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2018 April 17

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.

April 11-26. Early voting for May 1 election.

NOAH School-to-Prison-Pipeline meetings.
  • April 17 Tues 6pm, Northeast quadrant: Payne Chapel AME Church, 212 Neill Ave.
  • April 19 Thurs 6pm, Northwest quadrant: New Covenant Christian Church, 2201 Osage St
  • April 24 Tues 6pm, Southeast quadrant: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike
  • April 26 Thurs 6pm, Southwest quadrant: Watson Grove Baptist Church, 1415 Horton Ave.
The pipeline begins when African-American kids get suspended and expelled at a higher rate than white kids. MNPS has committed to provide training in "restorative practice" and other positive discipline methods to KEEP kids in school. But the Mayor and Metro Council must include this money in the Metro budget. Come to one of the meetings. More info.

April 17 Tues 7-9pm. Black-Palestinian Solidarity. Dr Maytha Alhassen will talk about "Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Uncovering History of Engaged Witness." Room 101, Garland Hall, Vanderbilt. More info and also here.

April 17 Tues 7:30pm. Desert Hearts. $10. This 1985 film, digitally restored, has political significance for the gay rights movement: This is the first film to show two women have a romance onscreen that didn't result in their deaths. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville TN 37212. More info.

April 18, May 15, June 19 at 6pm. Nashville Community Defense. See description at June 19.

April 18 Wed 6:30-8pm. Humanist Association. This week's topic is "Science Day." Bring magnets, toys, copper wires, we might even test out the weird videos on Youtube to produce small amounts of electricity, enough to charge our cell phones. Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN More info.

April 19 Thurs noon to 12:50pm. Stream Friendly Spring Gardening. Lecture at the Cumberland River Compact, 3rd floor of the Bridge Building, free parking in Lot R. Bring or reserve a lunch. More info.

April 19 Thurs 5-8pm. DSA Happy Hour. Democratic socialists will be socializing at Mickey's Tavern, 2907 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216. More info.

April 19 Thurs 6:30-8pm. No More Deportations! rally. Our state legislature is considering two of the most extreme anti-immigrant bills in the country. Join us Legislative Plaza to demand the Tennessee State legislature to vote against these two bills, which would put thousands of families across the state in danger. More info.

April 19 Thurs 6:30-8pm. Mayor's Town Hall - Maplewood. Mayor Briley is launching a "listening tour." Maplewood High School, 401 Walton Lane, Nashville 37207. More info.

April 19 Thurs 6:30-8pm. Walk in Love: A Multi-Faith Pilgrimage Of Remembrance. Join us to pray, walk and remember the silent march of April 19th, 1960, prompted by the early morning bombing of Z. Alexander Looby's home and resulting in the desegregation of Nashville's businesses and lunch counters. Start: St. Anselm's Church, 2008 Meharry Blvd. End: Metro Courthouse, 1 Public Square. More info.

April 19 Thurs 6:30-8:30pm. Wendell Berry film. Free screening at Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd, Nashville 37228. The event is free, but RSVP is required; click on the "get tickets" link on the Facebook event page. That page gives the title "Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky," but the closest thing I could find on IMDB was "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry," so I think maybe this is actually that.

April 20 Fri noon. Natural Shocks is a play by playwright Lauren Gunderson. There will be readings of it on this day, in many cities, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, as a protest against gun violence. Here in Nashville, it will be performed in room 202 of Light Hall at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Admission is free (but parking is not); donations will be collected for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. More info.

April 20 Fri. National high school walkout. This is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. Many students plan to walk out in protest over the fact that things haven't changed. Some of the walkouts can be found on this website.

April 20 Fri 9am-noon. Cleanup on Mallory Creek in Franklin. More info and registration.

April 20 Fri 4-5pm. Student Town Hall with Legislators. Cordell Hull Building. More info.

April 20 Fri 5-9pm. Night Market: Transit Fair. 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, this month it will feature Transit Now Nashville, Walk Bike Nashville, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Young Urbanists Nashville, and more. Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, 37208. More info.

