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Urban Action 10/24

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

Climate inaction spurs a rally

The Rochester Youth Climate Leaders, an interscholastic youth activist organization, will hold a rally on Monday, October 29, to call attention to climate change.

The rally is a show of solidarity with plaintiffs in the court case Juliana v. United States, being heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The youth plaintiffs in that case say that the government's inaction on global warming is a violation of their 5th and 14th amendment rights as well as the Public Trust Doctrine rights.

The Rochester rally is one of a group of youth rallies being held around the country on the first day of the case. It will be at the Federal Building, 100 State Street, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Native people and life in urban areas

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a review of the book "There There," on Tuesday, October 30. The novel focuses on the plight of Native Americans living in urban areas and their complex and painful history. Michael Galban, curator at the Ganondagan State Historic Site's Seneca Art and Culture Center, will review the book. 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.

Opposing high-stakes testing

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education, in collaboration with the University of Rochester, the Rochester Teachers Association, and Writers and Books, is holding two more discussions about high-stakes standardized testing.

The next meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29, at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, led by Howard Maffucci, former superintendent for the East Rochester school district, and at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the UR's Warner School of Education, LaChase Hall, led by UR professor David Hursh. Registration: