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2015 Oct 6

UPCOMING EVENTS.    New or changed items are in blue.  To submit events to the e-blast, click here.
  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.

7 Oct Wed noon to 1pm. Telling the Story of Climate Change. Amanda Little, Vanderbilt professor and Bloomberg reporter, has traveled from Miami to Mumbai to investigate the impacts of global warming on ecosystems and economies. She will discuss what it takes to document the biggest challenge of our time. Conference Center, Nashville Downtown Public Library, 615 Church St. Optional lunch at noon in the Conference Center, suggested donation $5. More info: (615) 862-5800

7 Oct Wed. Long Haul balloting ends. More info at

8 Oct Thurs 6:30-8pm. Nashville Peace Coalition. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

9-11 Oct Fri-Sun. Southern Festival of Books. Legislative Plaza. More info.

10 Oct Sat 9am to 3pm. NOAH Organizing Training. Nashville Organized for Action and Hope one-day training event. Please plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 to park and register; flyer includes parking information. Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave., 37212. Childcare may be available. More info and registration at this link.

10 Oct Sat 10am to noon. Launch Pad Volunteer Training. Launch Pad provides shelter for homeless youths. Come to this lecture to learn about Launch Pad and learn how you can help. Saint Augustines Chapel, 200 24th Ave S, Vanderbilt University. More info.

10 Oct Sat 7-11pm. Joe Hill Labor Solidarity Concert at Douglas Corner Cafe, 2106 8th Ave S. November 2015 marks the centenary of the murder of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. Shelby Bottom String Band, The Cantrells, Todd Sharp, Jack Herranen & The Little Red Band and others commemorate Joe Hill. Tickets $15 at the door, or a little less in advance at this online link. Sponsored by TN Alliance for Progress, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, and Middle TN Jobs with Justice. Facebook page.

11 Oct Sun 11am. Protest March Against Unfair and Illegal Firing (Shelbyville). Meet at 11 AM at the parking lot next to The Fly Arts Center, 204 S Main St, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160 (about 60 miles from Nashville). From there we will march (about 12 minutes) through the center of town to the "El Mexico" restaurant. More info.

13 Oct Tues 6-9pm. Open Table Nashville fundraising 5-year celebration. ACME Building, 3rd floor, 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN. $50. More info.

14 Oct Wed. Deadline for NPJC Membership Renewal. You must be paid up by October 14, in order to vote at the Annual General Membership Meeting on November 14. And the first 25 new or renewing members can pick up a beautiful 2016 Peace Calendar, worth $15, at that meeting or at any of our other upcoming events (October 8 and 10). Please send your check, made out to Nashville Peace and Justice Center, (with "membership" on the memo line), to the
Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N., Nashville TN 37209.
And please include a note if you have recently changed your email, postal address or phone number. The dues are:
  • $10 for students, seniors & low income members
  • $25 regular, individual
  • $45 family
Cash or credit card payments can also be arranged. Contact our treasurer, Jerry Harder, 615 818-3626 or, with any questions. The money pays for office rent, phone, bookkeeper, various fees, booths at community events, new equipment, printing, etc.

14 Oct Wed. National Climate Mobilization Events. All over the country. Probably including Nashville, but I don't have any specifics about that yet. More info.

14 Oct Wed. 6pm. Healthy and Free Tennessee Road Tour will be in Nashville, at the office of Nashville CARES, 633 Thompson Ln. Discussion of organizing efforts for reproductive freedom and sexual health. Refreshments. More info.

16-18 Oct Fri-Sun. PFLAG National Convention. Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel, 600 Marriott Drive. More info.

20 Oct Tues. This Changes Everything. Naomi Klein's documentary film about climate change (and capitalism) will be shown at the Belcourt. Showtime(s) apparently will be posted on October 19.

22 Oct Thurs 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

24 Oct Sat. Food Day will include a family friendly event open to the public at the Nashville Farmers Market on Saturday, as well as community-based events sponsored by local organizations throughout the week leading up to Food Day. Watch for more information.

24 Oct Sat 1-4pm. Fundraiser for No Pipeline Compressor. In Joelton, in the Gifford Complex, across from McDonald's, at the formerly "Honest Joe's Produce." (I have unverified information that this is at 7240 Whites Creek Pike, Joelton.) More info.

27 Oct Tues 6pm. Nashville Climate Team Meeting. Watch for location and other information.

29 Oct Thursday 5-7pm. League of Women Voters fundraiser and celebration of 100 years of voting. Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Avenue North. $100.

30 Oct Fri 4-6:30pm. Spooktacular Juvilee -- Juvenile Court Haunted House and Trunk-or-Treat. Party for kids, sponsored by Gideon's Army and the Metro Davidson County Juvenile Court. Music and candy. 100 Woodland Street, East Nashville. Volunteers or partner organizations register at this link. More info: Taneisha Gillyard, 951-545-6626.

1 Nov Sun 4:30pm. Nashville Veg Heads will meet for an early dinner on World Vegan Day, at The Wild Cow Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Avenue, East Nashville. More info.

3 Nov Tues. TNCA Fundraiser. Save the date. Watch for additional details.

6 Nov Fri evening. TAP Long Haul Awards. Vine Street Christian Church. Watch this space and Tennessee Alliance for Progress for more information.

