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Urban Action 12/9

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

Farming for food justice

The Downtown Presbyterian Church will hold "Food Justice: the Right to Good, Clean, Local Food," a Human Rights Day celebration at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Local activists will discuss what they call the food system, and what they are doing to promote healthy soil, address local food needs, and growing locally. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass using local ingredients if possible. The event will be held at Downtown Presbyterian, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.

Leaders to discuss Rochester's future growth

Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and the Rochester Rotary Club will present "Vision-Future" as part of an economic growth luncheon discussion series from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. The event will feature Mayor Lovely Warren, County Executive Maggie Brooks, and County Executive-elect Cheryl Dinolfo. Tickets: $40, RDDC members; $60 nonmembers. Reservations: Carly Cross at or 546-6920.

Workshop to teach conflict resolution

The MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will hold "Transforming Conflicts: Nonviolence 101," a workshop on peaceful and respectful dispute resolution, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. The event will be held at the Gandhi Institute, 929 Plymouth Avenue South.

Dinner will benefit refugees

Peace Action Geneseo will hold a "Benefit Dinner for the European Refugee Crisis" at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. The purpose of the dinner is to help provide direct aid to victims through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Ground the Drones activist Judy Bello is the guest speaker. The event will be held at Interfaith Center, 11 Franklin Street, Geneseo. Tickets: $5 for students and faculty; $7 for general public. All proceeds from the event will go to UNHCR.

Rare Douglass image on display at UR

The University of Rochester has been loaned one of the earliest known images of Frederick Douglass. This unique, pocket-sized daguerreotype portrait is available for public viewing through February 29, 2016, in the Plutzik Library of Rush Rhees Library. Douglass, a former slave, writer, and abolitionist, lived in Rochester for about 25 years and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.