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2016 May 25

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.

26 May Thurs noon-1pm. Coal Ash Conversations: How Our Region's Energy Impacts the Cumberland River. Anne Davis, Managing Attorney of the Southern Environmental Law Center's Nashville office, will talk about how coal ash is managed and stored at coal-fired power plants in the Cumberland River basin and what SELC is doing to reduce the environmental impact of these power plants. Third floor of the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213. Free parking in Lot R. Register to buy lunch or bring your own. More info.

26 May Thurs 6:30pm. NPJC Program Committee. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. We'll plan our upcoming events -- we're definitely down for tabling on Pride Day (June 25), and we have several other maybes.

27 May Fri 5-8pm. Discussion of incarcerated women. "Real Women Real Voices: Where the People Meet the Policy" is a panel discussion highlighting the issues and concerns that affect currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 2nd floor Reading Room. Free parking in spaces 310-698 of Wesley Place Garage. Free, but registration is required. Registration and more info at this link.

27 May Fri 7-9pm. Benefit Concert for Worker's Dignity Featuring Kate Campbell. Glendale Baptist, 1021 Glendale Ln., Nashville, Tennessee 37204. More info.

28 May Sat 2-4pm. Puppy Mill Awareness Rally. Intersection of Mallory Lane And Jordan Rd, in Franklin. Help stop this cruelty. Bring your own sign. More info.

28 May Sat 9pm to Sun 2am. "Levitation" Benefit Concert for the Homeless. The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. More info.

1 June Wed 7pm. Veterans For Peace will meet at its usual place, International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. Vets for Peace is moving to Wednesdays for the next few months. For more information contact Joey King,, 615-485-1616.

3 June Fri 11:30am-1pm. Restorative Practice Initiative in Metro Schools. Dr. Lorraine Stallworth will speak about this whole school model, which is aimed at restoring a culture of community in learning environments, where students, teachers, and parents have often been disconnected. Restorative Practice teaches the pro-social skills necessary to develop and sustain meaningful relationships even in the face of conflict. Through a guided framework of reflection, repair, and reconnection school communities grow together, speak the same language and model respect, trust, and care as part of the fabric of their daily school life. This is the monthly lunch lecture of the Women's League of Voters; all interested persons are welcome. Bring your lunch, or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. More info: Melissa Holden at or 217-257-5193.

3 June Fri 5:30-7:30pm. Zoo Protest. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike. Wild animals belong in the wild, not in zoos. More info.

4-5 June. Cumberland / Green River Bioregional Council Spring Gathering and Plant Giveaway Party, at Doug and Claudia's farm, about two and a half hours southwest of Nashville. Camp out, music, bonfire, potluck, opportunities to learn about solar and other cool stuff. More info.

6 June Mon 5-5:45pm. Stand Against Racism and Retaliation in Maury County Public Schools. H O Porter School, 1101 Bridge St, Columbia, Tennessee 38401, about an hour from Nashville. SOCM and other concerned citizens will hold a press conference on widespread racial discrimination and unjust disciplinary practices in the Maury County school system. More info.

14 June Tues. Fourth Annual Music City Iftar at OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir, Nashville, TN 37209. During Ramadan, a time of reflection, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and perform charitable acts throughout the community. Iftar literally means "break fast" and the Music City Iftar is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of and strenghten relationshiops with our Muslim neighbors. A culturally approproate meal will be served for this free event--but registration is required. Registration and more info at this link.

23 June Thurs 11am-2pm. "Tiptoe Runs for President": Nonpartisan Political Satire. Fictional homeless ex-con candidate played by Randall Venson Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info: 615 400-0028,

24-25 June. Pride Day Festival. Public Square Park. More info.

26 June Sunday rescheduled to 10 July Sun. Climate Mobilization. Street marches and other activities in many cities. More info. Nothing planned specifically for Nashville yet, but watch this space.

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.

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.



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

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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