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December 8, 2018

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.

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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.

Date not determined yet, 4-6pm. Free Assange. (Of course, whether you see Assange as a hero or a villain depends on which sources of "facts" you trust. The source I'd recommend for this subject is WSWS.) There are some indications that Ecuador may soon back out of its deal with Julian Assange, and turn him over to UK -- which may turn him over to the USA -- which may try him in a military court without adequate defense procedures, and then lock him away forever or perhaps execute him. We cannot let this go unremarked. On the day when Assange falls into hostile hands -- or, if that happens late in the day, then on the next day -- some of us will be protesting. Suggested signs are FREE ASSANGE, STOP CENSORSHIP, SAVE FREE SPEECH, PROTECT JOURNALISTS, PROTECT THE TRUTH. We'll be on the sidewalk of West End Avenue, in front of Centennial Park, between 25th and 26th Avenues (a time and place chosen for good visibility and free parking). When the date for the demonstration has been determined, it will be posted on the Nashville Peace Calendar and also on the Facebook event page. For the moment, that Facebook page says "December 31" as a placeholder, because Facebook won't let us post an event without a date, but will permit us to change the date. Recent court filings, released by mistake, indicate that US prosecutors intend to bring charges against Julian Assange.

Dec 8 Sat 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Festivals of Light: Holiday Traditions. Global Education Center is excited to present its annual Festivals of Light program that shares traditions from Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Advent, Christmas, Las Posadas, Divali and Ramadan showcasing our commonalities. This is a great family event that is educational and fun. There will be performers representing each holiday as well as a short narrative for each that shares the commonality of light for family and community. Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN. Hosted by the Global Education Center.

Dec 9 Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Nashville Permaculture Action Day, Solidarity tour with Rising Appalachia. Brooklyn Heights Community Garden, 1831 Haynes St., Nashville TN 37207. Hands-on projects addressing housing solutions, permaculture skillshares, workshops, music, food, and solidarity.

Dec 9 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon. Non-Religious Holiday Celebration. Vanderbilt University, Harambee Auditorium, Fonden Hall at Scaritt-Bennett Center, 1031 18th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37212. Hosted by Sunday Assembly Nashville. The event will showcase a variety of non-religious celebrations, including Winter Solstice, HumanLight, Festivus and other seasonal traditions. These traditions are often associated with Christianity, but actually originated from ancient cultures, many of which pre-dated Christianity. The special 90-minute program will feature poetry, personal reflections, and seasonal music performed by a 7-piece band and 11-piece choir.

Dec 9 Sun 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Religious Liberty meeting, West Police Precinct meeting room, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville TN. Leaders from several secular groups, Americans United and Unitarian groups in Middle Tennessee are planning to hear the success story of Jim Helton of Tri-State Freethinkers at a gathering. Patrick Horst (of Sunday Assembly) has called upon leaders and activists to find out how we can work together to overcome the legislative nightmare of bills coming in the next Tennessee legislative session in January. The speaker has had astounding success in his area. Social action groups from progressive churches are invited.

Dec 10 Mon 6:00 PM. Community meeting about proposed quarry expansion and new bridge over Richland Creek. West Police Precinct meeting room, 5500 Charlotte Pike. REOstone is proposing an expansion to their quarry at 6514 Robertson Avenue, adjacent to Richland Creek. They may be proposing an underground mining expansion from the current quarry to recently-purchased property across and at the junction of Richland Creek and the Cumberland River. There are plans to mine under Richland Creek and install a new bridge over the creek.

Dec 11 Tue 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Tenneseee Celebration of International Human Rights Day 2018. International Human Rights Day occurs every year to commemorate the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec 10, 1948. In Tennessee, Human Rights Day has become a day to reflect and look at lessons learned and battles won, while various human rights groups join forces and commit to creating an even better future. John Siegenthaler Center, 1207 18th Avenue S., Nashville TN 37212. Typo in address corrected.

Dec 11 Tue 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Amazon: The Grinch that Stole Our Homes. Hosted by People's Alliance for Transit, Housing, and Employment. March from Nashville Yards to City Hall, demanding that the city fund affordable housing before giving $15 million in taxpayer money to Amazon./

Dec 12 Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Planning meeting for upcoming Conference on suicide prevention, mental health, and Adverse Childhood Experiences. St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 608 28th Avenue S, Nashville TN 37209.

