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Urban Action 5/1


This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Park the car will hold its annual Curb Your Car Week from Sunday, May 12, to Saturday, May 18. Bike, walk, bus, carpool, and telecommute to cut global warming and air pollution. Anyone can participate. Register at and, after May 18, report by e-mail the miles saved.

Lecture on smart growth

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will present "Regional Choices," a lecture with Charles Marohn, director of Strong Towns in Baxter, Minnesota; and Peter Fleischer, director of Empire State Future in Albany. The lecture will focus on how local governments have failed to consider the long-term returns on public investment, and how to advocate for smart growth. The event is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue. Tickets: $15, free to students with ID. Info:

Film about 1920's political left

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present a showing of "Reds" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. The 1981 film depicts the "radical left" in the US in the 1920's with the Russian Revolution in the backdrop. The film will be shown at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue. See Marilyn Anderson of ROCLA in the theater's lobby for a free pass for ROCLA members and supporters.

Volunteer to clean Rochester

The City of Rochester seeks volunteers for Clean Sweep 2013. Dates and locations: in the southeast section of the city on Saturday, May 4, at Cobbs Hill Park at the Culver Road and Norris Drive entrance; in the southwest on Saturday, May 11, at Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Park; and in the northeast on Saturday, May 18, at the Norton Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton Street. The sweeps begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. Registration:

Church, state, and contraception discussion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Rochester will sponsor "Does the Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Violate Religious Freedom?" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Jann Armantrout, life issues coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese, and the Rev. James Swarts, lecturer in history at SUNY Geneseo will debate the issue. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church, 220 South Winton Road.

Book discussion about slavery

The Moving Beyond Racism book group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6, to discuss "Inheriting the Trade." Author Thomas DeWolf gives a candid account of his discovery that his prominent northern family was the country's largest slave trader. The group will meet at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza. It is not necessary to have read the book in advance to join the book discussion.

Walk to celebrate Israel

Several Jewish community organizations will hold "Walk the Land: Celebrate Life!" to celebrate the State of Israel's 65th birthday at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. The 1.6 mile walk begins at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, to Jewish Senior Life, 2021 Winton Road South. Everyone is welcome.

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