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October 21, 2018

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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Please send corrections to To submit events, click here. Don't overlook the "recurring events" at the bottom of this page.

Nov 17 Saturday, hours TBA. NPJC Annual Meeting. Look back over the last year, and plan for 2019. In order to vote at the meeting, you need to have paid dues by October 17, 2018. If you are interested in serving on the board, or would like to recommend someone, please contact the Nominating Committee, chaired by Jerry Harder (615) 818-3626. If you are wondering about dues, please contact Lunch provided. Bring fond memories and good food if you like.

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 "December 31" as a placeholder, because Facebook won't let us post an event without a date, but will permit us to change the date.

Oct 22 Mon 6:00 PM. NOAH's Criminal Justice Task Force meeting, Greater Bethel AME Church, 1300 South Street, Nashville TN.

Oct 23 Tue 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM. No Chamber Celebration with CoreCivic Blood Money! Renaissance Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville TN. Hosted by No Exceptions Prison Collective. Protest opposing having the Partnership 2020 Annual Celebration funded by CoreCivic, the largest private-prison company in the USA. These prisons are the modern version of slavery.

Oct 23 Tue 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM UN Day Program - "Toward a Just and Sustainable World" United Nations Association, Cordell Hull Chapter. Dinner and lecture. Adults $25, Students $10. Vegetarian option available. Lecture only: 7:00 PM, free. Reservations required by 12:00 noon on Oct. 16. To place a reservation, call 615-656-8621 or email
Oct 24 Wed 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Nashville Transportation Summit, 2018 Hosted by Walk Bike Nashville. Mayor David Briley will highlight his transportation priorities for the coming year, and the metro transportation departments (Planning, Public Works and WeGo) will share some of their upcoming projects and programs.

Oct 25-27. National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration. Tickets $99 early in advance, $169 at the door. Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ, 4300 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218. More info and here.

Oct 26, 27, 28. Alternatives to Violence Project: basic training. Cost for each workshop is $40, or $20 for college students. For more information or to register, please contact Dot Dobbins - or Trina Baum - Watch also for advanced training on Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, and facilitator training on Jan 25, 26, 27.

Oct 27 Sat 9am-2pm. Hazardous Waste Collection. More info.

Oct 27 Sat 10:00 AM. 440 Greenway Opening Celebration at Elmington Park Opening ceremony for 1.25 mile greenway connecting Centennial Park to Elmington Park, the first segment of a planned 7-mile greenway parallel to I-440. Elmington Park, 3531 W End Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37205.

Oct 27 Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Civic Saturday Nashville Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville TN 37211. Join us for Civic Saturday, a civic analogue to church started by Citizen university: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it's not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It's about American civic religion — the values and practices of being an active and contributing member of civic life.

Oct 27 Sat 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Meet Your Muslim Neighbors Sponsored by The Islamic Center of Tennessee (Antioch TN).

Oct 27 Sat 4:00 PM. Impossible Crossings: Walk the Pike: Clarksville Pike. March, starting at Bordeaux Foods, 3205 Clarksville Pike, Nashville TN. Since 2017, 40 people have lost their lives while walking, crossing the street, or riding bicycles in Nashville. It is time for the city to include pedestrian-safety plans, particularly in low-income neighborhoods.

Oct 28 Sun 10am-5pm. Dismantling Supremacy Culture. Round tables, discussions, teaching, and shared stories, to help your transform your life and better our world. Suggested donation $50 (or pay what you can). The Cafe at Thistle Farms, 5122 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. More info.

Oct 28 Sun 3:00 PM. Invitation to Rebuild Public Trust, NOAH Public Meeting, Watson Grove Baptist Church (1415 Horton Avenue, Nashville TN 37212). We REBUILD public trust through commitments and accountability — and by being at the table when big decisions are made. We need to hear commitments from our public officials -- and make some commitments ourselves!

Oct 29 Monday. Rallies for the "Climate Kids." Juliana vs USA will be heard in court on October 29. Twenty-one young people are suing the federal government, for doing too little to protect their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, through its neglect of climate. There will be many rallies throughout the country. I'm sure there will be one here in Nashville; I'll post details about it when I get them. "We want the world to realize that it's not just 21 young people demanding a Climate Recovery Plan ... it's America [i.e., the USA] demanding a Climate Recovery Plan." Here is the web link for organizers.

