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2016 Feb 8

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.

8 Feb Mon 6pm. NOAH's economic equity and jobs task force. Agenda. Napier Community Center, 73 Fairfield Ave.

8 Feb Mon 7-8:30 pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice. Vine Street Christian Church, 4101 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205. We'll meet in the fellowship hall immediately below the sanctuary. The fellowship hall is located on the first floor, directly accessible from the parking lot. More info and also.

9 Feb Tues noon-1pm. History and Current Activities in Bells Bend. Lecture in suite 300, The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue. Free parking in Lot R. More info.

9 Feb Tues 1:30pm. The Counseling Discrimination bill is up for consideration in the House Health Subcommittee at 1:30 in Legislative Plaza Room 30. Tennessee Equality Project suggests that you attend, to show your opposition to this bill. And here is a petition.

9 Feb Tues 6:30pm. NOAH's monthly meeting. At the church at 1203 9th Ave North. Previous month's minutes. Agenda: 1. Report on NOAH's Meeting with the Mayor. 2. Update on Press Conference for Amendment 3 and Local Hire. 3. NOAH Housing Action - Howe Garden Apartments residents & rising rents. 4. Plans for NOAH Public Meeting - "United Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline." 5. Update on dues and May banquet plans.

9 Feb Tues 7pm. Our Kids, Islam & Public Schools. Congregation Micah, 2001 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, 37027. Discussion hosted by Family of Abraham, an interfaith organization. More info.

10 Feb Wed. Early voting begins for the presidential primary in Tennessee. On February 10 and 11, early voting in Davidson County is only available at Sonny West Auditorium in the Howard Office Building, 700 2nd Ave S, 37210 (Wed 8-6 and Thurs 8-8). Early voting will be available at 11 locations on most days Feb 12-23; locations and times available at this link. You can find a sample ballot at this link.

10 Feb Wed noon. Lobby to regulate payday lenders. In room 30 at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, the House Insurance and Banking Subcommitee will hear House Bill 1954, legislation that ensures payday lenders play by the rules. TN Citizen Action suggests that you attend, to show your support for this bill.

10 Feb Wed 12:30pm. The Counseling Discrimination bill is up for consideration in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee in room 12 of Legislative Plaza. Tennessee Equality Project encourages you to attend wearing red, to show your opposition. Also sign petition. More info.

10 Feb Wed 3pm. Support Marriage Equality.
        Rep. Susan Lynn and Rep. Jeremy Durham's resolution opposing marriage equality is up for a vote in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee at in Legislative Plaza room 31. Tennessee Equality Project encourages you to attend wearing red, to show your opposition to the bill. Also sign petition. More info.
         Rep. Holt's marriage caption bill will also be considered in that meeting of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. A "caption bill" is one filed to get it on the agenda, but which is expected to be changed in purpose when it gets to committee. This bill has been filed to adjust the amount of time people have to turn in a marriage license, but (in view of what has happened to similar bills in the past) TEP expects that it will be turned to some other marriage issue. Again, wear red; here is more info.

11 Feb Thurs 8:30am. TVA board meeting, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga. If you would like to attend with some other Nashville activists, contact Chris or Dan.

11 Feb Thurs 6-7:30pm. Lost Rivers free documentary film screening in suite 300, The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue. Free parking in Lot R. More info.

11 Feb Thurs 6:30-7:45pm. Love Is A Verb. Screening, at Regal Hollywood cinema (719 Thompson Ln), of a documentary film examining a social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the l960s and now spans across the globe. Tickets $12.

11 Feb Thurs 6:30-8pm. Nashville Peace Coalition. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
        Although just about everyone now admits that the invasion of Iraq was a terrible mistake and although the people of the U.S. emphatically do not want to be enmeshed in any more civil wars, the militarists have taken center stage in U.S. politics. The Republicans are competing for the title of most hawkish and xenophobic. Republicans also love to talk about the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi, but no one challenges Hillary's role in destroying the country of Libya. Hillary refuses to take the military option off the table anytime, anyplace while Bernie tries to avoid the topic of foreign affairs as much as possible.
        The U.S. military is now sending more special forces into Libya. And they are looking for someone, anyone there, to take and use massive amounts of funds and equipment. This is purportedly to combat ISIS, in the endless game of Wack-a-Mole, in which the West attacks the favorite terrorist flavor of the moment, until it pops up somewhere else and can be attacked there. This game, of course, simply spreads hatred of the U.S. and the West throughout the Muslim world, while supplying guns and ammunition to local militias and warlords AND extremist terrorists to keep the fighting and the bloodshed and the suffering and the flow of refugees and the consumption of weaponry going on forever.
        What can we do about it? It was a long haul, but the peace community finally convinced everyone that the Iraq invasion was wrong. We need to build on this to urge the American people to actively oppose more senseless military intervention. (Senseless unless you're part of the "defense industry".) And we need to remind our candidates that the American people do not support more intervention. Political "silly seasons" are always difficult for the peace movement, but it's crucial that we refuse to remain silent. Please come to the meeting!

