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April 21, 2019



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Apr 21 Sun 3:00 PM. Affordable Housing Task Force Meeting, hosted by NOAH - Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. Location: Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. NOAH's Affordable Housing Task Force meets the third Sunday of every month to discuss issues relating to affordable housing in Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The purpose of these meetings is to develop proactive strategies that will ensure Nashville neighborhoods continue to be vibrant; and to work towards a vision of equitable, inclusive, and sensible affordable housing for all. Any and all are welcome to attend Task Force meetings. Parking is available outside the church.

Apr 22 Mon 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Stand With Public Education, Defeat Vouchers, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Assocation, and Murfreesboro Education Assocation. Vouchers would deal a mortal blow to every community in Tennessee. Join us at 801 2nd Ave. North in Nashville for a procession to defeat vouchers Monday, April 22. Food available at 3:30 pm. Procession to the Capitol starts forming at 4 pm through 5 pm. Register here.

Apr 22 Mon 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Save Voter Registration Rally, hosted by The Equity Alliance, Davidson County Young Democrats, Nashville & Middle TN Indivisible, and Indivisible Tennessee. Location: Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. We're back at it again! On Monday, SB971 moves to the Senate floor for a vote. We must stand up for voting rights! We cannot let up! Please arrive at 4:00 pm CT. Meet here: Tennessee State Capitol, Senate Chambers, Floor 2, 600 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Nashville, TN 37243. We will begin the rally shortly after on the 2nd floor outside of the Senate Chambers to let our state legislators know to oppose SB0971 before the floor vote at 5 pm. Be prepared to stay 1-2 hours (or as long as you can) as the bill may get rolled to the end of the agenda. We cannot let up! Encourage your friends and networks to CALL or EMAIL their state senator. Suggested scripts are here.

Apr 23 Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Wear RED to support transgender students, hosted by Tennessee Equality Project. Location: Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37219. The anti-transgender student bathroom bill (SB1499) has been rolled to April 23 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Note: The time of the event may change.

Tue Apr 23 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. No Pride in Police Press Conference, hosted by No Pride in Police and Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville. Location: 1 Public Square, Nashville TN. No Pride in Police and the Nashville Pride board agreed to a deadline of April 17th for our requests to be considered. This is an essential moment for our campaign and the queer communities of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Will the board listen to us and take steps to remove the police, our oppressors, from a space that belongs to us, or will they close their eyes as communities live in terror under their boots? On Tuesday, April 23rd we will assemble on the steps of the courthouse to announce our response to the board's decision. We hope they will stand with marginalized communities and honor the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. If they don't, we are prepared to take the next steps. Join us and make a stand with everyone who has fought and still fights for queer liberation and all struggles against oppression.

Apr 24 Wed 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Medicare for All discussion tour, hosted by Tennessee Health Care Campaign. Tennessee Health Care Campaign will host Tennessee native and founder of Tarbell.org, Wendell Potter, on a tour across Tennessee to meet with business leaders, community advocates, and other healthcare leaders. We hope to see you along the way! THCC remains focused on advancing state policies such as Medicaid Expansion, however with Medicare for All policies gaining national attention, our advocates have expressed interest in learning more about what such policies would mean for Tennessee. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Apr 24 Wed 6:00 PM. Screening of The Armor of Light, hosted by Wilco Moms Demand Action and Prayers and Action. Location: The John P. Holt Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027. In this gripping film we follow Reverend Rob Schenck and Congresswoman Lucy McBath through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America's gun culture through a moral lens. Following the screening, special guests, Revered Rob Schenck and Senior Managing Director of Moms Demand Action, Debbie Weir, will join us for a panel discussion and Q & A. Seating is limited, so please be sure to RSVP today!

Apr 25 Thu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. 2019 Stand Against Racism - No Hate No Fear, hosted by YWCA Nashville, Metro Human Relations Commission, and Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Location: YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, 1608 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37215. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those working for racial and social justice. The Stand Against Racism seeks to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Our 2019 theme is No Hate No Fear — how racism and immigration intersect. We know that immigrant justice is racial justice, and that xenophobia, bigotry, and racism is continuing to impact the lives and safety of our communities.

