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Sept 2, 2014


We have begun planning the NPJC's November 7th event. We are considering providing childcare, and/or translation into Spanish. If you would be interested in receiving either of these services, please let us know.

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

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

2 Sept Tues 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets on the first Tuesday of most months, at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

3 Sept Wed noon to 1pm. We Don't Get to Shut the World Out: Some Things an Ethicist Thinks About lecture by Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. Auditorium, downtown public library. Optional, lunch in the conference center at 11:30am; $5 donation suggested.

3 Sept Wed NPJC is not meeting this week.

4 Sept Thurs 11am and 4:30pm. Protests for Higher Wages at Fast Foods. 11am, Sonic at 444 Murfreesboro Pike 37210. 4:30pm, McDonald's, 2612 Franklin Pike 37204. For the latter event, a good place to park is across the street at Kroger.

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.

4 Sept Thurs 7-8pm. Vets For Peace is meeting at its usual time and place, International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. This month's guest speaker is Jason Hurd, a local member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He also participated in the Winter Soldier hearings about the Iraq war, some of which can be found on Youtube.

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.

6 Sept Sat 11am to 1pm. Citizens Climate Lobby. Room 118, Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. Meeting at 11am, speaker (by teleconference) at noon. This month's speaker is Len Hering, formerly a conservation-minded admiral in the navy, now executive director of the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego. More info.

6 Sept Sat noon to 1:30pm. Discussion of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, in the conference center of the downtown public library. The speaker will be Dennis Parker, Director of ACLU National's Racial Justice Project. More info at this link.

7 Sept Sun 6:30pm. DISRUPTION screenings. The climate film "Disruption" will be released on the internet. Some people are hosting screening parties. At the time of this writing, one such party has already been scheduled in Nashville. Go to this link to check for parties that have already been scheduled, or to offer your own. Organized by 350 dot org. Two-minute trailer at this link, but it may not work on some browsers.

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. How should we vote on Amendment 3? What else can we do? We really must stop this effort by the 1% to permanently keep the tax burden on the shoulders of the 99%. This amendment would ensure constant increases in food and other sales taxes, business taxes, property taxes and all kinds of fees, while protecting the wealthy from having to contribute their fair share. This tax structure causes a continued drag on the economy, decreased state revenues and further cuts in our already inadequate services. We must not allow it to be enshrined forever in our TN Constitution! Or perhaps you have a different viewpoint? Early voting starts Oct. 15; we need to get to work on this! Read more at

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 6:30-8pm NPJC Program Committee meeting at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

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.)

11 Sept Thurs noon-1pm. Readings from Banned Books. Courtyard, 2nd floor, downtown public library. Selections from some of the most frequently banned or challenged books. More details, and a list of some other related events, at this link.

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.

17 Sept Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Board Meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

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 Sept Thurs 6-8pm. Social Justice On Tap is a young professionals group whose mission is to bring together people who are passionate about social justice. Pinewood Social, 33 Peabody St. More info.

18-20 Sept. Thurs-Sat. NAACP 68th Annual State Convention and Civil Rights Advocacy Conference will be held in Nashville. Watch for additional details.

18-21 Sept Thurs-Sun. Fall Equinox Music Festival, 2500 Heady Ridge Rd., Red Boiling Springs, about 90 minutes east of Nashville. More info.

19 Sept Fri 7pm. THE GOOD LIE. Red carpet screening of new film, at Belcourt Theater. THE GOOD LIE tells the triumphant story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. Sorry, I don't have ticket information yet. Reese Witherspoon and the cast will be walking the red carpet along with local celebrities.

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. NPJC will have a booth at this festival, and we'd be glad to have a few more volunteers staffing the booth.

20 Sept Sat. TIRRC Annual Convention. Additional details probably will be available in some later eblast.

20 Sept Sat 9:30am to 1:30pm. 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 6pm -- more info.

20 Sept Sat 8pm. Benefit Concert for Vote NO on 1 Campaign at the Exit/In, 2208 Elliston Place, featuring Take the Power Back, Apollo Up, and Idle Bloom. $10. If the amendment passes on November 4, state legislators plan to enact medically unnecessary laws that strip away the rights of a woman to make real-life decisions facing her and her family. More info.

20-21 Sept Sat-Sun. Cumberland Greens Fall Gathering will be held at Adam and Sue Turtle's Bamboo Research Farm, 30 Myers Road, Summertown, TN. More info at this link or this link or

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.)

21 Sept Sun noon. Global Flash Mob Celebrating Peace. Sept 21 is International Peace Day, and it's being celebrated everywhere. Here in Nashville, people will gather at noon on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. For events like this, usually you can park in Lot R for free. More info.

25 Sept Thurs 1-2:30 pm. RALLY AGAINST TORTURE. Alberto Gonzales, former US Attorney General and torturer, will be speaking in Simmons Amphitheater in the Martin Honors Building at MTSU, in Murfreesboro. Tentatively, a bunch of us will stand outside the building with signs saying things like "we don't want torturers here" and "torture is never legal." Bring a sign. Watch future eblasts for further details.

26-27 Sept Fri-Sat. NAMI Convention. National Alliance on Mental Illness. More info.

26-28 Sept Fri-Sun. Biodynamic Conference. Prices not yet announced. Long Hungry Creek Farm, 2307 Long Hungry Road, Red Boiling Springs, about ninety minutes east of Nashville. A collection of professional biodynamic gardeners, farmers, doctors, and scholars will inspire your first hand relationship with quality soil, food, and overall vitality. There are beautiful places for children to play, herb walks, discussions on health, biodynamics, local food, fruits, vegetables, livestock, and homesteading. Early registration.

27 Sept Sat. 6pm. Progreso Community Center will be having an event. Watch for additional details.

4 Oct Sat 10am-6pm. Celebrate Nashville -- more info. NPJC probably will have a booth there, and we could use some additional volunteers to staff it.

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

11 Oct Sat. Global Frackdown. Anti-fracking events are being planned in many cities. I don't know of anything in Nashville yet. Look for an event, or offer to host an event, at this link.

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 will speak about "Consciousness, Peace, Justice, and Equality." 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.

21-23 Nov Fri-Sun. SOA WATCH. Protest against the School Of the Assassins, at Fort Benning, Georgia, the ultimate source of the flood of refugee children we now have at our Mexican border. Read about it at this link. Generally there is a sizeable contingent from middle Tennessee attending SOAW each year.

5-7 Dec. Fri-Sun. Food Summit. Workshops, lectures, and meals prepared with local food by famous chefs. Learn how to grow your own food, where local food is available, how to use it, and why it is so much better for you, our environment, and our economy. More info at this link, but it's still in the planning stages and a bit vague.



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.

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.


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

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.

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."


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.

First Tuesday of most months, 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

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 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.

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

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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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