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2016 March 29

UPCOMING EVENTS.    New or changed items are in blue.
Before you attend an event listed here, you may want to check the Nashville Peace Calendar (not affiliated with NPJC); it sometimes has more recently updated information about the same events.

30 March Wed. Deadline for discount for April 13 conference (listed below).


30 March Wed 1pm. TN House Criminal Justice Committee will meet in Legislative Plaza Room 31, and will be considering SB2342/HB2377, which requires the preservation of biological evidence in capital cases. This bill would reduce the number of wrongful executions, and is supported by Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.


30 March Wed 7-8:30pm. Standing Up for Racial Justice general membership meeting; new members welcome. International Room in Scarritt Hall, Scarritt Bennett Center. More info.

31 March Thurs 6:30-7:30 pm. Trans Inclusive Feminism Panel Discussion. Looby Center Public Library, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville 37228. More info.

1 April Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Drive to 55: Education and Workforce Readiness. Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee, will talk about Governor Haslam’s initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. She will give a lecture to the League of Women Voters, at the Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. Bring your lunch, or buy one for $12. More info: Melissa Holden.

1 April Fri 5pm. Philosophy, Pragmatism, and the Supreme Court. This lecture is the Spring Lyceum of the MTSU Philosophy Department. Room 164, College of Education, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. Professor Michael Sullivan (Emory University) will address the following questions: What makes one judicial philosophy or approach to interpretation of the Constitution better, or more correct, than others? Is it better to stay faithful to the constitutional text as understood by those who adaopted it, as understood by the present majority view of what the constitution should mean, or rather to decide according to what will promote the greatest social welfare regardless? What, if anything does the philosophy of pragmatism have to contribute to such inquiries? In light of these questions, how significant a role should the judicial philosophy of a Supreme Court nominee play in the confirmation process? — An informal reception will follow the presentation. More info.

1 April Fri 6pm. Backyard Opry. 2134 Acklen Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37212. $15 suggested donation for all the music and beer you can drink. ALL proceeds to Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. Chris Scruggs and friends, Regan Freeman, James Green & Lou Green, Dave Gleason, Bradford Lee Folk, Beau James, Robert Crawford and a cast of thousands TBA! Rain or Shine. Emcee: Lola Belle. More info.

2 April Sat 10am to noon. Tree planting at Pennington Bend. More info and registration.

2 April Sat 10am-3pm. “Nashville Chooses Peace” Spirit of Unity Festival. Unity of Music City Church, 4319 Saundersville Rd, Old Hickory, TN 37138 (half an hour east of Nashville). Food trucks, tie-dye shirts ($10), yoga, crafts, etc. 2pm ceremony to anchor a peace pole. 3pm group photo of a big peace symbol made of people. More info and here too.

2 April Sat 11am-1:30pm. Open House and Diversity Brunch. Islamic Center of Nashville, 2515 12th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. This event celebrates the 40+ nationalities represented at our mosque, with an eclectic assortment of food, arts and crafts, and it allows us to welcome spring with our neighnors in Nashville. More info.

3 April Sun 1-4pm. WRFN Fundraiser Birthday Party. Yazoo Brewing Company, 910 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Tickets.

4 April Mon 5:30-7 pm. Insure Tennessee Educational Forum. Community conversation on the impact of Gov. Haslam’s health care plan. Room 363, Ezell Center, Lipscomb University. — Tennessee has over 280,000 citizens who cannot access affordable health coverage, 24,000 of whom are veterans. Governor Haslam proposed a solution: Insure Tennessee. However, two legislative sessions later, this plan still has not passed. Come to hear a panel discussion. RSVP/registration.


5 April Tues 10:55am. Shane Claiborne will speak at The Gathering on the campus of Lipscomb University, in Allen Arena. Claiborne is a popular author and leading figure of the New Monasticism movement. He founded “The Simple Way” in Philadelphia, a community that seeks to address problems of poverty, hunger and homelessness in the inner city. He has also recently written a book, Executing Grace: Why It Is Time to Put the Death Penalty to Death. More info.


5 April Tues 11:30am. Walk in the Shoes of the Uninsured. Join us inside Legislative Plaza, bring your old shoes, or mail a pair to Speaker Harwell’s office with the story of someone in the health care gap, an invitation for her to “walk in those shoes.” Only by walking in the shoes of the uninsured will Speaker Harwell see the urgency of passing Insure Tennessee and come to understand that we must not wait another year to expand health coverage to 280,000 Tennesseans. We will meet at 11:30 am outside Speaker Harwell’s office to deliver a statement urging the Speaker to show leadership and bring forth a resolution for Insure Tennessee. Volunteers will then proceed to line the hallway with donated shoes from across the state and read the stories of those we know who continue to be denied access to health care. This act of public display as protest is an attempt to dramatize the moral crisis we face in our state where political leaders have become indifferent to the suffering of some of our most vulnerable neighbors. More info.