Apr 25 Thu 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Friends of Nashville Pride Monthly Happy Hour, hosted by Friends of Nashville Pride. Location: Black Abbey Brewing, 2952 Sidco Drive, Nashville TN 37204. Our monthly Pride Mixer is back this month at Black Abbey Brewing + Company in the 100 Oaks / Sidco Drive area of Nashville. We look forward to seeing you at our next event -- bring a friend! We hope to see you! [The email says "Please register here", but didn't include a registration link].

Apr 25 Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Ban the Bomb! OREPA Presentation and Potluck Dinner, hosted by Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance & Nashville Peace and Justice Center. Location: Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N, Nashville TN 37209.

Apr 26 Fri 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Cafecito [breakfast], hosted by Conexion Americas. Nashville Pride is hosting a table. Special occasion to celebrate Conexion America' work in Nashville. Please RSVP via email.

Apr 27 Sat 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Rueda de Prensa/Press Conference en Hilton Garden Inn, hosted by Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera. Location: Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown Convention Center, 305 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Margarita e Isabel dicen que trabajaron limpiando el Hilton Garden Inn, contratadas por la agencia HotelHelp, y les pagaron con cheques sin fondos. Despues de cuatro meses exigiendo su pago, todavia no han recibido sus sueldos por el trabajo que ya hiceiron. Vengan a una rueda de prensa para demandar que Margarita e Isabel reciban sus sueldos debidos! Margarita and Isabel say they worked cleaning the Hilton Garden Inn, contracted by agency HotelHelp, and were paid with checks that bounced. Four months later, they still have not been paid for the work they did. Join us for a press conference demanding that Margarita and Isabel be paid the wages they are owed!

Apr 27 Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. De-escalation Training: April 2019, hosted by Neon Guard Nashville. Location: Glendale Baptist Church, 1021 Glendale Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. De-escalation techniques are useful in all kinds of situations, but especially during direct actions, marches and vigils. Join us on Saturday, April 27 for a training that will cover the basics of verbal de-escalation for a variety of high-pressure situations.

Apr 27 Sat 4:00 PM. Nashville: Green New Deal Town Hall, hosted by The Action Network. Location: Nashville Peace and Justice Center, 530 26th Ave. N, Nashville TN 37209. Who stands to benefit from the Green New Deal? What's at stake? What could it mean for Nashville and Middle Tennessee? Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us here in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. NOTE: It's possible we will need to change the venue and location if it looks like attendance will exceed the capacity of our current venue — we will keep folks updated as details are finalized and speakers & partners are confirmed!

Apr 28 Sun 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM. The Green Hour, hosted by Tennessee Environmental Council. Location: Miel Restaurant, 343 53rd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209. The Green Hour is an opportunity to learn about environmental problems and solutions in Tennessee in the company of others sharing similar interests. The event consists of a brief educational presentation, immediately followed by informal discussion and networking. Each event offers light refreshments, including a featured wine and tasty appetizer provided by Miel Restaurant. This month we'll focus on the state of recycling in Nashville. Jeff Barrie, Interim CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council, will present. Come to have all your questions answered about what can and cannot be recycled and confirm if these items are really getting recycled once they leave your possession.

Apr 29 Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. UNA - Cordell Hull Chapter Annual Dinner Meeting and US Foreign Policy Program, hosted by United Nations Association - Cordell Hull Chapter. Location is Blood: Water Offices, Cannery Row, 521 8th Avenue S #204, Nashville TN 37203. Partnering this year with Blood:Water, a Nashville-based agency that focuses on providing clean water to communities in Africa, to present "Water: It's More than a Drop in the Bucket". In addition to the main presentation, there will be a brief chapter business meeting. Free parking available in the Mercy Lounge parking lot and in the lot directly across Cannery Row. Paid parking also available. Cost: $25.00/$10.00 for students. Hot buffet dinner; vegetarian option available if requested with reservation. Reservations required by noon on April 24. RSVP by calling 615-656-8621 or e-mailing info@una-nashville.org and giving the names of those for whom you're making a reservation and whether or not you're wanting a vegetarian option.

