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February 23, 2019



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.



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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.



Date not determined yet, 4-6pm. Free Assange. (Of course, whether you see Assange as a hero or a villain depends on which sources of "facts" you trust. The source I'd recommend for this subject is WSWS.) There are some indications that Ecuador may soon back out of its deal with Julian Assange, and turn him over to UK -- which may turn him over to the USA -- which may try him in a military court without adequate defense procedures, and then lock him away forever or perhaps execute him. We cannot let this go unremarked. On the day when Assange falls into hostile hands -- or, if that happens late in the day, then on the next day -- some of us will be protesting. Suggested signs are FREE ASSANGE, STOP CENSORSHIP, SAVE FREE SPEECH, PROTECT JOURNALISTS, PROTECT THE TRUTH. We'll be on the sidewalk of West End Avenue, in front of Centennial Park, between 25th and 26th Avenues (a time and place chosen for good visibility and free parking). When the date for the demonstration has been determined, it will be posted on the Nashville Peace Calendar and also on the Facebook event page. For the moment, that Facebook page says "April 30" as a placeholder, because Facebook won't let us post an event without a date, but will permit us to change the date. Recent court filings, released by mistake, indicate that US prosecutors intend to bring charges against Julian Assange. Here is a petition you can sign, urging UK to not extradite Assange.

Feb 23 Sat 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM. 250k Tree Day Statewide event, hosted by Tennessee Environmental Council, encouraging people to plant 250,000 trees across Tennessee.

Feb 23 Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Listening Campaign Training, hosted by NOAH: Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. 1203 9TH AVE N, NASHVILLE, TN 37208. Issues change. The community's priorities change. Therefore, NOAH is launching another Listening Campaign, to hear the issues that are important to all of Nashville in 2019. Learn how to: discover what issues concern your members, develop new leadership for our member groups and for NOAH, and build relationships that will strengthen our member groups and NOAH.

Feb 23 Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Books and Breakfast: Black Solidarity. Hosted by Black Lives Matter Nashville. Location: Urban League Young Professionals Of Middle TN, 50 Vantage Way, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. Books & Breakfast is back!! We're discussing examples of Black Solidarity. What does Palestine have to do with Black freedom? Come find out.

Feb 23 Sat 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Nashville Movement Lawyering Event. Hosted by Law for Black Lives, Free Hearts, Healthy and Free Tennessee, and Black Lives Matter Nashville. Location: Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More, 2640C Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. On Saturday, February 23rd from 5:30 - 8:30 CST, Law for Black Lives and Vanderbilt Law School Black Law Students Association will be hosting a Movement Lawyering event in Nashville, TN! During our event, community organizers will speak about their work and experience working with lawyers and legal workers. Following those presentations, we will discuss the most exciting organizing work taking place in Nashville and close with a conversation about the role of lawyers in this work. If you are in or around the Nashville area, we invite you to join us for this exciting event. Spread the word! Please RSVP.

Feb 24 Sun 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM. Osborne/Krause present "Songs of Community Without Bounds", hosted by Osborne/Krause. Location: Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N, Nashville TN 37209. Music, including folk music, is an important part of communities that find the sacred in silence and practice mindfulness meditation. We gratefully acknowledge this tradition with a second hour of music and reflection featuring original compositions by the contemplative folk duo, Osborne/Krause, whose songs reflect themes important to "community without bounds." Nashville Friends meet for silent worship at 10:30 am and all are welcomed. The second hour will begin at 11:45 with a period of centering silence followed by short readings, original songs, and opportunities for sharing. The readings, songs, and queries will be of a nature that non-Quakers will feel at home and welcomed to participate.

Feb 24 Sun 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. "Hands Off Venezuela!" Protest, sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 89, and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. Location: 2600 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203, by the main entrance to Centennial Park. Participants in Nashville will carry signs and distribute leaflets as part of the International Days of Protest, involving more than a hundred cities in the U.S. and abroad. This protest has been endorsed by dozens of organizations across the world. In Nashville, it is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 89, and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. It will also include members of several other organizations and individual taxpaying citizens who strongly object to unauthorized war on Venezuela.

Feb 24 Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Open House, InspirARTion, Permaculture Class Mixer. Hosted by New Earth Matters and Green-Collar Jobs Task Force. Location: 1010 Camellia Caldwell Lane, Warehouse Complex, Nashville TN 37218. Tree Planting Grants, Excess Food Recovery, Gardens, Composters, Green Collar Jobs & Services. Artists invited to come write/create from rescued Upcycled and Scrap Art. Free leather seat covers and future volunteer helpers and paid project surveyors. Games, Refreshments.