April 20 Fri 6-8pm. Emergent Strategy Book Talk and Discussion. Adrienne Maree Brown will talk about her recent book. Downtown public library. More info. See also related event on April 21 at 9:30am.

April 20 Fri 6-9pm. TEC fundraiser at the Zoo. Tennessee Environmental Council is having its annual Green Tie Affair fundraiser, and this year it's at the zoo. Tickets $95 and up. Dinner, drinks, live music, silent auction.

April 21 Sat 8am to noon. Cleanup East Side. There will be bulk item drop off, electronics recycling, free paper shredding, expired prescription drop off, paper, cardboard, glass and plastic drop off, etc. McGavock High School (near Two Rivers Park), 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37214. More info.

April 21 Sat 9am-3pm. Herb and craft fair. Unitarian Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd, Nashville 37215. More info.

April 21 Sat 9:30am-4pm. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Learn to center relationships, practice reflection, embrace growth, be adaptive, etc. (Editor's note: I have no idea what any of that means.) The workshop is free but registration is required. Fisk University Chapel, 1000 17th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. More info. See also related event on April 20 at 6pm.

April 21 Sat 10am-3pm. Nashville Chooses Peace. Festival at Unity Music City Church, 4319 Saundersville Road, Old Hickory TN 37138. Watch for further details.

April 21 Sat 10:30am-1pm. Diversity Brunch. $5/plate adults, $2/plate kids, cover charge. Come enjoy meeting people with heritage from all over the world while enjoying delicious exotic dishes. Islamic Center of Nashville, 2515 12th Ave S, Nashville 37204. More info.

April 21 Sat 11am-6pm. Nashville's Earth Day Festival. Centennial Park. More info. As usual, the top sponsor is Piedmont Gas, a seller of fossil fuels, who will try to convey the impression that their business is compatible with not killing all life on earth. Parking: In most years, parking is closed within the park, but is available for free in the parking lot of HCA, 1 Park Plaza. I do not have that parking information confirmed yet for this year, but will post it if I get it confirmed. The festival's website urges you to use a bus or bicycle.

April 21 Sat 11am-1:30pm. United Nations Association annual meeting and luncheon. $20; students $10. Rev. Neelley Hicks will talk about "Congo Women Arise." Belle Meade Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205. RSVP required by noon April 16. More info.

April 21 Sat 1-6pm. African-American Author Fair. Laskey Building, Scarritt-Bennett Center. More info and also here.

April 21 Sat 4:30-7:30pm. Food Chains. Screening of this documentary film about where our food comes from, followed by discussion. Childcare and pizza provided. St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland St, Nashville 37206. More info.

April 21-22 Sat-Sun. EARTH NIC weekend.
  • Saturday 1-4pm. Gardening, tool cleaning, edible trees and bush planting. Knowles Homes Assisted Living Campus, 1010 Camilia Caldwell Lane, Nashville, TN 37218 (off County Hospital Road).
  • Sunday 2-6pm. Reunion, games, rake-a-robics, photo sharing, special guests. Hadley Park, at the Shelter (near the Center), 1037 28th Ave, Nashville, TN 37208 (off Jefferson St).
More info.

April 22 Sun 3-5pm. "Our Revolution" Meet and Mingle. Social gathering of the once-and-future-Bernie organization. East Nashville Beer Works, 320 E Trinity Ln, Nashville 37207. More info.

April 22 Sun 4-7pm. Meet the Candidates. Listen to all May 1st elections candidates in Davidson County. Hosted by American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). This event appears to be nonpartisan, but perhaps the candidates who are prejudiced against Muslims (predominantly one party?) will do us the favor of not showing up. Location: The Islamic Center of Tennessee, 5400 Bell Forge Ln E, Antioch, TN 37013. More info.

April 22 Sun 4:30pm. End slavery in Tennessee. The Local Church, 1211 Riverside Dr, Nashville 37206. More info.

April 22 Sun 5-7pm. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. Free screening of film, followed by panel discussion. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. More info and also here.

