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2015 March 3


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

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

4 March Wed. Healthy and Free TN Day on the Hill. More info.

4 March Wed 9am to 4pm. Statewide Adult Literacy Conference. Nashville public library, 615 Church Street. $15 registration includes lunch (RSVP in advance; let us know if you want to eat vegetarian.) Further info and registration.

4 March Wed 11:30am to 1pm. Superhuman Civilization: Pharmaceuticals, Bioelectronics, and Genetics. Lecture by Michael Bess, a Vanderbilt professor of history and European studies. Third floor commons, downtown public library, 615 Church Street. Optional lunch at 11:30 (suggested donation $5), lecture at noon.

4 March Wed 6pm. Food Chains. Free screening of documentary film about abuse of farmworkers, and how the CIW is fighting back. Shamblin Theater (enter through Bennett Campus Center) at Lipscomb University. More info, or contact Ted Parks at or at 615.966.6616.

4 March Wed 6pm. Rain Barrel Building Workshop. And for $40 you can take one home. Just listening is free. Cumberland River Compact, Suite 300, Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue, East Nashville. More info and registration.

4 March Wed 6:30-8 pm. NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. (Rescheduled from Feb 18 and Feb 25. If the weather is very bad on March 4, we might reschedule yet again.)

5 March Thurs 5-8pm. Down in the Delta. Screening of a film directed by Maya Angelou. Followed by a discussion moderated by writer, producer and director Carolyn McDonald. $10 for adults; $5 students/seniors/children; includes a light meal. Second floor of Fondren Hall, Scarritt Bennett Center. More info and register.

5 March Thurs. Thursday Love. Community, food, music, and a movie. The Love Building, 4611 Alabama Ave.
  • 10-6 shopping.
  • 4-6 Good Fruits Hour. (I'm guessing that's a restaurant.)
  • 6-8pm. Feature film. This week's film is "The Fruit Hunters."
More info.

6 March Fri 11:30am to 1pm. League of Women Voters Positions on Education. League President Debby Gould will discuss local and state program priorities and the League's position on a number of education issues. Debby also serves on the LWVTN Action Committee and will provide a brief overview of bills to watch in the 109th General Assembly Session. Bring lunch or buy one for $12. More info. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road.

6 March Fri 7pm. Unity Benefit Concert (Murfreesboro). Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door. For tickets and information, please call Rick Bennett at 615-904-0456. The concert, to benefit Unity Church of Life, will be held at that church, which is at 130 Cannons Ave, Murfreesboro. More info. We're mentioning this event (we don't usually advertise benefits for churches) because Unity is in danger of losing their building, and because Unity has been a big supporter of SOCM.

7 March Sat 10am. Endangered Plant Presentation and Hike. Radnor Lake. More info.

7 March Sat 11am to 1pm. Citizens' Climate Lobby. Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. Meeting at 11, speaker (by teleconference) at noon. This month's speaker is Lonnie Ellis, the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. He will talk about Pope Francis's plan to issue an encyclical dealing with climate change this year. More info.

7 March Sat noon. Rally against wage theft by Courtyard Marriott Hotel. In the past several months more than 5 workers completed hundreds of hours of work at the Marriot for which they have not been paid. Meanwhile, Marriott charges up to $250+ for a single room! -- We will park at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave) and march to the Courtyard Marriott (1901 West End) as workers demand their wages. Bring your signs and your voices to protest in unison with workers demanding their work be valued! More info.

7 March Sat 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Understanding Israel-Palestine and the Struggle for Palestinian Justice and Freedom. (Rescheduled from Feb 21.) Free lecture in the house classroom at Unity of Nashville, 5125 Franklin Pike. The speaker is Emily Behr, a local junior high school student who has been studying this subject extensively. The lecture is intended primarily for young people, but others are welcome to attend. Pizza and other refreshments will be served.

8 March Sun 6-8pm. Feminist Discussion Group. Meeting at Christine Doza's house, in East Nashville. Two readings: "Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come," and "Trans Feminism: There's No Conundrum About It." Links for those readings, location of meeting, and other details on website.

9 March Mon 7-11pm. A Night of Free Speech. Hosted by the ever pervasive Honest Lewis, NOFS is an uncensored spectrum of styles and subject matter for everyone. Time slots are 5-7 minutes long and scheduled on a first come, first read basis. Sign up starts at 6:30 and everyone reads on a first come, first read basis so show up early! Location: The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Ave, across the street from the Lincoln Auto College. Free parking at the $5 Car Wash; do NOT park at the Auto College. More info.

9 March Mon 7pm. Food Chains. Free screening of documentary film about abuse of farmworkers, and how the CIW is fighting back. Sarratt Cinema, Vanderbilt University. More info.

10 March Tues. Deadline to sign up for the bus. See bus to Florida, March 20-22.

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.

11 March Wed. 9:30am to 3pm. Humane Society Lobby Day. Join with other animal advocates at the capitol. More info.

12 March Thurs 7pm. Americans United for Separation of Church and State will again be meeting at West Precinct Community Room, 5500 Charlotte Pike.

