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2017 Nov 21


Caution: Some organizations that meet regularly will be canceling their meetings during the holidays. I only post these cancellations when I am informed of them, which is not always.

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.

Continuing daily, Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:30pm. Probably just Mon-Tue-Wed this week. Justice for Joques: Taking Our Stand. Bring a chair and a sign. We will continue sitting outside East Precinct until Officer Lippert is fired. There will be people out at different times during the day. Come out when you can and sit a spell with us! East Precinct Police Department, 936 E Trinity Ln, Nashville, TN 37207. More info.

Nov 21 Tues 4-9pm. Davidson County SOCM social and fundraiser. 10% of all sales will be donated to SOCM. Farm Burger Nashville, 4013 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37209. More info.

Nov 21 Tues 6:30pm. Clean Dream Act candle light vigil. In front of the senators' offices, 3322 W End Ave, Nashville 37203. More info.

Nov 22 Wed 9pm-3am. Musical fundraiser for Puerto Rico. $15. Ibiza Night Club, 15128 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville 37211. More info.

Nov 24 Fri noon-1pm. Fur Free Friday. Join with Nashville Animal Advocacy in encouraging holiday shoppers to buy cruelty-free, at the Green Hills Mall. More info.

Nov 27 Mon 4-6pm. Stop the Trump Tax Scam. Rally in front of the senators' offices, 3322 W End Ave, Nashville 37203. More info.

Nov 28 Tues 6-8pm. Democratic Socialists. 401 S 20th St, Nashville, TN 37206. More info.

Nov 28 Tues 8pm. Nash Aid for Puerto Rico. Musical fundraiser. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The Basement East, 917 Woodland St, Nashville 37206. More info.

Nov 29 Wed 6pm. Backpack Full of Cash. Screening of documentary film about privatization of schools, in preparation for DeVos's visit to Nashville the next day. Screening followed by a panel discussion. Mayborn Building, Vanderbilt University. Free, but you must RSVP. More info.

Nov 29 Wed 6:30-8pm. In Conversation With: Dreamers & TIRRC. Join Nashville Jewish Social Justice Roundtable & Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC] at the Gordon JCC for a discussion on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the Dream Act. TIRRC will present on the policy and personal issues for the 8400 DACA recipients in Tennessee and what the upcoming vote on the Dream Act (expected by year end) means. GJCC Members free; non-members $5 donation suggested. Gordon JCC, 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville 37205. More info.

Nov 30 Thurs 5-7pm. Don't DeVostate Nashville Public Schools. Protest against DeVos's policies. Music City Star Riverfront Station, 101 1st Avenue South, Nashville 37201. More info and also here.

Nov 30 Thurs 5:30-8:30pm. The Great White Hoax. Free film screening and panel discussion. The explosive, thought-provoking film features acclaimed anti-racist educator and author and Nashville resident Tim Wise. It explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. -- Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 Dr Todd Blvd, Nashville 37208. More info.

Nov 30 Thurs 6-8pm. I Am Not Your Negro. Free screening of the James Baldwin film. Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville 37228. More info.

Nov 30 Thurs 6:30pm. Climate Nashville will meet to plan the upcoming Climate March and report on the TVA campaigns. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

Dec 1 Fri 11:30am-1pm. Felony Disenfranchisement - A Historical Perspective. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. Bring lunch or buy one for $12. See Dec 13 for more info.

Dec 1 Fri 6:30pm. World AIDS Day: Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination. HIV/AIDS continues to ravage communities of color, particularly through stigma and discrimination in the Black church. On Dec 1, a creative collaboration of community stakeholders including Vanderbilt Vaccine Trial Program, Metro Human Relations Commission, Ray of Hope Community Church, and many others will host a free community empowerment event that features: HIV/AIDS testing and resources; AIDS Memorial Quilt; Caribbean Cuisine; Neo-Soul Café and (drumroll please): The incomparable Bishop Yvette Flunder of City of Refuge. Ray of Hope Community Church, 2311 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. More info.

Dec 1-3. Local food summit. Watch for additional information, including ticket prices. Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville 37205. More info.

Dec 2, 9, 16 Sat 10-11:15am. Hollywood’s Gender Problem: A Three-Part Seminar. $30 for all three sessions; $25 for Belcourt members. Belcourt Theater. More info.

