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Peace & Justice E-Blast for July 13-20th 2007

Nashville Peace and Justice CenterThe Nashville Peace and Justice Center is a community-based coalition of organizations and individuals working to promote equity and to create a peaceful, just, and sustainable society through reflection, education, and non-violent action.

Peace & Justice E-Blast, For the week of July 13 – 20, 2007

Are you a changeseeker? Become a Changemaker Get involved at NPJC!

Justice at Smithfield — Publix/H.G. Hills Rallies

The working families of the Smithfield pork production plant in Tar Heel, NC need our help! Together we can put an end to skyrocketing injuries, threats, intimidation, and the firing of injured workers. Help us tell Smithfield pork that as their business practices continue to hurt their employees that it will only hurt their business. Your support will give us the strong turn out Tar Heel workers deserve. Contact Kate at (202) 286-9626 or kmason@ufcw.org.org for more info.

Saturday, July 14, 11am
H.G. Hills; 615 Gallatin Avenue; Nashville, TN 37207

Saturday, July 14, 1pm
Publix: 4670 Lebanon Pike; Hermitage, TN 37076

No Spray Coalition

Ask Metro Council to vote “YES” for BL. 2007-1389 on July 17

This bill will improve notification and provide basic protection for citizens when the Health Department elects to spray pesticides. Visit NoSprayNashville.org to read about the ordinance and learn how to contact all 40 council members in one click of your mouse.

This ordinance is supported by the NO SPRAY COALITION. Help us work together to bring responsible mosquito control to Nashville! Participating groups and individuals: BURNT, No Spray Nashville, EarthMatters Tennessee, BioNetwork Control, Nashville Greenlands, and 600 citizens who have signed our petitions.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this bill: State Representative and Council lady Brenda Gilmore and Council lady Pam Murray.

Peaceable Assembly Project — Sen. Alexander delegations

To change Iraq policy over the next year it is crucial to get Republicans to break decisively from the Administration’s policies and vote with Democrats for initiatives to limit and end the occupation.

Participate by visiting www.alexander.senate.gov to thank Senator Alexander for voicing opposition to the Iraq War policies of President Bush by advocating a shift in strategy modeled along the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group… but let him know his legislation doesn’t satisfy us — we want withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.

Join us in one of our weekly small team visits to Alexander’s Nashville office during the next two months. Contact Karl Meyer or Justin at peaceableassembly@gmail.com or call (615) 322-9523 for further information. If you’ve encountered articles or stories on the Iraq situation that are especially compelling, forward them to Peaceable Assembly or mail print copies to Karl Meyer; 2407 Heiman Street; Nashville, TN 37208.

Living Wage at Vanderbilt — Confront Workplace Injustice

Interested in connecting with our neglected Nashville neighbhors and confronting workplace injustice? Participate in the mobilization for change on Vanderbilt’s campus by facilitating surveys conducted through brief conversations aimed at helping workers discover their voice. Contribute to the development of a diverse solidarity that unites both community and workforce in an affirmation of personal dignity and human rights. Contact Justin at astromartin84@yahoo.com for specific details about this simple opportunity to engage in lunchbreak community activism.

Joyce Kisner — Monday Night Vigils on Any Corner (every Monday)

Every Monday, 6pm
ORIGINAL CORNER: 14th and Eastland in East Nashville
SECOND CORNER: At the Wendy’s on West End Avenue, across from Centennial Park

There is no end date set for these vigils. Please join Joyce and otTennesseans Against Genocide — monthly meetinghers at the corner of 14th and Eastland in East Nashville every Monday night at 6pm — or at that same time at ANY corner that works for you. Wouldn’t it be cool if throughout Nashville on Monday nights at 6pm a growing number of vigils were happening on corners all around the city? Hey, why not throughout the state… even the country!
To post a new corner address on the NPJC E-blast in the near future, send an email to Tamara, tamara@nashvillepeacejustice.org.

Tennessee Progress Report on Radio Free Nashville (every Monday)

Every Monday, 5-6pm CST

Host Nell Levin, Coordinator for Tennessee Alliance for Progress, interviews key progressive leaders and activists, talks about current issues affecting our city, state and country, and plays her favorite musicians. Visit www.radiofreenashville.org for more info. Tune in!