April 22 Sun 6-8pm. Panel discussion on Palestine and other topics. Other topics will include "Russiagate," Black Lives Matter, the demonization of dissent, the racist deportation of Haitian immigrants, and the illegal U.S. bombing of Syria. Location: Peace Ambassadors USA, 2921 Harlin Dr, Nashville 37211. More info.

April 24 Tues 6-8pm. Re-entering society from prison. Panel discussion on what is being done to break down barriers for persons released from prison. First Community Church, 1815 Knowles St, Nashville 37208. More info.

April 25 Wed 2-4pm. Navigating the Resources 101 Training. Open Table will discuss how to use the "Where to Turn in Nashville" guide, some tips for navigating housing needs, and how to help people get connected with all kinds of services from food assistance to mental health care. Please RSVP to Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Suggested donation $5-10 to cover materials if you can. Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd, Nashville 37211. More info.

April 25 Wed 6:30-8:30pm. DSA general meeting. Democratic Socialists will meet at Dalewood United Methodist Church, 2300 Ridgecrest Dr, Nashville, TN 37216. More info.

April 26 Thurs noon-1pm. Rivive! [sic] Nashville: Increasing Water Stewardship with Public Art. How many people does it take to truly change the state of our water? Who is responsible for maintaining clean water? How can we use public art to inspire change? All River Talks are free and open to the public. You may reserve an optional lunch for $10 or bring your own. Lecture at 3rd floor, the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville 37213. Free parking in Lot R. Doors open at 11:30am. Bring lunch, or reserve one for $10. More info.

April 26 Thurs 6-9pm. Theater of the Oppressed: Youth Exploration of Youth Violence. Free performance of a play by local students, to tackle issues around youth violence and to create social change. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228. More info.

April 26 Thurs 7:15pm. Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Franklin). $10. Film-goers will be transformed into committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. All new, short films. If you have dreamed of going on an EXPEDITION, you'll love the story of a man who hikes 60 days in the Utah canyon country for his 60th birthday with his dog Ace. If you consider yourself an ACTIVIST, you'll want to hear the story a teenage girl who led her community in the fight against the building of the largest incinerator in Baltimore one mile from her school. Or, if you care about CONSERVATION, you'll be inspired by two women protecting the local caribou species from being removed by the construction of an oil pipeline. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064. More info.

April 27 Fri 9am-5pm. Ready for Prime Time Media Training. $125 for the whole day, or $100 if registered by April 20, or $25 for just the
  • 3-5pm Workshop on Writing Op-Eds.
Other topics earlier in the day include
  • How to give an effective on-camera interview
  • How to answer questions succinctly and stay on topic
  • How to communicate with producers and bookers
  • How to work with media outlets that are unfriendly to your topic
  • Videotape of your training interview
  • Help with pitching and placing
More info.

April 27 Fri 11:30am-1pm. Stand Against Racism. Annual event, speeches, community advocacy fair. Public Square Park. More info.

April 27-29, Fri-Sun. Protests against AmRen. "American Renaissance" is the organization of "scientific racists" who wear jackets and ties. Most hotels refuse to host their conferences, but Montgomery Bell State Park is not permitted to discriminate against them, so in recent years AmRen has been holding their annual conference at the state park's hotel and conference center, about an hour west of Nashville. And some of us have been showing up with signs to show our different view. Protests: April 28 Sat 9am and April 28 Sat 9am to midnight. (I'm going to contact the two organizers and ask them to coordinate a bit better; watch for possible updates.)

April 28 Sat 8:15am-1pm. Cleanup on Percy Priest Lake. More info and registration.

April 28 Sat 9:30am to noon. Stand Against Racism: Youth-Led Forum. Panel discussion hosted by students. Downtown public library. More info.

April 28 Sat 1-3:30pm. Volunteers' Orientation. Hosted by Just Hospitality, Workers' Dignity, and Music City Riders United. Are you tired of seeing social economic injustice in our communities? We are too! Join us. Together we can build worker power! We will go over the history of Workers' Dignity, our current campaigns and most of all see where you fit in. The orientation will be at the southeast workers center. 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville, TN 37210. More info.

