This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Benefit event honors activists
The Rochester Committee on Latin America will hold its annual Rice and Beans Gala Dinner and White Dove Awards on Friday, March 10. This year's ceremony will recognize Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku for the community's legal fight against oil exploration in the Ecuadoran Amazon, and the Workers' Center of Central New York for its support of dairy farm workers. The event will be held at Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, at 5:15 p.m. Tickets: $100 for Champion; $30 for Friend; and $15 for students (but no one will be turned away). Reservations: Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
City seeks input on housing funds
The City of Rochester will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 8, concerning the 2017-2018 Action Plan. The city applies annually for federal funds needed for a variety of housing and development programs. Those include Community Development Block Grants, the Home Investment Partnership program, Emergency Solutions Grants, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. People and organizations concerned with housing and development needs can comment or make related recommendations at the hearing. Information about the plan is available at City Hall, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, during normal business hours. The hearing will be held at City Hall, Council Chambers, 30 Church Street, at 6 p.m.