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April 12, 2014


The Nashville Peace and Justice Center is now looking for people to speak, and/or to staff information tables representing their organizations, at our big conference on May 3.

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

12 April Sat 6:30pm. L-CLUB: "FIGHTING POVERTY." This month's liberals potluck dinner is at the home of Pam and David Kidd, 641 Harpeth Trace Dr. This month's speakers are Marsha Edwards (head of the Martha O'Bryan Center), Dinah Gregory (Metro Social Services), and Avi Poster (active in many causes). More info.

12 April Sat 2:30-7pm. Culture & Food: A Workshop about Connection. $15, includes dinner. Laskey Buildling, Scarritt-Bennett Center. (Parking lot entrances on 18th Ave.) This workshop will explore how our relationship to food defines who we are, our connections to each other and to the environment. Activities include breakout sessions, lecture and conversation led by Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson and dinner. More info and registration.

12 April Sat 7-8pm. INTERFAITH CLIMATE VIGIL. Join us at Scarritt-Bennett Center's labyrinth as we bear witness to the realities of climate change through performance, song and ritual, giving voice to matters that threaten life everywhere. Candles will be provided. Parking lot entrances on 18th Ave. More info.

13 April Sun 9pm. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. This tv show will begin airing on Showtime. Here is a trailer. The show will include Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other stars. The first episode, on April 13, will also be available for live streaming on Youtube. And apparently it's already available at this link, though I'm not sure if that's the same version. 350 dot org considers this program to be useful educational material about our climate situation, and so 350 dot org is encouraging people to form screening parties for that first episode. At least one such screening party has already been scheduled (RSVP requested), for 6-8pm, on the 3rd floor of the River Center, 2 Victory Ave. If you check at this link, you may find additional screening parties. If you're considering hosting a screening party, click here.

14 April Mon 5pm. THE PEOPLE'S SESSION. Rally at the state capitol, for voting rights, quality public education, living wage jobs, expansion of medicaid. More info.

14 and 15 April, Mon and Tues, 6-8pm. North Nashville Political Forum. At the Manna From Heaven Dinner Theater, 3510 W. Hamilton Rd. Candidates for local offices will answer questions. More info.

15 April Tues 6-8:30pm. Is the Middle East in a Cold War, with Syria at the Center? Lecture by Samar Ali, an advisor to the United Nations Envoy for Syria. Lecture only (at 7pm) is free. Dinner $10 or $15, reservations required by end of April 10 -- call (615) 615-627-7352 or email Location: First floor, Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street. Organized by United Nations Association. More info.

15 April Tues 6:30-8 pm. HOW RELIGION DISTORTS SEXUALITY. Lecture by Dr. Darrel Ray, followed by Q & A, in room 4327 (building 4, floor 3), Stevenson Center, Vanderbilt University. Non-students are asked for a $5 optional donation to help fund future programs. Suggested parking: Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at Scarritt Place and 21st Ave. Subway food will be provided. More info.

16 April Wed. Early voting begins for primary elections in some counties.

16 April Wed 6-8pm. Spring Gardening Essentials Class. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson Street, in East Nashville. More info and here too.

17 April Thurs 11:30am-1pm. SEXUALITY AND CHRISTIANITY. $12 for lunch and lecture. Bennett Hall, Scarritt-Bennett Center. Parking entrances on 18th Ave. More info and registration.

17 April Thurs 7:30pm. Discussion of Private Prisons. Interactive discussion. Room 109, Calhoun Hall, Vanderbilt campus. Organized by the Vanderbilt Prison Project. Open to the public. Food will be served. More info.

17 April Thurs 7:30-9pm. How Can the Office of the District Attorney Best Serve the Most Vulnerable Among Us? Panel discussion by the candidates. (The primary election is May 6.) Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 S. 7th Street, in East Nashville. Organized by CEI, NOAH, TIRRC, and a few other organizations.

19 April Sat 10-11am. TIRRC OPEN HOUSE. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition will have open house at its Nashville office at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike. Networking, and a conversation about the 2014 Tennessee legislative session.

19 April Sat 11am-6pm. EARTH DAY in Centennial Park. More info. NPJC will have a booth there, and we could use some volunteers to help staff it.

19 April Sat 11:30am to 2pm. Earth Day Zombie Pipeline Snakedance. Centennial Park. Come join us as we weave our way through the Earth Day exhibits with our 50' inflatable pipeline, our marching band (bring an instrument), our coffin containing mother Earth, and a parade of Zombies (we need YOU). Come dressed for the apocalypse to bring attention to Climate Change and the fate that awaits us all if we keep mining our Mother for fossil fuels. This is a New Orleans-style funeral where mourning and celebration of life merge. Meet at the Parthenon at 11:30; we march from noon to 2pm. Sponsored by NashvilleNoKXL and Coalition for a Frack-Free Tennessee. More info.

