peacedifftiedyeWhat a busy weekend we have on tap! From smart shopping and activism to art and education, there is a bevy of activities for those with a progressive bent. Be sure to hydrate, and get out of the house.


  • Time again for the Edgehill Free Store! On the first and third Saturdays of each month, come out for breakfast and savvy household-item shopping.  Members of the Free Store get a membership card which allows them to “buy” a set number of items per month depending on available inventory. Items you’ll find include kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen and bath linens, toys, books, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. So come and shop — and, if you can, donate to the effort too. The Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership’s Free Store  is open from 9 am-noon at 1502 Edgehill Ave.; there is additional parking behind the adjacent house.
  • Join area people of peace in the Nashville March Against Fear. As part of the Week of Righteous Resistance, a coalition of students, clergy, and community organizations from across Tennessee will gather and take to the streets in an effort to grow a moral movement for racial equality, social justice, and peace. The march is to commemorate the victims of the Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston, SC, and to fight hatred with hope and love. The March Against Fear starts at the Greater Bethel AME Nashville Church, 1300 South St., at 11 am, and ends at the Tennessee State Capitol downtown. Show your solidarity (and again, hydrate). More info is available at the march’s Facebook events page.  A companion march for South Tennessee will go from Minor Hill to Pulaski; get info here.
  • The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition holds its summer membership meeting Saturday from 2-4 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Morgan House, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. Everyone is invited: Parking lots have entrances on Hopkins Street and Stokesmont Road.
  • The road to LGBT equality — still incomplete, but so victorious this year — has been paved over decades in this country. Artists have given us valuable insight into the trials, struggles, and joys, and you can see an installation of works at Art for Equality. From 6-9 pm on Saturday, July 18, artists will show their recent works to benefit the Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide organization that works to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Volunteer State. Come out for a good cause and enjoy wine, appetizers, and prizes. The benefit takes place at Main Street Gallery, 625 Main St., East Nashville.
  • Engage your little grey cells and your pacifist conscience Saturday evening at the latest offering from the Socialism Discussion Group, The Danger of World War. The event promises a lively panel discussion followed by open conversation on the topic. The event will be held July 18 from 6:30-8 pm in the upstairs room of the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.


  • On Sunday morning, head to church to learn about the History of Religious Freedom in America. Charles Sumner of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will offer a presentation on this most topical subject during the 11 am service at Bellevue Unitarian Church, 374 Hicks Road.
  • Politics and the presidency take center stage on the afternoon of July 19: Progressive presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won’t be on hand, alas, but supporters of Nashville for Bernie Sanders surely will. If you aren’t familiar with the self-declared Socialist Democratic Vermont US Senator, this is a great opportunity for you to learn about the candidate who a growing number of people see as a more than credible alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Organizers say attendees will discuss Bernie’s ideas for America, how primary elections and the Democratic nomination process works, and how you can support him in Tennessee. The event runs from 2-4 pm at Tin Roof Broadway, 316 Broadway.
  • Here’s another way to support the Tennesee Equality Project, and it involves ICE CREAM! (All caps, because I scream for it.) On Sunday, July 19, from 3-5 pm, East End United Methodist Church hosts a TEP Ice Cream Social. Admission is $10 to enjoy the cool and creamy goodness, and proceeds benefit TEP’s equality effforts. The church is located at 1212 Holly St, East Nashville.
  • A bit of Baltimore comes to Music City this Sunday, as Workers’ Dignity hosts a fundraiser featuring a screening of the John Waters 1988 film “Hairspray.” The group promises an evening of fun, campiness, and wisdom. Waters’ original film turns the 1960s dance show culture on its head, challenging issues of race, class, gender, and body image. (As a Baltimore native whose parents were among those restricted to dancing once a month on the TV show, a lot of this is indeed true, though viewed through Uncle John’s singularly twisted prism.) The screening takes place at 7 pm at 4510 Georgia Ave. Requested donation is $5 (or more, if you can). Refreshments will be provided, but if you want to bring snacks to share, it would be appreciated.


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