May 10, 2013
MESSAGES FROM NPJC
The NPJC hopes to have a literature table at the Flatrock Festival (May 25)
. However, we need more people to staff the table. If you think that you might be able to sit at the table for a shift of an hour or more, please contact Eric Schechter (LeftyMathProf@yahoo.com
The NPJC has now reserved the "Events Pavilion" (near the locomotive) in Centennial Park, for a PEACE FESTIVAL (peace, prosperity, and the planet)
on September 21. Mark the date on your calendar now! We're now starting to collect speakers, musicians, food suppliers, and other organizers for the event. If you have ideas or would like to be part of the organizing committee, please contact Eric Schechter (LeftyMathProf@yahoo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS. New or changed items are marked with a blue background . To submit events to the e-blast, click here.
11 May Sat 1-3 pm.
meeting at East Precinct Police Department,
936 East Trinity Lane
. Join with us to learn what steps we have taken to help reform Metro Animal Care and Control and lower the 76% kill rate. More info
11-12 May Sat-Sun, 9-4 both days. WHITE'S CREEK COMMUNITY PROJECT, rescheduled.
The Cleanup and Boat ramp building will re schedule for Sat. May11th. The boat ramp project will continue on Sunday May 12th. Our goal is to make it easy to get canoes, kayaks and small boats into the creek. On both days meet at the Hartman Park
picnic shelter from 9-4. Come when you can. Tasty snacks and lunch provided. Do wear long slacks and long sleeves & hats. Boots are great for the creek areas. Bring your favorite shovel. Bring your friends. Michelle (615) 876-8865
13 May Mon 3pm. ALGAE PULL (Garrison Creek, Murfreesboro).
"The Blob" has come to Murfreesboro. An algae bloom is threatening local water. Tennessee Environmental Council and a team of volunteers will remove it and bury it in an offsite compost heap. More info and registration
13 May Mon 6-7:30pm. SYRIA: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
NPJC Roundtable -- panel discussion and open discussion about what is going on in Syria, how it compares with the many other recent wars of the USA, and what we the people should do about it. Panelists:
- Warren Duzak, retired journalist and founder of the Nashville chapter of Veterans for Peace,
- Lynn Grassmeyer, advocate for children in the Middle East, and
- John Miglietta, professor of political science specializing in the Middle East.
Friends' Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
13 May Mon 6pm. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
will meet at the Frothy Monkey, 2509 12th Avenue S.
, for another session of planning the upcoming statewide human rights conference. More info
15 May Wed 7pm. FORUM ON PRIVATE PRISONS
will be held at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike
, followed by 8:30pm SIGN-MAKING PARTY
to prepare for May 16's protest. More info.
16 May Thurs 9-10:30 am. PROTEST CCA.
Protest against Corrections Corporation of America, in front of their office at 10 Burton Hills Boulevard
. The profit incentive makes prisons worse, not better. More info.
17-19 May. NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD Southern Regional Conference
will be at the American Federation of Musicians Local 257, 11 Music Circle North. Join progressive lawyers, law students, and legal workers from around the South for a weekend of learning, sharing, connecting, and inspiring as we improve our efforts to promote and defend human rights. Schedule and fee info.
Note the low prices for students. The conference has now been approved for 10 CLEs. FB page.
18 May Sat 8am - 2pm. STORMY QUESTIONS: The Churches, Slavery and Mass Incarceration.
Vine Street Christian Church, 4101 Harding Pike
. Panel discussions, workshops, and question and answer sessions. Free, with free lunch included; reserve your space and lunch at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 615-269-5614. More info
18 May Sat 8:30am to 1pm. OBAMA CARE EXPLAINED.
Greater Nashville UU Church, 374 Hicks Road
in Bellevue. Everything you need to know about the Affordable Care Act will be presented through talks, Power-Point presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and printed materials. Plan to join us to learn all about what is included, when parts of it take effect, and how to enroll and take advantage of this expanded health care plan. Our resource presenters will include Brad Palmertree, Interim Executive Director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign and Beth Uselton, Program Officer, Baptist Healing Trust, and Sita Diehl, Director of State Policy and Advocacy for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Free continental breakfast and pizza lunch will be put on by the committee. Reservations appreciated: church 615-673-7699, minister 615-333-0462.