5 April Tues 5:30pm. Refugees Welcome? — The History of Anti-Refugee Initiatives in Tennessee. Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 112 Davidson Rd., Nashville, TN 37205. Reception 5:30, dinner 6:00, United Nations Association business meeting 6:30, program begins at 6:45, speakers at 7pm: Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, policy manager of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and Kasar Abdulla, a native of Kurdistan. The program (without meal) is free; the dinner is $20 ($12 students) and must be reserved by noon April 1. More info.


6 April Wed noon to 1pm. Pirates Through History. Lecture by Lauren Benton, a professor of history and law at Vanderbilt. Conference center, downtown public library. Preceded by lunch in the conference center at 11:30am (suggested donation $5). Benton’s talk will expose the most common myths about pirates across the early modern world and about the legal means used to control them. She will also suggest what this history can tell us about the challenges of the war on terror. (Your eblast editor does not know what are Benton’s political biases, and wishes to point out that different political views yield different definitions of “terror.” From this editor’s point of view, recent bombings by the Pentagon and the CIA are acts of “terror.”)

7 April Thurs 9am-4:15pm. Fair Housing Conference. Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Drive, Nashville 37214. $82.50. More info and registration.

7 April Thurs 6-10pm. Green Tie Affair, annual fundraiser for TN Environmental Council, will be held in the Grand Barn at Green Door Gourmet Farms, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville 37209.Tickets $75 and up. Watch for additional info at this link.

7 April Thurs 7pm. Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. Islamic Center of Nashville, 2515 12th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. Part of a national event. We as veterans intend to gather at the Mosque to show our support and solidarity with the Muslim community and to demand an immediate stop to this targeting of the religion of Islam and Muslims. This bigotry and religious intolerance must be challenged. We want to make it clear that “Muslims are Not Our Enemy.” More info.

7-9 April. LGBT College Conference. MTSU, Murfreesboro. More info.

9 April Sat. 10am-4pm. VegFest. Commodore Ballroom, Vanderbilt University, 301 25th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37240. Promoting a plant based, healthy, cruelty free lifestyle. Free, but advance registration is required.

9 April Sat noon. Protest against Nana’s Diner for wage theft. Nana’s Diner is at 7301 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville, TN 37135. Protesters will gather first at the Workers’ center at 11:30am. (Be sure to check the event’s web page earlier that day — these things sometimes get rescheduled or canceled at the last minute, as the non-paying employers sometimes cave in to the pressure from the publicity of the protest event.)


9 April Sat 5-7pm. Meet Your Muslim Neighbor. Islamic Center of Tennessee, 5400 Bell Forge Ln E, Antioch, Tennessee 37013. Join us to share a meal and conversation with our Muslim neighbors. Dinner will be followed by a short program, tour of the mosque, and an opportunity to observe Muslim prayer. More info. (Editor’s note: If you know anyone who is prejudiced against Muslims, ask them whether they’ve ever met one. Here’s an opportunity to do just that.)

10 April Sun 10am. Separation Anxiety: Are We Winning or Losing The Fight For Real Religious Freedom? Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be the main speaker at Fondren Hall Auditorium, Scarritt-Bennett Center.

10 April Sun 5:30pm. The Next Supreme Court: How Big Will It Be And Why You Should Care. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will speak at at West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209. Refreshments and conversation at 5:30, program begins at 6.

13 April Wed 11am-8:30pm. Discovering the Future of Environmental Professions. $125 (or $95 before March 31) registration. Ezell Center, Lipscomb University.

16 April Sat 10am-9pm. Big Swan Headwaters Day and Note Burning Party. 100 Second Road, The Farm, Summertown, TN 38483. Join us to hike Big Swan Headwaters Preserve, then stick around for dinner and live music as we celebrate paying off the land and burn the note! Arrive early to attend The Farm Market Day under the dome. We’ll leave for the hike at 2 PM. Dinner will be at 6 PM at The Farm Community Center. Music will start around 7 PM with the band E5, featuring the Cantrells and the Tashians. We’ll burn the note, make some toasts, and then get down with more music. It will be an event you definitely do not want to miss!

16 April Sat 6pm. Friends’ Movie Night. Friends Meeting House (530 26th Ave. N.) will be showing some film related to the Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestine. Further details to be announced, probably in the next issue of the eblast.