Apr 29 Mon 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. We as Women, hosted by ACLU of Tennessee. Location: Go West Creative, 100 Taylor St, Suite A9, Nashville, Tennessee 37208. Please join us for an empowering evening to connect with, learn from, and celebrate women, featuring the powerful voices of female artists and community leaders. 6 - 6:30 p.m. - Reception, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Program. PLEASE NOTE: To be added to the guest list for this event, an RSVP is required via our webform found at: action.aclu.org/event/we-as-women.

Apr 30 10:00 AM. 56th Annual State of Metro Address, hosted by the office of David Briley, Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County. Nashville Public Library Grand Reading Room, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.

Apr 30 Tue 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. The Equity Alliance TEAm Meeting, hosted by The Equity Alliance. Location: Quality Inn Nashville Downtown - Stadium, 303 Interstate Dr., Nashville, TN 37213. Join us for our April monthly TEAm meeting to learn more about our current events, projects, programs, and initiatives and find out how you can get involved. The Equity Allowance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.

May 3 Fri 5:30 PM - May 4 Sat 4:00 PM. The Labyrinth: An Ancient Tool for Today's Spiritual Journey, hosted by Scarritt Bennett Center. Location: Raintree Room, Scarritt Bennett Center, 1027 18th Avenue S, Nashville TN 37212. Labyrinths have been used worldwide for over 4,000 years. They represent pilgrimages—symbols of a journey both inward and outward. The single path labyrinth allows you to enter a space where you can feel safe and vulnerable. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is not a problem to be solved; there are no decisions to be made. You just experience a walking meditation knowing the path will take you safely to the center and when you are ready, it will lead you back out into the world. In this workshop, we'll talk about the history of the labyrinth and the uses. Then we'll talk about how to incorporate such an ageless tool into your spiritual and creative lives. Make sure you bring a journal, some curiosity, a desire to grow and ponder and an openness to possibilities. There will be at least three labyrinth walks during our time on the lovely seven circuit labyrinth at Scarritt Bennett. Cost: $90 to $150. Registration.

May 4 Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. March for Science and Climate Nashville 2019, hosted by March for Science and Climate Nashville and Climate Nashville. Location: Public Square Nashville, 1 Public Sq, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. In 2017, more than one million people around the world gathered to defend science for the common good and its role in policy and society. Since then, science has continued to face increasing threats at the federal, state, and local levels. But science will not be silenced - and it's time to unite again. This year, let's come together to send a message: we will hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities. With climate change taking its toll on our planet, the time to act is now. This will be the major theme of our march this year as organizers have asked local leaders, experts and scientists to speak on the need to preserve our earth.

May 4 Sat 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM. 9th Anniversary Celebration / Celebración de Aniversario!, hosted by Workers' Dignity/Dignidad Obrera and Music City Riders United - MCRU. Location: Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. Workers' Dignity is turning 9! Eat with us, dance with us; make art & make friends; raise the roof & Raise some Money. We hope you can join us to celebrate our anniversary, hear about exciting campaigns for economic justice and racial equity, and celebrate some important victories for low-wage workers in Nashville. Dignidad Obrera cumple 9 años! ¡Vengan a comer, bailar y celebrar con nosotros! Disfruten buena música, rica comida y la Recaudación de Fondos mós ruidosa que han visto en sus vidas. Escuchen de las campañas por la justicia económica y igualdad racial que estamos lidiando. Y celebren algunas victorias importantes para nuestras comunidades.

