peaceveecollageThere will be a lot of diverse, thoughtful activity in Music City on Thursday. Most television is garbage: Get out of the house, expand your mind, interface with likeminded souls, and help change the world.

  • Workers’ Dignity, Nashville’s first workers’ center, holds the first of its two monthly economic justice-focused meetings on July 16. Starting at 6 pm at 3013-B Nolensville Pike, this week’s meeting offers Know Your Labor Rights workshops and intake for new cases of wage theft. Now, that should be educational: Volunteers will help workers through the wage recovery process. This effort apparently does wonders, as the group says more than $80,000 have been recouped in the last two years. Regular meetings are held the third and fourth Thursday of each month. Get more info at 615-669-6679. And like them on Facebook!
  • In the year-plus I’ve been here, it’s been tough finding good old progressives and a safe place to just be.  Drinking Liberally addresses that need for those who crave camaraderie away from the right-wingers, Tea Partiers, and Blue Dogs. Join Nashville’s Original Drinking Liberally every Thursday at the Flying Saucer on Broadway (aka 111 10th Ave. South #310) at 6:30pm in the main bar room at the 2nd ‘rail’ table for an evening of friendly conversation with fellow liberals. For more info, contact
  • The Belle Meade Starbucks is the site for an Amnesty International Meetup July 16. It’s an opportunity to gather with people who care about global human rights as much as you do.  It’s about taking action: Participants will sign petitions and letters in support of international prisoners of conscience and discuss local and national human rights issues and persons to support. The event, which usually takes place every third Thursday each month, starts at 6:30 pm at 4514 Harding Pike.
  • July 16 features another meetup, this one for folks interested in chatting about ending war. The discussion takes place at 7 pm at Las Maracas Mexican Restaurant,
    2704 Gallatin Pike in East Nashville. Go, and talk peace.
  • A special event is taking place Thursday night to deal with a local issue of note: the Joelton compressor. You may know that the Nashville Metro Planning Commission recently came down unanimously on the side of environmentalists to reject the idea of the proposed 60,000 horsepower monster, which the Sierra Club says would create air, water, and noise pollution and endanger wildlife. The next legal step is a Metro Council hearing on July 21 at 6 pm. To plan for that, there will be a meeting from 6:30-8 pm on July 16, at First Baptist Church of Joelton Salt House, 7106 Whites Creek Pike. Check the Facebook events page for more information.


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