18 May Sat 9am. URBAN GARDENING FESTIVAL
at the Demo Gardens at Ellington Agricultural Center,
5201 Marchant Drive
. Speakers on composting, container gardening, bee keeping, worms, organic gardening, and more. Fundraiser sales for the Master Gardeners and Jr. Master Gardeners, plus food trucks by Roaming Hunger, and plenty more vendors and local plant society reps. Demo gardens include Square Foot garden, keyhole garden, mushroom garden, and Three Sisters garden. Flyer
18 May Sat 10am. FESTIVAL OF NATIONS grand opening
at the location of the former Hickory Hollow Mall. More info.
18 May Sat 10am to 1:30pm. JUST HOSPITALITY.
Protest against wage theft and other mistreatment of employees. 10 to 11:30, we'll be practicing chants and preparing signs and other artwork at the Workers' Dignity center, 3753 Nolensville Pike
. Then from noon until 1:30, we'll be protesting in front of Dr. Raj's two hotels, Best Western Music Row
and Comfort Inn Downtown
, both near the Musica Roundabout
18 May Sat 2-7pm. SOCM STATEWIDE MEETING.
Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment (formerly Save Our Cumberland Mountains) will have a conference (free) in the Forum of the Student Center
of the Floyd-Payne Campus of TSU.
||registration and socializing
Topics of discussion include
- environmental concerns about water quality and extraction issues,
- building a green-collar economy and fighting for jobs in our state,
- combatting negative stereotypes in the media that contribute to racial tension in our communities, and
- overarching problems in marginalized communities, poor communities, rural communities, and communities of color.
18 May Sat 2:30pm. THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS.
Documentary. Amlan Ganguly teaches the children of Kolkatas slums to become leaders in improving their own communitys health and sanitation. Using street theater, dance, and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half, increased polio vaccination rates, and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. Free film screening
at downtown public library
. Reception at 2:30, film at 3.
25 May Sat 10am-4pm. FLATROCK FESTIVAL
at Coleman Park (intersection of Nolensville Pike and Thompson Lane
). NPJC will have an information booth there. More info
25 May Sat 1pm. MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO. Riverfront Park
. Protest in favor of labeling, and against the many evil things Monsanto is doing. More info.
May 28 to June 4. REGISTRY WEEK for HOW'S NASHVILLE.
This is part of 100K Homes
, a national project to reduce homelessness. During this week, volunteers will survey the homeless, as part of an effort to house them. More info
30 May Thurs noon to 1pm. COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM.
Lecture by Sejal Zota
of the National Lawyers Guild. In the Founders Room, suite 2800, Bass Berry & Sims PLC,
150 Third Avenue South
. These noon law lectures sometimes include a free lunch, but this time the invitation wasn't entirely clear on that point. More info and RSVP
30 May Thurs 6:30pm. HELP FOR PACKRATS.
Hermitage Branch Library, 3700 James Kay Lane
. First session of a weekly series of counseling for people who are chronically disorganized, hoarding, etc. More info
1 June Sat. RE-OCCUPY WALL STREET.
A new protest begins in New York. More info.
1 June Sat 3pm. CUMBERLAND RIVER / GREEN RIVER BIOREGIONAL COUNCIL spring gathering and party
at the home of Claudia and Doug Kalmer. Event will also include plant and seed swap and giveaway, tour of a green home, potluck dinner around 7pm, live music, and overnight camping. For location and other info, contact Eric Lewis, email@example.com
5 June Wed 6-7:30 pm. PEACE/PROGRAM MEETING.
This week's Peace Coalition meeting is a joint meeting with the NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
All interested persons are welcome.
8 June Sat 6:30pm. Love Changes Things ... Even in the World of Politics.
Carolyn Cottom will be the speaker at this month's L-Club, a group of people who describe themselves as liberals. Potluck dinner and speaker at the home of Sonny and Lynn Collier, 329 Cross Timbers Drive, 37221.
11 June Tues noon-1:15 pm. Conflict Resolution Lunch: Low-Cost and Pro Se Divorce Mediation.
Additional details listed below, under "recurring events."
13-16 June. Bonnaroo Music Festival.
NPJC/Peaceroots will have an information booth there.
15 June Sat. 11am to 7pm. PRIDE FESTIVAL
at Riverfront Park. $5 admission. More info
15 June Sat 2:30pm. LOVE FREE OR DIE.
Documentary about Eugene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Trailer
. Free film screening
at downtown public library
. Reception at 2:30, film at 3.
22 June Sat 10:15am. PROTECTING YOUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
Lecture by Paul Sharkey at Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Ave.
