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2015 Nov 26


Note about holiday cancelations. If your organization's schedule is different during the holiday season, please tell me, so that I can post correct information here. Also, note that many organizations do NOT tell me about holiday scheduling changes, so take everything listed here (or not listed here) as tentative, and plan your activities accordingly.

The Nashville Peace and Justice Center's schedule for the near future:
  • December 20 holiday party
  • January 14 Program Committee
  • January 28 Roundtable discussion
All other NPJC meetings (including Peace Coalition) are canceled for the remainder of November, December, and January.

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

27 Nov Fri noon. Fur Free Friday. International day of protest against the fur industry. Locally, join protestors in front of Regency Furs 4113 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN. More info.

28 Nov Sat 10am-2pm. Climate March. This event will be held on this date, rain or shine, and the forecast is for rain, so bring an umbrella and cover your sign with plastic. This is our own Nashville part in the Global Climate March that is happening in many cities. Invite your friends to the Facebook event page. That page also includes some information about parking and about co-sponsors; that page will include any last-minute updates. Bring signs and/or flyers to this event. We'll begin with a rally, including music (Sue Shann) and speeches (Scott Banbury et al.), at 10am at Sally Beaman Park, at the corner of Graybar Lane and Benham Avenue, in Green Hills. At 11am we'll begin marching around the Green Hills shopping area, mostly along the sidewalks of Hillsboro Pike, centered around Hillsboro High School. (Legal requirements: Cross at crossing lights; stay out of the streets otherwise; do not block other pedestrian traffic.) More information: Eric Lewis or Ita Hardesty Mason.

30 Nov Mon 8:15am. Introduction for Courtroom Observers. Meet at the Public Defender's Office. The address is 404 James Robertson Pkwy, 20th floor. -- The Nashville Public Defender's Office is seeking allies in the broader community who are interested in being courtroom observers. If a broader demographic of Nashvillians were able to bear witness to what happens to poor (usually black and brown) Nashvillians on a regular basis in court, perhaps we could change public perception of criminal defendants and foster some political will to improve the abysmal state of our justice system. To that end, the Public Defender's Office is issuing a call for folks to join us for the first time on November 30th for a trial run for what they hope will become a more regular half-day of community based accountability in the courtroom. More info: Jared Mollenkof at 423-400-7408.

1 Dec Tues 10am. Lobby for Medical Marijuana. Rally at 10am, meeting at 1pm. A special study Senate Committee meeting will be held in room 12 of the Legislative Plaza (entrance near 6th Avenue North and Union). Currently there are two bills in the Tennessee General Assembly, SB1248 and HB1264, to legalize medical cannabis. Please attend, to show your support for them. More info.

1 Dec Tues 5:30-7:30pm. "ONE Belmont" Hosts World AIDS Day Discussion. Room 110, McWhorter Hall, Belmont University. Join ONE at Belmont for a panel discussion on the social, political, and medical effects of HIV/AIDS, on how we can prevent this disease worldwide, and how we as Belmont students (and the wider Nashville community) can participate in that effort. Featuring Dan Haseltine, frontman of Jars of Clay and co-founder of Blood:Water, and other experts on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. More info.

1 Dec Tues 6:30pm. Alive Inside screening of documentary film. Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. $10 admission to concert and screening at The Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike (across the street from Opryland Hotel). More info.

2 Dec Wed noon to 1pm. Changing 'toons and Changing 'tudes: Animation and music as a blueprint for evolving social, political, and psychological attitudes. Lecture by Stan Link, Associate Professor of the Philosophy and Analysis of Music at Vanderbilt. Lecture will be given at noon in the Conference Center of the downtown public library (615 Church Street). Lunch is available free in the Conference Center at 11:30am, suggested donation $5.

2 Dec Wed 6:30-8:30pm. TN Environmental Council Fundraiser. Suggested donation $45 (plus you pay for your drinks). Mixer at Blackstone Brewery, 1918 West End Ave. More info.

