Global Poverty, Feminist Trivia in Progressive Nashville

westendBased on recent weather forecasts, we recommend taking an umbrella with you on outings this final week of September. There is no reason showers should keep you away from some compelling local events that address major international issues, provide fellowship with other progressives, and help you stay involved with efforts to turn Tennessee purple.

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday through Thursday. If you have info of other events, please share the info via the comment section or by sending us email.


  • The Task Force on Refugees & Immigrants holds its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. The goals of the group include boosting community awareness of issues related to refugees and immigrants, inspiring an appreciation of diversity, and giving support to organizations that provide services to immigrants. The gathering takes place in Room 318 of West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., 37203. Check the group’s Facebook event page for further details.
  • Hard on the heels of last weekend’s inspiring Global Citizen Festival — whose goal is to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030 — the group Results Global Poverty Advocacy comes to Nashville to talk about its activist efforts to help the poor. On Tuesday at 6:30 pm, Results speaks at Edmondson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, 37211. Find more information on the organization and its work: Visit the Results website, send email to Amanda Beals at, or call 314-737-6901.


  • The last day of the month brings this week’s edition of the Wednesday Night Dinner at West End United Methodist Church. Bring the family for an opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and a delightful supper catered by Martha Stamps. Dinner runs from 5-6 pm and costs $10 for those over age 10 and $5 for children from ages three through 10. The event is held in the McWhirter Building, 2200 West End Ave, 37203. Reservations are required by 5 pm Monday; to RSVP,  click here or call Kirk Clark at 615-321-8500.


  • The Marriott Hotel in the West End is the site of a free day-long conference addressing public policy surrounding pregnant women. Pregnancy, Drug Use, and the Law in Tennessee puts a spotlight on recent changes to the state’s fetal assault law, which allows a woman to be prosecuted for using illegal drugs while pregnant.  Get more info on Facebook. The confab runs from 8:30 am-5 pm at 2555 West End Ave., 37203.
  • Opposed to scientists and college professors cutting into living animals? This event is for you: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine hosts a Rally Against Vivisection Thursday morning in Chattanooga.  The action’s purpose is to urge the University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga to stop using vivisection as a teaching method for its students. As Nashville Peace Calendar notes, “This practice is not necessary; 99 percent of accredited medical schools in the US and Canada currently use only non-animal training methods.” The rally kicks off at 9:45 am Central Time (10:45 am in Chattanooga, which is in the Eastern time zone). Ralliers are to gather on the sidewalk at 960 East Third Street, Chattanooga, 37403, right UT’s medical school. Signs will be provided, and the action is rain or shine. For more info, call Leslie Rudloff at 202-527-7370 or send email to
  • Strike up friendships with local progressives at the weekly Drinking Liberally gathering at the Flying Saucer. The ‘do is self-explanatory: Meet up with area lefties, and chat over beverages. For more information, contact The bar is at 111 10th Ave. S #310, 37203.
  • If you believe in full equality of the sexes, you’ll love Feminist Trivia Night. From 6:30-9 pm, the Nashville Feminist Collective invites you to come and show your skill with trivia questions covering a range of subjects that spotlight women and gender nonconforming people. You can even submit questions in advance.  Organizers say they especially need submissions that highlight local social justice and gender justice efforts underway in Nashville.The fun night will be at the Stone Fox, 712 51st Ave. N, 37209. Admission is free; a full food and drink menu is available.

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