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Urban Action 11/12


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

RTS preview and opening events

Regional Transit Service will hold six open house events to preview the new transit center before it opens on Friday, November 28. The dates and times for the events are: Thursday, November 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday, November 15, from noon to 4 p.m.; Monday, November 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Thursday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 71 North Clinton Avenue. Information:

Also, Visit Rochester, Rochester Rotary, and the Rochester Business Alliance will hold a special preview of the new center followed by a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. It will be held at the transit center and will be followed by a reception at the Brockport Metro Center, 55 St. Paul Street. This event is free for Visit Rochester members and $20 at the door for nonmembers. Information and preregistration:

Henrietta Lacks remembered

Monroe Community College will host family members of Henrietta Lacks at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 17. Lacks died of cervical cancer at age 31 and her tumor cells have been used in thousands of studies. Jeri Lacks Whye, Henrietta's granddaughter, and Shirley Lacks, her daughter-in-law, will talk about the family's struggle that led to a US Supreme Court decision against human gene patents. The Lacks will tell their story in the Warshof Conference Center on the Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road. Admission is free for MCC students and employees; $7 for the general public.

Analyzing day care availability

The League of Women Voters will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, to present "Child Care Subsidies in Monroe County — an Analysis of Need and Availability." The Center for Governmental Research will address demand, availability, trends, and who uses subsidies for child care. The event will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue.

Fighting for the poor and homeless

The Rochester Chapter of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, SUNY Brockport, and Redeeming Word Christian Center International will present "Stories of Survival and Resistance," a talk by Cheri Honkala, national organizer of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. Honkala has been arrested over 200 times as an activist for America's poor and homeless. In 2012, she was the Green Party's nominee for vice president. Her talk will be held at the Redeeming Word Christian Center, 60 Woodward Street, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. Information: 969-3409.

Examining Rochester's infant mortality rate

The Little Theatre will show a free screening of its "America by the Numbers" series episode titled "Surviving Year One" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. The film explores why a disproportionate number of black and Latino babies in Rochester die before their first birthday. The screening will be followed by a 7 p.m. panel discussion. The event is free, but tickets must be reserved online at

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