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Urban Action 10/4

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

Protecting resources in Ecuador

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will host a talk on the topic "Who Speaks for Nature? Indigenous Environmentalists against Extraction in Ecuador" on Wednesday, October 4. Speaker Karleen West, SUNY Geneseo assistant professor of political science, will focus on the struggles of indigenous communities facing the extraction of natural resources in Ecuador by international corporations. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.

Preventing  human trafficking

The City of Rochester is hosting a showing of the film "Not for Sale" on Wednesday, October 4. The documentary looks at present-day slavery and human trafficking in the US and around the world. The event, which will include a panel discussion about preventing human trafficking and child abduction, will be held at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, 161 Chestnut Street, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The campaign against facts

The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a discussion of author Tom Nichols' book, "The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters," on Tuesday, October 10. Former RIT President William Destler will discuss Nichols' concerns about the rejection of fact-based knowledge in favor of instantly available, often inaccurate information on talk radio, cable TV, and social media.

"No longer do we hold these truths to be self-evident," Nichols writes, "we hold all truths to be self-evident, even the ones that aren't true. All things are knowable and every opinion on any subject is as good as any other."

The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.