Fathers/Parents in Prison Support Group — Weekly meeting (every Tuesday)

Every Tuesday night at 5:30pm
The CBX of Centennial Boulevard, Men’s Minimum Security Prison

Fathers/Parents in Prison Support Group meets every Tuesday night at the CBX of Centennial Boulevard, Men’s Minimum Security Prison, at 5:30 p.m. It is a closely knit group of men who are seeking means to be better fathers to their children while they are incarcerated. It is a special needs group who, while incarcerated, work on maintaining contact and parenting their children from inside the prison walls. Part of the group is educational and discussion formatted. With written media, we assist the men who have low reading and writing skills and work on encouraging new healthy communication skills. Other men need a place to be and feel safe to express themselves away from the prison system environment even if it is only for a brief time.

The Fathers in Prison/Parents in Prison Project is seeking ex-cons who have been out for over a year, doing well, and are interested in talking to the group. We are also seeking Latino and African-American men to speak about fatherhood and what it means to them. And we specifically seek persons of all faiths.
We are open to ideas regarding interactive workshops at the CBX on parenting, self-parenting, relaxation, negotiation skills and child development. For contact information, call or email Deborah Jane Chadwick, deborahjjane@yahoo.com or (615) 391-4079.

Books are needed for fathers in prison — please contribute!

Fathers/Parents in Prison Support Group is seeking Philosophy and Critical Thinking books in good condition. Reading level: high school — college. If you have books on these subjects to donate, please contact Deborah J. Chadwick, deborahjjane@yahoo.com or (615) 391-4079. Books can be dropped off at NPJC, and Deborah will pick them up here.

NPJC Dialogue Circle — Race & Racism (follow-up to May 24 Circle)

Tuesday, July 17, 6-7:30pm
Nashville Peace & Justice Center; 1016 18th Ave. S; Nashville 37212

Mark your calendar for our next Dialogue at NPJC, a follow-up to the first Circle on May 24. Inspired by the film, The Color of Fear, we will continue to discuss race and the effects of racism in our society. Our objective is simply to have a safe space to talk and listen to each other’s experiences, respect our differences, and build trust and community. All are welcome! Let us build bridges of understanding together. Coexistence is ours if we want it! Contact Tamara or Keith, tamara@nashvillepeacejustice.org and keith@nashvillepeacejustice.org

Tennessee Health Care Campaign — Afternoon Radio Program on Radio Free Nashville (every Wednesday)

Every Wednesday, 4-5pm CST

Listen online to “Health Care in Tennessee ” on Radio Free Nashville every Wednesday from 4-5pm CST. Radio Free Nashville is a low-power community radio station, currently available for listening online only (streaming audio).

Peace Coalition — Weekly meeting

Every Wednesday, 6-7:30pm
Nashville Peace & Justice Center; 1016 18th Avenue South; Nashville, TN 37212

Come be a part of this vibrant group, strategizing for peace! Make friends, plan events, end the war! The Peace Coalition meets at NPJC every Wednesday at 6 p.m. (with the exception of holidays). Visit our online discussion group. You’re welcome to join the in-person group or the online group, or both. For more info, check the online group or contact Eric at leftymathprof@yahoo.com.

Nashville Urban Harvest — Public Square Farmers’ Market

Every Thursday, 11am-2pm
Public Square Plaza, the new Metro Park at the corner of 3rd Ave. North and Union St.

Experience the best of summer right in downtown Nashville!Our local farmers from the middle Tennessee area have been hard at work raising poultry, beef, pork, certified organic produce and a wide variety of sustainably grown produce, eggs and other assorted goodies from Gardner Grove Farm and Mamushi Nature Farm. Tomato season is upon us and there will be a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes available this week. In addition to this week’s ripe and ready to eat cantaloupe and watermelons, American artist David Wells will provide music. Brought to you by Nashville Urban Harvest. For more information, contact Sarah or Katy at bmarket@nashvilleurbanharvest.org or by phone at (615) 306-3154.

