This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Film on farming and sustainability
ColorBrightonGreen.org will show the documentary film "Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn investigate the impact of large-scale factory farming on the planet. The film will be shown at Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.
Greentopia film festival starts
Greentopia will hold "Greentopia Film" from Tuesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 21. The film festival will feature a collection of more than a dozen films by independent filmmakers concerning creating a sustainable planet. The films will be shown in multiple locations and at varying times. For a complete listing of the films, locations, show times, and ticket costs: www.greentopia.org/film/.
Film questions Israeli statehood
Christians Witnessing for Palestine will present "On the Side of the Road," a film by Lia Tarachansky, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The filmmaker looks at the events of 1948 when Israel was created and Palestinians were left without a state of their own. Tarachansky, a former West Bank settler, returns to her settlement community in the film and is met with outrage. A question-and-answer period with the filmmaker will follow the screening, which will be held at the Islamic Center of Rochester, 727 Westfall Road.
Community forum on education and prisons
Facing Race, Embracing Equality will hold "Making the School-to-Prison Pipeline Visible," a community forum, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The organizers will discuss how children are drawn into the pipeline and share personal stories, as well as provide information to parents about what they can do to protect their children. The event will be held at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center, 36 King Street.