Feb 24 Sun 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. SURJ Support the Marriott Workers, hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville. Location: Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, 531 Fairground Ct, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. Join SURJ Nashville to learn how you can support almost 100 workers that experienced wage theft while building the dowtown JW Marriott hotel. We are asking Skanska and Marriot to make it right. Learn more here.

Feb 25 Mon 6:00 PM. NOAH's Criminal Justice Task Force meeting, hosted by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope. Location: Greater Bethel AME Church, 1300 South Street, Nashville TN. On Our Agenda: Our response to the state legislature's attempt to pre-empt the Community Oversight Board. Also, a brief training in using social media for a greater impact on criminal justice issues.

Feb 26 Tue 7:30 AM. 2019 Women's Day on the Hill, Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Avenue North, Nashville TN 37243. The Business and Professional Women of Tennessee Inc. (BPW/TN) in partnership with the Tennessee Women Political Caucus, Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee, Advocates for Women's and Kid's Equality, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Healthy and Free TN, Memphis Area Women's Council, Contracts for Women Inc. A Better Balance, AAUW-Tennessee, YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Nashville Feminist Collective, Tennessee Women Chamber of Commerce, The Next Door, Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Exodus Inc, Empower Tennessee (Empowered Ladies) Sexual Assault Center, End Slavery Tennessee and other women's organizations presents 2019 Tennessee Women's Policy and Action Day on the Hill.

Feb 26 Tue 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Trauma-Informed De-Escalation Training. Hosted by Open Table Nashville Inc. Location: Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. If you serve in an environment like an overnight shelter, a soup kitchen, or other places where people who have experienced stressful circumstances congregate, you know that it doesn't take much for tensions to rise and situations to escalate. This training will better equip you to understand what is happening before and during escalations, to be prepared with intervention strategies, and to feel more equipped to step in and assist. Not only is this training interactive, but it is also steeped in evidence-based practices like trauma-informed care. Please RSVP to lindsey@opentablenashville.org. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. We ask that participants donate $10 for this training to cover materials, but feel free to give what you can or come even if you can't donate right now!

Feb 26 Tue 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Driving Deforestation? Sustainability In The Tire Industry. Hosted by Mighty Earth & the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. We are gathering on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm to learn more about how the production of rubber is driving deforestation and what we can do to ensure companies like Bridgestone and tire companies take their responsibility and commitments seriously to produce tires sustainably and with respect to human rights. Please RSVP if you are coming to the event. Interested in becoming more involved? Send a Facebook message or email celeste@mightyearth.org.

Feb 27 Wed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. China Rising: Storm Clouds in the Western Pacific. At Belmont University; precise address not provided. Join LCDR Patrick Ryan, US Navy (Ret) for an insightful analysis of the naval balance between the United States and China in the Western Pacific.

Feb 28 Thu 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. A Conversation About Nashville's Budget, hosted by SEIU Local 205. Location: John T. Moore Middle School, 4425 Granny White Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. Last year many were left wondering how the Metro Government could have a revenue problem whiled the economy is booming. Members of Council themselves expressed the need for more public engagement around the budget process. In that spirit, we invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion with Council Members Angie Henderson, Russ Pulley, Burkley Allen and Kathleen Murphy about the Metro Budget, how we got here, and how we move forward with a budget that reflects the needs of our growing city. This event is free and open to the public.

Mar 1 Fri 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Voting Rights Restoration in Tennessee, hosted by League of Women Voters of Nashville. Location: Goodwill Lifsey Building, 937 Herman Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208. LWV believes that voting is a key element of civic engagement. Yet an astounding one out of every twelve voting-age Tennesseans is currently barred from voting based on a past felony conviction. In fact, Tennessee has some of the very highest hurdles to voting rights restoration in the country. Individuals who have completed their sentencing need the opportunity to reintegrate themselves into the community and get their lives back on track. Our speaker from ACLU will talk about proposed state legislation supported by the ACLU, Americans for Prosperity, and partnering organizations including LWV, to address this important issue. Free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Program starts promptly at noon.

Mar 2 Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Tree Planting and Invasive Plant Removal, rescheduled from Feb 23 due to the weather. Hosted by Richland Creek Watershed Association. Location: park at the Wyoming Trailhead at the corner of 51st Avenue and Wyoming Avenue, in West Nashville, then walk on the greenway to the work site. Tools and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring work gloves, tools, and a water bottle. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and long sleeves.

