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Urban Action 10/8

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

Gupta speaking at RIT

RIT will host "Medicine and Media," a talk by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. The neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent has won two Emmy awards for his reporting. The event will be held in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and will be followed by a question and answer session. Tickets:

Talk on compassion and veganism

The Rochester Area Vegan Society will present "Vegan Values: the Legacy of Stan and Rhoda Sapon," a talk by John Morlino on Sunday, October 19. The event will begin with a vegan dinner at 5:30 p.m., and the talk begins at 7 p.m. The dinner is a potluck vegan meal, which means that no animal products are used (no meat, dairy, fish, or honey products). Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass. If preparation advice is needed, call 234-8750. Cost: free to RAVS members; $3 for nonmembers. The event will be held at Buckland Lodge in Buckland Park, 1341 Westfall Road.

FBI suppression is subject of talk

The Flying Squirrel Community Space will host "US Out of My Living Room," a discussion with Leslie James Pickering, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21. Pickering, owner of Buffalo's Burning Books bookstore, will talk about what he describes as the FBI's surveillance of him and his family. Pickering maintains that the government's actions are intended to intimidate and repress activism. The event will be held at the Flying Squirrel, 285 Clarissa Street.