Dec 13 Thu 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Mighty Earth Campaign Meeting., Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N, Nashville TN. Preparing for upcoming rally on Dec. 18 at Walk of Fame Part, near Bridgestone headquarters, in downtown Nashville, urging them to become industry leaders in preventing deforestation and exploitation of local populations by the rubber industry. Bridgestone has such policies internally, but, as the largest tire manufacturer in the USA, can do more to be a leader for the rubber industry.

Dec 15 Sat. Deadline for signing up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. This year the deadline is two weeks earlier than it was last year. Healthcare Marketplace

Dec 15 Sat 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Annual Homeless Memorial Breakfast provided at 8:30 AM. Every year, we come together to remember and honor the our friends from the homeless community who have died. The 2018 Annual Homeless Memorial will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Riverfront Park (100 1st Ave. N., at the intersection of 1st Ave. and Broadway). Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be music, poetry, the reading of the names, a flower ceremony at the end, and an interactive altar with candles and pictures of people who have passed. All are invited to participate. Please help us spread the word. Hosted by Open Table Nashville, Inc.

Dec 18 Mon 12:30 PM. Rally to encourage Bridgestone to lead the rubber industry to avoid deforestation and exploitation of workers. Walk of Fame Park, 121 4th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37201. Bridgestone is the nation's largest tire manufacturer. They have internal policies against deforestation and exploitation, but need to urge the rest of the rubber industry to follow suit. Rubber plantations destroy large areas of rain forest. Rally will feature a giant "tire monster" made from old tires.

Dec 18 Tue 4:30 PM. Deadline for nominating candidates for the Community Oversight Board. Nominations must be filed in person at the Metropolitan Clerk's Office, 1 Public Square, Nashville TN 37201. Nominations must include petition forms signed by at least 50 Davidson County residents. This board will investigate allegations of misconduct/mistreatment by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Dec 31 Mon. For the first time in 35 years, the Davidson County Sheriff's Department will not be conducting the Sober Ride Program, to give inebriated people a free ride home to reduce the temptation to drive while drunk. You will be responsible for arranging a sober driver to take you home, or paying for an Uber or taxi to take you home.

Jan 1 Tue 12:00 noon. Rally Against the Firing of Mueller Federal Courthouse (801 Broadway, Nashville TN 37203).

Jan 7 Mon 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Witness for Medicaid Expansion on the Hill Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Avenue N, Nashville TN 37243. We will gather for a witness to remind our legislators of how their failure to expand Medicaid has impacted us all. Together we will bring to the TN State Capitol photos and signs and other visuals telling the stories of people negatively impacted by the TN legislature's failure to expand Medicaid, and we will listen to the stories of how Tennesseans have suffered because of the lack of expansion. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Jan 19 Sun 10am-1pm. (corrected date) Women's March 2019. Save the date. Watch for info.

Feb 23 Sat 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM. 250k Tree Day Statewide event, hosted by Tennessee Environmental Council, encouraging people to plant 250,000 trees across Tennessee.

March 25-26 Mon-Tue. Women, War, and Peace II. Four films about women who risked their lives for peace movements, in Northern Ireland, Palestine, Egypt, and UN peacekeeping. Broadcast on PBS.

July 11-13, Thu-Fri, hours TBA. United Methodist Church Creation Care Summit, conference about caring for the environment and environmental justice. More details will be announced in January 2019.


Caution: Some organizations that meet regularly will be canceling their meetings during the holidays. I only post these cancellations when I am informed of them, which is not always.


Tuesdays, 6pm. Participatory Defense. McGruder Family Resource Center (In Partnership with Free Hearts), 2013 25th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37208. This free grassroots program in partnership with Nashville's Public Defender's Office, supports families facing prosecution of a loved one who has been arrested. We also support families during other types of trials such as sentencing/sentence reduction, release and parole decisions. We provide important support in the following ways:
  • attend court hearings
  • show care for the family during a difficult time
  • help facilitate communication with the legal team
  • assist with creating mitigation packets
Participatory Defense also has proven to strengthen families and the community as a whole. 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 6:30-8pm. Humanists Association of Middle Tennessee. A secular, charitable, progressive, activist, non-profit group working to reduce social and income inequality in Middle Tennessee through education, grant writing and voluntary work. Meetings are at Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. More info.