Mar 2 Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. NHBW Teen Summit, hosted by National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc, Nashville Chapter. Madison Middle School, 300 West Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37115. NHBW, Nashville Chapter invites all teens, ages 12-18, to join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10-2 to enjoy, learn and fellowship on topics discussed such as self-esteem, teen violence, teen pressure, and more. Free! Breakfast and a snack will be provided.

Mar 2 Sat 5:30 PM. 2019 HRC Nashville Equality Dinner. Hosted by Human Rights Campaign Nashville. Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Announcing the 2019 HRC Nashville Equality Dinner. In our 24th year, HRC Nashville comes together for this amazing event. Last year's event won the coveted Dinner of the Year from the national Human Rights Campaign. Come celebrate with us as we continue the fight for equality in Tennessee and beyond.

Mar 5 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, April 2, April 9, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

Mar 5 Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Music for a Better World, hosted by Shelby Bottom Duo, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, and Radio Cafe. Location: Radio Cafe, 4150 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37216. Music For A Better World: an intimate concert at Radio Cafe. Ladies Night! Featuring Julie Christensen, Susan Shann, India Ramey and hosts Shelby Bottom Duo (Nell Levin & Michael August) performing entertaining & uplifting songs of social significance. Tickets: Door $12, Advance: $9 on Eventbrite.

Mar 6 Wed 9:00 AM. Moms Demand Advocacy Day - TN. Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. Last year we had over 400 red shirt sporting mothers and others talking sensible gun laws with their representatives. Please RSVP so that a meeting can be arranged with each Representative.

Mar 6 Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Tennessee Conservation Education Day, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Sierra Club. Location: Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. Recommended lobbying training and "ask" education, on Tuesday Mar 5, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, location TBA. Conservation Education Day has been a joint effort of the Tennessee Environmental Council, the Tennessee Sierra Club and the Tennessee Conservation Voters for many years. Environmentalists take a day to meet with their state legislators in Nashville to promote the passage of bills which preserve and protect our water, air and lands, and to block those which would do it harm. The legislator meetings will be on Wednesday, March 6, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cordell Hull building. Each meeting is about 10 minutes long and cannot be arranged unless there will be a constituent at the meeting. Last year, 45 of us met with 35 of the 132 total legislators. We need you to schedule time in Nashville on March 5 and 6 so that we can increase the number of legislators with whom we meet in 2019.

Mar 8 Fri 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM. International Women's Day 2019. Parthenon, Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave, Nashville TN 37203.

Mar 12 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 19, Mar 26, April 2, April 9, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

Mar 12 Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Women in Leadership - Panel Discussion, hosted by the American Association of University Women of Nashville, TN. Location: 2200 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, Room 319. There is a map link on the event page, but it points to a different location than what the ticket link states. Join us for a panel discussion with women in high powered leadership positions. Limited space available; please RSVP using this link.

Mar 19 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 26, April 2, April 9, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

Mar 20 Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Behavioral Health Day on the Hill, hosted by Tennessee Coalition for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services. Location: War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243. Please join us on Wednesday, March 20 for a day of fun, fellowship, advocacy, and education. Plan to meet at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville from 9 a.m. until Noon CST. Plan to stay for a special presentation by Art for Awareness.

Mar 23 Sat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Project Unite: a Cultural Festival. Hosted by Empower Nashville. Nashville Food Project, 3605 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215. Our goal for this event is attract many people from different Cultural backgrounds. We will have live Cultural performances, Food, Guest speakers, and Presenters teaching us about different countries around the world!

March 25-26 Mon-Tue. Women, War, and Peace II. Four films about women who risked their lives for peace movements, in Northern Ireland, Palestine, Egypt, and UN peacekeeping. Broadcast on PBS.

Mar 26 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, April 2, April 9, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

Mar 30 Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Move to Amend discussion, sponsored by Move to Amend. Location: basement of Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N, Nashville TN 37209. Enter through the parking-lot side basement entrance. Join Move to Amend's National Director Kaitlin Sopoci Belknap for an inspiring call-to-action and discussion on the nationwide movement to pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate personhood. Learn the history of how the Supreme Court got us here and what it will take to overturn the Citizens United v. FEC decision, abolish corporate constitutional rights and get big money out of politics! Discover why abolishing corporate constitutional rights is directly connected to reforming campaign finance laws, access to safe food, providing affordable health care, strengthening worker rights, protecting the environment, and so much more. Find out about specific actions we can take in Nashville! Get personally inspired and motivated to join the growing Movement to Amend!

