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2016 Oct 27


The holiday season is approaching. If your organization will have some schedule changes during the holidays -- e.g., some meetings rescheduled or cancelled altogether -- please let me know well in advance, so that I can announce it here. -- Your editor.

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. Also, that calendar includes some partisan events, which cannot be included in this NPJC (501c3) publication.

27 Oct Thurs 5:30pm. Farm to Fork Dinner. $125. More info and tickets.

27 Oct Thurs 6-10pm. Vegan: Everyday Stories. Free film screening at Queen Ave Art Collective, 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN 37207. This is a great film for new vegans, weathered vegans, anyone interested in becoming vegan, or anyone at all! Doors open at 6 pm, movie starts at 7 pm. After show, at 8:30 pm, there will be a Q&A about being/becoming vegan and we will have NAA merchandise available for sale. Free vegan snack samples will be provided at this completely free event, but any donations to Nashville Animal Advocacy are greatly appreciated. More info or here.

27 Oct Thurs 7-10pm (TONIGHT) Concerned Citizens for Standing Rock. (The corporate news media are blacking out all information about Standing Rock events. If you haven't heard about it, try the internet.) Things are getting pretty serious at Standing Rock. 141 people arrested over the weekend; women being strip-searched; felony charges being fabricated with sentences in the 45-year range -- for praying. Half the main camp, some 1000 people, have moved up to the "forward bunker" road block in the middle of the highway. The Governor of North Dakota has called on six states for reinforcements and there is an army of 800-900 heavily armed soldiers and police amassing a short distance away. Jessie Jackson was there yesterday and called President Obama from the camp. Mark Ruffalo delivered two solar power generating trailers to the camp. Tensions are high. ¶ There will be a meeting of concerned citizens tonight (Thursday) to share news and to discuss strategies for middle Tennesseans to address events in North Dakota. There is a possible fundraiser/music event and coordination of shipments of goods to work out. Please come if you are interested. ¶ Location: Eric and Beth Lewis's house, 7978 Highway 100, Nashville, 37221 (yellow mail box north side, two red reflectors). If you are coming from town put on your turn signal when you can see the light at Temple Road. If you come to the Publix you have gone too far. Possibly more info or discussion on the Facebook event page.

28 Oct Fri 6-8pm. Alternatives to Violence Power Up! See description on 9 Dec

29 Oct Sat 9am to noon. Orientation for VODR. Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will have an orientation for Visitation On Death Row in the training room of the administration building at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. This is a voluntary one-on-one visitation program for those who wish to visit. It will include a trip to the death row visitation area so you will know where you are visiting and how to get there. For further information contact:

29 Oct Sat 4:30-5:30pm. Dia De Los Muertos rally against CCA. The Governors Golf Club, 9681 Concord Rd, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027. The Day of the Dead (Mexican version of All Hallows Day) is an appropriate time to protest against all the deaths that are happening in prisons-for-profit. We will protest in front of the gated community where two of CCA's upper management live. Parking is very limited, so we'll meet in Nashville and carpool to the protest location. Watch the event's web page for details that are still being developed.

29 Oct Sat 6:30-10pm. Gala for Our Environment. The Mansion at Fontanel, 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, Tennessee 37189. Hosted by Concerned Citizens for a Safe Environment. Tickets $250 and up. Entertaining evening: drinks and conversation, live music, plated dinner, silent auction, live auction: raising funds to cover attorney expenses as we campaign against the gas compressor stations proposed for Davidson County.

30 Oct Sun 1pm. Reflections from a Career as a Civil Rights Attorney. Lecture by Joe Johnston, followed by a reception, at Bellevue Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road, Nashville, TN 37221.

30 Oct Sun 3-4:30pm. Public Meeting: NOAH & Elected Officials Report Card. The Temple Church, 3810 Kings Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37218. Please come -- it's important that we get a large turnout to show the mayor and other powerbrokers, so that NOAH will have more clout in promoting its progressive agenda. More info.

31 Oct Mon 7:30am. Hallowe'en Breakfast Fundraiser for the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee. Cabana, 1910 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212. $20 or more. My guess is that most attendees will not be wearing costumes, but that issue is not presently addressed on the page for more information and registration.

1 Nov Tue 7pm. Veterans for Peace meets at the usual time and place (International Market on Belmont Blvd). This month's speaker is Mary Faulk of the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Also on the agenda: planning for the Veterans/Armistice Day parade.

1 Nov Tues 7pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice education meeting. East End United Methodist Church, 1212 Holly St, Nashville, Tennessee 37206. More info.

