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2017 Dec 6


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. 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.

Dec 6 Wed 5-7pm. March and rally for the Dream Act. March from Centennial Performing Arts Studios to the senators' offices (about 15 or 20 minutes). More info.

Dec 6 Wed 6pm. Prisoner Letter Writing with ABC Nashville. Hosted by Anarchist Black Cross Nashville. Writing letters to political prisoners with words of encouragement and kindness. 172 Chesapeake Harbor Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075. More info.

Dec 6 Wed 6-8pm. Art, Banner, and Sign Making for the ALEC Protest. Workers' Dignity Dignidad Obrera, 335 Whitsett Rd, Nashville 37210. More info.

Dec 6 Wed 6-8pm. TEC Holiday Mixer. $25 for Tennessee Environmental Council. Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House, 1004 4th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37219. More info and tickets.

Dec 6 Wed 6:30-8pm. Masks that women wear. Humanist Association, Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37205. More info.

Dec 7 Thurs noon. Press conference against the budget. The Tennessee Small Business Alliance will hold a press conference with veterans and medical professionals calling on Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to reject federal budget cuts to environmental and public health programs that are essential to Tennessee's economy, civic responsibility and the health of families and children. Show up to show support if you can. Senator Corker's Nashville office, 3322 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.

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
  • (People who have difficulty walking may want to take the elevator up on the east side and the elevator down on the west side)
  • 5:30 rally at Music City Walk of Fame Park, near the west end of the Pedestrian Bridge
  • 6:00 Rally at Omni Hotel
  • 7:00 Return to Cumberland Park
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 9am-2pm. Central Labor Council planning for 2018. 310 Fesslers Ln, Nashville 37210. 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. This event will be held rain or shine, or even snow; dress appropriately and come. Starts at Sally Beaman Park, 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville 37240. More info and RSVP.

Dec 9 Sat 10am-3pm. Battle of Nashville 153rd Anniversary. A living history event at Fort Negley. More info. There is nothing political in this event -- or at least, I would guess the organizers of the event don't see anything political in it -- but your calendar editor is wondering if this would be a good opportunity for a protest against war and slavery. We need to tell people that war is NOT a glorious adventure, not a moment for pride in our history and culture. A great battle is like a great famine -- it's nothing to celebrate, nothing to play at. I suppose you could celebrate the fact that some people survived, but we don't seem to have learned our lesson and stopped fighting. By the way, bombs from the USA currently are causing famine in Yemen, and the USA's recent overthrow of democracy in Libya has led to the rebirth of slavery in that country. This rant is the opinion of the calendar editor and does not necessarily reflect the views of the NPJC.

Dec 9 Sat 1-4pm. Dedication for Penny Campbell Historical Marker. Celebrate the installation of Tennessee's first historical marker honoring the LGBT movement. We will gather at the corner of McEwen and Rudolph for a dedication ceremony. Afterwards, come to Lipstick Lounge for an afterparty. More info.

Dec 9 Sat 3pm. Sandy Hook Five-Year Remembrance. In the spirit of turning tragedy into positive action, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hosts an afternoon to remember those we've lost to gun violence. Join us for a vigil and refreshments as we (3-4pm) remember the victims of Sandy Hook and (4-5pm) make Care Cards for gun violence survivors. Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1200 Dr Todd Blvd, Nashville 37208. More info.

Dec 10 Sun noon-2pm. Planning for a protest against the tax cut bill. The planning meeting will be at Ugly Mugs, 1886 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206. More info.

Dec 10 Sun 4-6pm. Jail Support Introductory Meeting. MNEA, 531 Fairground Ct, Nashville, TN 37211. More info.

Dec 11 Mon 5:30-7pm. Vigil: Voices From Inside the Walls of CoreCivic. Candlelight vigil at Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville 37243. (In case you haven't followed the news, CoreCivic is the new name that Corrections Corporation of America, an abusive private prison company, chose when it tried to run away from its bad reputation.) On December 12th at 9 AM, CoreCivic executives and wardens must answer to a scathing audit of Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility recently released by the State Comptroller. Join us to the evening of the 11th to raise awareness for this meeting and hold a candlelight vigil that will include testimonies from prisoners and workers from inside the walls of CoreCivic. We demand that the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee end their relationship with CoreCivic and put a stop to human rights abuses. More info.

Dec 12 Tues 11am to 1pm. Sunset Core Civic! Nashville Room, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower. In an unprecedented move, on November 14th, a bipartisan Government Operations Committee refused to re-authorize the Department of Correction due to a scathing audit by the State Comptroller of Core Civic's Trousdale Correctional Facility. Core Civic (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) executives and wardens will be compelled to testify on December 12th at a continuation of the Sunset hearing. Join us and send a clear message to Tennessee legislators that there is no place in TN for privately run prisons. Demand that the legislature bring back independent oversight over Corrections, and demand closing the statutory loophole that allows Core Civic to continue to open its hellish private prisons in Tennessee. More info.

Dec 12, Tues 6-8pm. Democratic Socialists. Monthly meeting. 401 S 20th St, Nashville, TN 37206. More info.

Dec 12, Tues 6:30-8:30pm. Masculinity, Mental Health & Hip-Hop. Young Black men are being bombarded with toxic messages about masculinity that need to constantly be deconstructed and restored for them to maintain optimal mental health. Join us for a discussion about the intersections between state violence and intercommunity violence, current and historical trauma, hip hop, love, education, and manhood. It will include a multimedia presentation that offers insight about the necessity of cultural identity, good character, literacy, the will to resist, compassionate relationships and critical thinking in the minds and hearts of young Black men. Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore, 2721 Jefferson St, Nashville 37208. More info. Editor's comment: Young white men are being bombarded with sick messages too. For instance, the military want them to join "the few, the proud," to go kill innocent black and brown men in other countries.

Dec 12, Tues 7pm. Clean Tennessee. 937 Herman St, Nashville, TN 37208. More info.

Dec 13 Wed 5-8pm. Radio Free Nashville holiday party. Jackalope Brewing, 708 8th Avenue South, Nashville 37203. Cover fee 0. Minimum age 18.

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 15 Fri 6-8pm. The Freedom to Marry. Screening of documentary film, at the RCYD headquarters, 603 W Burton St, Murfreesboro 37130. 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).

Dec 17 Sun 1:30-3:30pm. Divestment Planning Meeting. We'll continue planning a campaign to divest local institutions and ourselves from the fossil fuel industry. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info.

Dec 19 Tues 7pm. Clean Tennessee. 937 Herman St, Nashville, TN 37208. More info.

Dec 20 Wed 5-7pm. Democratic Socialists Happy Hour. A casual meet and greet at Melrose Billiards Parlor, 2600 8th Ave S #108, Berry Hill, TN 37204. More info.

Dec 21 Thurs 5-8pm. Holiday party and fundraiser for Urban Green Lab. Craft Brewed Nashville, 2502 8th Ave South, Nashville 37204. More info.

Jan 3 Wed 6:30-8pm. Rutherford County LGBTQ and Allies Advocacy 101. Learn how to advocate for equality at the state level. 107 W Lytle St, Murfreesboro 37130. More info.

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.

Jan 20 Sat 8am-5pm. Women's March 2.0. March, rally, and conference at Bicentennial Mall. 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.

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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