April 29 Sun 2:30-4pm. Protest against Israeli war crimes and apartheid. In Centennial Park, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee will celebrate Israel's 70th birthday with food, wine, music, and other entertainments from 3 to 6 pm. Their event is open to the public. To be visible to those revelers as they arrive, some of us with a different view of history intend to line up at 2:30 with protest signs on the sidewalk of West End Ave, beside the main entrance to Centennial Park. Some obvious signs you can bring are "Free Palestine," "End the Occupation," and "AIPAC Lies." To emphasize that anti-Zionism is NOT antisemitism, my own sign will say "Jews Against Apartheid," and I urge any other enlightened Jews to carry a similar sign. More info. (Comments by this editor do not necessarily reflect views of the NPJC.)

April 30 Mon 6-9pm. Ban the Bomb: Benefit Dinner for OREPA A benefit dinner for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). Musical entertainment will be provided by The Emancipators, from Knoxville. We will be updated on Trump's plans to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal, how that impacts us in Tennessee and what we can do about it. Suggested donation is $15, but no one will be turned away. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Nashville Peace & Justice Center. Location: Friends' Meeting House, 530 26th Ave N, Nashville 37209. More info.

April 30 Mon 6:30-8pm. Mayor's Town Hall - Bellevue. Bellevue Middle School, 655 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville 37221. More info.

May 1 Tues. County and judicial primary elections in some counties, including Davidson. See list.

May 2 Wed 6-7pm. Food Co-op: Informational Session. Nashville Food Co-op Grocery Store will have a meeting for people who want to learn more. pin West Police Precinct Community Center, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209. More info.

May 3 Thurs 5-5:45pm. Capitalism is ecocidal. This is a protest rally in front of the Goodwill Lifsey Center, to be visible to people as they arrive for the 5:30pm panel discussion listed in the next event below. Bring a sign that says "capitalism is ecocidal" or something like that. More info (including needed RSVP link, and brief explanation of why capitalism is ecocidal).

May 3 Thurs 5:30-7pm. Fighting Climate Change with the Private Sector. Panel discussion "will explore the promise that private sector action against climate change holds for our future." Goodwill Lifsey Center. I'm not certain about the location -- I think it's either 937 Herman Street or 1015 Herman Street; I'll try to get that clarified before the next issue of this calendar. More info.

May 4 Fri 10-11am. Mayor Briley's State-of-the City Address. Downtown public library. More info.

May 6 Sun 10am-4pm. Permaculture Day. Free talks and tours, but you must register. Spiral Ridge Permaculture, 444 Walker Rd, Summertown, TN 38483 (about 1½ hours southeast of Nashville). More info and also here.

May 6 Sun 11am. The Hate U Give. Nashville Social Justice Book Club will discuss "The Hate U Give," a young adult novel by Angie Thomas. Location still to be determined; watch for update. More info.

May 6 Sun 6-9pm. Music For A Better World. $25. A house concert to benefit Tennessee Alliance for Progress. Songs of social significance. Performers will include Bill Floweree, David Llewellyn and Ida Kristen, Brant Miller, Judy Klass, and the Shelby Bottom Duo. 1611 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206. More info.

May 8 Tues. V-E Day. Victory in Europe Day. On May 8, 1945, the Allies defeated Nazi Germany. The credit should go mostly to the Soviets. Churchill and Roosevelt hung back until Stalin's Red Army had already done all the heavy lifting: Soviet deaths 24 million, US and UK deaths each about 1/2 million. But you won't hear it told that way in most histories in the English language, except the film documentary by Oliver Stone. Today would be a good day to protest against all the lies the USA and the corporate press have been telling about Russia. Let me know if you're organizing one, and I'll post it in the next issue. (Opinions of this newsletter editor do not necessarily reflect views of the NPJC.)

May 10 Thurs 9am-noon. Protest Private Prison Profiteers. Rally during CCA stockholders' meeting, in front of CCA's headquarters, at 10 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215. More info.