11 Feb Thurs 7-8:30pm. An Evening with Nashville's Public Defenders. The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, 37205. Over the past year, Americans from all walks of life are talking more and more about the injustices that plague our criminal justice system. To try to address those, the Public Defender's Office has launched a new initiative called Defend Nashville. We are honored to have Dawn Deaner, Nashville's Public Defender, and other lawyers on her staff, join us in sharing their experiences so that the public can learn what those experiencing injustice see as the biggest problems. Deaner says, "While we strive to represent every client as if they were a member of our family, we sometimes fail – not for lack of trying, and certainly not for lack of skill, ability and desire. When we fail, it is most often due to the impossible volume of work, and our inability to do everything necessary in the time we have to defend every client as the law requires. I believe anyone who understood this reality would find it unacceptable, but unfortunately very few people know."

12 Feb Fri. Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore's new political comedy documentary film, is scheduled to open at the Green Hills Cinema, at least according to the film's website. However, that is not yet confirmed by Fandango or the theater's own website, at the time of this eblast. Check those links later this week?

12 Feb Fri 10am-2pm. 4th Annual Great Tree Giveaway. Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue, Nashville TN, 37213. (Parking in Lot R). Just in time for Valentine's Day, we are giving away free hardwood, shade tree seedlings. Give your love the gift that lasts many lifetimes! Limit one dozen per person. No need to reserve your trees in advance, just show up at our office between 10am and 2pm to retrieve your trees!

12 Feb Fri 3:10pm. Intersectionality: Why We Can't Wait for a Racial Justice Agenda That Centers Us All. Room 126, Wilson Hall, Vanderbilt. Free and open to the public. Lecture by Professor Kimberle Crenshaw. More info. If you don't find a parking meter on a nearby street, you may want to pay parking lot prices in spaces 41-92 at 21st Avenue & Terrace Place.

12 Feb Fri 5:30-7:30pm. First Boycott (BDS) campaign meeting - JVP Nashville. 1711 18th Ave South. Boycott, Divest, Sanctions is a campaign organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, which aims to end the Zionist apartheid and occupation in Palestine, and give Palestinian refugees a right to return to their homeland. This is the first meeting in Nashville. More info. (Eblast editor's remark: At the grocery store, I saw a woman putting a package of Sabra into her cart. "You know, that's conflict hummus," I said. "Like conflict diamonds, only it's chickpeas." She had no idea what I was talking about, and looked like she was afraid of this strange man talking to her. I need to find a better way to say these things.)

12 Fri through 14 Sun. Winter Gathering of the Cumberland River / Green River Bioregional Council.
        Friday, 7-11pm. Party at the home of Clare Bratten, 4802 Nevada Avenue, 37221. Musicians, bring your instruments; there will be a room dedicated to making some joyful noise. This is a post-supper event, but bring snacks and beverages to share. More info.
        Saturday, 9am-5pm. Workshops at Brookemeade Congregational Church, 700 Breslyn Road, Nashville. More info.
        Saturday, 7pm. Boogie Down at Richard's Restaurant and Cafe, 4420 White's Creek Pike.
        Sunday, 10am-5pm. Meditation, bioregional council business meeting, potluck, networking, music, etc., at the home of Eric and Beth Lewis, 7978 Hwy 100. (The entrance driveway is just to the right of the solar panels and greenhouse.) More info.

13 Feb Sat noon-2pm. Anti-Fur Rally. Regency Furs, 4113 Hillsboro Pike. More info.

14 Feb Sun 11am. Sermon for Darwin Weekend. Carmen Emerson, minister, will give the sermon at the Bellevue Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road.

14 Feb Sun noon-3pm. Nashville Chili Festival, benefitting Community Shares and its many members, including NPJC which brings you this eblast. Community Shares believes all Tennesseans deserve a clean environment, affordable health care, good jobs, culture, art, and freedom from violence and funds non-profits that make a difference. Yazoo Brewing Company, 910 Division Street. Cups and spoons for tasting are provided. $15 general admission, $35 including beer. More info and buy tickets.

15 Feb Mon. Discount tickets for WRFN birthday party. Radio Free Nashville's birthday party will be on April 3. $35 regular tickets, $30 if purchased during March, $25 if purchased Feb 15-29 at this link.

16 Feb Tues 8:30am-4pm. Healthy and Free TN's lobby day. Legislative Plaza. Demonstrate support for policies that actually help to meet the needs of women and families in our state. More info and registration.

