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2016 July 17

UPCOMING EVENTS.    New or changed items are in blue. 
    Before you attend an event listed here, you may want to check the Nashville Peace Calendar (not affiliated with NPJC); it sometimes has more recently updated information about the same events. Also, that calendar includes some partisan events, which cannot be included in this NPJC (501c3) publication.

20 July Wed 7-8:30pm. Finding Peace Amidst The Violence In The World. Lecture by Claude AnShin Thomas, Vietnam Veteran and Zen Buddhist Monk. 3816 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. Suggested $5 (no one turned away). More info.

21 July Thurs 6pm. Protest to Demand #BlackFreedomNow. We will meet on the sidewalk outside the Central Police Precinct, 601 Korean Vetertans Blvd, Nashville, TN. We'll have some materials for sign-making, but please bring your own signs if you can. More info.

21 July Thurs 6:30-8pm. Police and Justice Accountability Team Meeting. Westwood Baptist Church University Center (house to the left of the church), 2510 Albion Street, Nashville, TN 37208. Join us as we create a plan to assess the Metro Nashville police and justice system, identify issues and create an action plan for accountability and transformation. We will also be exploring community -based solutions that reduce and eliminate the community's need to rely on police for safety. Organized by Gideon's Army. More info.

21 July Thurs 7pm Claude AnShin Thomas: From Vietnam Vet to Buddhist Monk. Thomas is the author of "At Hell's Gate." Lecture organized by Veterans for Peace; this is a replacement for VfP's monthly meeting for July. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Admission: Donations will help cover Thomas's expenses; he is a mendicant. More info.

21-30 July. All early voting locations open for the August 4 state primary and county general elections. (Some early voting election locations were already open as early as July 15.) More info.

23 July Sat 10am-5pm. A Day of Meditation. Led by Claude AnShin Thomas, Vietnam Veteran and Zen Buddhist Monk. Suggested $40 (no one turned away). 3816 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. More info.

23 July Sat 12:30-5:30pm. A training meeting of the Social Justice Committee (K-12) of SOCM will be held at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Register at this link.

23 July Sat 3pm. Cumberland Green summer meeting. The summer meeting of the Cumberland River / Green River Bioregional Council will be held at Lake Logan, Tennessee. Bring your swimming suit and something for pot luck. The water is fine. 3 or 4 camp sites are available and a sofa and some floor space in the cabin. A bon fire is ready. Come enjoy the lake side with its big trees and wildlife. The address is 1837 Lake Logan Rd., Ardmore, TN 38449 (about an hour and a half south of Nashville). Contact Sharon Rush at 931-629-5826 for more information, or see link.

23 July Sat 4pm. Black Lives Matter. Bring a sign. We will meet at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and march from there. We may shut down some traffic for a while, to show that "business as usual" should not continue. We may also spend some time in discussions. This event will be happening every Saturday until further notice, but it will only be listed here in the "Upcoming Events" section once; after this you can still find it in the "Recurring Events" section further down this page. Additional information: Iris Nevers and/or this link.

23 July Sat 6:30pm. The Fisher King. Film screening by Nashville Friends Meeting, as a fundraiser for the Just Us program of the Oasis Center in Nashville. There is no set fee, just what people wish to pay. Location: Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Snacks will be provided. For more information call Tamasin 5129196730. -- Just Us is a program at Oasis Center dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to achieve their full potential. Specifically, Just Us provides LGBT high school students a liberating space where they can be authentic and celebrate the fluidity of identity.

24 July Sunday 12:30-3:30 pm. "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT Wedding Expo. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1220 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Free. More info and RSVP at website.

24 July Sun 3pm. "Fix the message" party. Interested persons will gather at Eric Lewis's house (7978 Highway 100, 37221) to work on repairing the 50 foot demonstration model pipeline, including making more legible the message "no more pipelines." This is in preparation for using the model as part of a protest against new pipelines, at the Metro Air Quality Board on Wednesday July 27.

25 July Mon 11:30am to 1pm. Demo To End Vanderbilt's Animal Labs. The university's training method is cruel, unnecessary, and impractical. 1161 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN. (I'm not sure, but I think the rally will be on the sidewalk of 21st Ave.; that's suggested by the photo on the Facebook page.) More info at Animal Advocacy page.

Mondays July 18 through August 8, 7pm-8:30pm. Class on Palestinian Struggle for Justice. Unity of Nashville, 5125 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220 (between Harding Place and Old Hickory Blvd). This free class will be an introduction to the issues surrounding Israel/Palestine and what we can do to promote peace, justice and healing. "Steadfast Hope; The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace" is a curriculum created by the Presbyterian Church USA as part of its Israel/Palestine Mission Network project and will be used as the basis for this class. More info.