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

Saturdays 10am-4pm, if it's not raining. Summer Swap Meet. Exchange books, clothing, backpacks, and other unwanted items for desired items. 1300B Gallatin Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37214 (next to O'Reilly Auto Parts). More info.

Saturdays noon to 2pm. Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas. People who know different languages gather to learn from each other. Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville 37210. More info.


Alternate Tuesdays 6pm. Equity Alliance: happy hour and training. Aug 28, Sept 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20. Happy hour and socializing at 6pm, followed by training at 6:30pm. We will discuss how to properly conduct voter registration drives, role-playing, best practices, how to use our online voter tools, and give an overview of The Equity Alliance's goals, missions, and initiatives. TheLab Nashville, 624-A Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37208. More info. I think the plan might be differerent for Nov 6 and 20, but I don't have details about that yet.

Every other Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm. Clean Tennessee has an introductory volunteer workshop. We'll have a short presentation with background information and ways you can get involved, then do a group activity. Check website for date and room number. Goodwill Lifsey Building, 937 Herman Street, Nashville 37208.

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: 335 Whitsett Road, Nashville TN 37210. More info: 615.669.6679,, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."


Date varies entirely, 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.

Date varies entirely. NPJC Roundtable Discussion. Around once a month; watch for more specific announcements in the "upcoming events" section earlier in this newsletter. 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 group claims that the "L" stands for "liberal." Some of the meetings are in support of Democrats, even conservative Democrats, and some of the meetings are nostalgia lectures about causes of the distant past. But a few of the meetings are actually devoted to current progressive causes, and those will be mentioned in the events section when our 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 Friday of most months, 7:30-9am. Tennessee Women in Green (TWIG) empowers, inspires and connects women who are committed to environmental sustainability. The monthly lectures are open to all, not just women. Third floor, The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue, Nashville 37213.

First Friday of most months, 11:30am-1pm. The League of Women Voters has a lecture (open to the public). Bring your lunch, or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. • Repeated, slightly shorter, second Wednesday of most months, 6-7pm, in the Community Room of the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville 37215.

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, 5:30pm. UNICEF Congressional Action Team Meeting. Meets at the Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215. During our monthly meetings we join a national call to hear from global leaders, learn how to be an effective advocate, and contribute to the grassroots movement for change. CAT members engage with their members of congress to cultivate champions for children. Website. More info: Spencer Bailey.

Second Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Nashville Organized for Action & Hope. Location may vary; check the website or the Facebook page for location. 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, 7pm. Nashville Hydroponics / Aquaponics has a lecture at Warner East Co-working Space, 401 East Trinity Lane. More info.

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 Sunday of the month, 3pm, NOAH affordable housing task force meets. Check website for location, or ask

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, most likely 6-8pm. No meeting on December 20, 2018. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville 37212. Verify time and location at website. Contact: Ed Meyers 615-638-4555.

Third Friday of the month, 5-9pm. Night Market. The Nashville Farmers' Market invites the community to Night Market every THIRD Friday of the month from 5 - 9 pm featuring Market House restaurants and shops, local artisans, farmers and small businesses, live music, cash bar and family friendly activities. The events also highlight local non profits and organizations that are serving our community. Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, 37208.

Fourth Sunday of most months (at least through October), 2:30-4pm. Divest Nashville and Water Is Life Nashville monthly meeting. Divest from fossil fuels. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info.

Fourth Monday of most months, 6:30pm. Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light is a spiritual response to the climate crisis. It will meet at Holy Name Catholic Church, 521 Woodland Street, Nashville, 37206, in the yellow brick building whose entrance is on 6th Street. More info.

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

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.

Last Tuesday of most months, 6-7:30pm. Equity Alliance meeting. First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill 625 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN. The meeting will be in the conference room of the Ennox-Jones Center, a separate building adjacent to the church. Equity Alliance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. More info.

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