May 8 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Protect Our Parks-Fascist Free Tennessee, hosted by Harriet Tubman House and 5 other organizations. Location: Montgomery Bell State Park, 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, Tennessee 37029. Montgomery Bell State Park has become a "Destination Location" for white supremacists, Nazi, Neo-Confederates and other bigoted scum. The white supremacists have touted our state's friendly legislators, and their friends inside the state park system and Montgomery Bell State Park, as the reason our state has become a Nazi Tourist Hot Spot. There may be Tennessee officials who welcome white supremacists with open arms, but the people of Tennessee do not! Please join a coalition of activists, clergy and other Tennesseans as we #ProtectOurParks and say it loud and clear: We demand a #FascistFreeTennessee. If your organization or church is interested in signing on as a co-sponsor or participating in the rally/press conference, please contact us here or email FascistFreeTennessee@gmail.com. White supremacists, Nazis and Neo-Confederates will be holding hate conferences in which they will plan, scheme and plot with ideology and strategies that will lead to violence. In fact, it was weeks before the brutal Charlottesville white supremacist gathering that resulted in injury and death that some of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally gathered at Montgomery Bell for one of the exact conferences that will be held again this year. Join us at Montgomery Bell on May 18, 2019 and June 29, 2019 as we show gatherings of fascists they are not welcome in Tennessee and that this park belongs to all the people of our state.

May 11 Sat 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Tour de Nash presented by AAA, hosted by Walk Bike Nashville. Public Square Nashville (in front of Metro Courthouse). The 15th annual Tour de Nash presented by AAA is Nashville's largest urban bike ride. Take on the City Tour (8mi), Local Tour (25 mi), or Grand Tour (45mi) to suit your riding style. NEW for this year is the Family Bike Parade, suitable for the youngest riders in the bunch! Your registration includes a t shirt and a meal ticket for the Finish Festival in Public Square Park overlooking the Cumberland River. Join 1,500 riders and discover the city on 3 brand new routes! Tickets on sale soon.

May 15 Wed 5:45 PM. 7th Annual Music City Iftar, hosted by the Metro Human Relations Commission and Faith and Culture Center. Location: Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue S, Nashville TN 37203. The Metro Human Relations Commission and Faith and Culture Center invite you attend the 7th Annual Music City Iftar on Wednesday, May 15th at the Music City Center. This year's theme is, "To Be an Ally: See, Hear, Feel, Act." Doors open at 5:45 PM and the program starts at 6:45 PM. To register (for free), click on the following text: Iftar Tickets. Feel free to share with friends, family, and coworkers. For those who have never attended, a wonderful, culturally appropriate dinner will be served after the program ends at sundown.

May 16 Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Joe Hill Road Show at Darkhorse Theater, hosted by Davidson County Democratic Women and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Location: Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN 37209. Joe Hill Road Show: A Musical History of the Early Labor Movement is an acclaimed educational and entertaining multi-media presentation by Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael August & Nell Levin). Comprised of live music, oral history, a slide show of historical images and a post-concert audience discussion, the Show has been performed 25 times at colleges, labor unions and community groups. Joe Hill was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. He was a songwriter who is the precursor of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. He was framed and executed by a firing squad in 1915 and subsequently became a labor icon. This performance is sponsored by the Davidson County Democratic Women and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Free.

May 17 Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Nacole Regional Training & Networking Event: Nashville, TN, hosted by Community Oversight Now - Nashville, NOAH - Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, Indivisible Tennessee, and The Equity Alliance. Location: Nashville Main Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville, Tennessee 37219. In partnership with City of Nashville and Mayor David Briley, NACOLE is excited to announce it will be holding one of the 2019 Regional Training and Networking events in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope that you will be able to join us there for a day of training and networking at the Nashville Downtown Library on May 17, 2019. Amendment 1, an amendment calling for the creation of a community oversight board to investigate and review allegations of misconduct by the Nashville Metro Police Department was approved by voters on November 6, 2018. Since that date, there has been a tremendous amount of work to nominate and approve the 11-member board and, now, to hire the staff that will carry out the day-to-day the work of the agency. This event will provide an opportunity to bring training to a variety of audiences, including but not limited to community members, oversight practitioners, justice system stakeholders, and academics in Nashville and throughout the region. It will seek to address many issues important to those who support, are interested in, or work in the field of civilian oversight of law enforcement. In particular, this training opportunity will take on topics such as the practice of civilian oversight in Tennessee, community outreach, mediation, and investigation techniques. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity for those in attendance to network and discuss those aspects of civilian oversight they find important. Please note that this event is open to all those wishing to attend. The registration fee for this event is $75 and includes training, continental breakfast, and lunch. Please note that no one will be turned away from this event for lack of funds. Registration fees will be waived or a donation accepted for those who find that paying the full registration fee would prohibit their ability to attend and who are not seeking Certified Practitioner of Oversight (CPO) program credits.

