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2016 Dec 2


The holiday season is approaching. If your organization will have some schedule changes during the holidays -- e.g., some meetings rescheduled or cancelled altogether -- please let me know well in advance, so that I can announce it here. -- Your editor.

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. However, that calendar also includes some partisan events, which cannot be included in this NPJC (501c3) publication. This paragraph is not intended as a recommendation for or against attending those events.

Dec 2-4 Local Food Summit at TSU's Avon Williams downtown campus, 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203. $100-$125, including some meals. Tickets and info and more info and schedule.

3 Dec Sat 10am to noon. Lecture and work on restoring Nashville creeks. Park in the highschool football field parking lot nearest the intersection of Caldwell and Lealand. We'll begin our field discussion and workshop there and then proceed to a "hands-on" learning and work site. More info.

3 Dec Sat 10am to noon. How to make zines more accessible. The Curb Center at Vanderbilt, 1801 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37212. More info.

3 Dec Sat. Nashville United (you may say I'm a dreamer). Postponed; new date not determined yet; watch for further announcements. Centennial Park; gather at the Parthenon. This is a "for, not against" gathering. Bring music, art, signs, friends, family, chairs, blankets, etc. More info.

3 Dec Sat 5-7pm. Horse Carriage Protest. We'll meet at the Opryland Hotel's street entrance on the corner of McGavock Pike and Music Valley Dr. More info.

4 Dec Sun 5-7pm. Workers Against Racism meeting and potluck dinner. Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37210. More info.

5 Dec Mon 6:30-8:30pm. Music City Riders United membership meeting and dinner at Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37210. I'm guessing that this will be a potluck dinner, but I don't have that confirmed yet. Watch for more information.

6 Dec Tues 5-7pm. Tennessee Celebration of International Human Rights Day. Tickets $10. First Amendment Center, suite 200, 1207 18th Ave S., 37212. More info.

6 Dec Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: intermediate homeless outreach training. Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd. Engaging with people who experience severe mental health and addiction issues, improving reflective listening skills, de-escalating aggravated situations and people, navigating housing and other resources in Nashville, and how to identify and respond to cold weather injuries and illnesses. Coffee and light snacks will be provided, please RSVP to We ask that participants donate $10 for this training to cover materials, but please come even if you can't donate or you can just give what you can.

7 Dec Wed noon to 1:15pm. Politics and Possibilities: Reinventing America? Conference Center, downtown public library. Panel discussion by several Vanderbilt faculty members: Carwil Bjork-James (Anthropology), Bruce Barry (Management and Sociology), Jefferson Cowie (History), Robert Talisse (Philosophy). Optional lunch in the Conference Center at 11:30am (suggested donation $5).

7 Dec Wed 4-5pm. Police Body Cameras: From Privacy to Accountability -- What Citizens Should Know. First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Panel discussion by Steve Anderson (Nashville Police Chief), Hedy Weinberg (Executive Director of ACLU of Tennessee), Dawn Deaner (Metro Public Defender for Davidson County). LWV calendar.

8 Dec Thurs 4-6pm. "All The Issues Are Connected" Rally. Sidewalk in front of Centennial Park (West End Ave and Natchez Trace). Everyone should bring DIFFERENT protest signs. Example signs and additional explanation at this link.

8 Dec Thurs 7pm. Interfaith Climate Vigil. Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Avenue, Nashville 37212. Enter on Acklen Ave. In the sanctuary, people of all faiths will offer prayers, sacred readings, and songs for faithful care for the earth. (Secular humanists are also welcome, if they want to show as part of this community.) This will be followed by a candlelight vigil on the sidewalk of 21st Avenue. More info.

8-11 Dec Thurs-Sun. Protest against Ringling Brothers Animal Abuse Circus. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Read more.

9 Dec Fri 6-8pm. Alternatives to Violence Power Up! Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
Who: YOU!
  • Anyone who has participated in a workshop or would like to participate in a workshop should come to learn more about AVP and to enjoy new activities. Feel free to bring a friend or friends. We hope that this event will give people a chance to try out AVP and give the facilitators an opportunity to try new activities.
  • To try new exercises and Light and Livelies
  • To see old friends and make new ones
  • To introduce people to Alternatives to Violence
  • To have fun and play
For questions, comments or to let us know that you are coming, please contact Trina:

10 Dec Sat 10am-2pm. NPJC Annual Membership Meeting and Election of the Board. Upstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Includes lunch, review of what we've been doing, discussion of what we're going to do in the future. Reminder: To vote on December 10, you must have paid dues (joined or renewed membership) by November 10.

