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July 18, 2014

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

18 July to 2 August. Early voting in Tennessee state elections.

18 July Fri 9am. Homelessness Commission meeting at the downtown library, 615 Church Street.

18 July Fri 3-6 pm. Mill Creek Cleanup at 343 Wilhagan Road. RSVP and more info at this link.

18-20 July Fri-Sun. Planned Parenthood Conference at Vanderbilt University (sorry, I don't yet know more specifically where). More info at this link.

19 July Sat 10am to 1pm. SOCM Social Justice Committee will meet at Hobson United Methodist Church, Nashville. For more info contact organizer Brad Wright at or 615-355-9356.

19 July Sat 11am to 1pm. CITIZENS' CLIMATE LOBBY is having its monthly meeting today, instead of the usual first Saturday of the month. Usual time, usual place - Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. The meeting will include an "ideation session, Disney style": Participants assume roles of spectator, dreamer, realiser, and critic to assess how we talk to different types of Tennesseans. It's fun, you'll get to use post-it notes. -- This month's guest speaker (at noon, via live teleconference) is Katherine Hayhoe, who has bridged the gap on climate change between the scientific and religious communities. More info.

19 July Sat 1-3pm. Homeless Organizing Coalition will meet in the Nostos Gallery, rooms 58-60 upstairs in The Arcade, which is the little mall running from around 223 4th Ave N to around 300 5th Ave N.

19 July Sat 6-8pm. TTPC Summer Meeting. Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition will meet at Holy Trinity Community Church, UCC, 6727 Charlotte Pike.

20 July Sun 4-6pm. TEP's Ice Cream Social in Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike. Suggested donation $10/person or $15/family. More info at TEP's website and Facebook event page.

21 July Mon 2pm. HUMAN RELATIONS AWARDS presented by Mayor Karl Dean, in the Mayor's Office Media Room at the Metro Courthouse. Awardees selected by the Metro Human Relations Commission are Gail Kerr, Michael Spalding, Rashed Fakhruddin, Neal Darby, and Abby Rubenfeld.

22 July Tues 6pm. Protest against Koch Brothers' Privatization of Education. Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St. -- Inside the hotel? In front of the hotel? Across the street from the hotel? At the time of this eblast, this protest is not yet very well organized; see link for the little information I have.

23 July Wed NPJC -- no meeting this week.

29 July Tues. EPA hearings on emissions, in Atlanta. The EPA has proposed the Clean Power Plan, the first ever national plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal plants. Now they're holding public hearings on the new standard in just four cities around the country and Atlanta is one of them. We are encouraged to speak up not only about coal emissions, but also about fracking or tar sands. Register at this link to be one of the speakers at the hearing. We're organizing a rally and march of hundreds of people, you should be there! Don't let distance deter you, buses are available and we can help you with transportation and lodging (on the night of the 28th), so you would only need to supply your own food. You're welcome on the bus even if you won't be one of the speakers. More information and registration at the Sierra Club's web page; also contact our local Sinclaire Sparkman) for a spot on the bus.

30 July Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Program Committee meeting at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

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.

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. 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 both of them and rewriting history 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.

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.

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.

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.

20-21 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.)



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

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