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2016 August 25


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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.

Postponed. 25 Aug Thurs 6:30-8pm. NPCJ program committee. Postponed until Sept 1.

25 Aug Thurs 6:30-8:30pm. Concerned Citizens for a Safe Environment. First Baptist Church of Joelton, 7140 Whites Creek Pike, Joelton, TN 37080. The meeting will have details about the excellent progress that we have made to stop the construction of the Kinder Morgan natural gas compressor station, as well as the plan for moving forward. There will be several guest speakers. More info.

25 Aug Thurs 6:30pm. Music City Riders United community get-together at South Inglewood Community Center, 1624 Rebecca St, in East Nashville. Make your voice heard! If you need a ride, let us know. Childcare & food provided. More info.

25 Aug Thurs 7pm. Listening and Learning: Whiteness and the Movement for Black Lives. Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave, 37212. In the sanctuary (the big room, same as last time, enter from Acklen Ave). Join us as we shift from awareness to action. Includes discussion of the recently-released Movement for Black Lives platform. 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 9am-5pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice: Direct Action Training. Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center at Vanderbilt University, 316 W Side Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37235. If you'll be attending, you're asked to register by Thurs Aug 25. More info.

27 Aug Sat noon-2pm. The Role of the UN in an Uncertain World. United Nations Association luncheon, and lecture by John Kornblum, former US ambassador to Germany. Location: Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road, 37205. $20; reservation by noon August 22.

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

28 Aug Sun 3:30-5pm. Where Are the GOOD Jobs? East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland St, Nashville 37206. Meeting brought to you by NOAH's Economic Equity Task Force. Nashville's unemployment rate is 2.9%, but the poverty rate is 18%. More info.

29 Aug Mon 6:30-8:30pm. Choice Hour. Graze Nashville, 1888 Eastland Ave, East Nashville, 37206. Socialize with NARAL and the Nashville Feminist Collective. Free vegan fare; drinks not free. More info.

30 Aug Tues 9am-2pm. Sustainable Tennessee Policy and Practices Forum. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St, 37206. $20 by Aug.28 or $25 at the door day of event (includes catered lunch). Must be registered to attend. More info and registration.

30 Aug Tues 6-8:30pm. Open Table: Beginner Outreach Training. Glencliff UMC, 2901 Glencliff Avenue, Nashville, TN 37211. This training will introduce you to the basics of outreach to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We'll discuss needs, goals, and methods as well as our philosophy. If you are considering winter outreach but haven't done it before, this is a great place to start! The Beginner training will cover the basics of how to better understand the complexities of both the personal and systemic aspects of homelessness, how to approach and engage in outreach, how to navigate the resources in Nashville, and how to cultivate reflective listening skills and healthy boundaries. Sign up. More about Open Table.

31 Aug Wed 6-9 pm. Facilitator training for Race/Equity Forum. Over 200 volunteers are needed to moderate small group discussions on Sept 10. The training will be on August 31 and Sept 7. The August 31 training will be at Lipscomb University, Ezell Center, Room 363 (3rd floor). Sign up for the training in advance at this link. More info.

1 Sept Thurs 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Planning for: labor day parade and picnic, marines recruiting in Nashville, African Street Festival, election forum, Joe Hill workshop.

1 Sept Thurs 7pm. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will be meeting today, instead of its usual meeting date on the second Thursday of the month. That change of schedule is for this month only. Same time and place as usual: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike (a little east of White Bridge Road).

2 Sept Fri 11:30am to 1pm. The Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex. Ralph Hutchison, of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, will talk about Obama's new bombs. Bring lunch or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228.

3 Sept Sat 8am-6pm. Volunteer Day at the Pig Preserve. More info.

3 Sept Sat 3-5pm. Cannabis Protest For Justice. James Robertson Parkway and 2nd Ave N. Come early; bring signs. More info.

3 Sept Sat 3:30pm. 2016 Nashville Labor Day Parade. Hosted by Central Labor Council, Jobs with Justice, and Workers' Dignity. Note revised location. The parade will start and end at the SEIU local union hall, 521 Central Avenue, Nashville 37211 (a few blocks west of Nolensville Pike). More info. Most people in the parade will follow it with the picnic (see below), but I'm listing that as a separate event.

3 Sept Sat 5:30-7:30pm. Workers' Dignity Fundraiser Festival and Picnic. At the SEIU local union hall, 521 Central Avenue, Nashville 37211 (a few blocks west of Nolensville Pike). More info.

4 Sept Sun 2-3:30pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice: Cultural Organizing. The Red Arrow Gallery, Suite 4, 919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville 37206. Cultural organizing is about integrating arts and culture into organizing strategies. It is also about organizing from a particular tradition, cultural identity, community of place, or worldview. Come to our next meeting to talk more about specific projects. If you are interested in joining the Visual Arts Working Group, email Emily at More info.

4 Sept Sun 4-6pm. Volunteer work at Paragon Urban Farm. 505 Paragon Mills Rd, Nashville 37211. Weeding, watering, planting, painting, etc. More info.

6 Sept Tues. Inclusionary Zoning Bill 133 will have its third and final reading in the Metro Council. We expect that developers and the Chamber of Commerce may attempt to get this bill watered down. Thus, it may be useful if a lot of supporters of the bill show up for this reading.

7 Sept Wed 6-9 pm. Second part of facilitator training for Race/Equity Forum. See entries for August 31 and Sept 10. 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.

