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NPJC e-BLAST


Oct 20, 2014



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


20 Oct Mon 6:15pm. Stereotypes and Erasure of Bisexual Identity. OutCentral, 1709 Church St. Panel discussion and activities. More info.

20 Oct Mon 6:30-8pm. ISIS, Iraq, and Syria: What is to be done? NPJC Roundtable Discussion at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Light refreshments; please come. -- What should we as concerned citizens do in regard to the heartbreaking situation in Syria and Iraq and the escalating U.S. military intervention? A discussion about this complex situation will be led by a panel of experts on the Middle East, including:
  • Katherine Blue Carroll, Asst. Prof. of Political Science, Director of Public Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University.
  • John Miglietta, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee State University.
  • Andrew J. Patrick, Asst. Prof. of History, Editor of New Middle Eastern Studies, Tennessee State University


21 Oct Tues 11am-1pm. NAACP All Lives Matter Event. Legislative Plaza. We will have a mock funeral procession to highlight the need for Medicaid expansion and health care justice in Tennessee. This is part of a national NAACP "Moral Mondays" movement. More info.

21 Oct Tues 7pm. END SLAVERY TN. Meeting at Barefoot Charlie's, 125 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 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.

22 Oct Wed. 6:30pm NPJC Program Committee meeting at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

23 Oct Thurs 6:30pm. FARM TO FORK Fundraising Dinner at Hidden Valley Farm, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville 37209. Benefiting the Cumberland River Compact. Tickets $75.

24 Oct Fri DEAR WHITE PEOPLE film opens at the Belcourt. This film got a great review on Democracy Now. After the 7:55pm screening on October 24, there will be a discussion (by skype) with the director, Justin Simien. After that, some people will continue the conversation at Fido.

24 Oct Fri 7-10pm. Food Day Celebration. At the downtown Farmer's Market. Event includes exhibitors from various non-profits, agencies, and businesses with an interest in our local food system. We will be honoring local Food System Heroes by announcing the Real Food Hall of Fame inductees. We also have children's activities. More info.

25 Oct Sat noon National Freeze Don't Shoot March Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Avenue. There will a march on all 50 state capitals on October 25th to raise awareness of how many innocent dogs are shot and killed, unwarranted by law enforcement and to demand all law enforcement officers go through retraining to learn non lethal methods on how to deal with our family pets. More info and here.

27 Oct Mon 6-8pm. Candlelight Vigil for LGBT Rights. Intersection of McGavock Pike and Music Valley Drive. That's the closest public location to Opryland Hotel, and thus the best place to form a response to the Southern Baptist Convention's ERLC Conference being held at Opryland Hotel. Please bring your own candles, white and rainbow clothing, and anything else to remember the LGBT individuals we have lost to religious oppression by the SBC and the evangelical Church at large. Bring some candles to share if you are able! More info.

28 Oct Tues 7pm. TTPC Annual Dinner. $35 tickets. Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition dinner will be at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. Doors 7pm, dinner 7:30pm. Keynote speaker: State Representative Karen Camper (D-Memphis), a strong supporter of LGBT rights. More 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 6-7:30pm. TEP Fundraiser. At the home of Jenny Ford and Rhonda Weatherford, 1815 Boscobel St, in East Nashville, near Shelby Park. For the Tennessee Equality Project. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Suggested donation $50. More 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.

30 Oct Thurs. Wear Orange Day. Protest against mass incarceration. More info.

30 Oct Thurs 4-6:30pm. Nightmare on Our Street: A Teach-in on Racialized Violence in America. Reading Room, Vanderbilt Divinity School. Panel discussion. More info.

30 Oct Thurs 6-7pm. Interfaith Climate Vigil. Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church, 6018 New York Ave. Join us as we bear witness to the realities of poverty and climate change through song and ritual and offer opportunities for further engagement and advocacy. Candles will be provided. RSVPs appreciated. More info.

30 Oct Thurs 7pm. How Do We Get From Here To There? Reading Room (#124), Vanderbilt Divinity School. Lecture by Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. This lecture is part of the Family of Abraham series, attempting to bring together the Big Three religions as well as other traditions.

30 Oct Thurs 7pm. DAVID ROVICS CONCERT at the First UU Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. Admission $10, but none will be turned away who cannot pay. Half the proceeds will go to benefit the Pan American Center in Shelbyville, TN. Organizations can be listed in the program as cosponsors by buying 5 tickets in advance; contact Elly Guillette by October 25. The check should be payable to Elly Guillette and mailed to her at 770 Hidden Valley Cir, Lewisburg, TN 37091. A few comments from your eblast editor: David Rovics is the leading political musician of our time. He makes his living from his CDs and concerts, but he also makes many of his songs available online free at this link. My own favorites are The Saint Patrick's Battalion and We Are Everywhere.

Nov 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22. Tree planting, organized by Tennessee Environmental Council. Also other dates still to be scheduled. More info and registration.

2 Nov Sun 2am. Daylight savings. Set your clock back an hour, on your car, wrist, wall, nighttable, and microwave. (Your computer and phone have already adjusted themselves.)

3 Nov Mon 7pm. How Americans Think About Capital Punishment. Renaissance Room, Vanderbilt Law School. Lecture by renowned death penalty scholar, Austin Sarat. More info and parking info.

4 Nov Tues. ELECTION DAY. By the way, ACLU-TN is offering "Know Your Rights" information packages.

7 Nov Fri 1:30pm (tentative). Lecture by Roy Bourgeois at Vanderbilt University. Watch this space for additional details.

7 Nov Fri. Doors open 6pm, program 6:30pm. NPJC event: Roy Bourgeois will speak about "Conscience, Peace, Justice, and Equality." This will be a potluck dinner and fundraising event. Roy 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. Simultaneous translation into Spanish probably will be offered; we're still working on that.  Childcare will be available, but we need reservations for that. 

8 Nov Sat 8:30-10:30 am (tentative) Breakfast with Roy Bourgeois. Watch this space for further details.

8 Nov Sat 6:30pm. L-club: Sekou Franklin speaking on "The New Jim Crow." Liberals potluck dinner club. This month's meeting is at the home of Kim Matthews, 145 Jocelyn Hills Dr, Nashville, TN 37205. More info.

15 Nov Sat. 1-4pm. NPJC Annual General Membership Meeting at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Includes light lunch. All members who have paid dues at least a month before this can vote in the selection of board members.

16 Nov Sun 12:45-4 pm. Clean Air 5K/1K Family Run. Shelby Park. A family friendly, environmentally and socially responsible event, presented by and benefitting Climate Nashville. More info.

18 Nov Tues 5:30-7pm. The Women's Right to Vote. A centennial celebration at Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Avenue North. Join LWV for our kickoff cocktail reception. More info.

19 Nov Wed 6:30-9 pm. ACLU Bill of Rights Celebration, Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike 37205. Van Jones, Tom Negri, Jonell Mosser. RSVP by Nov 12 for $125 dinner. More info.

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.




SELECTED RECURRING EVENTS

WEEKLY:

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 http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/TN/nashville.



SEMIMONTHLY:

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 sparky_allison@hotmail.com or Pete Kopcsak at greatcr@gmail.com. Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at nvcnashville.org and at nvcnashville.org/find-a-group/.

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, www.workersdignity.org, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."



MONTHLY:

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 Peacescapes@aol.com or see website.

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, jbkranger@aol.com, 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 president@nashville-AU.org or nashville-au.org.

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 karencisler@bellsouth.net.




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Nashville, TN 37209-4137
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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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