3 Dec Thurs Climate Activities at Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave.
  • 6pm Live feed from Paris. This will be in Parker Hall, downstairs in the main church building; enter from Acklen Avenue side.
  • 7pm Interfaith liturgy and candlelight vigil calling for responsible stewardship of the earth.
Here is a parking map. More info: Dan Joranko, 615-430-2455. Also Facebook event page.

4 Dec Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Bringing Fairness to the Redistricting Process. Lecture by State Senator Jeff Yarbro, presented to the League of Women Voters. Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road. Bring lunch or buy it for $12. More info: Melissa Holden at 217-257-5193.

4-6 Dec Fri-Sun. Local Food Summit in the Agricultural Complex at TN State University. See more info, including registration prices and schedule.

5 Dec Sat 8:30am to 5:30pm. Reclaiming our economy through community ownership. TSU Avon Williams Campus, 330 10th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. (Sorry, I don't have a room number yet.) Join us for a gathering of neighbors, laborers, organizers, activists, faith leaders, and city officials for a day of learning, planning and organizing towards democratic ownership of land, business and other resources. The day will include presentations from existing cooperative enterprises and institutions, small-group workshops, community asset mapping and focused strategy sessions. More info.

5 Dec Sat 2-5pm. TN Environmental Council Fundraiser. Suggested donation $100. Tour of an arboretum at 1063 Sunset Drive, Gallatin, 37066 (about 40 minutes from Nashville). Wine & beer, light appetizers, live music. More info.

9 Dec Wed 1:30-3:30pm. A Presentation on the Endangered Species Act, by J. B. Ruhl of the Vanderbilt Law School. The lecture will be at Cumberland River Compact, suite 300 in the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave. Probably you can park for free in Lot R. More info.

9 Dec Wed 5:30-7:30pm. The Inclusionary Housing Stakeholders Group of the Metro Government will meet in the Sonny West Conference Center at Metro's Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South. While this meeting is not planned to allow for public input, the public may attend. Voice For Poverty Reduction urges you to do so, to demonstrate our commitment. More info.

10 Dec Thurs 5-7pm. Human Rights Day Celebration at the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center. Tickets $10. More info.

10 Dec Thurs 1-4pm. The Metropolitan Planning Commission will hold a work session on inclusionary housing issues, in the Sonny West Conference Center at Metro's Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South. While this meeting is not planned to allow for public input, the public may attend. Voice For Poverty Reduction urges you to do so, to demonstrate our commitment. More info.

11 Dec Fri 5pm. Launching "A People's Guide to Nashville." Join us at this reception (light refreshments) at the Curb Center at Vanderbilt, 1801 Edgehill Ave. "The guide, which will exist in print and online, will serve as an educational tool about the movements towards social justice in Nashville, with entries submitted by people, like you, who have lived through and led these efforts." More info: Editorial note: I guess I'll have to attend -- I can't imagine what they'll do that I'm not already doing in the Eblast.

12 Dec Sat 5-7pm. TAP's annual meeting and holiday celebration will be at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Watch for additional information here, or on the website of the Tennessee Alliance for Progress.

13 Dec Sun 4-6pm. Outreach training for Open Table Nashville. Woodbine United Methodist Church, 2621 Nolensville Pike. More info: web page and email.

14-15 Dec Mon-Tues Tennessee Clean Energy Conference in Cookeville (about two hours east of here). More info.

16 Dec Wed 6-8pm. Radio Free Nashville's holiday party. At Jackalope Brewing Company, 701 8th Ave S. Free, but donations are welcome. More info about the party. More about Radio Free Nashville.

16 Dec Wed 6:30pm. NPJC Board Meeting. Strictly speaking, only board members can vote, but all other interested people are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

20 Dec Sun. NPJC Party. Being planned. Watch for details.

12 Jan Tues 10am. Rally for Insure Tennessee Now. (First day of legislative session.) Somewhere near the capitol, precise location still to be determined. 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.

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


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 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,, 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, 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.

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.

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 or

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

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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