Women in Black — Silent peace vigil (every Thursday)

Every Thursday, 12:15-12:45pm
The bridge on Broadway across from the Tennessean building

Join local Nashvillians in protesting war by participating in Women in Black’s silent peace vigils. Vigils happen every Thursday at the location above. Women in Black is an international peace network. It is not an organization, but a means of mobilization and a formula for action. Women in Black vigils were started in Israel in 1988 by women protesting against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Women in Black has developed in the U.S., England, Italy, Spain, Azerbaijan and in FR Yugoslavia, where women in Belgrade have stood in weekly vigils since 1991 to protest war and the Serbian regime’s policies of nationalist aggression. Women in Black NY has been standing in solidarity with the women of Belgrade ever since 1993.

NPJC — Leadership Institute – Workshop #5: “Fundraising for Justice” with Margie Fine, Center for Community Change

Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm
Nashville Peace & Justice Center; 1016 18th Avenue South; Nashville 37212
$25 per workshop of the Leadership Institute (unless you pre-registered)

Fundraising is a critical and integral part of social change and anyone can learn how to do it! This workshop addresses how organizational boards, staff, constituents and communities can work together to build a strategic alliance for raising money for your organization. Contact Tamara Ambar Losel at tamara@nashvillepeacejustice.org or call (615) 321-9066.

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute — Mayoral debate

Thursday, July 19, 7pm-8:30pm
University School of Nashville Auditorium; 2000 Edgehill Avenue; Nashville, TN 37212TFLI is co-hosting a bipartisan Davidson Country Mayoral Forum and we invite you to join us. This will be an opportunity to hear each candidate discuss his platform.As a foreign language institute, TFLI teachers and students have a unique set of concerns for the future of Nashville. We are asking TFLI teachers and friends to bring as many people as possible to show both the candidates and the community that Nashville is united in its commitment to diversity. All six candidates have confirmed their attendance, so let our voices be heard by attending this event en masse.

Mothers Acting Up — Family Potluck Social and Salon

Friday, July 20, 6pm
Friends’ Meeting House; 530 26th Avenue North; Nashville, TN 37209Nashville’s Mothers Acting Up community celebrates all families and all children. We heartily welcome you to join with us in fellowship. Bring the family! Bring friends. Our gatherings are always nursing friendly and open to ALL kinds of families: old, young, rich, poor; hip, hippies and anti-hipsters all; GLTB friendly; all colors, faiths and orientations; all styles of parenting from mainstream to super crunchy. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided. In the spririt of community work together and of being kind to earth, we’ll use real dishes and wash them afterward. Mothers Acting Up is a mother-led, mother-fed movement of mothers (and others) passionately and publicly advocating for the world’s children. Here are links to MAU’s national website and blog as well as Nashville’s MAU blog. For further information, contact: Paige La Grone Babcock, paige@mothersactingup.org; the Nashville office at (615) 750-3780; Mobile Mama at (615) 495-1879.

Films at NPJC — Lost Boys of Sudan

Saturday, Jully 21, 7pm

Nashville Peace & Justice Center; 1016 18th Avenue South; Nashville, TN 37212
FREE (with a suggested $5 donation)

Join us for a screening of the film Lost Boys of Sudan. This award-winning documentary by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from war-torn Africa to the alienating suburbs of America. Refreshments will be served and a discussion on this powerfully insightful film will follow. Call (615) 321-9066 or write info@nashvillepeacejustice.org for directions and parking information.

InterPlay Performance Company — Outta Da Blue performance

Sunday, July 22, 7pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd.
$15 suggested (Love Offering)

Human beings are explorers of earth and sky, always pushing further in our quest for meaning… and control. Where do we create borders, and what are we choosing to keep out? Where does our heart lead us to explore, expanding our physical and spiritual boundaries? Who is hurt in the process? In this era of immigration battles, corporate globalization and loss of personal rights, come explore with us how we navigate difficult waters, extend hospitality… and reach out to each other with love and respect. Contact Diane Ault at diane@interplaytn.org

Scarritt-Bennett Center — Movie & Dialogue: Last Chance for Eden, Part One by Lee Mun Wah (director of The Color of Fear)

Monday, July 23, 6:30-9pm
Harambee Auditorium, Fondren Hall, Scarritt-Bennett Center
FREE and OPEN to the public

Come view Last Chance for Eden, Part I directed by Lee Mun Wah (The Color of Fear), and then participate in a dialogue session. Last Chance for Eden, Part One is about nine women and men who spend a weekend together talking about racism. On camera they struggle to find a way to understand each other’s differences, which includes asking each other a question they have always wanted answered. Their responses and reactions are compelling and revealing, but also intimate and honest. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to the first 150 people, so RSVP quickly to diana@hispaniclinkconsulting.com