26 July Tues 6-8pm. National Night Out for Safety and Liberation. Organized by Gideon's Army, a grassroots army for children. This event is an alternative to the police-sponsored "Night Out Against Crime," based on positives rather than fear. Fun, food, and family. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2624 Morena Street, Nashville 37208. More info.

26 July Tues 7pm. Under the Gun. Free screening of this documentary film, which examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. Organized by Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America. Location: West Nashville Police Precint, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. RSVP at this link.

27 July Wed 4pm. Public Meeting of Metro Air Quality Board. Lentz Metro Health Department, Suite 240, 2500 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37209. Rally at 4pm, official meeting of the Air Quality Board at 4:30. This hearing is the last chance for the public to weigh in on the natural gas compressor station issue. We (Concerned Citizens for a Safe Environment) want the Board to adopt the Metro Ordinance that was passed on July 5th and recommend its passage by the State Air Quality Board, the next link. Nashville NoKXL and Fracfreetennessee will bring the 50 foot demonstration model pipeline from Eric Lewis's house. We will need around a dozen people to hold it up at the rally before the hearing. Also bring signs, and wear CCSE tee shirts if you have them. More info: Eric Lewis and Facebook page and CCSE page.

29 July Fri 5pm. Interfaith Oneness Musical Festival. Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music. Food and exhibition at 5pm, music at 6:30pm. Free, but registration required. More info.

30 July Sat noon to 3 pm. Wobblies lecture tour. Upstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. ("Wobblies" is the nickname of IWW, a radical labor organization.) Panel discussion. Speakers: Arella V from Minneapolis, Jasbina J from Toronto, Brandon S from Atlanta. Topics: IWW model of workplace organizing; IWW in social movements; how to build an IWW presence in the south / Tennessee.

30 July Sat 1-3:30pm. TTPC Summer Meeting. The annual statewide membership summer meeting of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition will be at Charlotte Police Precinct, West Precinct Community Room, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209.

30 July Sat 5-9pm. Creek Party to benefit S.A.F.E. $30 to benefit Serving Area Foster Youth. Gourmet bites, wine, silent auction at Gratitude Ranch, 7515 Pewitt Rd., Franklin, TN 37064. More info. Nashville Pride is a sponsor.

4 Aug. State Primary and County General Elections.

5 Aug Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Human Trafficking in Tennessee. Panel discussion presented by You Have the Power Executive Director, Cathy Gurley, along with representatives from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and End Slavery Tennessee. Includes a 15 minute video, "No Girl's Dream," featuring survivors of trafficking and experts from throughout Tennessee. Organized by the League of Women Voters of Nashville. Bring your lunch or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. More info: Melissa Holden or 217-257-5193.

6 Aug Sat 2-6pm. "Stop the Stink" festival to have fun while publicizing the campaign against Middle Point Landfill. Kelley's Chapel United Methodist Church, 301 E Jefferson Pike, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. We are organizing the community not only to stop noxious odors from Middle Point, but to transform the way we handle our garbage in Tennessee. More info.

13 Aug Sat 8:30am to noon. Parade + Brunch with Nashville Fair Food. Meet at the Tomato Art Fest. The brunch is a fundraiser. The address listed is Russell St & S 12th St, but I'm not sure whether that's where the parade starts or ends or eats; watch for clarification.

13 Aug Sat 9am - 6pm. Tomato Art Fest. Free, at Five Points and the several blocks around it. (You may have to park your car as much as six blocks away.) This is mostly a social event, not a political event, but a few political organizations will have booths there, and a few political individuals (including your calendar editor) may be handing out leaflets there. (There's also a free concert the previous evening, but I don't think there will be political booths or leafleters there.)

20 Aug Sat 7:30am. Urban RunOff 5K & Water Quality Festival. Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Nature Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville, TN 37206. Rain or shine. Runners, walkers, walkers with strollers or dogs. Presented by Metro Water Services, TN Department of Environment & Conservation and the TN Stormwater Association. $30 per participant, includes race t-shirt; proceeds to benefit small projects to improve stormwater. More info.

27 Aug Sat 8am - 3:45pm. Tennessee Health Care Campaign Annual Conference 2016. $40. Nashville School of Law, 4013 Armory Oaks Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. More info and registration.

27 Aug. Sat 4-10pm. BoroPride. LGBTQ celebration in Murfreesboro Square. More info.

3 Sept Sat 3:30-6:30pm. 2016 Nashville Labor Day Parade. Hosted by Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle TN. We will gather at Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. We will parade along Nolensville Pike. Immediately following the parade will be Worker's Dignity's annual fundraiser. (I'm not sure yet where that will be; watch this space.) More info.

