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Urban Action 1/20

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

Event to honor unsung heroes of the Holocaust

I Am Your Protector will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by honoring those who risked their lives protecting victims. On Wednesday, January 27, a public theater performance directed by The Living Theater will present reenactments of unknown protectors and an interfaith prayer will be held. The event takes place at Washington Square Park from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. RSVP,

Panel discussion to focus on Upstate economy

The Rochester Business Journal will present "2016 Economic Outlook: Rochester and the Upstate Region" from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29. The panel discussion will offer insights from Donald Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute; Jaison Abel, research officer, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College; Heather Briccetti, CEO of the Business Council of New York State; and Kimberly Gangi, CPA with Insero and Company. The topics range from middle-skills training to the state budget. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 East Main Street. Registration is $45 per person. Information: Melissa Wilson at

Klein takes on climate deniers

Finger Lakes Community College will host a talk by Naomi Klein, author of "This Changes Everything," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. From the author of "The Shock Doctrine" comes a view of climate change that is more about the human tendency to deny reality when it threatens the status quo. Conservative think tanks and lobby groups, in Klein's view, have created confusion and stalled political action resembling the lead up to the worst civil upheavals of the last century. The event will be held at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Tickets are $15, Student admission is free.