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2017 July 21

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.

July 22 Sat 9am-noon. Volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank. 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. More info.

July 22 Sat 10am-noon. Books & Breakfast: Voices Inside the Cell Part 1. Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, 1014 14th Ave N, Nashville 37208. More info. July 22 Sat 10am-4pm. SOCM retreat. We'll be doing skill workshops and planning our upcoming fundraising drive, at First United Methodist Church ("Spain House"), 415 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087 (about 1/2 hour east of Nashville). More info and registration.

SOLD OUT. Registration is full. July 22 Sat noon to 1:30pm. A Journey through Civil Rights with Spoken Word. Free, but limited space, so register early. Join us as acclaimed actor and artist, Rashad Rayford explores how poetry and spoken word have become a voice of power in today's modern movement. In this intro course, participants will write and share, examining various facets of Civil Rights and how the conversation then, is connected to the conversation now. Civil Rights Room, downtown library, 615 Church Street, Nashville 37219. More info.

July 22 Sat 1-3pm. ABCs of Socialism. We'll be meeting from 2:00-3:30 at Cafe Coco, 210 Louise Ave, Nashville 37203. The readings are from Jacobin's free booklet; this week's chapters are "Will socialists take my Kenny loggins records?" and "Doesn't socialism always end up in dictatorship?" The web page lists two different times; I'm hoping they'll change one of them to match the other between now and Saturday.

July 22 Sat 3-4pm. Rally against racism. The "Vengeance Strength Klvt gym and fitness center" is actually a white supremacist organization. Bring a protest sign. 1401 B Gallatin Ave, Nashville 37206. More info.

July 23 Sun noon-1pm. Protest wage theft at Target. Nashville-West, 6814 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209. More info.

July 23 Sun 1:30pm. TN Activist Coalition. We'll meet to work on planning the eclipse festival. UAW Local 737, 6207 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209.

July 24 Mon 4:30-6pm. Nashville School Garden Coalition will have a meeting at the Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208. More info.

July 24 Mon 6-7:30pm. NOAH Economic Equity & Jobs Task Force meeting, Napier Community Center, 73 Fairfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37210.

July 24 Mon 6-7:30pm. NOAH Criminal Justice Task Force meeting, Greater Bethel AME Church (1300 South Street).

July 24 Mon 7:30-9:30pm. Tenx9 Storytelling: "Different" Douglas Corner Cafe, 2106 8th Ave S # A, Nashville 37204. July's theme is "Different." Perhaps you have a story of realizing you were different than everyone around you, or of wanting to be somewhere different than you were, or of wishing that family vacation had been different, or of wanting a different relationship than the one you’re in, or ... What are your “different” stories? More info.

July 25 Tues 6pm. Town hall and legislative update on bills and budgets. First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, 625 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203. More info.

July 25 Tues 6:30-8:30pm. Democratic Socialists of America. Note new location. Shelby Community Center, 401 S 20th Street, Nashville 37206. More info.

July 25 Tues 6:30-8:30pm. SURJ: Let's Talk About Policing. OutCentral, 1709 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203. More info.

July 26-28. Solidarity Summer School (Chicago). Program and registration.

July 28 Fri 6-7pm. Protest against Nashville zoo. Captivity of wild animals can lead to severe physical and psychological problems. More info.

July 29 Sat, tentatively 10am-3pm. Protest against "pseudo-scientific racism in suits." A white race conference ("American Renaissance") will be held at the Inn & Conference Center, Montgomery Bell State Park, 1000 Hotel Ave, Burns, TN 37029 (about an hour west of Nashville). Some of us will be standing in front of the hotel, holding up protest signs. There may also be events on Friday and Sunday. If you can help with carpooling, please contact the organizers. See schedule at web page.

July 29 Sat noon-1:30pm. March with Hotel Workers / Marcha en apoyo a trabajadorxs de hotel. Rally for just wages. March begins at 21st and West End. More info.

July 29 Sat 1-3pm. I Am Not Your Negro. Film based on James Baldwin's writing, screened at downtown public library. More info.

July 30 Sun 1-4pm. Waterfest. Free. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of water quality in our watershed through fun and engaging environmental-based activities suitable for the entire family. Music, dancing, waterslide, splash park, educational exhibits, commercial vendors. Wear swimsuit and sunscreen. Cumberland Park, 592 South First Street, Nashville 37213. I think probably there will be free parking in Lot R. More info.

July 30 Sun 3-8pm. Love Your Neighbor Potluck Picnic. Murfreesboro Cold Patrol and the Murfreesboro Muslim Youth. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37128. More info.

(Canceled). Aug 1. Anti-nuke potluck dinner.

Aug 2 Wed 6pm. Nashville Humanists will hear about theocracy in America from Charles Sumner. The talk is entitled "History of Religious Freedom in America," and deals with the lack of that freedom in the American Colonies. It shows why the Founders broke with the European tradition when the Colonies became a nation. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027. Information: 615-646-9946.

Canceled. Aug 2 Wed 6-7:30pm. Humanism Here and Now, part 2.

August 3 Thurs 7-9pm. Mindful movies: "A Place at The Table." See August 17.

Aug 4 Fri 11:30am-1pm. For Richer, For Poorer: The Money Bail System in America. See August 9 for topic. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. Bring your lunch or buy one for $12. More info.