May 18 Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Richland Creek Watershed Alliance meeting, hosted by the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance. Location: meeting room of Richland Park Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN. It's that time of year to begin new projects. We've been working on a new digital tool to familiarize more people with the importance and purpose of a watershed, and how each of us play a role in keeping its corresponding resource, like Richland Creek, clean and healthy.

May 19 Sun 3:00 PM. Affordable Housing Task Force Meeting, hosted by NOAH - Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. Location: Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. NOAH's Affordable Housing Task Force meets the third Sunday of every month to discuss issues relating to affordable housing in Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The purpose of these meetings is to develop proactive strategies that will ensure Nashville neighborhoods continue to be vibrant; and to work towards a vision of equitable, inclusive, and sensible affordable housing for all. Any and all are welcome to attend Task Force meetings. Parking is available outside the church.

May 31 Fri - Jun 2 Sun. 35th Annual Gathering of the Cumberland Green Bioregional Council, hosted by the Cumberland Green Bioregional Council. Location: Group Camp 1, Montgomery Bell State Park. Cost: $5 for a day, $10 for a night, $20 for two nights (scholarships available). We will have 47 cabins, a big dining hall/meeting space, commercial kitchen, outdoor pavilion, 2 camp fire sites, and our own dock. You can pitch a tent or stay in your RV if you don't want to share a rustic cabin with four bunks. Bring your own kayak or canoe to paddle on Lake Woodhaven. The emphasis this year will be on building community through shared experience and recreation, but there will also be educational workshops. We will send out a list of possibilities soon. There will be a sign-up board for presenters and participants in the meeting hall.

Jun 1 Sat 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Middle Tennessee Group of Sierra Club annual picnic, hosted by the Middle Tennessee Group of the Sierra Club. Location: Edwin Warner Park; more details TBA. See https://campfire.sierraclub.org, Facebook, or email Paula Lennon.

Jun 11 Tue 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Suicide Prevention Rally, hosted by Silent No Longer and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Location: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. In June 2018, the CDC reported suicide is the leading cause of death for Americans. Of the estimated 900 women who are sexually assaulted every day, 297 of them will at least contemplate suicide, 20 of our veterans commit suicide every day and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of individual ages 15-24. It is time to we took this public health crisis seriously! Please join us at Bicentennial Mall Park on June 11th at 5:30 pm as we rally to bring awareness to this growing crisis, and support those who have attempted suicide or lost a loved one to suicide. Further detail of performers and speakers will be coming in the next week or two.

Jun 16 Sun 3:00 PM. April 2019 Meetup for Nashville and Middle Tenn Indivisible, hosted by Nashville and Middle Tennessee Invisible.

Jun 16 Sun 3:00 PM. Affordable Housing Task Force Meeting, hosted by NOAH - Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. Location: Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. NOAH's Affordable Housing Task Force meets the third Sunday of every month to discuss issues relating to affordable housing in Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The purpose of these meetings is to develop proactive strategies that will ensure Nashville neighborhoods continue to be vibrant; and to work towards a vision of equitable, inclusive, and sensible affordable housing for all. Any and all are welcome to attend Task Force meetings. Parking is available outside the church.

Jul 21 Sun 3:00 PM. Affordable Housing Task Force Meeting, hosted by NOAH - Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. Location: Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. NOAH's Affordable Housing Task Force meets the third Sunday of every month to discuss issues relating to affordable housing in Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The purpose of these meetings is to develop proactive strategies that will ensure Nashville neighborhoods continue to be vibrant; and to work towards a vision of equitable, inclusive, and sensible affordable housing for all. Any and all are welcome to attend Task Force meetings. Parking is available outside the church.

June 22, Sat, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Nashville Pride Parade, starting at 8th and Broadway, and ending at 2nd and Broadway, Nashville TN. In June 1969, outside a New York City bar, LGBT community members stood up to discrimination and started the modern day LGBT rights movement. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Nashville Pride is proud to announce The Nashville Pride Parade. Over 100 floats, vehicles, bands, walkers and much more will travel down Nashville's famous Broadway between 8th and 2nd Avenues, starting 10 A. M., Saturday, June 22nd.