NPJC Dialogue Circle — Peak Oil and the Energy Crisis

Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-8pm
Nashville Peace & Justice Center; 1016 18th Ave. S; Nashville 37212

It’s not too soon to plan for a brand new Dialogue event at NPJC. Our newest Circle, inspired by the film A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, will be on the topic of Peak Oil and the energy crisis. We will meet inside the NPJC conference room, and light refreshments will be served. Contact Tamara or Keith, tamara@nashvillepeacejustice.org and keith@nashvillepeacejustice.org, or by phone at (615) 321-9066.

Health Care for All, NPJC, and Tennessee Health Care Campaign — Go see Michael Moore’s new film, SICKO

Now playing in Nashville at the following locations:

Regal Hollywood 27; 719 Thompson Lane; Nashville, TN 37209.
  showtimes: (12:50), 3:35pm, 7:15pm, 10:15pm

Regal Green Hills Cinema 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215; (615) 269-5772
  showtimes: (10:05am), (12:55pm), 3:45pm, 7:15pm, 10:20pm

Job Listings

Looking for jobs in peace and justice? How do you find out about them? NPJC wants to help you connect your skills and talents to meaningful work in Nashville . Please send an email to Tamara (tamara@nashvillepeacejustice.org) whenever you hear about job openings in social/economic/racial justice, human rights, advocacy, and peace or conflict resolution!

The YWCA has an opening for an Executive Assistant to provide administrative support for President/CEO, VP Human Resources, and Board of Directors. Responsibilities include coordination of all executive office activities and events as well as supervision of receptionist and front desk. The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently and as a member of a team. The ability to effectively interact with staff and Board, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is necessary for this position. Excellent communication, organizational, and customer service skills, a high level proficiency with Excel, Word and PowerPoint, three years related experience at an executive level and a minimum of two years college are required; Bachelor’s degree preferred. Send cover letter and resume to hr@ywcanashville.com or fax 615-385-9754. The YWCA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Visit our website to learn more.

Nashville Homeless Power Project is seeking to fill the part-time position of Administrator and Leadership Support. The position has an immediate goal to transfer administrative work load from Ally Organizer so that Ally Organizer can focus on Organizing Support, Campaign Strategy and Organizational Fundraising. This position is a 20 hours per week temporary position until December 31st, 2007 with the possibility of becoming permanent and the possibility of becoming full-time depending on organizational priorities and capacity at year end. In the beginning (exact timeline is unknown) the bulk of this person’s role will be administrative. As the person becomes familiar with the administrative routines, the remaining amount of time will be dedicated to Leadership Development/Support work. The nature of this work is flexible but requires the combination of a high level of administrative skills as well as the skills and intuition required to support the leadership of a grassroots organization. Please send resume and cover letter via e-mail to: info@homelesspower.org. For a more complete job description, contact Matt Leber at (615) 977-5098.

  • Visit the Center for Nonprofit Management’s job postings
  • Visit Idealist.org’s Action Without Borders to view job listings
  • Visit the job listings in the non-profit section of Craigslist, Nashville

About the Nashville Peace and Justice Center

The Nashville Peace and Justice Center (NPJC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equity and creating a peaceful, just and sustainable society through reflection, education and non-violent action. SPREAD THE WORD! Change is possible, and it happens everyday! Forward this message to everyone you know, and encourage them to join our mailing list. To subscribe to our weekly E-blast, send an e-mail with “subscribe to E-blast” in the subject line to info@nashvillepeacejustice.org. To receive our bi-monthly newsletter, Alternatives, and other mailings, include your name and contact info in the body of the email (along with issues and/or organizations that interest you).

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Our postal address is

Nashville Peace & Justice Center
1016 18th Ave. S,
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 321-9066
Fax: (615) 320-8897

Spread the word!

Change is possible, and it happens everyday! Forward this message to everyone you know, and encourage them to join our mailing list.

To subscribe to our weekly E-blast, send an e-mail with “subscribe to E-blast” in the subject line to info@nashvillepeacejustice.org.

To receive our bi-monthly newsletter, Alternatives, and other mailings, include your name and contact info in the body of the email (along with issues and/or organizations that interest you).

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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