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Urban Action 3/18

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

Teachers rally against Cuomo agenda

Members of New York State United Teachers and their supporters will hold a community rally and public forum to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo's education agenda at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. Cuomo pushed for tougher teacher evaluations and wants additional school funding linked to his reforms. The event will be held at Spencerport High School, 2707 Spencerport Road.

Creating local energy solutions

The Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club will present "Our Energy Future: Global Problems, Local Solutions" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Environmentalist Darren Everhart will lead a community discussion about fossil fuel depletion and what can be done locally to further energy conservation. The event will be held at the Pittsford library, 24 State Street.

How do grand juries work?

The League of Women Voters Rochester Metropolitan Area will present "The Grand Jury System: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How?" at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23. There are provisions in all 50 states for grand jury proceedings, which involve allegations of homicide or felony assault against police officers. New York is one of 22 states that mandate their use. The Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, pastor of Asbury First United Methodist Church, will moderate a discussion with Sandra Doorley, district attorney for Monroe County, and Roger Brazill, first assistant public defender, Monroe County Public Defender Office. The event will be held at 1050 East Avenue. Registration: 262-3730.

ROCLA's rice and beans dinner

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will hold the "2015 Rice and Beans Gala Dinner and White Dove Awards" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20. ROCLA's White Dove award winners will share their stories about standing with the Central-American people in their fight for human rights and justice. Tickets: $50 per person. Reservations: 293-3194. The event will be held at the Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road.