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2018 June 19

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.

June 21? June 25? date uncertain. 6pm. Stand With Muslims. Sometime soon, the Supreme Court will issue its decision in Trump vs Hawai'i, deciding the fate of Trump's Muslim Ban. No matter what the Supreme Court decides, it's crucial that we have a visible, strong presence across the country of people who care about Muslim and refugee communities and oppose Trump's White Nationalist agenda. On the day of the SCOTUS decision, we will demonstrate our solidarity with Muslims on Legislative Plaza. More info.

June 19 Tues 6pm. Metro Council Meeting. Show up at 5:30 so you can talk to council members. I've been asked to mention two different issues:
  • Final Reading for the Metro Budget. This includes the school budget and metro employee raises. More info.
  • The Metro Council will vote on selling "surplus" property that is actually the Edgehill Community Park, Memorial Community Garden, and historic former homesite of famed African American sculptor William Edmondson. Show up to oppose the sale. More info.
Public Square, Nashville.

June 19 Tues 6pm. Nashville Community Defense. Membership meeting. Come to the meeting to find out the latest about Nashville Community Defense projects and how you can be involved. If you would like to become a member. There will be childcare, food, music, and more. Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville 37210. More info.

June 19 Tues 6-8pm. Beginner Homeless Outreach Training. The Beginner training will cover the basics of how to better understand the complexities of both the personal and systemic aspects of homelessness, how to approach and engage in outreach, how to navigate the resources in Nashville, and how to cultivate reflective listening skills and healthy boundaries. Please RSVP to Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd, Nashville, TN 37211. More info.

June 19 Tues 6-9pm. Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Debate. McAfee Concert Hall, Belmont University. Because these events are televised, all attendees need to be in their seats by 5:45 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Free parking in the Curb Event Center, at the corner of Belmont and Bernard. More info. See also June 26.

June 19 Tues 6:30-8pm. Rutherford County SOCM meeting. We will discuss our voter engagement efforts, civic education plans, and our "Stop the Stink" campaign to create a more sustainable waste management solution in Rutherford County. Room C, Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

June 20 Wed 6-9pm. Phone-banking for COB. Help SURJ make calls to support the Community Oversight Board. Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, 1917 Adelicia St, Nashville 37212. More info.

June 20 Wed 6:30-8pm. Ecumenical Pride Worship Service. St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland St, Nashville 37206. More info.

June 21 Thurs 4pm. Protest against Trump's treatment of immigrant families. William Snodgrass building, 312 Rosa Parks Ave, where Homeland Security offices are located. See also June 30.

June 21 Thurs 5-8pm. DSA Happy Hour. Democratic Socialists. Melrose Billiards Parlor, 2600 8th Ave S. #108, Berry Hill, TN 37204. More info.

June 21 Thurs 5:30-7:30pm. Progressives Rising: Re-defining the Progressive Movement in TN. $25. A presentation by the "New Leaders Council." (Editorial remark: I don't know what definition these people are using in calling themselves "progressive," but that seems to be just what they're going to talk about. However, one of their web pages refers to "political entrepreneurs of tomorrow -- trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry" -- which would suggest corporatists to me, and not Waldman's 2006 definition of "progressives." I'd be glad to be mistaken about that.) East Nashville Beer Works, 320 E Trinity Ln, Nashville 37207. More info.

June 21-24. Poor People's Campaign bus trip to Washington. The march and rally are on the 23rd. More info.

June 22 Fri 7-9:30pm. All Saints. Free screening of film based on the true story of Burmese refugees in Smyrna, a salesman turned pastor, and the tiny church he was ordered to shutdown. Catholic Charities of Tennessee, 2806 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214. More info.

June 23 Sat 9:30-11am. Nashville Pride Equality Walk. The line starts at 2nd Ave and Commerce. More info and (optional) registration. Some organizations will have their own contingents within the equality walk; for instance, DSA and some other leftists will form a Leftist Cadre.

June 23 Sat 3-7pm. Canvassing for COB. Collecting petition signatures to support a Community Oversight Board, to police the police. Materials and instructions will be provided. Gather in front of the Kroger at 3930 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218 (in Bordeaux). More info.

June 23-24 Sat-Sun. Nashville Pride Festival. Public Square Park in downtown Nashville. More info.

June 24 Sun 8am-6pm. Volunteer/Potluck at The Pig Preserve. Nashville Animal Advocacy.

June 25 Mon 6-8pm. DSA Mobilizer Planning Meeting. Democratic Socialists. I have no idea what the "mobilizer" here means, but I'll try to find out. J & J's Market & Cafe, 1912 Broadway, Nashville 37203. More info.