21 April Thurs 6:30-8pm. NPJC Program Committee. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

21-22 April. Anti-Racist Rally near Atlanta, Georgia. The KKK is planning a rally at Stone Mountain Park, and some of us may be attending a counter-rally which is still being planned. Watch for additional details. (Atlanta is far away, but this might be in place of the rally we’ve had in Burns, TN for the last few years.)

23 April Sat 11am-6pm. Earth Day. Centennial Park. More info.

28 April Thurs noon to 1pm. Water Management in the Cumberland Basin. Lecture by Ben Rohrbach, chief of the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch with the Nashville District of the Army Corps of Engineers. Third floor of the Bridge Building. Free parking in Lot R. More info.


28 April Thurs 6:15-7:15pm. NPJC Workshop on Being Disability Friendly. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. Panelists: Brandon Brown of Empowerment TN and Donna De Stefano of TN Disability Coalition.


30 April Sat noon-2pm. Nashville Zoo Protest at the zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211. Wild animals belong in the wild, not in zoos. More info.

4-16 May. Climate actions, against fossil fuels. A wave of actions. More info. A local group is being organized; contact Eric Lewis.

5 May Thurs 6pm. Nukes: Bad Foreign Policy and Bad Economics. Ralph Hutchison of OREPA, visiting from Oak Ridge, will give us an overview. Potluck dinner. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N.

7 May Sat 9am-4pm. Reconnecting Workshop. $35-$45; includes lunch. Experiential workshop, conducted by Rebecca Selove, designed for people who are concerned about the environment, relationships with others, and the health of our communities. It is largely based on the “Work That Reconnects” created by Joanna Macy and others, incorporating principles from systems theory, deep ecology, ecopsychology, and psychosynthesis. Bridge Building. Free parking in Lot R. More info.

7 May Sat 9:30am to 5pm. SOCM Training Day. Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. More info and registration.

7 May Sat 10am. Whites Creek Cleanup. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Meet at Hartman Park picnic shelters. Please wear work clothes. If you know how to swim, you can bring your canoe or john boat. More info.

12 May 6-8pm. Racing Extinction. Film screening, suggested donation $5. Third floor of the Bridge Building. Free parking in Lot R. More about the film and about this screening.


19-21 May Thurs-Sat. Protest the Franklin Rodeo at Williamson County Fair, 4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN, about half an hour south of Nashville. Rodeos are cruel and dangerous events for the animals involved. More info.

26 June Sunday rescheduled to 10 July Sun. Climate Mobilization. Street marches and other activities in many cities. More info. Nothing planned specifically for Nashville yet, but watch this space.



Tuesdays. Beautiful Eyes Ministry. Food and clothing for the needy. Outreaches on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N. Contact and other information.

Every Thursday: DRINKING LIBERALLY, 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, 111 10th Avenue S # 310. More info at


First and third Saturday of each month, 9am to noon: Edgehill Free Store, 1502 Edgehill Avenue (additional parking lot behind the adjacent house). Shoppers are served breakfast and then may shop and/or donate. Each member receives a membership card and is able to take a set number of items per month depending on available inventory. Just household items: kitchen tools, small appliances, electronics, bedding, kitchen & bath linens, toys, books, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Due to space limitations we do not accept clothes, furniture or large appliances.More info.

Second and fourth Monday of each month: NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION 6 to 8:15 pm. Free training group, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. This group is open to all and meets in the red Morgan House behind the church. Contact Diane Allison at or Pete Kopcsak at Additional times and locations for NVC, and more information, can be found at and at

Third and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6-9 pm. WORKERS’ DIGNITY. Know Your Labor Rights workshops and intake for new cases of wage theft. Volunteers accompany workers through the wage recovery process. More than $200,000 recuperated in the last four years. Join with Nashville’s first workers’ center to build economic justice and stand with a worker-led movement. Location:3013B Nolensville Pike. More info: 615.669.6679,, or Facebook page “Workers’ Dignity Project.”


Date varies entirely. NPJC Roundtable Discussion. Around once a month; watch for more specific announcements in the “upcoming events” section earlier in this Eblast. Generally we have a panel discussion by 1-4 speakers, followed by a question and answer period. Generally we have light refreshments. Most often the location is Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. People who will be on the speakers’ panel are urged to take a look at our instructions on NPJC’s audio-video equipment.

22nd of each month, 11:45am – 1pm. Suicide Awareness Vigil. On Legislative Plaza, to raise awareness of the fact that on average, 22 veterans of the US military forces commit suicide every day. Organized by Matthew Odell. Bring some visual aid that says “22” on it.

