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2015 August 27


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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 Aug Thurs 4:30-5:30pm. Meeting with striking ironworkers. New Covenant Christian Church (DOC), 2201 Osage St.

27 Aug Thurs 6pm. Wildlife: The Tragedy of the Trade. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St, East Nashville. Julie Henry, of Nashville Animal Advocacy, will talk about the black market wildlife trade and zoos and how the two are connected. More info.

27 Aug Thurs 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

28 Aug Fri. Best of Enemies opens at the Belcourt, and will be showing at least through Sept 3. The 7pm August 28 screening will be followed by a discussion with co-director Robert Gordon. This new documentary is about the Vidal-Buckley television debate of 1968, and how it has affected politics ever since then.

29 Aug Sat 10am-3pm. Insure Tennessee Boot Camp. Location TBA, in Nashville. Training for activists to promote Insure Tennessee. Info and registration.

29 Aug Sat 10:30am. Show Trump and Santorum what we think of them. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Rick Santorum are coming to Nashville. Join with TIRRC and Workers' Dignity to show them that we don't support their racist and xenophobic anti-immigrant policies. We will be meeting at 10:30 at the Music City Walk of Fame Park, and marching together (about 10 minutes) to Rocketown where the candidates will be speaking. More info.

29 Aug Sat 11:30am-1:30pm. "Dynamic Bangladesh: water, sediment, and superlatives" lunch and lecture. United Nations Association meeting at Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road. Adults $15, students $10. Reservation required by noon August 25, at or 615-627-7352. The speaker is Professor Steve Goodbred of Vanderbilt University. He has worked in Bangladesh for 20 years, exploring the dynamics of coastal environments and particularly river deltas where the effects of climate change and sea level rise may be disproportionately high. While the rivers and delta system in Bangladesh are fed by water and sediment from the Himalayas, the population faces such water-related hazards as flooding, storm surges, groundwater salinity and arsenic contamination.

29 Aug Sat 2pm. Nashville Socialist Meetup. Bellevue Branch Library, 720 Baugh Road. This week's discussion topic: "How Can Revolution Happen in the US?" Suggested reading before the meeting: article by Nick Brown. More info.

1 Sept Tues 6pm. Education Inc. Free screening and panel discussion of this documentary film will take place in 103 Wilson Hall, Vanderbilt University (you may have to park a few blocks away). Learn more about the privatization of education and what our community can do to fight back. Refreshments and pizza provided while it lasts. More info.

1 Sept Tues 7-8:30pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville chapter will meet in the International Room, 2nd floor of Scarritt Hall, Scarritt Bennett Center (parking lot B entrance on 18th Ave). More info.

3 Sept Thurs 6-8pm. Training for volunteers for Open Table Nashville. West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave (parking and entrance on 23rd Ave). Topics will include: General OTN info, Inn keeping 101, Foot clinic 101, and Outreach. More info and RSVP.

3 Sept Thurs 6:30-8pm. Visit to Vietnam. Slideshow presentation by Bill Northrup, NPJC Board member who recently travelled to Vietnam with Veterans for Peace. In his moving and informative presentation, Bill shares what he learned about what happened in Vietnam during the war and about what has happened there since. Light refreshments. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

4 Sept Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Insure Tennessee Coalition Update. Katie Alexander, representative of the Tennessee Justice Center and the Insure Tennessee Coalition, will discuss the state-wide "Counting the Cost" campaign and the group's efforts to provide background information about the health care coverage gap in Tennessee to citizens and legislators, and also collect stories on the real impact lack of coverage has had on partipants living in that gap. This is the monthly lunch presentation to the League of Women Voters. Bring your lunch or buy one for $12. More info Melissa Holden 217-257-5193. Second Harvest Distribution Center, 331 Great Circle Road.

5 Sept Sat noon-4pm. Third Annual InterNASHional Food Crawl. Buy admission at the office of Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), 2195 Nolensville Pike, and then sample food from several restaurants along Nolensville Pike. More info.

5 Sept Sat 3pm. Labor Parade. Central Labor Council, Jobs with Justice and Workers' Dignity. We will assemble at the pavilion behind St. Edward's Catholic Church, 188 Thompson Lane. Starting at 3:30, we will walk west to Nolensville Pike, then south for about a mile, and then return the way we came. More info and RSVP.

5 Sept Sat 5pm. Workers' Dignity Fundraising Picnic. At the pavilion behind St. Edward's Catholic Church, 188 Thompson Lane. $8. 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.

