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Urban Action 11/8

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

A focus on water quality and phosphorus

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association will present a discussion on Wednesday, November 8, on phosphorus and its potential to harm to water quality. The speaker will be Tony Prestigiacomo, a research scientist with the state's Department of Environmental Conservation's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub. The event will be held at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, at 6:30 p.m.

Lecture and panel look at oppression

The University of Rochester will host a program focusing on worldwide oppression and the need for solidarity at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 8. The speaker is Khury Petersen-Smith, a Boston-based activist, contributor to Socialist Worker, and co-author of the 2015 Statement of Black Solidarity with Palestine. His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion. The event, which is sponsored by UR Students for a Democratic Society and Christians Witnessing for Palestine, will be held in Dewey Hall on the River Campus. Parking is $3; parking instructions are available at the Wilson Boulevard information kiosk.

Design Center event features Buffalo expert

Keynote speaker at the Community Design Center Rochester's annual Reshaping Rochester awards luncheon this year is Robert Shibley, director and dean of the University of Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning. Shibley, author of more than a dozen books, founded the Urban Design Project, which played a vital role in developing plans for downtown Buffalo, supporting its recent resurgence. The event takes place at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased by Friday, November 10, online at or call 271-0520. (Tickets won't be sold at the door.)