Serious stuff is on the calendar this weekend. Make sure to get out this Saturday, Sunday, or Monday to do something to make the world better, to show compassion to others, to remember we are all in this together. And Early Voting is underway: Check the schedule info, and do your civic duty!
SATURDAY, AUG. 22
- Did you know that on average, 22 veterans of the US military forces take their lives every day? Twenty-two of our brothers and sisters. According to Suicide.org, “Military personnel are highly reluctant to ask for help when they are depressed because they do not want to be seen as weak. But untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide, so those who are depressed and do not seek help are at risk for suicide. So what can be done?” Many steps can and should be taken on a host of fronts to confront this crucial issue. But on our end, we can start by acknowledging the problem and uruging others to pay attention and be compassionate. Begin by taking part in a Suicide Awareness Vigil organized by activist Matthew Odell. From 11:45 am until 1 pm, people will gather at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N., 37243, to bring attention to the suffering of on average 22 of our fellow humans each day. Come, and please bring some visual aid that says “22” on it.
SUNDAY, AUG. 23
- Workers’ Dignity hosts a day-long training for community organizers Sunday from 9 am-7 pm. Registration is officially over, but there may be slots still available for the seminar. The cost is $45 and includes meals. Find out if there is still availability and get more information at the labor advocacy group’s website.
MONDAY, AUG. 24
- It’s the fourth Monday of the month, which means Recycling Advocates of Middle Tennessee is meeting. RAM is a research and education-based environmental organization that advocates for developing recycling techniques that foster industrial improvement, new jobs, prosperity, awareness, health, a cleaner environment, and a reduction in land filling. To attend the meeting and find location information, RSVP by end of day Friday at 615-227-3499 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Every second and fourth Monday, you have an opportunity to learn how to interface with others in a peaceful way. A Nonviolent Communication group offers free training in the subject from 6-8:15 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd, 37215. The group is open to all and meets in the red Morgan House behind the church. For more details, contact Diane Allison at email@example.com or Pete Kopcsak at firstname.lastname@example.org.