Barry Inauguration, ‘Resistencia’ in Progressive Nashville

Gosh, the end of summer weather has been glorious in Nashville so far. Has anyone heard of spring fever coming in Autumn? How do we muster the seriousness to atone adequately and appropriately? (Yom Kippur starts tonight, y’all.) I am not really sure, but suggest taking a deep breath and venturing forth into the events happening during the next few days in our fair city (and beyond).


  • As noted, the holiest day of the Jewish year begins at sundown Tuesday. Progressive Nashville wishes all who observe a meaningful and productive Yom Kippur.
  • The Bernie Sanders for President campaign needs volunteers for a Phone Banking Pizza Party. The session takes place at 5:30 pm at 614 Village Court, 37206. If you are interested in helping the Sanders effort, RSVP.


West End United Methodist Church holds its weekly Wednesday Night Dinner in McWhirter Hall from 5-6 pm on the 23rd. The meal, catered by Martha Stamps, costs $5 for those between three and 10 years of age and $10 for anyone older. RSVP here or by calling Kirk Clark at 615-321-8500 to see if spots are available. The church is at 2200 West End Ave.


  • A massive Moral Action on Climate Change Rally takes place on the National Mall in Washington, DC, very early Thursday morning. That’s the day visiting Pope Francis addresses the US Congress on the issues of climate and morality. (It’s a major deal: No pope has ever spoken before Congress!) The goal of the rally is to have thousands of folks flooding the Mall and showing support for the pontiff’s calls for urgent action on economic and climate justice. History is happening here, man. No pope has ever addressed Congress before. If you can get there, get there. I am trying to find out whether a Nashville carpool effort is happening (departure would have to be on Wednesday — it’s about a 10-hour drive). When/if info arrives, I’ll post it here.
  • Thursday brings another Workers’ Dignity Know Your Labor Rights workshop. On the third and fourth Thursday of each month, the justice group helps out workers dealing with the issue of wage theft. You can help too: Join with Nashville’s first workers’ center to build economic justice and stand with a worker-led movement. The gathering takes place at 3013B Nolensville Pike. Call 615-669-6679 for more information.
  • Find conversation and camaraderie with fellow progressives at the weekly Drinking Liberally. The Flying Saucer near Broadway is the site for the left of center to find fellowship with like-minded souls. For more information, contact The bar is at 111 10th Ave S #310, 37203.
  • Thursday is the fourth in September, so it’s time for a meeting of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center‘s Program Committee. The gathering starts at 6:30 pm in the downstairs room of the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N., 37209. All are welcome.


  • It’s a new day in Nashville Friday: Progressive Megan Barry officially becomes Music City’s first woman mayor after her swearing-in at 2 pm in Public Square Park.
  • The Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Veterans for Peace Chapter 89, and Workers’ Dignity present a screening of the inspiring film ResistenciaThe documentary shows what happens when a 21st-century coup d’état ousts a people’s president, and the people fight back. The trailer looks intriguing!

    The film shows at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Doors open Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 pm; the program begins at 6:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 or $10 to benefit the future Workers Dignity radio station, but no one will be turned away for lack of cash. And the event is also a potluck supper, so bring food or (nonalcoholic) drinks to share if you want.

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