Organized by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
SELECTED RECURRING EVENTS
Sundays at 1pm. OCCUPY NASHVILLE'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY
is on Legislative Plaza, various topics are discussed, including the planning of some of the protest events that appear on this eblast -- against abusive banks, unjustifiable wars, prisons for profit, etc. Occupy no longer has tents on the plaza (due to recent laws), but still maintains an information table on the plaza for many hours each week. More info at
and conversation at
Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm OCCUPY TABLING
while the legislature is in session. Occupy Nashville will resume tabling on Legislative Plaza, to continue to exercise our freedoms of speech and assembly. We will table on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm, unless there is heavy rain. (This schedule can be expanded to Wednesdays and Thursdays if there are enough volunteers.) Please come during your lunch hour! Volunteers and literature supporting Occupy Wall Street's goals of getting money out of politics and ending corporate personhood and dominance are welcome. Please RSVP
if and when you can help table.
Tuesdays, 6pm. NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION BOOK GROUP
at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
Generally on Wednesdays., NASHVILLE PEACE COALITION.
from 6 to 7:30 pm, in the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
. More information at NashvillePeaceCoalition.com
Wednesdays. A PLACE AT THE TABLE.
Farm market at 4pm, 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.
has been having a potluck dinner about once a month, and occasional other events, but the schedule is temporarily erratic due to a reorganization. See Transition Nashville web page
for schedule, agenda, instructions, RSVP.
Every Thursday, 12:15-12:45pm. WOMEN IN BLACK
weekly peace vigil, West End Avenue, on the bridge across from the Tennesseean Newspaper, between 12th Ave and The Frist Museum. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY
, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310
. More info at http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/TN/nashville
Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm. THE BRIDGE BUNCH
feeds about 150 people (mostly homeless) under the Jefferson Street Bridge; The Bridge Bunch also feeds numerous other needy people around town during the week, and holds a church service and recruitment under the bridge on Tuesday evenings. More info.
First Tuesday of each month: NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION
orientation meeting, 6:45-8:45 p.m., at Glendale United Methodist Church, located at 900 Glendale Lane
, Nashville 37204.. More info at nvcnashville.org
First Wednesday of each month, 6pm, GREEN DRINKS.
Socialize for sustainability, at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery,
1918 West End Ave
. More info.
First Wednesday or Thursday of each month: 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, email@example.com
First Saturday of the month, 1pm. NASHVILLE HOMELESS ORGANIZING COALITION
meets in the courtyard (2nd floor) of the downtown public library, 615 Church Street
First Saturday of most months. CITIZENS' CLIMATE LOBBY
, 11am to 1pm at Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street
. More info at this link
Second Tuesday of even-numbered months. CONFLICT RESOLUTION LUNCH.
Noon to 1:15 pm. Location: McWhirter Hall on the ground floor, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave.
(entrance on 23rd Ave), Nashville, TN 37203, Park in the church's lower parking lot (near Elliston Place). Bring your lunch or order one in advance. Credit in continuing mediation education available at most meetings. Topics and additional info
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 even-numbered months. 6:30pm. (but the Feb 2012 meeting is canceled) AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.
. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or president@nashville-AU.org
Second Friday of each month: TENNESSEANS FOR FAIR TAXATION
at noon, at 460 10th Circle, N.
-- the Ennix-Jones Building, behind First Baptist Church. (Park next to the building or in the lot behind the sanctuary. Enter on the end of the building facing the sanctuary.) More info at fairtaxation.org
or contact Bill Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Monday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.
for dates, times, locations.
Third Monday of most months, 5:30pm. BURNT
is an environmental organization that meets at Corinthian Baptist Church, 819 33rd Avenue N
. BURNT's mission as a group is to promote a toxic-free environment for Nashville and surrounding areas by promoting recycling, pesticide reform and citizen activism within the governmental process. Learn more about BURNT at phone 327-8515 or this website
Third Thursday of each month. TNCA DANCE PARTY
at Bar No. 308, 407 Gallatin Avenue
, East Nashville. Live DJ. Dancing. No cover. Web page.
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: Right end of the strip mall of La Reyna Supermercado #2 (a few yards north of the zoo entrance), 3753 Nolensville Pike, Nashville. More info: Sarah 615.669.6679, email@example.com
, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project
Fourth Monday of the month, 6pm. SEED MONEY SUPPERS.
Location may vary. 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
Fourth Monday of most months, 7 - 9pm. NASHVILLE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
usually meets at the Nashville Peace and Justice Center / Friends' Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209. These meetings are open to members, friends and those seeking more information. For additional details, contact Cynthia at 615-269-7141.
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