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2015 April 13


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

Date not specified yet. Mad Women (and Men) of Tennessee. State legislators are about to vote on new legislation to make it harder to get safe, legal abortions in Tennessee, overriding choices made by pregnant women and their doctors. Planned Parenthood is planning an action, to attend the final vote, but the date isn't known yet. Sign up at this link if you want to be called. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to wear pre-Roe-v-Wade clothing or other costumes.

13 April Mon 3pm. The education policy and equity issues of Chinese ethnic minorities. Furman 003, Vanderbilt.

14 April Tues 9:45am. Moral Movement Sit-in for Insure Tennessee. (Apparently this week's "Moral Monday" will be on a Tuesday.) Meet outside Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave. N.. (As well as I have understood it, the initial gathering will be outdoors, on some benches, visible from the sidewalk of 6th Ave North, a few feet north of Union Street. Not on top of the plaza, and not inside the building, though both the plaza and the building also have the location of "301 6th Ave N.") We will join together as clergy, students, and community members for a silent sit-in in Speaker Beth Harwell's office beginning at 10am. We go to give moral witness for the 280,000 of our neighbors who are needlessly suffering because of her silence and absence on Insure Tennessee. More info.

15 April Wed. ADA Legacy Tour. A bus is transporting an exhibit about the Americans with Disabilities Act around the country; it will be in Nashville on Wednesday. More info or contact Lorre Leon Mendelson, 615-594-5899.

15 April Wed. Wage protest rally. "Show me 15" will be demonstrating for a higher minimum wage, and a union.
  • 6am: Rally in front of McDonalds, 2700 West End Ave.
  • 8:30am. Rally at Vanderbilt University. I'm not sure of the precise location, but I think it might be in front of Kirkland Hall.
  • 10am. Buses leave for St. Louis, for more demonstrations there. One bus will be boarding at 2201 West End Ave.; another will be boarding somewhere on TSU campus.
  • Late evening. Buses return.
Perhaps more precise information about locations will be available by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, on the Peace Calendar.

15 April Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Including last-minute preparations for Earth Day festival.

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 11:30am to 1pm. Civil Disobedience. Panel discussion. Bennett Hall, Scarritt Bennett Center. $6. Bring a sack lunch. More info and online registration.

16 April Thurs 5:30-8 pm. Cultivating Compassion for the Environment. International Room, Scarritt Hall, Scarrit Bennett Center (parking lot entrances on 18th Ave). Suggested admission $5. Panel discussion. Additional information at this link. We invite organizations to bring flyers about environment related issues and events.

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

17-18 April. Anti Racism Conference-and-more. Presentations, workshops, art and music sessions. Morgan House at UU Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.
  • Friday 4-10pm. The dinner at 6pm will be followed at 7-8pm by Roundtable Discussion (jointly organized by NPJC) on War and Racism.
  • Saturday 7am to 4pm, followed by caravan to Montgomery Bell State Park on Saturday evening to protest against the white nationalist conference being held there.
More details. Even if you're not coming, you can help with the funding.

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; come and sit with us for a while. If you have time, help us to staff the booth. The issue we're especially promoting today is opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership monster. More info.

18 April Sat 11:30am. Demonstration against KXL and other forms of ecocide. There will be a demonstration at the Earth Day festival. If you wish to participate in it, gather on the West End Avenue side of the Parthenon at 11:30am.

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.

18 April Sat 5-8pm. Peace Ambassadors USA Spring Fundraiser. 2921 Harlin Dr. $10 for one person or $20 for family:2921 Harlin Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. dinner, live performance, fun and games. Peace Ambassadors USA is a non-profit, community based organization founded in 2012 to fight bias, bigotry, and racism through education and interfaith dialogue, to build bridges of peace, understanding, and co-existence between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. More info.

20 April Mon 6pm. Coal Ash Stories film screening. Student Union Theater, in the new Student Union Building, MTSU, Murfreesboro. Free screening of four short films that expose the public health concerns, related policy, and community responses to the environmental injustices caused by coal ash. Come learn about the issues and find out how you can get involved! More info.

21 April Tues. 6:30pm. TVA Public Hearing on the Integrated Resource Plan. Press event 6:30 to 7pm, public meeting 7-8:30pm. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (Kirkland Calhoun Room), 2100 West End Ave. TVA's new proposed plan for how the utility will provide energy for the next 20 years continues to rely primarily on coal, gas, and nuclear instead of clean, affordable solar and wind and improved energy efficiency. The good news is that the plan is not final. Join with others in the Nashville community to show our support for the necessary growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs to protect our health and our climate. Info.

