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Urban Action 11/29

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

Looking at the economy

Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and the Rochester Rotary Club will present "Vison Future" on Tuesday, December 12. Business and political leaders will discuss successes in 2017 and share their expectations for 2018. The featured speakers are Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo; Mayor Lovely Warren; Uber senior policy manager Josh Gold; and Zagster sales consultant David Reed. Tickets: $45 for RDDC members; $60 for non-members. The event will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, with registration from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and the luncheon and program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservation deadline: Friday, December 8. Reservations: 546-6920 or

Peacemaking in the Crusades

Nazareth College will show the film "The Sultan and the Saint," on Tuesday, December 5. The film is set in 1219 during the Crusades and tells the story of two men of deep faith: Francis, a Christian, and al-Kamil, ruler of the Muslim world. Francis crosses enemy lines and meets with the sultan to try to persuade him to become a Christian. He isn't successful, but the Christian and Muslim become friends and spend their lives trying to promote peace. The film will be shown at Nazareth's Otto A. Shults Community Center Forum, at 7 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

Creating cheap and sustainable energy

The University of Rochester will present "Converting Water into Fuel: Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis," on Thursday, November 30. Victor Batista, professor of chemistry at Yale University, will give a lecture on developing photocatalytic cells to produce hydrogen from water as an endless source of energy. The lecture will be held at UR's Goergen Hall, at 5 p.m.

Rally for fair scheduling

Metro Justice will be holding "Fight for $15 Rally for Fair Scheduling" on Wednesday, December 6. The State Department of Labor, acting at the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, has proposed regulations that would require employers to give their workers at least a two week notice of their work schedule, pay for any shift lost within 72 hours, and extra pay for last minute changes to shift schedules. Many hourly workers support the fair scheduling regulations because they would help create stability in households with children or adults who require care. The rally will be held at Pittsford Plaza, at 4:30 p.m.