10 Dec Sat 2-3:30pm. Nashville March for Peace, Love, and Equality. Starts at Public Square Nashville, 10 Public Square, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Celebration of International Human Rights Day. More info.

10 Dec Sat 2-4pm. SURJ Nashville Direct Action Gathering: Police Accountability. Sanctuary, East End United Methodist Church, 1212 Holly St, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. If you'd like to learn more about what direct action means and looks like, join us for this meeting. More information.

10 Dec Sat 5-8pm. MA'AT Lecture Series. $15 advance tickets, $20 at door. Dr. Kaba Kamene (Booker T) will speak about Ma'at, which is an Egyptian word for balance,justice, righteousness or "Straight Path." Dr. Kamene (Booker T) is most known for several documentary films; he has also been a teacher for many years. Mt Bethel Christian Center, 1501 Arthur Ave, Nashville, TN 37208. More info and tickets.

12 Dec Mon 6:30-8pm. Disability Justice Caucus December Meeting. Meeting will include a panel discussion of disability rights in the US, updates on the Mapping Project, button-making. Location is still to be determined. Watch for more info.

12 Dec Mon 7pm. Planning for Cumberland Greens. First meeting, at Eric Lewis's house, to plan for the winter gathering of the Cumberland River / Green River Bioregional Council. Please come, or contact Eric Lewis, with ideas for workshops including who will lead them. Tentative date for the winter gathering is Jan 20-21-22.

12 Dec Mon 7-8:30pm. SURJ Faith & the Sanctuary Movement. Location to be determined. More info.

13 Dec Tues 6:30-9pm. Nashville Feminist Collective Member Meeting & Celebration. 1327 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. More info.

13 Dec Tues 7pm. Understanding Grow Lights For Plants. Nashville Hydroponics / Aquaponics Meetup. Warner East Co-working Space, 401 East Trinity Lane. More info.

13 Dec Tues 7:30pm. Allegiance one-time screening at Green Hills and Opry Mills cinemas; tickets can be purchased at this link. This is a film version of the stage musical by George Takei, about the internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II.

14 Dec Wed 6-8pm. Conversations Around Compassion. Healing Well Yoga, 3808 Park Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37209. Meet and greet 6pm, lecture 6:30pm by Jon Ramer, founder of Compassion Games International and the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. Light refreshments. More info.

16 Dec Fri. Deadline for "Cool Congregations" contest. I'm still not entirely sure what this is about. Apparently, Interfaith Power and Light is offering monetary prizes to churches (I guess that includes temples, synogogues, mosques, etc.) who reduce their carbon footprint, in the church buildings themselves and/or in the homes of church members. There is no fee to enter. The home page is at this link, but you may have to look at all of the links to figure it out. E-blast editor's note: I have mixed feelings about posting this, because sociologists have found that (contrary to beliefs widely held in our society) giving monetary rewards for behaviors actually REDUCES the likelihood of those behaviors. However, at least this contest is publicizing the idea of reducing your carbon footprint, which is a good idea even without monetary rewards. So I'll suggest that you follow the contest's suggested techniques for reducing your carbon footprint, but don't bother entering the contest.

17 Dec Sat noon-2pm. Rally Against Puppy Mills. We will meet at the corner of Mallory Lane and Jordan Road in Franklin. More info.

20 Dec Tues 6:30-9pm. Where Do We Go From Here Potluck. UAW Hall, 6207 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209. More info.

21 Dec Wed 6:30-9pm. Solidarity Nashville Potluck Dinner of Local Leftists. We will gather to meet, eat, and drink. Please bring a dish, with ingredients noted. Solidarity will provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Location not yet determined; watch for further announcements. Here is more info about Solidarity.

31 Dec Sat. Deadline for early prices for April 8-9 Nashville Vegfest. 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.

Thursdays, 6pm. Participatory Defense. Family Reconciliation Center, upstairs at St. John's United Methodist Church, 6300 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN 37209. 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. A Community Ally is part of a team of volunteers that 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: Ann at 615-356-0012.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

Third 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.

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.

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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