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Sept 11, 2014

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

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.

11 & 13 Sept Thurs & Sat. Free Training for Practice Group Facilitators for Nonviolent Communication. Led by Sarah Kopcsak & Carlene Robinson. Thursday 6-9pm and Saturday 1:30-4:30pm. If you're in an NVC Practice Group, or would like to be, or would like to begin a new one, and might be willing to facilitate (or co-facilitate) one now or in the future, this opportunity could be helpful to you, support you and enrich your NVC practice. To sign up or ask for more information, please contact: Joanna Carnahan ( / 615-352-8188) or Alan Leiserson ( / 615-383-2041).

11 Sept Thurs 7-8:30 pm. Americans United for Separation of Church and State will meet at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. More info.

11-21 Sept. International Compassion Games. It's a sort of competition between cities (last year Nashville took second place), except that it's being called a "coopetition" to try to give the impression that it's not really a competition. More info about the games and about Nashville's effort.

13 Sept Sat 10-11am. Suicide Prevention fundraising walk. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Check-in time 9-10 am. Owen Bradley Park. More info, registration, donations.

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 4:30pm. Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty in the conference center of 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. Please RSVP for the free lunch. More info.

13 Sept Sat 11am to noon. Protest rally against wage theft. Super 8 Hotel, Nashville Airport Music City Area, 720 Royal Pkwy. More info.

14 Sept Sun 2pm. Global Frackdown organizing meeting. Local activists against fracking will meet to plan for a local October 11 event. Contact for directions.

15 Sept Mon noon-1pm. Rally against the death penalty. Bring a sign. There will be a rally organized by Tennessee Student and Educators for Social Justice, at Legislative Plaza (corner of 6th and Charlotte), asking Governor Haslam to stop the state's scheduled executions and to conduct a full and transparent review of Tennessee's death penalty system. A petition will be delivered to the governor.

15 Sept Mon 5-8pm. OutCentral Open House and Community Expo. Part of LGBT Community Center Awareness Day. 1709 Church St. More info.

16 Sept Tues noon-1pm. Discussion of reducing storm runoff through green infrastructure. In the Cumberland River Compact's offices, suite 300, inside the River Building, at 2 Victory Ave in East Nashville; park in LP Field's Lot R. Bring your lunch or buy one for $8. Go to this link for more information, and to register what kind of lunch you want.

16 Sept Tues 2:40pm. Gender, Sexuality, and Socialism. Lecture by Alan Sears, a professor of sociology at Ryerson University (Toronto). Room 204, James Union Building, MTSU, Murfreesboro. More info.

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

17 Sept Wed 6:30-8:30pm. Community Forum and Discussion on the attack on Gaza. Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike. Suggested donation $5-$10 (no one turned away). More info.

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 10am to noon. Gentrification and affordable housing. Panel discussion at Cleveland Community Center, 6th Street and Vernon Winfrey Avenue, in East Nashville. Admission is free but RSVP is requested so organizers can know how many people to expect. Topics and speakers include:
  • Gentrification, Mike Hodge, Organizer for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH)
  • Affordable Housing, Dr. Jim Fraser, Peabody/Vanderbilt
  • Planning and Zoning - Doug Sloan, Metro Planning Commission
  • Conservation Overlays - Tim Walker, Metro Historical Commission

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 this 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. If this is too tame for you, check out Climate Convergence, one of the more radical factions in the march. -- Some people are organizing round trip buses plus lodging, and there are still some spaces left -- leave Nashville at noon Friday, arrive back in Nashville around noon Monday -- see this link or contact Eric Lewis for more details.

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.

22 Sept Mon 6:30pm. Forum with Metro Police. OutCentral, 1709 Church St. Meet officers of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department to discuss ways that you can avoid becoming a victim to crime, whether at home or out & about. More info.

24 Sept Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Program Committee Meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

25 Sept Thurs 12:30pm. RALLY AGAINST TORTURE. Alberto Gonzales, war criminal and former US Attorney General, will be speaking 1-2:30 pm in Simmons Amphitheater in the Martin Honors Building at MTSU, in Murfreesboro. Tentatively, a bunch of us will stand outside the north end of the building with signs saying things like "we don't want torturers here" and "torture is never legal." Bring a sign. More info.

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 10am to 6pm. World Peace Day festival. $20 adults, $10 students, free children under 12. Isha Institute of Inner-sciences, 951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110. More info.

27 Sept Sat 1-5pm. Lady Parts Justice Vote No On One Concert. Fundraiser for No On One. Musicians and comedians. Tickets $20. The Pavilion East, 1106 Fatherland Street, East Nashville. More info.

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

28 Sept Sun 5pm. To Honor Life. Conference Center, St. Matthew Church, 535 Sneed Road W., 37069 (near Bellevue). Short film screening, followed by panel discussion. More info: Panelists are:
  • Ndume Olatushani, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent nearly 20 years on Tennessee's death row;
  • Charles Strobel, whose mother was murdered in 1986 and is founder of the Campus for Human Development and Room in the Inn; and
  • Stacy Rector, Presbyterian minister and Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP).

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. Something is being planned for Nashville; watch for more details.

11 Oct Sat 5-6pm. About Theocracy & Democracy with Frank Schaeffer. Upstairs, Bongo Java, 2007 Belmont Blvd. Frank Schaeffer, a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books and an excellent speaker, talks about his new book and the struggle between theocracy and democracy. Organized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. No tickets; donations will be accepted. 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 7-9pm. 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. More info.

21 Oct Tues 7:30pm. How to Survive a Plague. Sarratt Cinema, Vanderbilt University. Free screening of documentary about how activist groups turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. IMDB description and more info and parking info.

28 Oct Tues 7:30pm. The Anonymous People. Sarratt Cinema, Vanderbilt University. Free screening of documentary about the American recovery movement including a discussion of Alcoholics Anonymous and its tradition of anonymity. IMDB description and more info and parking info.

29 Oct Wed 7-9pm. FRESH. Free screening of the 2009 documentary film "Fresh." In the Cumberland River Compact's offices, suite 300, inside the River Building, at 2 Victory Ave in East Nashville; park in LP Field's Lot R. "There are still efficient ways to produce healthy fresh organic food in a time where most food is being mass produced by corporations in less than hygienic ways. Country farmers and urban farmers explain." Free RSVP requested at this link.


7 Nov Fri. Doors open 6pm, program 6:30pm. NPJC event: Father Roy Bourgeois will speak about "Conscience, Peace, Justice, and Equality." This will be a potluck dinner and fundraising event. Father Bourgeois is one of the founders and leaders of SOA Watch. This event will be held, not at our usual NPJC location, but rather at Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Ave. 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.

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 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

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 and 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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