June 22, Sat, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and June 23, Sun, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Nashville Pride Festival, Public Square Nashville, 1 Public Square, Nashville TN 37201. Hosted by Nashville Pride. Join us to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in Middle Tennessee for the annual Nashville Pride festival on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd! This year, we're honoring the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Tickets $5 at the gate or online starting March 20.

Jun 29 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Protect Our Parks-Fascist Free Tennessee, hosted by Harriet Tubman House and 5 other organizations. Location: Montgomery Bell State Park, 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, Tennessee 37029. Montgomery Bell State Park has become a "Destination Location" for white supremacists, Nazi, Neo-Confederates and other bigoted scum. The white supremacists have touted our state's friendly legislators, and their friends inside the state park system and Montgomery Bell State Park, as the reason our state has become a Nazi Tourist Hot Spot. There may be Tennessee officials who welcome white supremacists with open arms, but the people of Tennessee do not! Please join a coalition of activists, clergy and other Tennesseans as we #ProtectOurParks and say it loud and clear: We demand a #FascistFreeTennessee. If your organization or church is interested in signing on as a co-sponsor or participating in the rally/press conference, please contact us here or email FascistFreeTennessee@gmail.com. White supremacists, Nazis and Neo-Confederates will be holding hate conferences in which they will plan, scheme and plot with ideology and strategies that will lead to violence. In fact, it was weeks before the brutal Charlottesville white supremacist gathering that resulted in injury and death that some of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally gathered at Montgomery Bell for one of the exact conferences that will be held again this year. Join us at Montgomery Bell on May 18, 2019 and June 29, 2019 as we show gatherings of fascists they are not welcome in Tennessee and that this park belongs to all the people of our state.




SELECTED RECURRING EVENTS

WEEKLY:

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: dawn@kidsofincarceratedmoms.com.
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.

Every Wednesday through May 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Tour the Recycling Center!, hosted by Turnip Green Creative Reuse and Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works. Location: Waste Management, 208 River Hills Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37210. Register for a tour by visiting the page above, and clicking on a date. Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled materials once they go in your bin? You're invited to join us at the Waste Management Materials Recovery Facility for a FREE tour of the recycling center! Brought to you by Metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Works and Turnip Green Creative Reuse, the tour will include an hour long interactive presentation and opportunity to see the MRF in action. See how the machines and employees work to sort all of our materials and learn what happens to our items next! Programs are open to all ages and funded by Metro Nashville Public Works. Attendees of the program receive a free small recycling bin!

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 http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/TN/nashville.

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.
 

SEMIMONTHLY:

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 sparky_allison@hotmail.com or Pete Kopcsak at greatcr@gmail.com. Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at nvcnashville.org and at nvcnashville.org/find-a-group/.

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, www.workersdignity.org, or Facebook page " Workers' Dignity Project."



MONTHLY:

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 Peacescapes@aol.com 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, jbkranger@aol.com, 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. Most Friday meetings are held at the Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208. Repeated, slightly shorter meetings are on the second Wednesday of most months, 6-7pm, in the Community Room of the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville 37215. Please check the LWVN website (lwvnashville.org) for topics and possible Friday location changes.

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.
Sierra Club web page

Second Thursday of most months. 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Location: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or president@nashville-AU.org or nashville-au.org.

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 [April 2019 meeting was on April 14], 3pm, NOAH affordable housing task force meets. Check website for location, or ask info@noahtn.org.

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 each month, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Sierra Club Happy Hour, hosted by the Middle Tennessee Group of the Sierra Club. Location rotates from month to month; check campfire.sierraclub.org or Facebook for more information, or contact Paula Lennon at paulalennon615@gmail.com or 615-602-1502 (text).

Third Thursday of most months, most likely 6-8pm. 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, 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 2 days in advance at 615-227-3499, preferably between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM, or email John van der Harst at johnvanderharst@gmail.com.

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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