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2015 July 27


The NPJC's Candidates Survey and Metro Election Guide is now available at this link.

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.

28 July Tues 10am to 4pm Solar Symposium (Florence, Alabama) at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N Wood Ave. More info.

29 July Wed 5:30pm. Fundraising party for Urban Green Lab at Jackalope Brewery, 701 8th Avenue South. More info.

1 Aug Sat, 7am. Rally against wage theft. Courtyard By Marriott, 1901 West End Ave. More info.

1 Aug Sat 2-4pm. Socialism Discussion Group. In one of the study rooms at the back of Bellevue Branch Library, 720 Baugh Road. A chief topic of this week's meeting, though perhaps not the only topic, is: "Bernie Sanders? Friend? Foe? Somewhere in Between?" We will discuss the man who self describes as a "democratic socialist." What does that mean? Should socialists support him? More info.

1 Aug Sat. 4-7pm UPRISING Art Show. Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 South Seventh St, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. Arte de Libertad hosts its first art show. We are looking for works that relate to struggle. More info.

2 Aug Sun 11am. Current Church-State Issues. Lecture by Cliff Fiedler, as part of the 11am service at the Bellevue Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road. There is also a small discussion group at 9:45. Lunch is served at 12:15 and is free to visitors. Sunday school and child care. More info.

5 Aug Wed 6pm. Climate Action planning meeting. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

6 Aug Thurs. Metro Nashville Elections. More info.

8 Aug Sat. Tomato Art Festival. Extending about a block in most directions from Five Points, the intersection of Woodland St and Clearview St and 11th St, in East Nashville. This lasts most of the day; I'll post the precise hours in the next eblast if I have them figured out by then. This is not primarily a political event, but a few political organizations will be among the many booths, and moreover this is a receptive crowd through which you can wander with leaflets, especially if you have a costume related in some way to tomatoes, or at least no one stopped me from doing that last year. In particular, Fair Food is planning a parade. More information. (There's also a concert the previous evening, but I don't think that's a receptive political audience.)

10 Aug Mon. Deadline to register for organizers' training. See August 23.

13 Aug Thurs 6:30-8pm. Nashville Peace Coalition. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

15 Aug Sat 6-9pm. Socialism Potluck Dinner. Just a bunch of leftists getting together to eat (bring some food), and to chat informally about socialism. In the basement of Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info.

16 Aug Sun 3-4:30pm. Mayoral candidates forum between the two remaining candidates for the run-off election on September 10. Greater Bethel AME Nashville, 1300 South St. More info.

21 Aug Fri. TVA board meeting in Knoxville. There will be environmentalists attending from all over the state, including from Nashville. If you want to get on one of the vans that is going, contact Chris Ann Lunghino of Sierra Club and Climate Action.

23 Aug Sun 9am-7pm. Organizing, Workers' Dignity Style training for organizers. $45, includes meals. Register by August 10. More info.

26 Aug Wed 7pm. End the Wars Meetup. Tentative; no location specified yet. More info.

5 Sept Sat 5pm. Workers' Dignity Fundraising Picnic. Location TBA. More info.

10 Sept Thurs 7-8:30pm. Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson speaking on community empowerment and environmental racism. Wightman Chapel, Scarritt Bennett Center. More info.

18-20 Sept Fri-Sun. African Street Festival. Hadley Park. More info.

25 Sept Fri 6/6:30pm. "Resistencia" Film Screening and Potluck Supper. Doors open at 6, program starts at 6:30. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Suggested donation of $5 or $10 to benefit the future Workers Dignity radio station, but no one will be turned away. Bring food or (nonalcoholic) drinks, or just bring yourself! Sponsored by the Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Veterans for Peace Chapter 89 and Workers Dignity. The film is a documentary about resistance in Honduras. The film is narrated in English, but many of the conversations are in Spanish with English subtitles.

3 Oct Sat 10am-6pm. Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival. Centennial Park. More info, including parking.



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 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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