Some Saturday in most months, 6:30pm. L-CLUB. This is a potluck dinner group with varying locations, speakers, and topics; see the web page for details. The “L” stands for “liberal,” and the group describes itself as “liberal” and “progressive,” even though many of its meetings are devoted to nostalgia, or to supporting extremely conservative Democrats and a kinder, gentler capitalism. But a few of the meetings are actually devoted to current progressive causes, and those will be mentioned in the events section when your eblast editor is aware of them.

First Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. TN NORML meeting at First UU Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. More info.

First Tuesday of most months, 6-7:45pm. Nashville Urban Herb Co-op meets at the Richland Park Library. Contact or see website.

First Thursday of most months: VETERANS FOR PEACE. 7 pm, at International Market and Restaurant, 2010 Belmont Blvd. All people (not just vets) are welcome to attend. For more information contact Joey King,, 615-485-1616.

First Saturday of most months, 5pm. Feminist Trivia Night. Lipstick Lounge, 1400 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206. Sorry, this venue is restricted to those 21 years and older. (Wheelchair accessible plus specified parking in the back. Ramp on sidewalk. Bus #20 stops right in front, #26 stops six blocks away, #4 stops three blocks away. Access Ride can drop you at the front door.) Submit questions in advance at this link. Your question can be about any topic, with a focus on women and gender non-conforming people: Film, theater, television, music, media, art, literature, language, history, politics, global feminism, activism, science, health, sports, leisure, pop culture, sexuality, sex, gender, pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. We especially need submissions that highlight local social justice and gender justice efforts underway in Nashville.

Second Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Nashville Organized for Action & Hope. At “Fifteenth Ave Baptist Church,” which is at 1203 9th Ave North (not on 15th Ave). NOAH is a faith led coalition that is multi-racial and interdenominational comprised of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.

Second Tuesday of the month, 6pm. SEED MONEY SUPPERS. Until further notice, this is at the Wild Cow Restaurant in East Nashville, 1896 Eastland Avenue. Buy your $10 ticket at the event. Several startups will present their ideas; you vote on which one you like. The winner gets 3/4 of the proceeds. (The other 1/4 pays the expenses for the event.) More info, including this month’s location, at the website.

Second Thursday of each month, 7pm. SIERRA CLUB of Middle Tennessee meets at Radnor Lake Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. Note: you must enter from Granny White Pike. web page

Second Thursday of each month, 6:30pm. Nashville Peace Coalition meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. We meet to plan rallies and other actions for peace and related causes.

Second Thursday of most months. 7pm. AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Location: West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Further info: Charles Sumner (615-646-9946) or or

Second Saturday of most months. CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY, 11am to 1pm at Goodwill Lifsey Center, 937 Herman Street. Generally the meeting is from 11 to noon, and then at noon there is a national conference call by phone, with some speaker on a topic of current interest. More info at this link.

Third Tuesday of each month, except in summer. 6:30pm. TENNESSEANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY. Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, 37215, in the Jr. High Room on the first floor.

Third Thursday of most months, Labor Luncheon 11:30am at Picadilly Cafeteria, 874 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. An open meeting of the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, AFL-CIO. Community and politicians welcome. More info.

Third Thursday of most months. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Usually at 6pm or 6:30pm. Location varies. Check website for dates, times, locations.

Fourth Monday of most months, 6pm. RAM (Recycling Advocates of Middle Tennessee) is a research and education-based environmental organization. RAM advocates the development of recycling techniques that foster industrial improvement, new jobs, prosperity, awareness, health, a cleaner environment, and a reduction in land filling. To attend our meetings, call or e-mail 2 days in advance at 227-3499 or

Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:30pm. Program Committee of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center meets downstairs at Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Ave. N. The NPJC is an umbrella organization, providing some services to a number of other activist organizations in Nashville. The Program Committee plans the NPJC’s own events, such as roundtable discussions or tabling at the festivals organized by other organizations.

Last Tuesday of most months, 2-3 pm. Task Force on Refugees & Immigrants. Room 318, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave (entrance on 23rd Ave). The purpose of the organization is to improve community awareness about issues related to refugees and other immigrants, enhance appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, serve as a networking avenue for those who serve and advocate for refugees and immigrants, and provide support for organizations that disseminate information to assist refugees and immigrants in obtaining essential services that help them integrate into our communities. More info.

Nashville Peace & Justice Center
c/o Friends Meeting House
530 26th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37209-4137
phone (615) 321-2266

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