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Urban Action 3/14

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

'Holy Land Five' is program topic

Activist and writer Miko Peled will present a talk on Monday, March 19, titled "Injustice: the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five," about five Palestinian-American men who were arrested after September 11. The men, leaders of the largest Muslim charity in the US, are serving time in federal prison, although their conviction has been controversial. Peled, the author of "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine," also talks about Israeli-Palestinian relations, the treatment of Muslims in the US, and erosion of civil liberties in the US. The event will be held at Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, at 7 p.m.

The Osage murders

For the next Books Sandwiched In program at the Rochester Public Library downtown, on Tuesday, March 20, Gary Pudup will lead a discussion of "Killers of the Flower Moon." The book by David Grann tells the story of discrimination and hate crimes against the Osage Indian nation, whose accumulation of significant oil wealth led to the murder of many Osage. Pudup is former director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. The event will be held the Rochester Public Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

Remembering My Lai

Veterans for Peace will hold a memorial event on Friday, March 16, in remembrance of the hundreds of men, women, and children who were killed by the US Army at My Lai in Vietnam on that date in 1968. Historians consider the massacre one of the most horrific acts of violence in the war, and the cover-up that followed greatly fueled anti-war sentiment in the US. The event will be held at the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building, 100 State Street, at 4 p.m.