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Urban Action 10/18

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

Experiencing poverty and social injustice

The Social Welfare Action Alliance Rochester Chapter will hold a Fall Reality Tour on Saturday, October 21. The organization sponsors the tour to share stories about economic injustice, poverty, homelessness, and human rights by meeting people impacted by the issues. The tour bus departs from the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road, at 11:45 a.m., and it returns at approximately 3:45 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required: general audience cost, $20; students, $15; and low-income guests, $10. Make checks out to SWAA Rochester and write Reality Tour on the check; mail to P.O. Box 17323, Rochester 14617. Information: 512-8822 (day of tour, call 820-6639).

Hines to speak on mental health treatment needs

Nazareth College will present "An Evening with Kevin Hines" on Tuesday, October 24. Hines is the author of "Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt." After a mental illness diagnosis, Hines attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, and he is the only survivor who has jumped from the bridge and been able to regain full physical mobility. He will share his story and talk about the need for health-care coverage that offers better access to mental health treatment. The event will be held at the college's Shults Center Forum, at 7 p.m.

A father teaches his sons about the Islamic faith

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will review "Letters to a Young Muslim" on Tuesday, October 24, as part of its Books Sandwiched In series. Iman Abid, an organizer with the Rochester chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, will review Omar Saif Ghobash's book. In a series of letters, Ghobash tries to educate his sons about their future as Muslims and how to understand the Islamic faith at a time when the religion is being reinterpreted to fuel global conflicts. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.