13 March Fri noon to 1:30pm. Mayoral Candidates Forum on Homelessness. Downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. People who have experienced homelessness will be sharing their stories with our mayoral candidates, asking for concrete steps and action plans to end homelessness and criminalization in Nashville. Anyone who would like to submit a written question from the audience, please arrive 15-20 minutes early to fill out a question card. We'll have the candidates answer as many as we have time for. Priority will be given to questions from people who have experienced homelessness. More info.

13 March Fri 8pm. Another fundraising party for the CIW bus. 3716 Yelton Drive. More info.

14 March Sat. 9:30am-12:30pm. Richland Creek Cleanup at England Park, 811 Delray Drive. More info.

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

14 March Sat 10am-noon. Creation Care Strategy and Action Planning Session. West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue. More details to follow.

14 March Sat 5pm. Food Not Bombs will have an organizing meeting at The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Ave, in East Nashville. More info.

16 March Mon 5:30pm. Community Forum On Affordable And Equitable Housing. (5:30 registration/social time; presentation at 6pm.) Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 S. 7th Street, East Nashville. Discussion of gentrification, etc. Organized by the A VOICE for the Reduction of Poverty in Nashville. More info: Avi Poster ( or Marsha Edwards ( Related stories in NY Times and Time magazine.

17 March Tues 9am-5pm. Put the People First Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. Demand economic justice, education justice, health justice, real criminal justice reform, and our democratic rights. More info.

17 March Tues 12-1:15pm. Heartbeat panel discussion at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue (parking and entrance on 23rd Ave). Members of the Heartbeat music organization will talk about their personal experiences of growing up in a war zone and their passion and vision for music as a unifying force. The discussion is free. Lunch is available for $10 (cash or check, collected at the door), but must be reserved by March 13 to Those who plan to attend and do not want lunch do not need to RSVP. More info.

17 March Tues 7:30-9:30pm. "Heartbeat," the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community is on tour in the US in an effort to end violence and promote equality. They will be performing at Smith Music School, 1125 8th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Free and open to the public. The program will begin at 7:30 with a mini poetry slam by Southern Word. More info.

18 March Wed 9:30am to 4pm. Tuition Equality Day on the Hill. Lobbying representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly about the importance of in-state tuition for undocumented students. Begin with training 9:30am at TIRRC office at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike. More info and signup.

18 March Wed 6-8pm. CSA Fair at the Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Learn about Community Supported Agriculture.

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 Thurs 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.

19 March Thurs 5:30-8pm. Cultivating Compassion will be on the third Thursday of most months -- a 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.

20-22 March Fri-Sun. Bus trip to St. Petersburg, FL, to join in the CIW Fair Food parade and concert. $30 (on a sliding scale) for bus, meals and sleeping arrangements. More info.

22 March Sun 11:45am - 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. See listing under "monthly recurring events," further down this page.

31 March Tues 9:30am - 1:30pm. Mama Summit. State capitol. Organized by Moms Clean Air Force, to protect the air our children breathe. Hundreds of moms, dads, grandparents, friends and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children's health. More info.

11 April Sat 9am-noon. Stream cleanup. Volunteers will conduct stream cleanups at 20+ locations in Davidson County. Sign up at this link. Before the event, you will be contacted by the Compact event organizer with project details and directions. If you sign up as a group, we will be sure to keep your group at one location. After the waterway cleanup projects, all volunteers are invited to a celebration at noon at the Cumberland River Center, suite 300, 2 Victory Ave.

11 April Sat 9:30am - 4pm. Oral History Workshop with Alysia Burton Steele: A Beginner's Toolbox. $90 ($60 students). Room C, Laskey Hall, Scarritt-Bennett Center. This is a full-day workshop built to equip individuals, organizations, or groups interested in documenting personal, social, or regional histories with introductory techniques and best practices. More info.

15 April Wed 7:30pm. Hidden Pictures. Sarratt Cinema, Vanderbilt campus. Free screening of a documentary film about the silence that surrounds mental illness, throughout the world. More info.

16 April Thurs 6pm. Green Tie fundraiser for TEC. The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Way. Tickets discounted until March 15. More info.

17-18 April. Anti Racism Conference. Presentations, workshops, art and music sessions. More info.

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

18 April Sat 11am-6pm. Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park. NPJC will have a booth there. More info.

18 April Sat noon-6pm. Ride 2 Thrive is a party at Cumberland Park, 592 South First Street, in East Nashville, sponsored by Metro Social Services. It will include free health screenings, but aside from that it seems to be mostly entertainment: free food, entertainment, kids' zone, music, door prizes, zumba, motorcycle and corvette showcase, face painting, etc. 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."


22nd of each month, 11:45am - 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. On Legislative Plaza, to raise awareness of the fact that on average, 22 veterans of the US military forces commit suicide every day. Organized by Matthew Odell. Bring some visual aid that says "22" on it.

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 Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. TN NORML meeting at First UU Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. More info.

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 Wednesday, 5pm. Organizer Networking. A monthly meet-up for community organizers or folks who are interested in who's who and what's what in local social justice actions. Come share updates from your work and hear others talk about theirs in an informal environment. Flatrock Coffee, 2640 Nolensville Pike.

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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