11 Sept Fri 2-4pm. Developing the Disability Support Network into a More Powerful Force for Change. Presentation by Mary Gonzales, Gamaliel Foundation. Watkins College, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd. More info: Carrie Guiden of The Arc TN at 615-248-5878 x14.

12 Sept Sat 11am-7pm. Made in Nashville is an annual event celebrating local artists, crafts, music, food and drink. Centennial Park Pavilion. More info.

12 Sept Sat 4pm. Green Cross United Cannabis Rally. People will rally for the legalization of marijuana, all across the state. Here in Nashville, people will rally at the bridge where Broadway goes over I-65 and I-40. Bring signs and tee-shirts but not weed. More info.

12 Sept Sat 4pm. Nashville Veg Heads: Meet and Greet at Daily Juice, 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood. More info.

16 Sept Wed. Deadline for nominations for Long Haul Awards. At this link, including more information. See also November 6.

18 Sept Fri 5pm. From Solitary Confinement to Solidarity: Phenomenology as a Practice of Liberation. Lecture by Professor Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt), to be given in College of Education Room 164, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. More info.

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

24-25 Sept Thurs-Fri. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) TN Convention and Meeting. The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Dr. 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.

26 Sept Sat 10am-3pm. Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration at Cleveland Park, 610 Vernon Winfrey Avenue. More info.

26 Sept Sat 6pm. Swan Trust Fundraising Event with the Shelby Bottom String Band! at the home of Susan and Will Fischer, 2425 Douglass Glen Lane, Franklin, TN 37064. $20 donation per person requested; proceeds will benefit conservation, including near Big Swan Creek. Silent Auction (bring items to contribute). Dinner catered by Swan Trust Board member Ron Maxen; please bring additional food and drinks, especially desserts. Want to help? Volunteers needed! 931-964-2590 or 931-626-4035 or 615-512-8130. More info.

28 Sept Mon 6-7pm. Water bird survey. Richland Creek Watershed Alliance and Nashville State Community College are organizing a second water bird survey. Contact us to participate. Partners are encouraged.

29 Sept Tues 6:30pm. "Results" Global Poverty Advocacy will make a presentation about their work, at Edmondson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike. More info at or Amanda Beals 314-737-6901.

30 Sept Wed 6:30-9pm. ACLU fundraising dinner and Bill of Rights celebration. The Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. $125 or more. Tickets and more info.

1 Oct Thurs 8:30am - 5pm Pregnancy & The Law in TN. Marriott Hotel, 2555 W End Ave. Free one day conference examining the human and civil rights implications of laws targeting pregnant women, along with discussions of how to create fair and effective public policies in these areas. Special focus on the recent changes to TN's Fetal Assault law which allow a woman to be prosecuted for the illegal use of a narcotic while pregnant. More info and RSVP.

2-4 Oct Fri-Sun. Tomorrow's Tennessee: Building for the Future. Conference at Scarritt Bennett Center, organized by United for a Fair Economy and Working Films. Some preliminary information is at this link.

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

4 Oct Sun. Richland Creek Watershed Alliance annual gathering. Watch for further details.

9-11 Oct Fri-Sun. Southern Festival of Books. Legislative Plaza. More info.

10 Oct Sat 7-11pm. Joe Hill Labor Solidarity Concert at Douglas Corner Cafe, 2106 8th Ave S. November 2015 marks the centenary of the judicial murder of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. Among the musicians performing will be some traveling members of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), the radical union to which Hill belonged. They will perform some of Hill's songs.

14 Oct Wed. National Climate Mobilization Events. All over the country. Probably including Nashville, but I don't have any specifics about that yet. More info.

1 Nov Sun 4:30pm. Nashville Veg Heads will meet for an early dinner on World Vegan Day, at The Wild Cow Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Avenue, East Nashville. More info.

6 Nov Fri evening. TAP Long Haul Awards. Vine Street Christian Church. Watch this space and Tennessee Alliance for Progress for more information.

12 Nov Thurs. "Million Student March National Day of Action." Of course, a million is how many they're hoping to get; not that many have signed up yet. I imagine there will be marches in many cities; I don't know yet whether there will be a march here in Nashville; I'll let you know. The idea is to demand tuition-free college, the cancellation of all student debt, and $15 an hour minimum for campus workers. More info.

20-22 Nov. SOA Watch in Fort Benning, Georgia. (I mention this because in most years a sizable contingent from Nashville attends.) More info.



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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