Click here to load reader

by Matt Leber, Coordinator Where Do We Go from Here? · PDF file Feb 3-6: UN Peace Advocate Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Presents Inner Engineering at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel (beginning

  • View
    0

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

Text of by Matt Leber, Coordinator Where Do We Go from Here? · PDF file Feb 3-6: UN Peace Advocate...

  • www.nashvillepeacejustice.org 1

    I’ll get to the point. STAY HERE. Stay in Tennessee, stay in Davidson County or Lebanon or Clarksville and focus on supporting local groups working on specific issues. The darker it gets, the brighter your light, your willingness, will shine.

    Governor Bredesen is on the verge of dismantling TennCare, a program that serves 1.3 million Tennesseans. At least 430,000 will have no insurance and the remaining 900,000 are going to receive severe restrictions in their coverage. NPJC, Tennessee Health Care Campaign, and others of the TennCare Saves Lives Coalition will need committed and focused volunteers and support to advocate for what is left of the Tennessee health care system. NPJC has continued to do health care organizing through a newly formed Grassroots Organizing Committee on TennCare (GROC) (See Tammy Nix’s story on page 6). If you know people who are on TennCare, we are collecting their personal stories so we can demonstrate the human face to changes in health care policy.

    The Nashville Youth for Peace and Justice are at the early stages of doing work on equity issues in the Metro school system and will need support from local teachers, students and others connected with the system. The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition continues to advocate for the right of all immigrants to have a driver’s license, allowing them to sustain themselves and families while creating

    a majority of the bounty that we all enjoy (highways, homes, harvesting, picking, manufacturing, sewing, etc.).

    At NPJC it is essential that we build relationships and get to know, understand and support each other’s issues. This February (see inside) 30 new and emerging activists will get an opportunity to explore their commitments to social justice through NPJC’s Leadership Institute: Training for Grassroots Organizing. Jen Cartwright, our NPJC Director of Education, has been working hard connecting with different grassroots organizations like the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, Bordeaux Beautiful, Homeless Power Project and other groups to determine how NPJC can best support them to do the good work they are doing for equitable housing and

    a clean environment in our neighborhoods. We invite you to consider being a student in the nine-week institute, or send people our way.

    Like it or not, WE are U.S. Americans. We can run to Canada or Mexico but our U.S. “privileges” and therefore responsibilities will follow us there. We carry a responsibility to claim what we want for this globe and how we want to utilize our citizenship/residence and activism to move us in that direction. It is possible to change this world and this country. We are doing it every day and many of us are having fun while we do it.

    Letter From the Center by Matt Leber, Coordinator

    Local Progressive News from the Nashville Peace & Justice Center

    vol. 5 - issue 1 - January 2005 Calendar........................2 NPJC Leadership Institute......3 Radio Free Nashville News.....3 Leadership Institute Calendar....4 Eyes Wide Open Exhibit.........6 War Resisters League..........6 From a TennCare Enrollee.....6 What’s New at NPJC.................7 King Weekend/EarthMatters....7 Stop Religious Discrimination...7

    (continued on page 8)

    Where Do We Go from Here?

    December’s candlelight vigil to help save TennCare.

    More than 50 homeless people died on the streets of Nashville in 2004. On Saturday, December 18, we stood for 40 minutes in the cold sunshine to honor their lives and their passing. We heard their names called out into the clear morning air.

    The morning began with breakfast offered by Food Not Bombs, along with donations of sleeping bags, blankets, jackets and the like for any who were interested. Howard Allen of the Homeless Power Project (the group which organized the event) welcomed the crowd and announced the speakers, including Vice Mayor Howard Gentry, Metro Councilman Mike Jameson, Rev. Don Beisswinger and John

    Zirker of the Homeless Power Project. Also participating in the event were the American Legion Post 82 Color Guard, singer Vida Finley and singer/songwriter Peter Moon. Vice Mayor Gentry spoke of the plan Mayor Bill Purcell has unveiled to end homelessness in Nash- ville within 10 years, and Councilman Jameson read the non-binding council resolution recognizing Homeless Memorial Day. A variety of people—an elderly man, a physically challenged woman, a 10-year-old, a teenager and others—read the names of the 57 people who have died this year. Thirteen of them had only an initial for a last name, because that’s all anyone knew.