10 Sept Sat 10am to noon. Puppy Mill Awareness Rally. Mallory Lane and Jordan Rd intersection, Franklin, TN 37067. Protest against cruelty to animals. More info.

10 Sept Sat 10am-3pm. Organizing for Tennessee's Public Schools: Legislative Strategy for 2017. Metro Nashville Education Association, 531 Fairground Court, Nashville, TN 37211. SOCM and allies will meet to plan for the upcoming legislative session. More info and free registration.

10 Sept Sat 1-4pm. Forum about Race, Equity, and Leadership. Exhibit Hall A, Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. Free Parking in the Music City Center garage for this event. Organized by Metro Human Relations Commission. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. More info and register through Eventbrite or by calling 615-862-6000.

10 Sept Sun. 3-4pm. Anti-Racism Demonstration (Murfreesboro). 20 N Public Sq #104, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, a few feet north of the town square. More info.

10 Sept Sat 7-10pm. All Access: Nashville. Construct, 2121 Gains St, Nashville, Tennessee 37207. A variety show to support access to abortion. Free, but free ticket reservations are required. More info.

12 Sept Mon 11:30am to 2pm. Show Me 15 rally at the capitol. 600 Charlotte Ave. More info.

15 Sept Thurs noon-1pm. Wildlife Corridors: Strategies to Restore and Preserve Biodiversity in Tennessee. Free lecture at the Cumberland River Compact, 3rd floor of the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213. Free parking in Lot R. Reserve and buy lunch or bring your own. More info.

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

17 Sept Sat 10:30am to noon. Urban Beekeeping 101: Using Organic Methods. Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215. Lecture by James Alvarez. More info.

17-18 Sept Sat-Sun. All the President's Men. This 1976 dramatization of the Watergate Scandal will be screened at the Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville TN 37212. Descriptions of the film on IMDB and the Belcourt's page. Showtimes, prices, and a link to online ticket purchase probably will appear on the Belcourt's page about the film, a few days before the screening. (Your editor's comment: Back in the 1970s, this was a different sort of country: Wrongdoers, not whistleblowers, went to prison.)

20 Sept Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: Advocacy & Policy Training. If you're interested in learning more about addressing the root causes of homelessness (like the lack of affordable housing and the criminalization of poverty), then this training is for you. This training will focus on our philosophy of advocacy and organizing, understanding dynamics of power and privilege, the basics of interacting with policy makers and police, and the basics of creating change. We'll end with a discussion on what's going on with local policies that impact homelessness. More about Open Table.

22 Sept Thurs noon-1pm. Building a LEED Certified Home. Free lecture at the Cumberland River Compact, 3rd floor of the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213. Free parking in Lot R. Reserve and buy lunch or bring your own. More info.

22 Sept Thurs 5:30pm. Protest Against Nashville Zoo. 3777 Nolensville Pk, Nashville, TN. The captivity of wild animals can lead to severe physical and psychological problems. Animal Advocacy web page.

22 Sept Thurs 7pm. AUSCS Open Mic Musical Event. For Americans United for Separation of Church and State. To be held at Bongo Java After Hours Theatre, 2007 Belmont Blvd. Doors open at 6, come early to sign up. Featuring Catie Curtis and Steve Goodie. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. More info.

24 Sept Sat. NOAH Training Event. Watch for additional details.

24 Sept Sat noon to 4. Global Stir Fry to honor Marcus Garvey. Deford Bailey Tribute Rose Garden, 1005 Monroe St. Music. Bring veggies. More info.

24 Sept Sat 9:30am-4:30pm. Our Muslim Neighbor Conference: The Power of Rhetoric & Imagery. At the downtown public library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219). The featured keynote speakers are Imam Talib Shareef (The Nations Mosque) and Dr. Larycia Hawkins (Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture). The day will include break-out panels and workshops on racism and Islamophobia, civic engagement, and media critique. Free; registration.

25 Sept Sun 1-6pm. Tour of Nashville Places of Worship. Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu. Free, including free ride on the tour bus (or you can drive in your own vehicle). See schedule.

29-30 Sept Thurs-Fri. NAMI Tennessee annual convention. National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Registration and more info.

30 Sept and 1 Oct. Action Summit: Restoring Justice in the City. Addressing mass incarceration and fostering restorative justice. Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Dr, Nashville, TN 37207. Prices vary, e.g., $10 for a student, $75 for a professional, but no one will be turned away. More info.

1 Oct Sat 10am-6pm. "Celebrate Nashville" Cultural Festival. Centennial Park. Free admission. Free parking at HCA. NPJC may have a booth there. More info.

1 Oct Sat. (watch for time) TIPL conference. Location: First United Methodist Church in Franklin. Matthew Anderson will be the keynote speaker. Workshops, children activities, and music are being planned. Exciting things are happening for the good of the earth in Nashville! If you want to help plan, contact TIPL Steering Committee member Rev. Paul Slentz. The mission of the TN Interfaith Power and Light is to respond to climate change through upholding the sacredness of all life, protection of vulnerable communities, and caring for the Earth.

1-2 Oct Sat-Sun. SOCM's annual meeting. Raintree Room (2nd floor of Bennett Hall), Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Registration form.

6? 13? Oct Thurs. (probably in the evening). Panel discussion of third parties. This is tentative, and still being planned, with no time or location determined yet; watch for additional details. The NPJC may hold a panel discussion with representatives from assorted political parties.



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, 6 or 6:30pm. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at Atmalogy, 2320 West End Ave, Nashville 37203. Time and location sometimes vary; check website. Contact: Ed Meyers 615-638-4555.

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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