Oct 30 Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Nonprofit Roundtable At this free event, meet other nonprofit professionals in your area who are facing the same challenges you are! We'll learn from one another, share resources, and find opportunities to collaborate through moderated roundtable discussions. This time we'll be talking about challenges associated with fundraising, with attorney Rachel Schaffer Lawson of Schaffer Law Firm PLLC kicking off the discussion. Free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP via the Facebook link above or via email. Location: FiftyForward, 174 Rains Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Nov 1 Thur 6:30-7:30pm. Climate Nashville. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave N. More info.

Nov 6, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Rally Against the Firing of Mueller Federal Courthouse, downtown Nashville. Hosted by Mueller Rapid Response -- Nashville

Nov 6. Election day. Federal and state general election.

Nov 10 Sat 9:00 AM Cooperative Entrepreneurship Introductory Class Also on December 8.
Hosted by Democratizing Society: The Cooperative Initiative

Nov 14 Wed 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Reproductive Justice Crash Course Hosted by Tennessee Alliance for Sexual Health.

Nov 16 - 18, Fri - Sun. SOA Watch Border Encuentro 2018 Protest calling for an end to US economic, military, and political intervention in Latin America, and the closure of the School of the Americas, which trains Latin American police/military in interrogation techniques. It also calls for demilitarization and divestment of borders. Ambos Nogales, US/Mexican border.

Nov 17 Saturday, hours TBA. NPJC Annual Meeting. Look back over the last year, and plan for 2019. In order to vote at the meeting, you need to have paid dues by October 17, 2018. If you are interested in serving on the board, or would like to recommend someone, please contact the Nominating Committee, chaired by Jerry Harder (615) 818-3626. If you are wondering about dues, please contact Lunch provided. Bring fond memories and good food if you like.

Nov 24 Sat 6:00 PM. MEMORIAL SERVICE for JOE SHEDLOCK After battling digestive and metabolic problems, Joe Shedlock passed away from a stroke on September 18. He was 64. He is survived by his sister and a nephew, who reside in Texas. Joe was a progressive in the human rights and environmental arenas. A familiar face in many NPJC efforts, Joe was also active in NOW, Cumberland Green Bioregional Council, B.U.R.N.T., and RAM. Celebrate the life of Joe Shedlock at the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N, Nashville TN 37209, on Saturday November 24 (Saturday after Thanksgiving). A brief memorial service will begin at 6 pm, followed by an evening of camaraderie with old friends and new. You are invited to bring food and memories to share.

Nov 30 - Dec 2. Local food summit. Montgomery Bell Academy. $81.24. More info and also here.

Dec 6 Thur 6:30-7:30pm. Climate Nashville. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave N. More info.

Dec 8 Sat 9:00 AM. Cooperative Entrepreneurship Introductory Class
Hosted by Democratizing Society: The Cooperative Initiative

Jan 1 Tue 12:00 noon. Rally Against the Firing of Mueller Federal Courthouse (801 Broadway, Nashville TN 37203).

Jan 20 Sun 10am-1pm. Women's March 2019. Save the date. Watch for info.



Tuesdays, 6pm. Participatory Defense. McGruder Family Resource Center (In Partnership with Free Hearts), 2013 25th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37208. This free grassroots program in partnership with Nashville's Public Defender's Office, supports families facing prosecution of a loved one who has been arrested. We also support families during other types of trials such as sentencing/sentence reduction, release and parole decisions. We provide important support in the following ways:
  • attend court hearings
  • show care for the family during a difficult time
  • help facilitate communication with the legal team
  • assist with creating mitigation packets
Participatory Defense also has proven to strengthen families and the community as a whole. More info:

Tuesdays. Beautiful Eyes Ministry. Food and clothing for the needy. Outreaches on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N. Contact and other information.

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

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.


Alternate Tuesdays 6pm. Equity Alliance: happy hour and training. Aug 28, Sept 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20. Happy hour and socializing at 6pm, followed by training at 6:30pm. We will discuss how to properly conduct voter registration drives, role-playing, best practices, how to use our online voter tools, and give an overview of The Equity Alliance's goals, missions, and initiatives. TheLab Nashville, 624-A Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37208. More info. I think the plan might be differerent for Nov 6 and 20, but I don't have details about that yet.

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 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. 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. 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 Sunday of the month, 3pm, NOAH affordable housing task force meets. Check website for location, or ask

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 (at least through October), 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 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, 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.

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Nashville, TN 37209-4137
            phone (615) 321-2266

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