9-22 Sept. National Prison Strike. Events will be staged all across the country, including probably something here in Nashville (I'd guess in front of CCA headquarters). Nothing specific planned yet, but watch this space. More info.

16-18 Sept (tentative dates). African Street Festival. Hadley Park. More info.

22 Sept Thurs evening. AU Musical Event. For Americans United for Separation of Church and State. To be held at Bongo Java Upstairs. Featuring Catie Curtis and others. Watch for specific time and other details.



Tuesdays. Beautiful Eyes Ministry. Food and clothing for the needy. Outreaches on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N. Contact and other information.

Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at

Saturdays 4pm. Black Lives Matter. Bring a sign. We will meet at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and march from there. We may shut down some traffic for a while, to show that "business as usual" should not continue. We may also spend some time in discussions. Additional information: Iris Nevers and/or this link.

Every weekend: FOOD NOT BOMBS needs cooks on Saturdays, and servers and dishwashers on Sundays. For details call Eva at 615-944-3950 or email


First and third Saturday of each month, 9am to noon: Edgehill Free Store, 1502 Edgehill Avenue (additional parking lot behind the adjacent house). Shoppers are served breakfast and then may shop and/or donate. Each member receives a membership card and is able to take a set number of items per month depending on available inventory. Just household items: kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen & bath linens, toys, books, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Due to space limitations we do not accept clothes, furniture or large appliances. 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 and at

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 $200,000 recuperated in the last four 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."


Date varies entirely. NPJC Roundtable Discussion. Around once a month; watch for more specific announcements in the "upcoming events" section earlier in this Eblast. Generally we have a panel discussion by 1-4 speakers, followed by a question and answer period. Generally we have light refreshments. Most often the location is Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. People who will be on the speakers' panel are urged to take a look at our instructions on NPJC's audio-video equipment.

20th of each month, noon - 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. On Legislative Plaza, to raise awareness of the fact that on average, 20 veterans of the US military forces commit suicide every day. Organized by Matthew Odell. Bring some visual aid that says "20" on it.

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 many of its meetings are devoted to nostalgia, or to supporting extremely conservative Democrats and a kinder, gentler capitalism. But a few 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 Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. TN NORML meeting at First UU Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. 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 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, 5pm. Feminist Trivia Night. Lipstick Lounge, 1400 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206. Sorry, this venue is restricted to those 21 years and older. (Wheelchair accessible plus specified parking in the back. Ramp on sidewalk. Bus #20 stops right in front, #26 stops six blocks away, #4 stops three blocks away. Access Ride can drop you at the front door.) Submit questions in advance at this link. Your question can be about any topic, with a focus on women and gender non-conforming people: Film, theater, television, music, media, art, literature, language, history, politics, global feminism, activism, science, health, sports, leisure, pop culture, sexuality, sex, gender, pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. We especially need submissions that highlight local social justice and gender justice efforts underway in Nashville.

Second Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Nashville Organized for Action & Hope. At "Fifteenth Ave Baptist Church," which is at 1203 9th Ave North (not on 15th Ave). NOAH is a faith led coalition that is multi-racial and interdenominational comprised of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.

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: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or or

Second 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.

Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm. SOCM meeting, Rutherford County Chapter. SOCM Space, 311 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

Third 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.

Third Wednesday of most months, 6-9pm. Nashville Feminist Collective monthly social gathering. 100 Vine Ct., Nashville. The building is after the church, on the left; there is lots of parking to your right. When you enter the building, we are in a salon on your right.

Third Thursday of most months, Labor Luncheon 11:30am at Picadilly Cafeteria, 874 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. An open meeting of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, AFL-CIO. Community and politicians welcome. More info.

Third Thursday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at 6pm or 6:30pm. Location varies. 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

Fourth Thursday of most months, 6:30pm. Program Committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. The NPJC is an umbrella organization, providing some services to a number of other activist organizations in Nashville. The Program Committee plans the NPJC's own events, such as roundtable discussions or tabling at the festivals organized by other organizations.

Last Tuesday of most months, 2-3 pm. Task Force on Refugees & Immigrants. Room 318, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave (entrance on 23rd Ave). The purpose of the organization is to improve community awareness about issues related to refugees and other immigrants, enhance appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, serve as a networking avenue for those who serve and advocate for refugees and immigrants, and provide support for organizations that disseminate information to assist refugees and immigrants in obtaining essential services that help them integrate into our communities. More info.

Nashville Peace & Justice Center
c/o Friends Meeting House
530 26th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37209-4137
            phone (615) 321-2266

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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