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2017 May 22

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.

23 May Tues 10am-2pm. Multi-Employer Career Fair. Safe Haven Family Shelter, 1234 3rd Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37210. More info.

23 May Tues 5:30-7:30pm. Beer for Planned Parenthood. $25 fundraiser. More info.

Postponed. 23 May Tues 6pm. Zeitgeist Movement. See June 27.

23 May Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: Beginners' Outreach Training at Glencliff UMC. 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. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. RSVP to Lindsey. 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.

23 May Tues - doors 6pm, show 8pm. Benefit Concert for Headcount. $25. Headcount is an organization that promotes voter registration and participation in democracy. Performers include Amanda Shires. Special guest speakers include Rip Patton (Freedom Rider) and Buddy Mondlock (singer/songwriter). 3rd & Lindsley, 818 3rd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37210. More info.

23 May Tues 6:30-7:30pm. Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, which usually meets on the third Tuesday, is instead meeting on the 23rd this month. Usual time and place (Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215, in the Jr High Room on the first floor). .

23 May Tues 6:30-8pm. Stop the Stink. Organization to stop landfill at Middle Point. Meeting at 311 S Maney Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. More info.

24 May Wed 5-7:30pm. Protect Yourself self-defense clinic by and for trans people. Vanderbilt Rec Center, 2700 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37212. More info.

24 May Wed 6:30-7:30pm. Democratic Socialists of America. We will be discussing legislation, healthcare, labor, LGBTQ rights, feminism, anti-racism work, reading groups, and much more through a socialist lens. Meeting at South Inglewood Community Center, 1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville, TN 37216. More info.

26 May Fri 5-9pm. Musician's Corner for OTN. Musical performance on the stage in the corner of Centennial Park near West End Ave and 27th Avenue. Donations will be collected for Open Table Nashville.

27 May Sat 10am to noon. Books and breakfast: The history of policing. Free breakfast, and a book swap. Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, 1014 14th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. More info.

28 May Sun 5pm. A Musical History of Joe Hill & The Early Labor Movement by Shelby Bottom Duo, with singer/songwriter Ross Falzone, and a presentation about the 80th Anniversary of the 1937 Chicago Republic Steel Massacre by Mark Brooks of Indivisible. Centennial Park Event Shelter (near the locomotive). Food. FREE. Sponsored by Middle TN Jobs with Justice and Metro Nashville Arts Commission THRIVE. More info.

30 May Tues 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 meetings will be held there on the last Tuesday of every month, until further notice. Let us know you're coming by emailing 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.

30 May Tues 6:30-8pm. SURJ Education Meeting: more about expanding sanctuary. This time we will dig into the roles many Nashville institutions play in gentrification and displacement. Watch for location and other additional information.

31 May Wed 6-7:30pm. Metro Council Roundtable. This will be a first-hand look into what it is like to hold elected public office in Nashville in an intimate setting. For anyone curious about how Metro Government work, or has thought about holding public office themselves - this is the event for you! Bank of Nashville, 3770 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215. More info or

31 May Wed 6-8pm. Safe Access Meetup. Meeting at the Bellevue Library for an update on the grassroots effort to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee. 720 Baugh Rd, Nashville, TN 37221. More info.

1 June Thurs 6:30-9:30pm. An Emerald Evening & Sustainable Teacher Awards. $60. Fundraising dinner for Urban Green Lab. More info.

2 June Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). See June 14 for same topic. The June 2 event is at Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. Buy lunch for $12 or bring your own.

2 June Fri 7-9pm. Saturday Night Massacre. Documentary film about Nixon's firing of special prosecutor Cox, which led to the resignations of Richardson and Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal. This film will be shown at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Organized by Nashville Tax Rally. More info.

3 June Sat 9:30am-11am. Passing for White: Researching the Invisible Color Line. Professor Sharfstein will talk about his book. Downtown public library, 615 Church St, Nashville 37219. More info.

3 June Sat 11am. Gun Violence Prevention Picnic. Organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Wear orange. Greater Bethel AME Church, 1300 South St, Nashville, TN 37212.
  • 11am Lecture on safe gun storage at home. Adults only, children's craft available during this time
  • noon Family Picnic grilling out (main dish provided, bring a side to share) activities, celebration, and guest speakers
  • 3pm Survivor Circle a time for those who have lost a loved one to gun violence
Sign up.

3 June Sat noon to 4pm. Rally for Truth. 3322 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203. A nonpartisan demand for a special prosecutor and independent investigation into the Russia Russia Russia thing, and also Trump should release his taxes. More info. Editor's note: Despite all the "nonpartisan" yelling, mainly by Democrats, about Russia Russia Russia, the only shred of actual "evidence" that has appeared so far is a statement from an unidentified source in the CIA, an organization with a long history of lying about everything. If you really want to impeach Trump, I'd recommend impeaching him for continuing Obama's and Bush's war crimes (which they should have been impeached for, but better late than never).

