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2016 Sept 27

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 Sept Tues 6:30-8:30pm. Membership Meeting, Nashville Feminist Collective. Activity Room of the Germantown Cohousing Community Common house, 1327 5th Ave N, Nashville TN 37208. More info.

27 Sept Tues 7-8:30 pm. Demands for Justice: Challenging Racist Policy in Tennessee. Sanctuary, East End United Methodist Church, 1212 Holly St, Nashville, TN 37206. An educational event by Standing Up for Racial Justice. More info.

28 Sept Wed Deadline to register for Sacred Calling (see Oct 1).

28 Sept Wed 1-2:30pm. Music City Riders United meeting: Riders, Voice Your Demands Now. In the clubhouse room, Z. Alexander Looby Center, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37208. Let's come together to make a better transit system. More info.

29 Sept Thurs 11:30am to 1:30pm. Demo To End Vanderbilt's Animal Lab. Meet at the corner of 21st Ave and Medical Center Dr. The university's training method is cruel, unnecessary, and impractical. More info.

29-30 Sept Thurs-Fri. NAMI Tennessee annual convention. National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Registration and more info.

30 Sept and 1 Oct. Action Summit: Restoring Justice in the City. Addressing mass incarceration and fostering restorative justice. Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Dr, Nashville, TN 37207. Prices vary, e.g., $10 for a student, $75 for a professional, but no one will be turned away. More info and here.

1 Oct Sat 8:30am-4pm. A Sacred Calling to Care for the Earth. Franklin First United Methodist Church, 120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin, TN 37069 (entrance is off of Mack Hatcher). About a half hour from Nashville. A creation-care conference (i.e., religiously motivated sustainability, including climate change). Workshops, children activities, and music. Sponsored by: Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light (Nashville Chapter); Cumberland Harpeth Audubon Society; and Franklin First United Methodist Church. $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 5 and up; family rate available; registration fee includes lunch. Deadline to register is September 28. More info and registration.

1 Oct Sat 10am-6pm. "Celebrate Nashville" Cultural Festival. Centennial Park. Free admission. Free parking at HCA. NPJC may have a booth there. More info.

1-2 Oct Sat-Sun. SOCM's annual meeting. Raintree Room (2nd floor of Bennett Hall), Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Registration form.

2 Oct Sun 10am to noon. Volunteer work at community garden 1833 Haynes St, Nashville, TN 37207. More info.

2 Oct Sun noon to 2pm. World Day for Farmed Animals. In front of Purity Dairy, 360 Murfreesboro Rd, Nashville, TN. Oppose cruelty to animals. More info and also here.

4 Oct Tues 7-8:30pm. White people of faith against racism. Join a meeting to discover how white faith communities can learn, reflect, and act against systemic racism in ways that are accountable to the leadership of communities of color in Nashville. You will get to hear from other congregations from multiple religious backgrounds already engaged in this work and discern how it may be applied to your own community to move them forward. For the meeting location and to RSVP, please contact Margaret Ernst at or 609.577.6430. Please include your name, the name of your congregation or spiritual community, and any pertinent questions.

5 Oct Wed noon to 1pm. Gentrification and Its Discontents: Nashville's Housing Crisis. Conference Center, downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219. Lecture by James Fraser, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University. Optional lunch 11:30am in the same room, $5 suggested donation.

5 Oct Wed 7pm. The Fight For Equality: A Transgender Perspective. Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road, Bellevue. Dr. Marisa Richmond, who founded the Tennessee Vals as support for transgender persons, will tell of her experiences in attempting to cope with prejudice and ignorance. Dr. Richmond currently teaches history and women's and gender studies at MTSU.

Oct 6 Thurs 11am to 1pm. NAMI awards luncheon. $95. Maxwell House. More info.

6 Oct Thurs noon-1pm. The Contemporary Urban Parks of NBW. Frist Center for the Visual Arts auditorium, 919 Broadway. (Doors 11:30am.) Thomas Woltz will use Nashville's Centennial Park and three other public landscapes designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) to illustrate the firm's process which is rooted in ecological and cultural research. Free, but RSVP required.

7 Oct Fri 11:30am-1pm. Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from the YWCA will talk to the League of Women Voters (visitors welcome) about YWCA programs to raise awareness of domestic violence and to shelter its victims. Bring your lunch, or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road.

8 and 22 October, Saturdays, 9am to noon. Leadership Institute: Strategic Organizing and Campaigns. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. These first two trainings, by NPJC and TAP, are designed both for people new to organizing and experienced people interested in engaging in strategic conversations about where to go with organizing in Nashville. You will gain skills needed to organize a successful campaign. No registration fee, but please indicate interest by email to

8 Oct Sat 5-7pm. Nashville in Solidarity with Standing Rock. Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike. Suggested donation $5-$30. Pizza, drinks, live music, silent auction and raffle (bring your checkbook). More info.

13 Oct Thurs 6pm through 16 Oct Sun 3:30pm. Protest against the circus. Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN. Al Menah Shrine Circus has resumed using captive elephants and captive big cats. Read more.

18 Oct Tues 6-8:30pm. Open Table: Intermediate/advanced Outreach Training. Focus on refining deescalation skills, working with people who have personality disorders and extreme barriers to housing, honing reflective listening (and Motivational Interviewing) skills, and cultivating sustainability in our care. Watch for additional details (e.g., location). More about Open Table.

20 Oct Thurs 11:30am. Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon. 201 5th Ave S. $75. More info.

20 Oct Thurs noon-1pm. Short Mountain Sanctuary: Past, Present, and Future. Short Mountain Sanctuary is a rural collective that is dedicated to simple living and has provided a safe space for the queer community since 1981. Join us as we explore the cultural history of Short Mountain, what the community looks like today, and the collective's vision for the future. 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.

22 Oct Sat noon to 2pm. Rally Against Puppy Mills. In front of The Pawfect Puppy Store, 790 Jordan Rd, Franklin, TN. Oppose cruelty to animals. More info and also here.

24-25 Oct. TN Justice Center's two-day training for advocates helping Tennesseans access health insurance. Curb Medical Learning Center at St. Thomas West Hospital. Learn how the Affordable Care Act affects Tennesseans, ways to navigate TennCare, work-arounds for complex issues, and methods to bring everything together to best help Tennesseans get the health care they need.

30 Oct Sun 3-4:30pm. Public Meeting: NOAH & Elected Officials Report Card. The Temple Church, 3810 Kings Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37218. 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.

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.



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 4pm. Black Lives Matter. Bring a sign. We will meet at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and march from there. We may shut down some traffic for a while, to show that "business as usual" should not continue. We may also spend some time in discussions. Additional information: Iris Nevers and/or this link.

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 Wednesday 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 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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