22 April Wed 6:30pm. Defending Public Education in TN. Panel discussion in room N116, Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building, MTSU, Murfreesboro. More info.

24 April Fri 7pm. My Body Is Mine: Beautiful, Magical, Mystical, (W)Holy is a creative arts gathering of poetry, dramatic readings, music, painting, dance, and community art making that seeks to empower women, speak out against domestic and sexual violence, and declare that all bodies are sacred. Vanderbilt Divinity School. More info.

25 April Sat 9am to 1pm. Tree potting party. We are putting 1,000 seedlings in pots so we may plant them in the fall. Watch for more information in a later eblast, or contact Jeff Barrie.

25 April Sat noon to 3pm. TN Trans Journey Welcoming. OutCentral, 1709 Church St. Organizing meeting for TNTJ. More info.

27 April Mon 6pm. Rally for Marriage+. Amphitheater, Bicentennial Mall. Join us as we celebrate on the eve of oral arguments in the Tennessee and other marriage cases being heard at the Supreme Court. We will celebrate progress and learn what is next for all our issues. We call it a Marriage PLUS rally because there is so much more we have to do in the area job discrimination, violence, bullying at school, and much more. Make signs and bring them if you like. More info.

28 April Tues 9:30am to 12:30pm. The Extent and Shape of Nashville's Poverty. Main auditorium, downtown public library, 615 Church Street; free parking for participants. Presentation by Metropolitan Social Services. More info.

29 April Wed 7-8:30pm. Nashville Mayoral Candidates' Forum. The Temple, 5015 Harding Road. Free and open to the public. The forum will focus on the issues in Michelle Alexander's book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." More info.

1 May Fri 6:30-9pm. An Appreciation of Nell Levin. St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland Street, East Nashville. Suggested donation $50. Join us to celebrate Nell's 14 years of dedicated service to Tennessee Alliance for Progress as founder and director. (The new director is Dan Joranko.) Food and wine. Music by Shelby Bottom String Band. RSVP by April 28 at this link.

1-2 May Fri-Sat. Vietnam War Protest in Washington DC. I don't know whether a contingent will be going there from Nashville. This is a protest against the Pentagon's plans to rewrite the history of the Vietnam War. More info.

2 May Sat 10am. Permaculture free lecture and tour. Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead, 444 Walker Rd., Summertown, TN (a couple of hours southeast of Nashville). More info.

3 May Sun 2-5pm. Workers' Dignity 5th Anniversary Celebration. St Edward Catholic Church, 188 Thompson Ln. (I'm guessing the celebration will be at the pavilion behind the church.) Art, music, food, fun & fundraising. More info.

6 May Wed. 6-8pm. Potluck / roundtable / fundraiser on Africa. Potluck dinner. We will hear from David Zarembka about his work for better treatment of homosexuals in Africa. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

9 May Sat 11am to noon. MayDay TNTJ We Call For Action. Tennessee Trans Journey, in Centennial Park. More info.

12 May Tues 7:30 - 9pm (tentative). Roundtable Discussion on Military Suicide, with Joey King of Veterans for Peace, and others. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Light refreshments.

16 May Sat 3-7pm. Malcolm X Day Celebration. Under the Jefferson Street Bridge. A free open-mic event. More info.

17-23 May. National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. I don't know yet whether anything will be planned for Nashville (but I'm always ready to carry a sign in front of CCA). More info.

18-19 May Mon-Tues. Discussion of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan. Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt Law School. More details.

22 May Fri 6:30 - 8pm (tentative). Roundtable discussion on the Criminal Justice System, with Prof. Lisa Guenther of Vanderbilt U. and Attorney William Hunt. Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Ave. Light refreshments.

23 May Sat noon-4pm. March Against Monsanto in Chattanooga. More info.

2 June Tues 6-8pm (tentative). Potluck Supper against Nukes. Presentation by Ralph Hutchison of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). Friends Meeting House (downstairs), 530 26th Ave. N.



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 the "Good Food for Good People" market, 4611 Alabama 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 Thursday of most months, 6:30-9pm. Feminist Trivia Night. The Stone Fox, 712 51st Ave N. Full food and drink menu available; no cover fee. Submit questions in advance at this link. Your question can be about any topic, with a focus on women and gender non-conforming people: Film, theater, television, music, media, art, literature, language, history, politics, global feminism, activism, science, health, sports, leisure, pop culture, sexuality, sex, gender, pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. We especially need submissions that highlight local social justice and gender justice efforts underway in Nashville.

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: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. 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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