2 Nov Wed noon-1pm. Whither Democracy? - a panel discussion. Conference Center, downtown public library, 615 Church Street. Panelists:
  • Bruce Barry, Vanderbilt Professor of Management
  • Jeff Obafemi Carr, Founder of Infinity Fellowship Interfaith Gathering
  • Dana Nelson, Vanderbilt Professor of English
  • Molly Secours, Nashville Writer/Filmmaker
Optional lunch 11:30am in the Conference Center, suggested donation $5.

3 Nov Thurs noon-1pm. What It's Like to Be the Farm in the Farm to Table Movement. Free lecture at the Cumberland River Compact, 3rd floor of the Bridge Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213. Free parking in Lot R. Reserve and buy lunch or bring your own. More info.

3 Nov Thurs 5:30-7pm. Women's Suffrage and Beyond. Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. $100. Fundraiser cocktail reception for League of Women Voters. More info.

4 Nov Fri 11:30am-1pm. Second Harvest Food Bank & Food Distribution Program. The League of Women Voters meets on the first Friday of nearly every month, at the Second Harvest Food Bank, for lunch and a lecture on one topic or another; the topics have varied greatly. This month the topic is the Second Harvest Food Bank! 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. Bring your own brown bag lunch or buy lunch here for $12. More info: Melissa Holden at 217-257-5193.

5 Nov Sat 8am-6:30pm. Volunteer Day at the Pig Preserve. Meet at Tricia's House, 1815 Cephas St, Nashville, TN 37208. More info and also here.

5 Nov Sat noon to 11pm. Million Mask March. Capitol hill area, Nashville 37219. November 5th is, of course, Guy Fawkes Day, the day of the big masked march in the 2005 film "V for Vendetta." At the time of my posting this event description, eight people have signed up for it on the Facebook event page, but maybe that number will grow. Editorial note: Personally, I do think we need a revolution, but I think that has more to do with educating people about economics than with wearing masks.

5 Nov Sat 3-10pm. Fundraiser for Ms. Pearl's Garden. 1833 Haynes St, Nashville, TN 37207. There will be a band, poets, a speakeasy and other performers. Tickets (recommended but not required) $10 and up. More info.

5-6 Nov Sat-Sun. The Battle of Algiers will be showing at the Belcourt Theater; times and prices probably will be posted next week. This 1966 film was viewed extensively both by Pentagon officials cheering for the French, and by leftist anti-imperialists cheering for the Algerians. More about that here.

6 Nov Sun 2am. Turn clock back one hour. Your computer and probably your phone will do this automatically, but your car and your kitchen appliances (and your wristwatch, if you have one) may not. I have no idea what a DVR will do; someone please tell me.

6 Nov Sun 3-5pm. Volunteer work at community garden. Paragon Urban Farm, 505 Paragon Mills Rd, Nashville, TN 37211. More info.

8 Nov Tues. Election day.

8 Nov Tues. Nashville Hydroponics Aquaponics Meetup is not meeting today. It is postponed for a week, due to the election.

10 Nov. Thurs. 6:30-8pm. NPJC Board Meeting and Program Committee Meeting. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Note that this event is also our deadline for NPJC dues. To vote at our December 10 meeting, you must have paid dues (joined or renewed) by November 10. And I think we have some free wall calendars to give away.

11 Nov Fri 6-8pm. Alternatives to Violence Power Up! See description on 9 Dec

12 Nov Sat 8:30am-12:30pm. Give with a Purpose: Breakfast and Poverty Simulation. Catholic Charities of Tennessee, 2806 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214. The Nashville Family Empowerment Program of Catholic Charities and Safe Haven Family Shelter are hosting a poverty simulation to elucidate the struggles brought on by family homelessness. Breakfast will be hosted beforehand and there will be coffee provided by Bongo Java. The entire event is free, but people need to register beforehand at For a good 3 hours or so, participants shed all of their privileges and are walked through the actual experiences that our homeless families have to go through in order to just survive at the basic level. The people who staff the simulation and act it out are none other than our own families. It's an amazing way to raise awareness about the struggles of the impoverished and create a unique community connection that is often overlooked because of preconceived notions and socio-economic dividers. More info: Morgan Southers, 865-235-8381.

12 Nov Sat 6:30pm. Liberals Club. Potluck dinner. This month's lecture is about Open Table. Watch for location and other details.

13 Nov Sun 6pm. Fundraising Dinner for Syria, Palestine and Yemen. Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. Tickets $30; less for children and for multiple purchases. Featuring "Songs for the Children" Hamza Namira and Mesut Kurtis. Organized by Islamic Relief USA.

15 Nov Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: outreach training. Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd. Learn how to prevent cold weather deaths and injuries. Coffee and light snacks will be provided, please RSVP to We ask that participants donate $10 for this training to cover materials, but please come even if you can't donate or you can just give what you can!