June 25 Mon, 26 Tues, 27 Wed, 6-8pm each night. Cure Violence Movie Night. An organization named "Cure Violence" will show a film and discuss their method, also called "Cure Violence," for reducing violence in cities. The idea is to treat violence as a disease to be cured, rather than a crime to be punished. More info and also here.

June 26 Tues 6-9pm. Gubernatorial Republican Primary Debate. McAfee Concert Hall, Belmont University. Because these events are televised, all attendees need to be in their seats by 5:45 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Free parking in the Curb Event Center, at the corner of Belmont and Bernard. More info. See also Democrats, June 19.

June 26 Tues 6-9pm. Friendshipment to Cuba Caravan Potluck Dinner. Potluck Supper with the caravanistas on their way to defy the blockade of Cuba. Delicious food. Wonderful music by Pablo Garzon. Learn about the situation in Cuba today -- film and presentation by Bill Hackwell, photographer. If you've been to Cuba, share YOUR experiences. Bring food, drink or just yourselves. Invite friends and family. Nashville Peace and Justice Center, 530 26th Ave N, Nashville 37209. More info.

June 27 Wed 6:30-8:30pm. Democratic Socialists. General Meeting at Dalewood UMC, 2300 Ridgecrest Dr, Nashville, TN 37216. More info.

June 30 Sat 10:30am to 12:30pm. Families Belong Together March. Centennial Park. (I hope they'll give us a more specific loation before long.) More info. And by the way, research shows that separating children from their parents can cause permanent psychological damage.

July 3 Friday. Deadline to register for August 2 voting. Here are links for onine voter lookup and registration.

July 7 Sat 2-4pm. Planning Meeting for the upcoming meeting of the Nashville PMA. The goal of the People's Movement Assembly is to develop a comprehensive vision of how we want our city to grow and develop over the next five to ten years. This planning session will be at City Road Chapel UMC, 701 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115. More info.

July 13-28. Early voting for August 2 election.

July 14 Sat 9am-4pm. TennCan Training Day. Support the Bottle Bill. Join deposit-return advocates from across the state for a day-long workshop to train volunteers, organize teams and hone strategies. Community Center, Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave, Nashville, TN 37212. More info and registration.

July 14 Sat 11am-1pm. Black Women's Empowerment Brunch. More info.

July 17 Tues 9am to noon (note time change). Get trained in motivational interviewing. More info.

July 21 Sat 11am-2pm. Building Careers In Our Communities. Learn about union apprenticeship programs and workforce development services available in Nashville. Job fair organized by Central Labor Council and others. East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland St, Nashville 37206. More info.

July 31 Tues 6-8:30pm. Trauma-Informed De-Escalation Training. 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. RSVP to Glencliff United Methodist Church, 2901 Glencliff Rd, Nashville 37211. More info.

August 2. Election Day. Federal and state primary election and county general election.

Aug 11 Sat 9am-9pm. Tomato Art Festival. (Mostly nonpolitical.) More info and here.

Aug 14 and Oct 16, both Tues at 11am. Creating a Community Food System. See description on Oct 16.

Aug 17-18. Compass Conference Leadership Training. Watch for additional details.

Sept 8 Sat. Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. The "People's Climate Movement" calls for marches and events everywhere on this date. More info and also here and here. I don't have any specifics for Nashville yet.

Sept 8 Sat 5-8pm. Boro Pride. Admission is free for this event celebrating the LGBTQ community. Musical acts, community information tables, and food vendors make this a favorite outing for all ages. 1 Public Sq, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

Sept 14-16. 86th Homecoming Celebration of the Highlander Center. About 3 hours east of Nashville. More info.

Sept 22 Sat 11am-2pm. Stand For Students. Rally for gun safety, mental health, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, immigration, and women's rights. Public Square, Nashville. More info.

Sept 29 Sat 10am-4pm. UCW State Convention. United Campus Workers, a major labor organization, will have its statewide convention somewhere in Nashville. More specific location not announced yet. More info.

Oct 9. Deadline to register for November 6 election.

Oct 9 Tues 7-8pm. America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Lecture by Jim Wallis, based on his 2016 book. Wallis is the head of Sojourners, which calls for "putting faith into action for social justice." Benton Chapel, Vanderbilt campus. I believe (but have not yet confirmed) that this event is free and open to the public; parking, however, is not. More info and also here.

Oct 16, Tues 11am. Creating a Community Food System. Discussion of how we can work together to strengthen and improve our local food system. 8th Avenue patio of the Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville 37208. More info.

Oct 17 through Nov 1. Early voting.

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

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

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



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.


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, 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
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