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Urban Action 12/2

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

Rally on Friday to support refugees

The Islamic Center of Rochester and other mosques and interfaith groups will hold a rally to support Muslim refugees and oppose Islamophobia and the anti-refugee backlash. The rally will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, in front of the Federal Building, 100 State Street. Information:

Harley program to address divestment

The Harley School will host "Fossil Fuel Divestment" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Bob Bechtold, president of Harbec, will present divestment as the most powerful weapon against carbon production and climate change. The event will be held at the Harley School, 1981 Clover Street.

Film portrays a pastor's changing view on guns

The Little Theatre will show "Armor of Light" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. The film by Abigail Disney looks at Evangelical pastor Rob Schenck's evolution on gun ownership, gun rights, and gun violence from a pro-life position. Schenck became an advocate against gun violence despite the feelings of his colleagues and many members of his conservative faith community. The event will be held at the Little, 240 East Avenue. Normal ticket prices apply.

Meet wildlife up close at MuCCC

The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center will present "A Taste of the Wild" with the Wildlife Educators Coalition on Sunday, December 13. The event will showcase an up-close educational and entertaining experience with a variety of different animals such as a giant tortoise, a talking cockatoo, and a capuchin monkey. The event will also feature a small petting zoo. The shows are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets: adults, $10; children, $5. Information: 259-7112.

Discover the magic of mushrooms

Johnson Brothers Food Forest will help you learn everything you ever wanted to know about mushrooms on Saturday, December 5. Brothers Abe and Noah Johnson will take you on a tour of their farm, discuss mushroom inoculation and permaculture, and offer you mushroom tea. The Johnsons cultivate a wide variety of mushrooms such as lion's mane, oyster, shitake, wine cap, and turkey tail. RSVP to The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 2231 Welcher Road, Newark, New York.