16 Feb Tues. NPJC Membership/Development Committee Meeting. Time and location to be determined. Contact Jane if you're interested.

17 Feb Wed 6-9pm. Trans/Gender Inclusion Workshop. OutCentral, 1709 Church St, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. This is a "Intro to Trans 101" lesson for a general audience, to learn how to make your organization as Trans/Gender inclusive as possible.

18 Feb Thurs 5-7:30pm. Meet the Moms Mixer. Come to a gun-free bar to socialize with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Mad Platter Restaurant, 1239 6th Ave North, 37208. RSVP.

18 Feb Thurs 6 or 7 pm. Tennessee Medical Cannabis Symposium. Upstairs north lobby, Moore Room #218, Vanderbilt Law School. The reception (6-7pm) is $20, but the symposium itself (7-8pm) is free. More info.

20 Feb Sat 9am-2pm. Heart HayDay. Meet with other animal advocates, to deliver supplies to penned, tethered and neglected dogs in need throughout Nashville. Gather at 2323 Dundee Lane, Nashville, 37214. More info.

23 Feb Tues. Deadline to register for "The Status of Nashville's Poverty" (event to be held on March 1). Register at this link.

23 Feb Tues 6:30pm. TADP training for March 9 event. Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215. More info.

25 Feb Thurs noon-1pm. Nashville Zoo: Conservation and Collaboration for TN Native Aquatic Biodiversity. Lecture by Dale McGinnity, Ectotherm Curator, in suite 300, The Bridge Building, 2 Victory Avenue. Free parking in Lot R. More info.

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

27 Feb Sat 10am. 50K Tree Day. Planting 50,000 trees across Tennessee. More info and registration. At the time of this eblast (Feb 4), half the trees are already taken.

27 Feb Sat 10am-2pm. CSA Fair. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa Parks Blvd. The event is free and gives the public a chance to meet farmers and discuss individual growing methods, harvest schedules, and pick up locations. General information on what a CSA is and how it works will be available. The public will then be given a chance to meet one on one with local CSA farmers servicing the Nashville area. More info.

29 Feb Mon 6:30pm. Be Smart with Guns in the Home. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will give a safety presentation at Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, 37027. More info and RSVP.

1 March Tues 7am-7pm. Presidential primary in Tennessee. Go to the location listed on your Voter Registration card. You can find a sample ballot at this link.

1 March Tues 8:30-11:30. The Status of Nashville's Poverty. Presentation by Metro Social Services. Looby Center Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Advance registration is required by February 23 at this link. More info: or call 615-862-6494.

4 March Fri 7-9:30pm. Basic Principles of Nonviolent Communication. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212. Free lecture, open to the public, presented by certified NVC (Nonviolent Communication) trainer Francois Beausoleil. RSVP: Please text "Intro NVC Yes" to 615-262-7217. More info or Randall Daley 615-262-7217.

5 March Sat. Richland Creek annual cleanup. Watch for additional details.

5-6 March. Workshop on Living in the Blame-Free State. $210. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4. Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. Certified NVC (Nonviolent Communication) trainer Francois Beausoleil is conducting a 2-day workshop. Learn to cut down on blaming yourself, other people, or situations. More info or Randall Daley 615-262-7217.

8 March Tues 8:30am. Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. Legislative Plaza. Organized by TEP. More info.

9 March Wed 8am-2pm. TADP Justice Day on the Hill. (Training Feb 23.) More info.

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

12 March Sat 10am-noon. Mother's Dream Quilting Bee. Organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Come make a square for our Tennessee quilt to honor TN victims and survivors and those who love and support them. No sewing ability required! Cheek Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, 37203. RSVP.

15 March Tues 8:30am-3pm. Statewide Moms Lobby Day. Organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Join Moms from all over Tennessee and learn how to talk effectively with your state House or Senate member. Share our message of gun safety and common sense. Tennessee General Assembly, 301 6th Ave N., 37243. RSVP.

21-22 April. Anti-Racist Rally near Atlanta, Georgia. The KKK is planning a rally at Stone Mountain Park, and some of us may be attending a counter-rally which is still being planned. Watch for additional details. (Atlanta is far away, but this might be in place of the rally we've had in Burns, TN for the last few years.)



Tuesdays. Beautiful Eyes Ministry. Food and clothing for the needy. Outreaches on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N. Contact and other information.

Wednesdays. A PLACE AT THE TABLE. Winter hours: dinner at 5pm, speaker or film at 6pm. (Summer hours are dinner at 6, speaker/film at 7.) 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 by 5pm Monday by calling West End United Methodist Church at 615-321-8500.

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 Thursday 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.

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 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

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 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 Thursday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at 6pm or 6:30pm. Location varies. 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.

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