12 Nov Thurs 5:30-8:30pm. Tennessee Justice Center 20th birthday and fundraiser. $200. Reception at the Musicians Hall of Fame. More info.

12 Nov Thurs 6:30-8pm. Nashville Peace Coalition. Downstairs, Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

12 Nov Thurs. "Million Student March National Day of Action." Of course, a million is how many they're hoping to get; not that many have signed up yet. I imagine there will be marches in many cities; I don't know yet whether there will be a march here in Nashville; I'll let you know. The idea is to demand tuition-free college, the cancellation of all student debt, and $15 an hour minimum for campus workers. More info.

14 Nov Sat. NPJC Annual General Membership Meeting. Watch for additional details.

17 Nov Tues 6-7:30pm. Can Nashville Recycle More? Richland Park Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue, 37209. Presentation and discussion of Nashville's recycling program to examine present recycling programs, potential programs, impact on out of county landfills, and costs. More info: Bruce Wood 615-327-8515, of BURNT

20 Nov Fri 8:30am. Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors Meeting in Bowling Green. Watch for more precise location and other information.

20-22 Nov. SOA Watch in Fort Benning, Georgia. (I mention this because in most years a sizable contingent from Nashville attends.) 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. A PLACE AT THE TABLE. Dinner at 6pm, speaker or film at 7pm. Weekly community dinner and movie/lecture series, catered by Martha Stamps, at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave. (entrance on 23rd Ave), Nashville 37203. Dinner cost ranges from $10-$12 for adults, and $5-$6 for children, depending on the offerings. Reserve your space each Wednesday by calling West End United Methodist Church at 615-321-8500 before 11:30 am each Wednesday.

Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at


First and third Saturday of each month, 9am to noon: Edgehill Free Store, 1502 Edgehill Avenue (additional parking lot behind the adjacent house). Shoppers are served breakfast and then may shop and/or donate. Each member receives a membership card and is able to take a set number of items per month depending on available inventory. Just household items: kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen & bath linens, toys, books, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Due to space limitations we do not accept clothes, furniture or large appliances. More info.

Second and fourth Monday of each month: NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION 6 to 8:15 pm. Free training group, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. This group is open to all and meets in the red Morgan House behind the church. Contact Diane Allison at or Pete Kopcsak at Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at and at

Third and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6-9 pm. WORKERS' DIGNITY. Know Your Labor Rights workshops and intake for new cases of wage theft. Volunteers accompany workers through the wage recovery process. More than $200,000 recuperated in the last four years. Join with Nashville's first workers' center to build economic justice and stand with a worker-led movement. Location: 3013B Nolensville Pike. More info: 615.669.6679,, or Facebook page "Workers' Dignity Project."


Date varies entirely. NPJC Roundtable Discussion. Around once a month; watch for more specific announcements in the "upcoming events" section earlier in this Eblast. Generally we have a panel discussion by 1-4 speakers, followed by a question and answer period. Generally we have light refreshments. Most often the location is Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. People who will be on the speakers' panel are urged to take a look at our instructions on NPJC's audio-video equipment.

22nd of each month, 11:45am - 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. On Legislative Plaza, to raise awareness of the fact that on average, 22 veterans of the US military forces commit suicide every day. Organized by Matthew Odell. Bring some visual aid that says "22" on it.

Some Saturday in most months, 6:30pm. L-CLUB. This is a potluck dinner group with varying locations, speakers, and topics; see the web page for details. The "L" stands for "liberal," and the group describes itself as "liberal" and "progressive," even though many of its meetings are devoted to nostalgia, or to supporting extremely conservative Democrats and a kinder, gentler capitalism. But a few of the meetings are actually devoted to current progressive causes, and those will be mentioned in the events section when your eblast editor is aware of them.

First Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. TN NORML meeting at First UU Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. More info.

First Tuesday of most months, 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

First 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 Thursday of most months, 6:30-9pm. Feminist Trivia Night. The Stone Fox, 712 51st Ave N. Full food and drink menu available; no cover fee. 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.

First 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.

Second 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.

Second Tuesday of the month, 6pm. SEED MONEY SUPPERS. Until further notice, this is at the Wild Cow Restaurant in East Nashville, 1896 Eastland Avenue. Buy your $10 ticket at the event. Several startups will present their ideas; you vote on which one you like. The winner gets 3/4 of the proceeds. (The other 1/4 pays the expenses for the event.) More info, including this month's location, at the website.

Second Wednesday, 5pm. Organizer Networking. A monthly meet-up for community organizers or folks who are interested in who's who and what's what in local social justice actions. Come share updates from your work and hear others talk about theirs in an informal environment. Flatrock Coffee, 2640 Nolensville Pike.

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 each month, 6:30pm. Nashville Peace Coalition meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. We meet to plan rallies and other actions for peace and related causes.

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

Third Thursday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Check website for dates, times, locations.

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

Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:30pm. Program Committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. The NPJC is an umbrella organization, providing some services to a number of other activist organizations in Nashville. The Program Committee plans the NPJC's own events, such as roundtable discussions or tabling at the festivals organized by other organizations.

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

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

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

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