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Urban Action 1/17

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

Protecting women's rights

Rochester NOW, Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York, and the First Unitarian Church will present "Roe v. Wade 45th Anniversary: Protecting our Reproductive Rights," on Monday, January 22. A panel discussion will focus on how to protect access to safe, reliable, and affordable birth control and abortion. The panelists will include Iman Abid, director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the NYCLU; Dr. Rachel Phelps, medical director for Planned Parenthood; and attorney Lauren Deutsch, executive director of Healthy Baby Network. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, at 7 p.m.

ROC women marching in solidarity

Indivisible Rochester and Gender Equality Movement of SUNY Brockport will hold a "Women's Rally" on Saturday, January 20. The rally is being held in solidarity with similar women's marches and rallies across the country. The rally will be held in Washington Square Park, 10 St. Mary's Place, Rochester, from 11 to noon. Also, Rochester NOW members will be heading to the "Per-SISTERS for Women's Equality" march and rally in Seneca Falls, NY, on Saturday, January 20. The event, which is expected to draw supporters from around the state, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, such as travel instructions: 512-8801; or

Art's influence on Rochester

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "The Health of Arts and their Impact on Rochester," on Tuesday, January 23. The National Center for Arts Research called Rochester one of the country's top 20 arts communities in 2017. Dawn Lipson, chair of Arts and Cultural Council will talk about the importance of the arts and how much it supports this community. The event will be held at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

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