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Road Tripping and Rallying for Peace in Knoxville

Written by on August 6, 2015

Peace from imglop.comMany apologies: A crushing work schedule — including an all-day stint shooting “Nashville” Wednesday — has made it tough for me to get to the blog. But I wanted to make sure this info was passed along.

Tomorrow and Saturday, some good Nashville peaceniks are making their way to Knoxville, where the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance is hosting its annual peace protest to remember the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Friday, a nonviolence workshop will take place from 1-5 pm. In the evening, something super special is happening: Three people arrested in early 2014 at the Y12 nuclear plant in Oak Ridge recently had their convictions overturned, and they will be on hand for a celebration. On Saturday, there will be a rally and concertAs noted, a group from Nashville is making plans to attend. Here is the skinny: “Some of us are going Friday Aug 7 and returning Saturday night Aug 8. … We have a van which seats 7. At the time of this writing, there is room for 4 more people. We have a place to stay in a house that is up for sale, so has no furniture, but does have running water and electricity, so bring sleeping bags and pillows. Gas is $15-$20/person. We can figure out food.”
If you would like to take the road trip and ensure that there is still room, call or email Roberta 931-964-2244 , or Elizabeth Barger 931-964-2119. Get more info at the website for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

Meanwhile, we have other happenings for those staying in Nashville on Friday:

  • From 11:30 am to 1 pm, the League of Women Voters holds its regular first Friday public lecture. This month, the subject is the Aug. 6 Metro Nashville and Davidson County election results. Speaking on the matter will be none other than Nashville Public Radio Assistant News Director Blake Farmer. Bring a lunch or buy one at the event for $12. The lecture takes place at Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road.
  • If you can’t make it to the big Knoxville rally, speak your piece against war right here in Music City. At 4:30 pm
    Friday, peace-progressive Nashvillians will rally against nukes on the sidewalk of West End Avenue in front of Centennial Park. Bring signs for peace, against nukes, etc., preferably just a few words in large print, so they can be read by passing motorists. The rally starts at 4:30, and will last until at least 5:30 pm.

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