Eblast - Special Edition

(Sorry for the late notice -- I just found out about this.)

President Obama will give a speech about ACA at 1:30pm Wednesday at Taylor Stratton Elementary School, on Old Hickory Blvd in Madison. Some of us will go to demonstrate.

  • At 12:15pm we'll park and gather,  as close to the school as the police will allow us.
  • At 12:45pm we'll start walking, to get as close to the school as the police will allow us.

We don't know in advance how close that will be, so we'll be playing this by ear. Tentatively:

  • Our first choice for gathering is the Walmart parking lot, in the northwest corner of the intersection of Old Hickory Blvd and Gallatin Pike. If that's blocked off, then
  • Our second choice is a few blocks further east, at Madison Park.

I advise that you come to the neighborhood by way of Gallatin Pike, NOT by way of I-65, because the road in front of the school probably will be blocked off. (Look at the map, below.)

It is possible that we progressives will be outnumbered by "good ole boys" waving confederate flags and shouting "go back to Kenya." We do not want to be mistaken for a part of their contingent. Therefore, it's important that we stick together, and carry signs that make our message clear. Here are some sign suggestions:

ACA was a good start; now on to single payer

Veto the TPP

Fair trade not "free" trade

End Plutocracy

We don't need more wars

Stop bombing our cousins

Pardon Chelsea Manning

Stop funding Israeli war crimes

"All of the above" energy policy will cook us all


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2015 June 28

UPCOMING EVENTS.    New or changed items are in blue.  You may also want to check the Nashville Peace Calendar (not affiliated with NPJC); it sometimes has more recent updates about the same events. To submit events to the e-blast, click here.

29 June Mon 11am. TJC press conference at GSO Auditorium, St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, 2000 Church St. The Tennessee Justice Center has called for lawmakers, health care professionals, community leaders to hold a press conference discussing the King v Burwell Supreme Court decision and how it clears the way for approval of Insure Tennessee. Wear your purple Insure Tennessee shirts and bring signs.

4 July Sat 11am to ?. Peace, Love & Unity in the Community. Festival at Hadley Park. Free music, entertainment, education, food & drinks (while they last) & much more. More info.

5 July Sun 2-4pm. Socialism Discussion Group. New Century Buffet, 5436 Bell Forge Lane, Antioch. More info and reading(s).

6 July Mon 11:45am to 1pm. Protest against cruelty to chickens. Join the Mercy For Animals in a demonstration outside the Gordon Food Service store, 317 Bluebird Dr, across from Rivergate Mall. More info.

7 July Tues. Vets for Peace will not meet today. See July 9.

7 July Tues 6-8pm. Cuba Potluck Supper. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Music by Pablo Garzon's Serenatta Romantic Latin Ensemble. Panel discussion about Cuba, by Gail Walker of Pastors for Peace (via Skype) and some Nashvillians who have travelled to Cuba. This dinner is a fundraiser for the annual Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba, which has been challenging the illegal embargo for a quarter of a century. (This year, due to technical difficulties, we can only accept monetary contributions, not material goods.)

9 July Thurs 6pm. Mayoral Candidates Forum on Disability Issues. Bridges's Multipurpose Room, 935 Edgehill Avenue. Moderated by Wendy Tucker. Please RSVP ts@bridgegsfordeafandhh.org no later than July 6 as light refreshments will be served. Individuals not in need of accessible parking may park at the church next door.

9 July Thurs 7pm. Veterans for Peace rescheduled to today (rather than the usual first Tuesday of the month). International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. This month's guest speaker is Sizwe Herring with New Earth Matters.

10 July Fri. Deadline to register for poverty simulation (see July 21).

11 July Sat 10am to noon. FREEDOM SUMMER. Auditorium, first floor, downtown public library. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. C.T. Vivian on how the ideas and practices from the summer of 1964 still echo today. Selected excerpts from the award winning film "Freedom Summer" by Stanley Nelson will also be a part of the conversation. The film is "a look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party." More info.

15 July Wed 6-9pm. A night of free speech. Open mike at NashVelocity HQ, 1205 N 8th St (near Cleveland Community Center). 5-7 minute time slots are scheduled on a first come, first read basis and early sign-in starts at 5:30pm. Street parking available; carpooling encouraged. Uncensored variety of styles and subject matter. (Note from your editor: The one time I attended, it was mostly poetry and fiction, mostly romantic and/or erotic, but political rants are also welcome.) More info.

17 July Fri 11am-4pm. Transgender Job Fair at OutCentral, 1709 Church Street. Watch for additional details.

19 July Sun 11am. History of Religious Freedom in America. Presentation by Charles Sumner (of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State), during the 11 am service at Bellevue Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road. More info.

21 July Tues 9am to noon. Poverty simulation, a three-hour training that equips participants to understand the effects that poverty has on individuals and families. Buena Vista Elementary School, 1531 9th Ave. N.. Free, but RSVP required by July 10, but spaces are limited, so please only RSVP if you are certain that you can attend. More info.

21 July Tues 5:30-7:30pm. Gideon's Army Dream Team: Organizing and Action. Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, 1035 14th Ave N. We can create economically and socially viable communities based on restorative justice. Do you believe? If so, you won't want to miss this gathering. More info.

23 July Thurs 7-8:30pm. Undivided, a discussion and book-signing by a Christian mother and Muslim daughter, moderated by a Jewish rabbi. Harambee Auditorium, Fondren Hall, Scarritt Bennett Center. (Parking lot entrance on 18th Ave.) Free but RSVP, and 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 am 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.


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 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/.

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, www.workersdignity.org, 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.

22nd of each month, 11:45am - 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. On Legislative Plaza, to raise awareness of the fact that on average, 22 veterans of the US military forces commit suicide every day. Organized by Matthew Odell. Bring some visual aid that says "22" 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 Monday of most months, 6-9pm. TRANSITION NASHVILLE potluck dinner, usually at the "Good Food for Good People" market, 4611 Alabama 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 Tuesday 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 Thursday of most months, 6:30-9pm. Feminist Trivia Night. The Stone Fox, 712 51st Ave N. Full food and drink menu available; no cover fee. 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.

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 Wednesday, 5pm. Organizer Networking. A monthly meet-up for community organizers or folks who are interested in who's who and what's what in local social justice actions. Come share updates from your work and hear others talk about theirs in an informal environment. Flatrock Coffee, 2640 Nolensville Pike.

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 each month, 6:30pm. Nashville Peace Coalition meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. We meet to plan rallies and other actions for peace and related causes.

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 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.

Fourth Thursday of each month, 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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