April 2 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, April 9, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

Apr 6 Sat 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. A Voice for the Reduction of Poverty, hosted by Nashville Rising. Location: TSU Avon Williams Campus, 330 10th Avenue, North, Nashville TN. Nashville is indeed on the rise as evidenced by the dozens of cranes lining our skies, rapid business growth, our robust tourism and hospitality industries, and more. Unfortunately, not all Nashvillians are enjoying this rise. Surges in rent and home prices coupled with stagnant and low wages, obstacles to acquiring health insurance, and limited access to workforce opportunities have contributed to the struggles faced by the bottom half of the economic continuum increasingly being left in the wake of the success we are enjoying. Strategies, actions, and public policies are needed to help eradicate poverty and advance morality in the workplace. Please join us on April 6 for a needed self-examination and conversation, convened by A VOICE for the Reduction of Poverty,centered on how we can create the conditions and culture in our city that will lift many out of poverty and help all enjoy the growth we are witnessing. Sign up for the event at https://www.nashvillerising.com (go to the RSVP link on that page).

Apr 7 Sun 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Halloween in April: birthday party for radio station WRFN. Location: Yazoo Brewing Company, 910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37207. Tickets Are On Sale Now and Include Costume Contest, Dance Contest, Music by Al-D, Cake, Games and Prizes, and 4 YAZOO BEERS! Tickets available here or from any RFN programmer. Early bird just $25.00 through February.

April 9 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, April 2, April 16). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

April 16 Tue 7:30 AM. (also Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, April 2, April 9). Civication, hosted by Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Knox County Education Association, Bartlett Education Association, and United Education Association of Shelby County. Location: Tennessee Education Association, 801 2nd Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201. Make plans to come to the Capitol on the Tuesday of your Spring Break, meet with your legislators and enjoy the great entertainment Nashville has to offer! It’s a Civication, combining vacation with civic pride in our profession! Mileage reimbursed by TEA. Free hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

May 11 Sat 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Tour de Nash presented by AAA, hosted by Walk Bike Nashville. Public Square Nashville (in front of Metro Courthouse). The 15th annual Tour de Nash presented by AAA is Nashville's largest urban bike ride. Take on the City Tour (8mi), Local Tour (25 mi), or Grand Tour (45mi) to suit your riding style. NEW for this year is the Family Bike Parade, suitable for the youngest riders in the bunch! Your registration includes a t shirt and a meal ticket for the Finish Festival in Public Square Park overlooking the Cumberland River. Join 1,500 riders and discover the city on 3 brand new routes! Tickets on sale soon.

June 22, Sat, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Nashville Pride Parade, starting at 8th and Broadway, and ending at 2nd and Broadway, Nashville TN. In June 1969, outside a New York City bar, LGBT community members stood up to discrimination and started the modern day LGBT rights movement. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Nashville Pride is proud to announce The Nashville Pride Parade. Over 100 floats, vehicles, bands, walkers and much more will travel down Nashville's famous Broadway between 8th and 2nd Avenues, starting 10 A. M., Saturday, June 22nd.

June 22, Sat, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and June 23, Sun, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Nashville Pride Festival, Public Square Nashville, 1 Public Square, Nashville TN 37201. Hosted by Nashville Pride. Join us to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in Middle Tennessee for the annual Nashville Pride festival on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd! This year, we're honoring the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Tickets $5 at the gate or online starting March 20.




SELECTED RECURRING EVENTS

WEEKLY:

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: dawn@kidsofincarceratedmoms.com.

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 http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/TN/nashville.

Saturdays 10am-4pm, if it's not raining. Summer Swap Meet. Exchange books, clothing, backpacks, and other unwanted items for desired items. 1300B Gallatin Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37214 (next to O'Reilly Auto Parts). More info.

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.



SEMIMONTHLY:

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 sparky_allison@hotmail.com or Pete Kopcsak at greatcr@gmail.com. Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at nvcnashville.org and at nvcnashville.org/find-a-group/.

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, www.workersdignity.org, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."



MONTHLY:

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 Peacescapes@aol.com 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, jbkranger@aol.com, 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. Most Friday meetings are held at the Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208. Repeated, slightly shorter meetings are on the second Wednesday of most months, 6-7pm, in the Community Room of the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville 37215. Please check the LWVN website (lwvnashville.org) for topics and possible Friday location changes.

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.
Sierra Club web page

Second Thursday of most months. 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Location: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or president@nashville-AU.org or nashville-au.org.

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 info@noahtn.org.

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 Sunday of most months, 2:30-4pm. Divest Nashville and Water Is Life Nashville monthly meeting. Divest from fossil fuels. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info.

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 2 days in advance at 615-227-3499, preferably between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

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, Capitol Hill 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
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http://nashvillepeacejustice.org

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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