Electrify Africa, Free Speech, and More in Progressive Nashville

westendWe are into a new week, which means new opportunities for Progressive Nashvillians to organize, work, learn, and build community in such a way that helps make Music City and the world a better place. Let’s take a look at the happenings for Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Nashville-area members of the global anti-poverty group ONE (yep, the organization affiliated with U2 frontman Bono) will meet with US. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday at 11 am. The subject on the table is House Resolution 2847, the Electrify Africa Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation directs the president to establish a multiyear strategy to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa to implement national power strategies and develop an appropriate mix of power solutions, including renewable energy, to provide access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power in order to reduce poverty and drive economic growth. Cooper was a co-sponsor of the original legislation last year, and while the bill passed the House, it was defeated in the Senate. Try, try again: The reintroduced measure is being considered anew in the House and Senate, and ONE wants Cooper to give it his support again in hopes that it finally will win passage. The face to face with the congressperson is slated for 11 am at 605 Church St.
  • Health care and the state legislature’s immoral refusal to expand Medicaid is the focus of a Nashville action by the Tennessee Justice Center. The group’s Counting the Cost Tour, which keeps track of the statewide cost of not having Insure Tennessee, is coming to Music City. The Nashville gathering will take place at 6:30 pm at St. Thomas Midtown’s GSO Auditorium, 2000 Church St. For more info, check the Facebook events page.



  • Build fellowship at A Place at the TableWest End United Methodist Church‘s weekly community supper. The evening begins at 5 pm with a farm table. What follows is a buffet supper catered by Martha Stamps at 6 pm and a movie at 7 pm. The cost of dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children.  The church is at 2200 West End Ave., 37203; the entrance is on 23rd Avenue. Interested in attending? Reserve your spot by Wednesday at 11:30 am by calling 615-321-8500. This just in: Next week, West End UMC starts a new event that replaces A Place at the Table: Wednesday Night Dinner. This new format offers a catered dinner by Martha Stamps in McWhirter Hall from 5-6 pm. Reservations are strictly required for the Aug. 26 event, and they need to be made by the Monday preceding the supper. (Meaning, if you are interested in attending on the 26th you need to RSVP by the 24th by clicking here or calling Kirk Clark at 615-321-8500.)
  • Speak your piece Wednesday night! From 7-9 pm, enjoy A Night of Free Speech at the 404 Bar and Grill, 404 Elysian Fields Road. All types of spoken word presentations are welcome, so if you have a progressive-peace political rant, you’ll find a platform here. Get more info via the Facebook Events page.

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