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Urban Action 3/25

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

Young Latina's memoir discussed

Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6, to discuss the memoir, "When I Was Puerto Rican," by Esmeralda Santiago. Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago tells how her brother was badly injured in an accident and her mother thought he would receive better care in New York City. But the family experiences difficulties with racism and language barriers that quickly shatter their images of what the move to the US would mean for them. The meeting will be held at Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza. It is not necessary to have read the book to join the discussion.

Mentors needed

The Judicial Process Commission is seeking volunteers to become mentors for people who are leaving prison and re-entering society. Mentors coach individuals for about an hour each week. Training is required and will be held on Monday, April 27, and Tuesday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 1921 Norton Street. Interested volunteers should contact Valerie White-Whittick: 325-7727.

Parenting and secularism

The Brighton Memorial Library will present "Parenting Beyond Belief: on Raising Ethical, Caring Kids without Religion," a book discussion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. The book includes the writings of several authors who discuss building values in children and dealing with a larger society that sometimes challenges secular values. The book will be reviewed by Barry Swan, madrikh (leader) of Beth Haskalah-the Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism. The event will be held at the library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.