May 10 Thurs 6:30-8pm. Mayor's Town Hall - Coleman Park. Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville 37211. More info.

May 14 Mon 6:30-8pm. Mayor's Town Hall - Overton HS. 4820 Franklin Road, Nashville 37220. More info.

May 15, June 19 at 6pm. Nashville Community Defense. See description at June 19.

May 19 Sat 11am-2pm. Building Careers In Our Communities. Employment fair hosted by Central Labor Council. Not sure about college? Want to earn and learn at the same time? Come explore union apprenticeship programs and workforce development services available in Nashville. You can talk to apprenticeship coordinators about how to select a trade and what it takes to get started on a proven pathway to a good job with family sustaining wages and benefits. Reps from the building trades, transportation, entertainment, and other industries will be there to answer your questions. Location: Napier Community Center, 73 Fairfield Ave, Nashville 37210. More info.

May 19 Sat 4:30-8:30pm. Workers' Dignity 8th Anniversary. 570 Rundle Ave, Nashville, TN 37210. More info. May 20 Sun 5:30pm or 8:30pm. Food From Inside the Travel Ban. $125. This is a dinner to raise funds for Tennessee Justice for our Neighbors, to provide legal assistance to immigrants and refugees. Salt & Vine, 4001 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209. More info and also here.

May 24 Thurs 8:30am-5pm. Youth Mental Health First Aid. Training for parents, teachers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens to help an adolescent deal with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, etc. There is a $20 registration fee which "will be refunded following completion of the training" (I don't understand that part). TSPN Office, 446 Metroplex Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. More info and also here.

May 31 - June 1. Labor Conference. The national conference of the Labor Research and Action Network will be held at Vanderbilt University. I don't know yet precisely where (that's a big campus), or whether it will be open to the public, nor whether there will be a registration fee. Watch this space. More information and here.

June 7-10. Bonnaroo music & arts festival. Not political, but some political organizations might have booths there. Manchester, TN.

June 19, Aug 14, Oct 16, all Tues at 11am. Creating a Community Food System. See description on Oct 16.

June 19 Tues 6pm. Nashville Community Defense. Membership meeting. Come to the meeting to find out the latest about Nashville Community Defense projects and how you can be involved. If you would like to become a member. There will be childcare, food, music, and more. Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville 37210. More info.

June 23 Sat 9:30am. Nashville Pride Equality Walk. Location TBA. More info and registration.

June 23-24 Sat-Sun. Nashville Pride Festival. Public Square Park in downtown Nashville. More info. Applications for vendors are open.

June 26 Tues 6-9pm. Friendshipment to Cuba Caravan Potluck Dinner. Watch for additional details.

July 3. Deadline to register for August 2 voting.

July 13-28. Early voting for August 2 election.

August 2. Election Day. Federal and state primary election and county general election.

Aug 11 Sat 9am-9pm. Tomato Art Festival. (Mostly nonpolitical.) More info and here.

Aug 14 and Oct 16, both Tues at 11am. Creating a Community Food System. See description on Oct 16.

Aug 17-18. Compass Conference Leadership Training. Watch for additional details.

Oct 9. Deadline to register for November 6 election.

Oct 16, Tues 11am. Creating a Community Food System. Discussion of how we can work together to strengthen and improve our local food system. 8th Avenue patio of the Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville 37208. More info.

Oct 17 through Nov 1. Early voting.

Nov 6. Election day. Federal and state general election.

Nov 30 - Dec 2. Local food summit. Montgomery Bell Academy. $81.24. More info and also here.



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:

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 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

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.


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 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: 335 Whitsett Road, Nashville TN 37210. More info: 615.669.6679,, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."


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 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 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, or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. • Repeated, slightly shorter, second Wednesday of most months, 6-7pm, in the Community Room of the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville 37215.

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. 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 Sunday of the month, 3pm, NOAH affordable housing task force meets. Check website for location, or ask

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, 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 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 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.

Last Tuesday of most months, 6-7:30pm. Equity Alliance meeting. First Baptist Church, 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.

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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