15 Nov Tues 7pm. Nashville Hydroponics / Aquaponics is meeting tonight, instead of November 8. 401 East Trinity Lane. Topic: "Building Hydro-Tote Hydroponic Systems (FREE Class) Versatile and Easy to Build." More info.

17 Nov Thurs 6pm. Joe Hill Concert and Potluck Dinner Party. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Food at 6, music at 7. $10 donation (or more, or less) to meet expenses. The Shelby Bottom Duo and friends will present their entertaining, educational Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement. (This will be a different show from the concert they recently gave at Douglas Corner.) Their music is "quirky, acoustic Americana"; some of it has progressive political content. Copies of their new CD will be available for purchase. You can also help support their work online. ¶ Joe Hill was a Swedish immigrant, a songwriter and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World or Wobblies. He was framed and executed by firing squad in 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He subsequently became a labor icon. He is the precursor of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Joe Hill's songs and the creative anti-authoritarian legacy of the Wobblies are especially relevant today in our era of growing income inequality.

18 Nov Fri 5-6:30pm. Assembling Labor, Assembling Immigrants. College of Education, MTSU, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132. Fall Lyceum of the MTSU Department of Philosophy. Professor Richard Lee of Depaul University will talk about how the Chicago Haymarket Massacre, remembered as Mayday everywhere in the world except the USA, marked the end of the labor movement in the USA. Reception after the presentation at the home of Professor Mary Magada-Ward. More info.

20 Nov Sun 7-9pm. The Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing Our History and Ourselves. A presentation by Paula Palmer, director of Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info.

28 Nov through 10 Dec. Permaculture Design Certification. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Rd, Smyrna, Tennessee 37167. $300 for 72-hour course with Matthew Stephens of Sacred Ecology Design. To register, contact Adam Ray Peterson at 615.546.3028. More info.

Dec 2-4 Local Food Summit at TSU's Avon Williams downtown campus, 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203. $100-$125, including some meals. Tickets and info and more info

6 Dec Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: intermediate homeless outreach training. Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd.

9 Dec Fri 6-8pm. Alternatives to Violence Power Up! Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.
Who: YOU!
  • Anyone who has participated in a workshop or would like to participate in a workshop should come to learn more about AVP and to enjoy new activities. Feel free to bring a friend or friends. We hope that this event will give people a chance to try out AVP and give the facilitators an opportunity to try new activities.
  • To try new exercises and Light and Livelies
  • To see old friends and make new ones
  • To introduce people to Alternatives to Violence
  • To have fun and play
For questions, comments or to let us know that you are coming, please contact Trina:

10 Dec Sat 10am-2pm. NPJC Annual Membership Meeting and Election of the Board. Upstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Includes lunch, review of what we've been doing, discussion of what we're going to do in the future. Reminder: To vote on December 10, you must have paid dues (joined or renewed membership) by November 10.



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.

Thursdays, 6pm. Participatory Defense. Family Reconciliation Center, upstairs at St. John's United Methodist Church, 6300 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN 37209. 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. A Community Ally is part of a team of volunteers that 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: Ann at 615-356-0012.

Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at

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 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.

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 "L" stands for "liberal," and the group describes itself as "liberal" and "progressive," even though many of its meetings are devoted to nostalgia, or to supporting extremely conservative Democrats and a kinder, gentler capitalism. But a few of the meetings are actually devoted to current progressive causes, and those will be mentioned in the events section when your eblast editor is aware of them.

First Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. TN NORML meeting at First UU Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. More info.

First Tuesday of most months, 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

First Tuesday of most months: VETERANS FOR PEACE. 7 pm, at International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. All people (not just vets) are welcome to attend. For more information contact Joey King,, 615-485-1616.

First 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, 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 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. Usually at Atmalogy, 2320 West End Ave, Nashville 37203. Time and location sometimes vary; check website. Contact: Ed Meyers 615-638-4555.

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 most months, 6:30pm. Program Committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. The NPJC is an umbrella organization, providing some services to a number of other activist organizations in Nashville. The Program Committee plans the NPJC's own events, such as roundtable discussions or tabling at the festivals organized by other organizations.

Last Tuesday of most months, 2-3 pm. Task Force on Refugees & Immigrants. Room 318, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave (entrance on 23rd Ave). The purpose of the organization is to improve community awareness about issues related to refugees and other immigrants, enhance appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, serve as a networking avenue for those who serve and advocate for refugees and immigrants, and provide support for organizations that disseminate information to assist refugees and immigrants in obtaining essential services that help them integrate into our communities. More info.

Nashville Peace & Justice Center
c/o Friends Meeting House
530 26th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37209-4137
            phone (615) 321-2266

The Nashville Peace and Justice Center (NPJC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equity and creating a peaceful, just and sustainable society through reflection, education and non-violent action.

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