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Urban Action - 04-10-13

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

RIT hosts LGBT conference

RIT will host the annual "Northeast Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Conference" from Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14. The conference features workshops, films, panel discussions, and speakers including Zach Wahls, an LGBT and marriage equality activist. Registration and costs: or call (585) 475-6355.

Local transit planning meeting

The Genesee Transportation Council will hold a planning meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Ontario County Municipal Building, 20 Ontario Street in Canandaigua.

Lectures highlights historical activism

Temple B'rith Kodesh will present "Jewish Access to Higher Education in the 20th Century," a lecture by NYU Professor Harold Wechsler at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. Wechsler will talk about how Jewish defense groups lobbied for anti-discrimination legislation after World War II. The event will be held at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue.

City meeting on skate park

The City of Rochester will hold the second Roc City Park design meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at School 12, 999 South Avenue. Residents will get an update on the design process for the future skate park and have a chance to offer further input.

UR diversity conference

The University of Rochester will present its 2013 Diversity Conference "Our Differences, Our Strength," from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 12. The theme of the conference is how diversity can strengthen the academic community. The keynote address will be given by Lani Guinier, the first tenured African-American woman professor at Harvard. Information:

Labor workshop

Labor Lyceum will present the workshop, "Building Worker Power Through Community Organizing," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13. Organizers will discuss building grassroots worker groups from a wide range of occupations. The event will be held at NYSUT Hall, 30 Union Street.

Volunteer for spring cleaning

Monroe County Department of Parks, Keep America Beautiful, and Cascades Recovery will coordinate volunteers for "Pick Up the Parks," a day of cleaning the area's parks of trash and debris. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13. To volunteer: (585) 753-7281.