avenue North), and on all of that block of Third Avenue. Music, chili cookoff and other foods, information bazaar, kids activities, etc. More info.

18-20 Sept. Thurs-Sat. NAACP 68th Annual State Convention and Civil Rights Advocacy Conference will be held in Nashville. Watch for additional details.

19-21 Sept Fri-Sun. African Street Festival in Hadley Park. Fri 6pm to 8pm; Sat and Sun 11am to 9pm. Music, foods, arts, etc. More info.

20 Sept Sat. TIRRC Annual Convention. Additional details probably will be available in some later eblast.

20 Sept Sat 10am-1pm. (tentative) Annual Nashville Amnesty International Human Rights Conference. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info. Until this event, there will be weekly planning meetings, at the Friend's House every Thursday at 5pm -- more info.

20-21 Sept Sat-Sun. Cumberland Greens Fall Gathering will be held at Adam and Sue Turtle's Bamboo Research Farm in Summertown, TN. More info at and/or watch this space.

20-21 Sept. Sat-Sun. Climate March in New York City. is planning for this to be the biggest climate march in history, so probably a few people from Nashville will be among those attending. Read more and/or sign up at this link. (Editorial remarks: The number 350 was chosen for political reasons, not scientific ones. For climate stability, we ought to be staying below 300 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, or perhaps even below 250. But we've been above 400 for some months now, and it's still rising. Also, you've often heard that "to avoid climate disaster, politicians around the world have agreed to try not to let the temperature rise more than 2 degrees Celsius," but that too was a political number, not a scientific one -- we're presently around 0.7 or 0.8 degrees and we're already seeing climate disaster. Some cities are experiencing expensive floods, but at the same time many food-growing regions are experiencing great droughts that will cause increases in food prices. That's not even "the new normal" -- it's going to keep getting worse, as long as we have "business as usual" and an "all of the above" energy policy.)

4 Oct Sat Celebrate Nashville -- more info



Tuesdays 6pm. The BRIDGE MINISTRY preaches to the homeless while feeding them, under the Jefferson Street bridge. More info.

Wednesdays. A PLACE AT THE TABLE. Dinner at 6pm, speaker or film at 7pm. 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.

Generally on Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm., NASHVILLE PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER core activists have an organizing meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.. We meet in different capacities (i.e., wearing different hats) on different Wednesdays, most often either as
  • the Nashville Peace Coalition, which plans demonstrations, rallies, and other small events, or
  • the NPJC's Program Committee, which plans bigger events, such as our monthly roundtable discussions, our information booths at the festivals of other organizations, or our own occasional "Peace, Prosperity, and the Planet" festivals.
Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at

Fridays and Sundays at 2pm. THE BRIDGE BUNCH feeds about 150 people (mostly homeless) under the Jefferson Street Bridge.


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.

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

First Wednesday of each month, 6pm, GREEN DRINKS. Socialize for sustainability, at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery, 1918 West End Ave. More info.

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 and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7-11 pm. A NIGHT OF FREE SPEECH. Poetry and political rants at Logue's Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike. More info.

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 Monday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Check website for dates, times, locations.

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 $80,000 recuperated in the last two 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."

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

Always: SUPPORT NPJC. The Nashville Peace and Justice Center needs your help.

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. SPREAD THE WORD! Change is not only possible -- it is inevitable, and it happens everyday!

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