    Will the 17th Annual Nashville Homeless Memorial Day Be the Last?

    by Marguerite Mills, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville

  • 2 www.nashvillepeacejustice.org

    January 4: Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing Monthly Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m. at NPJC*. Agenda includes moratorium planning for first quarter 2005, electing chapter leadership for 2005 and organizing against first-quarter executions. More Info: www.tcask.org or 615-329-0048. January 7: Dance Your Prayers at Nashville Friends Meeting House. 8-10 p.m.; warm-up at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover, first time free. January 9: Resist War (with your life). War Resisters League monthly meeting at 1827 Morena Street, Nashville. Potluck at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. More Info: 615-322- 9523. January 11: Amnesty International Nashville Monthly Meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at NPJC*. Agenda includes electing chapter leadership for 2005 and letter writing for Fessahay Yohannes (Eritrea). More Info: [email protected] net. January 15: EarthMatters Tennessee Annual King Day Winter Gathering and Potluck, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the eARTh Food Park, Lealand Avenue & Gale Lane at the I-440 overpass in South Nashville. Speakers include Rev. Edwin Sanders and Daynise Couch (beginning 12:30 p.m.). Games, food, music and some of Dr. King’s recorded speeches. More Info: www.earthmatterstn.org or 615-252-6953.

    January 17: Nashville’s Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Wide March and Convocation. 9-11 a.m. gathering at march sites, 12 p.m. convocation at TSU with keynote speaker Rev. James Tex Thomas. More Info: 963-5331. January 17: MLK with NPJC and Greater Bethel at Greater Bethel AME on 12th and South Street.

    Service: 8:30 a.m. March: 9 a.m. MLK was assassinated just as he began taking his strongest stands for peace (Vietnam) and for justice (sanitation worker rights in Memphis). Join us as we march and recommit ourselves to these causes. January 18: Nashville Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Business Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. at NPJC*. More Info: 615-646-9946 or [email protected] January 20: Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: Exploring Issues of Crime and Justice Behind the Walls with Rev. Janet Wolf, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through May 19. More Info: 615-297-8764 or [email protected] January 27: Mozart’s Birthday Benefit Concert for NPJC at Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Ave. 7-9 p.m. $5. More Info: [email protected] or 615-321-9066. January 27-29: Health Action 2005, 10th Annual Grassroots Conference of Families USA, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC. More Info: Families USA, 1334 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005; 202-628-3030; [email protected] or www.familiesusa.org. February TBA: Nashville Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Meeting, with speaker Hedy Weinberg. More Info: 615-646-9946; email [email protected] to be notified of date. February 1: Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing Monthly Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m. at NPJC*. More Info: www. tcask.org or 615-329-0048. Feb 3-6: UN Peace Advocate Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Presents Inner Engineering at Nashville’s Renaissance

    Hotel (beginning 6:30 p.m. on Thursday). Program offers powerful scientifically structured practices that transform one inwardly to promote peacefulness, natural conflict resolution, and compassion toward all beings. $225. More Info (and Registration): 615-665-3812 or [email protected] February 6-8: Defend the Dream: Economic Opportunity and Tax Fairness, United for a Fair Economy’s National Conference and Lobby Day, Washington, DC. Networking on progressive taxes and estate taxes. Registration $75. More Info: www.faireconomy.org. February 8: Amnesty International Nashville Monthly Meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at NPJC*. Final plans for International Women’s Day; letter writing. More Info: [email protected]

    February 12: Annual Love Your Mother Earth Valentine’s Day Event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the eARTh Food Park, Lealand Avenue & Gale Lane at the I-440 overpass in South Nashville. Special gifts, prizes and activities designed to deepen our love for Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. More Info: www.earthmatterstn.org or 615-252-6953. February 16: A Month of Sundays with the Green Team, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville’s environmental advocacy group. Free and open to the public at 1808 Woodmont Blvd. What would you discover if you traced the wires from your light switch to its energy source? Find out in the documentary Kilowatt Ours by Jeff Barrie at 7 p.m. Potluck at 6 p.m. More Info: 615-383-5760 or [email protected] February 19: Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing Board of Directors Meeting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at NPJC*. Open to the public. More Info: www.tcask.org or 615-329-0048. February 23: A Month of Sundays with the Green

Search related