Undivided by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

Undivided by Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon

Thursday night will be action-packed for Nashville progressives. Television is showing reruns and silly summer fare: Go out and do something that matters. Among the July 23 offerings is a discussion of the new book Undivided, fellowship with fellow libs, and an opportunity to meet Metro Council candidates.

  • From 6-9 pm, Workers’ Dignity presents its twice-monthly Know Your Labor Rights workshops and does intake for new cases of wage theft. If you need help, go: Volunteers will accompany you through the wage recovery process. The event will be at 3013B Nolensville Pike. For details, call 615-669-6679 or head to the group’s Facebook page.
  • The Green Party of Middle Tennessee will hold a dinner meetup, including its regular business meeting Thursday from 6:15-7:30 pm at the Stone Fox in North Nashville, 712 51st Ave N. The gathering is not just for party members: Non-members are welcome and encourage to come and learn all about the Green Party and its progressive platform.
  • If it’s Thursday,  it must be time to hoist one with fellow progs. Join Nashville’s original Drinking Liberally at 6:30 pm at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Broadway for an evening of friendly conversation with fellow liberals. The gang meets in the main bar room at the second rail table; that Saucer is at 111 10th Ave. S. #310, 37203. For more information, contact nashville@drinkingliberally.org
  • The Program Committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center gathers July 23 at  6:30 pm to discuss forthcoming events for the organization. Everyone is welcome. The meeting will be at the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N., 37209-4137.
  • Voting is activism, we believe, and it’s a citizen’s duty to cast an informed ballot. With that in mind, if you live in the areas of Southeast Nashville, Antioch, or Cane Ridge, you’ll want to consider Thursday’s Candidates Forum for Metro Council Districts 29, 32, and 33. Get to know the women and men running to represent your voice in the council; this is your opportunity to see them in person and get answers to whatever questions you have. Remember, Early Voting is underway through Aug. 1, and the formal election takes place Aug. 6. Tonight’s forum takes place at 7 pm at Faith, Hope, and Love Fellowship, 5970 Mount View Rd.
  • In the spirit of embracing diversity and tolerance, an amazing read comes:  Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon’s book, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. The 2015 release recounts the choppy waters of the relationship between Christian writer Patricia and her educator daughter Alana, who converted to Islam. The dynamic of loving across a divide remains fraught with tension, but as they were able to come together to write this riveting book, clearly, the Raybons are on the right track. They will be together in Nashville at 7 pm Thursday, July 23, for a discussion and book-signing of Undivided. Adding to the fun, the discussion will be moderated by a Jewish rabbi. (I suspect they will all get along ultimately, as we all can!) The ecumenically minded literary event takes place at Fondren Hall’s Harambee Auditorium at the Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S, 37212. You’ll find the entrance to the parking lot on 18th Avenue. The event is free but you’re asked to RSVP.

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