Dec 3 Sun 1pm. Losing Our Religion. Free screening of documentary film, followed by panel discussion by four former pastors in Nashville who discovered that they could lead meaningful, ethical lives, and add to the greater good of humanity, without believing in a god. The film explores preachers who are not believers, and what atheists do when they miss church. Allowed access to The Clergy Project - a safe haven for preachers from all faiths who no longer believe - the documentary follows ex-members and clergy who are still undercover. They are not just losing their religion, for many they are losing their friends, community and even family. West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209.

Dec 4 Mon. MHRC public meeting to discuss bail reform. Postponed from November. Watch for time and location. The Metro Human Relations Commission invites you to its monthly public meeting. This month's meeting will focus on issues concerning bail, and we will have special guests from the Public Defender's Office and the District Attorney's Office to help inform the discussion.

Dec 7 Thurs 4pm. Climate Vigil.
  • 4-5 sign making at Christ Church Cathedral, 9th & Broadway
  • 5:00 vigil in front of Federal Building, 9th & Broadway
  • 6:00 refreshments, Christ Church Cathedral
  • 6:30 Service, Christ Church Cathedral

Dec 7 Thurs 4:30pm. Rally against ALEC. The "American Legislative Exchange Council," or ALEC, is an organization that writes pro-big-business bills for congress to pass; it is one of the vehicles through which the rich own our government. This year their annual national convention will be in Nashville, Dec 6-8, at the Omni Hotel. Some of us will have a rally protesting against ALEC (though personally I think ALEC is an inevitable consequence of capitalism, and capitalism is what we really should be rallying against). Details of the rally are still being worked out, but here is a tentative schedule:
  • 4:30 gather in Cumberland Park, the east end of the Pedestrian Bridge
  • 5:00-5:30 speakers
  • 5:30 march to Omni Hotel
  • 6:00-7:00- Rally at Omni
  • 7:00-7:30- March back
More info.

Dec 7 Thurs 5-7pm. Human Rights Day. Speeches at Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212. Tickets $10; proceeds will help Tennessee students attend a session of Model UN. More info.

Dec 9 Sat 10am-1pm. Military-trained gang members in Middle Tennessee, by Carter F. Smith. Carter will share some of the real-life stories at a book signing event at the Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W Vine Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

Dec 9 Sat 10am-1:30pm. Nashville Climate March. Support the Paris Agreement and the Clean Power Plan. Starts at Sally Beaman Park, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville 37240. More info and RSVP.

Dec 13 Wed 5:30-8pm. Cumberland River Compact holiday party. Third floor, River Building, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville 37213.

Dec 13 Wed 6pm. Felony Disenfranchisement - A Historical Perspective. Dr. Pippa Halloway, MTSU history professor and author, will talk about the history of disfranchisement for criminal conviction. Post-Reconstruction criminal codes, societal dehumanization of prisoners, and expansion of the for-profit prison system coupled with the abandonment of reform and rehabilitation have all contributed to the institutionalized racism of permanent disfranchisement. Learn more about legislative actions that perpetuate this type of discrimination and affect local, state and national election outcomes today. Community Room, Green Hills Library. More info.

Dec 14 Thurs 6pm. Mothers Over Murder Fundraiser Dinner. Limelight Entertainment Venue, 201 Woodland St, Nashville 37213. More info.

Dec 16 Sat 10am-noon. Moms Cookie Swap. A social gathering of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. To participate, bake and then package cookies into 1/2 dozens. Plan to walk away with as many as you brought, minus one for the table. RSVP for more details, and for location (near Hillsboro Village).

Jan 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20. Trainings for Medical Accompaniment Program at the Sexual Assault Center. Volunteers who complete the training will be able to assist survivors of sexual assault. For information contact Christine Sidwell.



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.


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. Some meetings are at Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. 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, 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.

Fourth Monday of most months, 6:30pm. Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light is a spiritual response to the climate crisis. It will meet at Holy Name Catholic Church, 521 Woodland Street, Nashville, 37206, in the yellow brick building whose entrance is on 6th Street. More info.

Fourth Monday of most months, 6pm. RAM (Recycling Advocates of Middle Tennessee) is a research and education-based environmental organization. RAM advocates the development of recycling techniques that foster industrial improvement, new jobs, prosperity, awareness, health, a cleaner environment, and a reduction in land filling. To attend our meetings, call or e-mail 2 days in advance at 227-3499 or

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

Last Tuesday of most months, 6-7:30pm. Equity Alliance meeting. First Baptist Church, 625 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN. The meeting will be in the conference room of the Ennox-Jones Center, a separate building adjacent to the church. Equity Alliance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. More info.

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

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

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