3-4 June Sat 3pm to Sun afternoon. Cumberland/Green Spring Gathering and Plant Giveaway. At Doug and Claudia's, 6655 Pinhook Pike, Collinwood, TN, about 2 and a half hours west-southwest of Nashville. More info.

5 June Mon 6-9pm. Strike Out Violence. Bowling fundraiser to support the YWCA's assistance to survivors of domestic violence. $400 to register your bowling team. Kings Bowl, 1910 Galleria Blvd Suite 120, Franklin, TN 37067. More info and also here.

7 June Wed 9am. Eucharist for the Victims of Lynchings. Fisk University Memorial Chapel. Followed by a dedication of a nearby historical marker, and a conference at Lipscomb University. More info.

8 June Thurs 7pm. The Status of Coal in Tennessee. Amanda Garcia, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center who is working on the Gallatin Coal Ash litigation, will discuss what's happening with coal ash in Gallatin and near Clarksville. Location: Radnor Lake Natural Area Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, TN. You must enter from Granny White Pike, which may involve ignoring your GPS. More info.

10 June Sat 9am-1pm. Nashville Green Tour: Interested in Sustainability Careers? Event for prospective students. Room 181, Bennett Campus Center, Lipscomb University. More info and required registration.

10-11 June. Tiny House Trailblazers Workshop. Two days of educational sessions, presentations and Q&A sessions. $250 before May 16, $300 after. Website does not give specific location. More info and also here.

11 June Sun 11am-12:30pm. National Pride Rally. In solidarity with events in Washington DC and elsewhere. Here in Nashville, it will be at Legislative Plaza. This will be an all inclusive event -- we stand in solidarity with the earth, women, immigrants, Muslims, workers, tenants, and all historically marginalized communities. More info.

13 June Tues 5-6pm. Playing with Dirt: Soil Science Basics. Soil is the most important part of your garden. Lecture at Edmondson Pike Branch Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville. More info.

14 June Wed 11am-1pm. How to Protect your Loved ones from Abuse. OutCentral, 1709 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203. More info.

14 June Wed 6-7pm. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Plan to join members of the League of Women Voters and guests when representatives of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, will discuss preventing ACEs, and the neurological impact that ACEs can have on a child's future. Early experiences directly impact how the brain gets built; exposure to ACEs harm the developing brains and bodies of young children and lead to poor mental and physical health across their lifespans. Preventing and mitigating these experiences benefit all Tennesseans by reducing crime, violence, substance abuse, unhealthy behavior and physical disease. Green Hills Public Library Community Room, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville 37215. More info: or 217-257-5193.

15 June Thurs 5:30-8:30pm. Foodbank Throwdown. Taste samples of what master chefs are able to put together from foodbank foods. Fundraiser for food banks and for school supplies for students. $70 at the door; less for advance tickets and member tickets. Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 South 7th Street, Nashville, TN 37206. More info and tickets.

17 June Sat 6:30pm. Transgender issues. Marisa Richmond will be the speaker at the Liberals Club, a potluck dinner group. This month's meeting will be at the home of Keri Cannon, 8373 Collins Road, Nashville, TN 37221 (between Bellevue and Pasquo). More info.

19-23 June, 10am-2pm. I See Me: A Film Seminar for Black Teen Boys. This weeklong seminar invites 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American boys to bring their own experiences and points of view to the discussion. The seminar is provided at no cost and will include refreshments and lunch each day. However, space is limited and students must apply to be selected to participate. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville TN 37212. More info and application form.

24-25 June Sat-Sun. Nashville Pride Festival. Public Square Nashville. More info.

27 June Tues 6-8pm. Zeitgeist Movement. UAW Local 737, 6207 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209. Watch for additional details and also here.

1 July Sat 8-11am. Rise Up 5K. Participate in a 1 mile march ($22) or a 5K run/walk ($35). Price includes shirt. 100% of "net proceeds" (explained here) are going to organizations for women's rights, climate change, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, and civil rights. Edwin Warner Park. More info and registration.

14-23 July. Witness for Peace: Activism in Colombia. $1450 plus plane tickets. More info.



12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays. Trouble Tuesdays. Visit Corker and Alexander's office, 3322 West End Ave, or stand outside on the street corner (West End & Murphy) with a sign visible to passing motorists.

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

Every weekend: FOOD NOT BOMBS needs cooks on Saturdays, and servers and dishwashers on Sundays. For details call Eva at 615-944-3950 or email


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 Thursday 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 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, 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 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, 6 or 6:30pm. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Time and location varies; check 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.

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Nashville, TN 37209-4137
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