Aug 9 Wed 6-7pm. For Richer, For Poorer: The Money Bail System in America. Join Metro Nashville Public Defender Dawn Deaner and Gicola Lane, Nashville Community Bail Fund Reform Advocate, to learn about the bail system and discriminatory pretrial detention based on economic-status. On any given day, a full fifth of the U.S. jail population - 450,000 people - are awaiting trial. Hundreds of thousands of Americans go to jail without being convicted of a crime because jurisdictions across the country rely on money bail to determine who goes free before trial. Research shows that the assignment of bail makes defendants 12% more likely to be convicted; this may be attributed to being given the choice of remaining in jail (because they can't make bail) or pleading guilty in exchange for immediate release, many defendants opt for the latter option. In this way, pretrial incarceration could be seen as a method to coerce guilty pleas. Community Room in the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville 37215. More info.

Canceled. Aug 11 Fri 9am-5pm. Media Training: "Ready for Prime Time."

Aug 12 Sat. Doors 8pm, program 9pm. Cocktails, Cannabis & Country. $10. An evening of education on the emerging science and legal landscape of cannabis in Tennessee and beyond, followed by cocktails and music. City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette St, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. More info and also here.

Canceled. Aug 16 Wed 6-7:30pm. Humanism Here and Now, part 3.

Aug 17 Thur 11am. I Had No Idea lunch and tour. See what happens at the Nashville Rescue Mission, Men's Campus, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203. RSVP to Sandra by email at More info.

August 17 Thurs 7-9pm. Mindful movies: "Farmagedon." This is the fourth and last of a series of "food consciousness" movies. Freed admission, popcorn, and lemonade. The Divine Life Playhouse, 1105 Calvin Ave, Nashville 37206. More info.

August 21 Monday. Solar Eclipse Celebration. The eclipse (at 1:27pm) is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so there will be celebrations all over town, but the Love & Unity Under One Sun event at Hadley Park will be of particular interest to us: The NPJC, EarthMatters, and other local progressive organizations will have booths, giving out information about how they want to change the world. Also music, speakers, food, drinks and crafts vendors. More info on the event page. The organizers are looking for more vendors (especially, for healthy food and drinks) and more nonprofit organizations to have booths at this event; people interested in that can get in touch with Reminder: The only time it's safe to look at the eclipse is during the two minutes when the sun is completely covered (and during those moments there's nothing to see anyway -- the whole point is that it's remarkable that there's nothing to see). As long as even a small part of the sun is still showing, looking in that direction without special equipment will damage your eyes. Looking away from the sun, toward a pinhole projection, is a bit less exciting but is perfectly safe. Or, you can get FREE ECLIPSE GLASSES by registering in advance.

Aug 29 Tues 6-8pm. Open Table Nashville general volunteer training at Glencliff UMC. Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Want to hear more about the philosphy that drives our work? Then this training is for you. We'll introduce you to OTN, share our history and the work we are doing now. There will be break-out sessions to focus on specific skills and opportunities to ask all of your questions. Coffee and light snacks will be provided, please RSVP to

Sept 2 Sat noon-4pm. TIRRC Food Crawl. $20 or $65. Fundraiser for Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Buy admission at the TIRRC office, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 37211. Then sample foreign foods from numerous restaurants, mostly along Nolensville Pike. More info.



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.

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 weekend: FOOD NOT BOMBS needs cooks on Saturdays, and servers and dishwashers on Sundays. For details call Eva at 615-944-3950 or email


First and third Wednesdays of most months, 6-7:30pm. Humanists. Nashville chapter of the American Humanist Association. A philosophical discussion group; the Nashville chapter is also devoted to these political issues: (1) Income taxes should be higher on the wealthy. (2) Education should be free through college for those who qualify through testing. (3) Retirement and Medicare for all to promote a more stable society. Meetings are at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027) and iCenter Nashville (5259 Harding Pl, Nashville, TN 37217). Check the website for details.

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. 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, 7pm. Nashville Hydroponics / Aquaponics has a lecture at Warner East Co-working Space, 401 East Trinity Lane. More info.

Second Thursday of each month, 7pm. SIERRA CLUB of Middle Tennessee meets at Radnor Lake Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. Note: you must enter from Granny White Pike. web page

Second Thursday of most months. 7pm. AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Location: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or or

Second Saturday of most months. CITIZENS' CLIMATE LOBBY, 11am to 1pm at Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. Generally the meeting is from 11 to noon, and then at noon there is a national conference call by phone, with some speaker on a topic of current interest. More info at this link.

Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm. SOCM meeting, Rutherford County Chapter. SOCM Space, 311 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

Third Tuesday of each month, except in summer. 6:30pm. TENNESSEANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY. Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215, in the Jr. High Room on the first floor.

Third Wednesday of most months, 6-9pm. Nashville Feminist Collective monthly social gathering. 100 Vine Ct., Nashville. The building is after the church, on the left; there is lots of parking to your right. When you enter the building, we are in a salon on your right.

Third Thursday of most months, Labor Luncheon 11:30am at Picadilly Cafeteria, 874 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. An open meeting of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, AFL-CIO. Community and politicians welcome. More info.

Third Thursday of most months, 6 or 6:30pm. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Time and location varies; check website. Contact: Ed Meyers 615-638-4555.

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
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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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