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August 21, 2014


The Davidson County Election Commission is looking for poll workers. More info at this link.

After this month, you won't be able to buy any more Kroger "gift cards," which were one of NPJC's sources of income. However, frequent Kroger shoppers can now provide NPJC with Kroger donations in a similar fashion by getting a Kroger Plus Card, going to and creating an account if you don't already have one, logging into your account, and linking your Kroger Plus Card to NPJC. For that last step, in the box "Find your Organization," enter 89096 and then check the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. (Editorial disclaimer: This money doesn't just magically come out of nowhere; I guess it comes out of Kroger's advertising and public relations budget.)

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

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). Additional details and registration at this link. Register before midnight August 15 to be eligible for a drawing for a discount on your registration fee.

21 Aug Thurs 7:30pm. Nashville Police and Community Leaders to Discuss Ferguson. Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1112 Jefferson St. More info.

23 Aug Sat 11am to 3pm. WE WILL NOT GO BACK rally and march. Solidarity with the people of Ferguson; justice for Michael Brown. March to demand the change we want to see, correcting police with discipline. More info.
  • 11am: Gather at First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, 625 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
  • noon: March begins, from that church to Metro Police Dept. The route is shown at right. (People who can't walk quite that far might want to take a shortcut, following Charlotte Avenue directly from 6th Ave to 3rd Ave.)
  • 1-3pm: Rally at Metropolitan Justice Center Police Department, 200 James Robertson Parkway

23 Aug Sat 11:30am to 1:30pm. The United Nations and the World in a Time of Crisis. Lunch and lecture. $15 if reserved by August 16; $20 until noon August 21. Speaker: Chris Whatley, Executive Director of the United Nations Association. Location: Bell Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Rd. RSVP: or (615) 627-7352. More info.

25 Aug through 1 Sept. Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. If some of your friends disappear for all of this week, maybe this is where they are. More info.

27 Aug Wed 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee Meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

27 Aug Wed 6:30pm. Planned Parenthood presentation and phonebanking about Amendment 1. 50 Vantage Way. The ballot in November will include a proposed amendment to the state constitution. It's a confusing amendment; my interpretation is that it says that state law does not (currently) guarantee any kind of right to an abortion, under any circumstances. More info.

30 August Sat noon to 3pm. TIRRC 2nd Annual Inter'Nash'ional Food Crawl. Explore delicious foods from around the world here in South Nashville. Start at the TIRRC office at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike, to get your ticket ($10) and map, then make their way to various nearby restaurants to sample a variety of foods. More info.

30 Aug Sat 2pm. LABOR MARCH. Organized by Jobs with Justice, Workers' Dignity, and the Middle Tennessee AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. The march will start at 2pm at the Wal-Mart at Harding Place and Nolensville; UFCW will make a statement there. We will proceed north on Nolensville. We'll stop at a T-Mobile shop, for a few words from CWA; then at a fast food restaurant, for a few words from Show Me 15; then at the Nissan dealership on Thompson Lane, where the UAW will speak. The march then turns east on Thompson Lane and goes a short distance to St. Edward's Church, where Workers' Dignity at 4pm will hold a fundraiser picnic in the church's back pavillion. Alternative bus transport will also accompany the march.

31 Aug Sun 11am. Solidarity Feed at the union hall of Teamsters Local 480.

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

4 Sept Thurs 5:30-7pm. TJC Raising the Bar. The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, Bass Berry & Sims, 28th Floor, 150 Third Avenue South. Tennessee Justice Center will celebrate its pro bono law campaign. More info and RSVP.

5 Sept Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution and Woman’s Right to Privacy. Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the ACLU TN, will describe the "Vote No on 1" campaign. Organized by League of Women Voters. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road. Bring your lunch or buy one for $12.

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

9 Sept Tues 6pm. SEED MONEY SUPPERS will resume; the location will be at The Wild Cow Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Ave. More info.

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.

13 Sept Sat 10am to 4pm. Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty at the Nashville Public Library downtown. The purpose of the teach-in is to build community and to share knowledge, strategies, and tactics for stopping executions and ending mass incarceration. Organized by Vanderbilt Prison Project and Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice.

18 Sept Thurs. 8am Protest against CCA on the sidewalk in front of the Music City Center, at 201 5th Ave South. The "Invest Tennessee Conference" will be held at the Music City Center on this date, and Corrections Corporation of America will be participating. Bring your own sign, urging people not to "invest" in prisons-for-profit. Protest organizer: Alex Friedmann, the editor of Prison Legal News.

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

10-12 Oct Fri-Sun. Southern Festival of Books. More info.

18-19 Oct Sat-Sun. SOCM's 2014 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN. Save the date.

19 Oct Sun Americans United for Separation of Church and State will have a musical event at the Dark Horse Theater. Speakers will include our national executive director, the Rev. Barry Lynn.

7 Nov Fri. NPJC event: Father Roy Bourgeois. Event is still being planned; watch for more details; probably it will be a fund-raising dinner. Father Bourgeois is one of the founders and leaders of SOA Watch.



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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