This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Local election debates scheduled
Several debates have been organized prior to the elections on November 3. The League of Women Voters and WROC will host a debate on Wednesday, October 21, at Channel 8's studios, 201 Humboldt Street, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Voice of the Voter will host a debate on Monday, October 26, at WXXI studios, 280 State Street, at 8 p.m. And Rochester Rotary Club will host a debate on Tuesday, October 27, at the Joseph Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center during a noon luncheon.
Discussing city schools
St. Monica's Social Justice Committee will host "Separate and Unequal" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. A discussion on Rochester's schools will feature Mark Hare, leader of the local Great Schools for All Coalition. The event will be held at St. Monica's, at the corner of Monica and Genesee streets.
Drone pilots on film
The Flying Squirrel Community Space will show the film "Good Kill" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14. The documentary film looks at pilots who go to the office and sit in front of a computer screen to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle that targets humans. The film will be shown at the Flying Squirrel, 285 Clarissa Street.
Understanding NYS's inner works
The League of Women Voters and the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester will present "Nuts, Bolts and Monkey Wrenches of a NYS Constitutional Convention" at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 19. The event will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue.
Talk by columnist Thomas Oliphant
Finger Lakes Community College will present a talk by longtime Boston Globe political writer Thomas Oliphant at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. He will discuss his insights on the transformation of presidential campaigns under the influence of money and media. The event will be held in the auditorium on the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.
Performance of 'Palestine'
Temple B'rith Kodesh will present a performance of "Palestine" by Najla Said at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. She is the author of "Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family," a humorous look at her ethnic identity. Palestine was originally produced Off Broadway. The event will be held at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton. Free and open to public Call 342-9568.
A tour through Rochester's poverty
The Rochester Chapter of the Social Welfare Action Alliance will hold "The Reality Tour" on Saturday, October 17. The tour is designed to help people understand the everyday economic and social injustices that the homeless and working poor experience. The bus departs School 1, 85 Hillside Avenue, at 11:45 a.m. and returns about 3:45 p.m. Registration required and donations accepted. Call 969-3409. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather.
Candidates invited to speak on disability rights
A group of nine organizations concerned with disability rights and treating people with disabilities will hold a candidate forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. All candidates for county executive, County Legislature, City Council, and the city school board have been invited. The forum will be moderated by Bill Moran of 100.5 The Drive. The event will be held at the National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square Drive.
Rally for Middle East peace
Christians Witnessing for Palestine will hold a rally for peace in Israel and Palestine by ending the occupation and blockade of Gaza at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 16. The rally will be held in front of the Federal Building, 100 State Street.