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ACLU's Know Your Rights -
Protests & Demonstrations

Small (29KB) PDF file describing your rights to public free speech and what to avoid. For more visit their site at

Protest Toolkit: For Single-Payer Health Care

1.1MB PDF file created by the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network.

10 Reasons To Oppose Water Privatization

120MB PDF file

Knoxville's Urban Agriculture Code

1.7MB PDF file

Helping The Mentally Ill In Prison - ReThink

440KB PDF file describing the help for the menatlly ill in America's prisons.

The Economics Of A Living Wage

52KB PDF file with good rebuttal of common arguments for keeping America's workforce in poverty.

Best & Worst States For Women

Rankings and methodology included in this small 190kB PDF file.


Knoxville Green Party Meetings:

The Green Party of Knox County regularly meets the second Monday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00PM at Barley's in the Old City. Public welcome!!

Democratic Socialists Meeting

The DSA meets the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7:00PM at the Bearden Branch Library's meeting room.

Platypus Group

The Platypus Group is a weekly reading/discussion group meeting on campus focused on the problems and possibilities historically inherited by the political Left. Every Thursday 7-9 pm at the Hodges library of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, room 235P on main floor. Website:


Keep up with what's happening at the Birdhouse Community Center in Knoxville. They have all sorts of creative and political groups & classes!

- Nashville Events -

Events From The Nashville Peace & Justice Center

(For more information on these and more events from the Nashville Peace & Justice Center click here.)

5 Aug Fri 11:30am to 1pm. Human Trafficking in Tennessee. Panel discussion presented by You Have the Power Executive Director, Cathy Gurley, along with representatives from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and End Slavery Tennessee. Includes a 15 minute video, "No Girl's Dream," featuring survivors of trafficking and experts from throughout Tennessee. Organized by the League of Women Voters of Nashville. Bring your lunch or buy one for $12. Second Harvest Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville 37228. More info: Melissa Holden or 217-257-5193.

6 Aug Sat 10am to noon. Cinema on Edge: Hollywood and the Cold War. Belcourt Film Seminar. $25. Presented by two Vanderbilt professors at Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue. Nashville TN 37212. More info. Editorial note: A seminar such as this must inevitably have some sort of bias, even if the presenters are not aware of it. I am not familiar with these two professors and do not know what their bias is, but I suspect that it would not agree with mine. The brief description on the web page gives me the impression that they believe the USA is a democracy, or at least that it was during the Cold War. But Gilens and Page 2014 proved indisputably that the USA is a plutocracy, and my own impression is that it has been for a long time.

6 Aug Sat 1pm. Showing Up for Racial Justice: Cultural Organizing meet & greet. The Red Arrow Gallery. Suite 4, 919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37206.

6 Aug Sat 2-6pm. "Stop the Stink" festival to have fun while publicizing the campaign against Middle Point Landfill. Kelley's Chapel United Methodist Church, 301 E Jefferson Pike, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. We are organizing the community not only to stop noxious odors from Middle Point, but to transform the way we handle our garbage in Tennessee.

7 Aug Sun 4-6pm. Volunteer work in community garden. 1833 Haynes St, Nashville, TN 37207. Possible tasks include weeding, watering, painting.

9 Aug Tues 6-8pm. Open Table: General Volunteer Training. Glencliff UMC, 2901 Glencliff Road, Nashville, TN 37211. This training will provide a basic understanding of what we do (and don't do); what volunteers opportunities are available; our philosophy of outreach, safety, and boundaries; and the basic skills needed for Resource Shelters, foot clinics, and innkeeping.

13 Aug Sat 8:30am to noon. Parade + Brunch with Nashville Fair Food. Meet at the Tomato Art Fest. The brunch is a fundraiser. The address listed is Russell St & S 12th St, but I'm not sure whether that's where the parade starts or ends or eats; watch for clarification.

13 Aug Sat 9am - 6pm. Tomato Art Fest. Free, at Five Points and the several blocks around it. (You may have to park your car as much as six blocks away.) This is mostly a social event, not a political event, but a few political organizations will have booths there, and a few political individuals (including your calendar editor) may be handing out leaflets there. (There's also a free concert the previous evening, but I don't think there will be political booths or leafleters there.)

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- News -

41 charged in TBI human trafficking sting operation in Nashville

A Look At The Green Candidate’s Radical Funding Solution

We Must #SayHerName: Korryn Gaines

Massachusetts Passes Groundbreaking Equal Pay Law

North Dakota Voter ID Law Blocked

Cops Get Less Training Than Cosmetologists In The US

Obama Admin Approved Over 1,500 Offshore Fracking Permits

Obama Admin. Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Since WWII

NAACP Calls For National Moratorium On Charter Schools

Loved Ones Search For Answers In Shaylene Graves’ Prison Death

Building A Progressive International

On Vigilante Justice and the Need for Social Movements

Fighting for the future: The necessity and possibility of national political organization for our time

California Fast Tracks Solar Permits

Obama Prepares To Reinforce Militarized Police Occupation Of Black America

Why The Demand For ‘Medicare For All’ Won’t Go Away

Organizing In A Brave New World

Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States

Debtors Prison Costs Cities Millions

How’s & Way’s To Create A Complementary Currency System

Why We’re The Murder Capital Of The World

Lessons In Viking Economics

Can The United States Transcend White Supremacy?

Writing As Resistance

Seeds Community Café Reduces Food Waste, Feeds Hungry

A Wake-Up Call For White Progressives

America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

Social Justice For A Global Working Class

Why These Parents And Grandparents Are ‘Fasting For Future’

US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

U.S. Plans To Saturate Globe With Weapons

Protests Across the Country In Response To Police Killings

Redistribution Of Health Care From The Poor To The Wealthy

Time For Silence Is Over: Grasping Reality Of Nonviolence

Understanding The Fundamentals Of Economic Democracy

On World Day, UN Hails Cooperatives As Drivers Of Sustainable Future

To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned In Jail

U.N. Passes Landmark Resolution Condemning Internet Shutdowns

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- Elder Wisdom -

Within the tribal structure you often had people who displayed the riches of their society. However they were never the chiefs, the peacemakers, the medicine people or the ceremony leaders. Those people were among the poorest because they lived as examples of the giveaway. The sharing of what you have with others who's needs are greater then yours. The tribe supported them knowing that most of what was given to them for their work would in turn be given back to the tribe.

Too bad that today's politicians, MD's, religious leaders and NGO leaders don't follow this example. Perhaps we need to choose our leaders based on how they live rather then what they say.

Perhaps more people need to show the way. I try to do so.

Bob (Big Tree) Smith