22 April Tues. 10am-2pm. EARTH DAY in Murfreesboro. At MTSU. An event to showcase environmentally friendly and socially conscious organizations and businesses in middle Tennessee. There will be information tables on the commons/grass outside of the Student Union Building. Organized by MTSU Students for Environmental Action. For more information (e.g., if you'd like to represent your organization at this event), contact

22 April Tues 5-7pm. Building a Glossary of Social Change: A Community Conversation. Room 122, Vanderbilt Divinity School, 411 21st Ave S. Suggested parking: spaces 52-170 in Wesley Garage on Scarritt Place. Sometimes when we're on the same side, we assume that we're also on the same page. Please join us for a conversation in community about how we talk about the work that we do. Food will be provided. More info.

25 April Fri 6pm. END SLAVERY meeting. At the Cohen residence, 116 Woodridge Drive, in Hendersonville. Including a film. More info.

25 April Fri. 7-10pm. GREEN TIE AFFAIR is a fundraiser party for Tennessee Environmental Council. Location: University Club of Nashville, 2402 Garland Ave. Prices vary, $30 to $75. More info and registration.

25 April Friday 7:30-9pm. Marian Wright Edelman discusses the cradle to prison pipeline. Ms. Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. She will speak at Pearl-Cohn High School, 904 26th Ave. N. Tickets are free, and are available at this link, which also has more information. See also more info.

26 April Sat 10:30-noon. Managing Stormwater Runoff. $15 workshop. Learn how to handle storm water runoff by using bio-swales, rain gardens, stormwater runnels, native plants, rain water harvesting, and more. Location: Tennessee Tech, 100 White Bridge Road. More info and registration.

26 April Sat 1-3pm. NASHVILLE HOMELESS ORGANIZING COALITION will meet at the Nostos Art Gallery, rooms 58-60 upstairs in The Arcade, 244 5th Ave. N.

26 April Saturday 4pm. DEMONSTRATE FOR DIVERSITY. White supremacists are planning to meet in Montgomery Bell State Park on April 25-27, at the Inn. Some of us will be demonstrating against them, outside the Inn. Bring a sign. Here is a road map of the park; from the main entrance go southeast to the Golf Course and then north to the Inn. More info or It is possible that an additional event will be planned, but that's starting to look unlikely.

26 April Sat. 8pm to midnight. Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, will be one of the speakers at the gala dinner ($25) at the Panafest Nashville Celebration of African Culture (free admission earlier in the day), at Global Mall, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway.

27 April Sun 2-5pm. WORKERS' DIGNITY 4TH ANNIVERSARY. $8 individual, $15 family. Music, food, and community. The Pavillion behind St. Edwards Church, 190 Thompson Lane. More info.

28 April Mon 6-7:30pm. NPJC Roundtable: UNTIL THE RULERS OBEY. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Light refreshments. Our speaker will be Clifton Ross, one of the editors of the recent book "Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements."

3 May Saturday 9am-5pm. Connecting for a Wiser World. NPJC's big conference, now being planned. Sustainability, community, and a saner economy. Free admission; suggested donation $8 for lunch. More information at this web page. People who wish to to staff a literature table for their organization should fill out the form at the bottom of that web page. Prospective speakers should contact Tom Roberts (

6 May Tues. PRIMARY ELECTIONS in some counties.

7 May Wed 6-7:15pm. Eco-friendly cleaning supplies and personal care products. Workshop at East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland St. in East Nashville. RSVP.

10 May Sat 6:30pm. L-CLUB: "Family of Abraham." This month's liberals potluck dinner is at the Unitarian Church in Bellevue, at 374 Hicks Rd. More info.

12 May Mon 1:30 to 4:30 pm THE STATUS OF HUMAN RIGHTS at the downtown public library. Organized by Tennessee Human Rights Commission. More info and registration.

13-14 June Fri-Sat. NASHVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL. Public Square Park, 3rd and Union. Admission $25 for the whole festival, or $5 for just Saturday. More info.



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 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.

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.

First Saturday of most months, 1pm. NASHVILLE HOMELESS ORGANIZING COALITION. Location may vary; more info at this link or this one.

Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm. 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 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. 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

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.

Fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 9 pm. Currently on haitus. COMPASSIONATE COFFEEHOUSE meets at Atmalogy cafe and community, 2320 West End Ave. We invite singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, storytellers and other creative expressionists to share from the heart and inspire our collective community to grow in compassion toward ourselves, each other and our world. Representatives of organizations may bring their cards and brochures as well as share from the stage in a creative way how they are impacting our community with compassion driven initiatives and projects. Each performer gets 5 minutes. There's an intermission in the middle, to give people time for networking. Signups begin at 6:15 pm; show begins at 6:30pm. More info.

Fourth Friday of the month, typically at 6:30pm, Homeless Organizing has some event such as a film or speaker, typically at the Neighborhoods Resource Center, 1312 Third Avenue North. For more up-to-date information check the website or the Facebook page.

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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