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Urban Action 3/30

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

Former NYT's journalist to talk equal pay

The Greater Rochester National Organization for Women will present a talk by David Cay Johnston at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, will talk about inequality and women's pay as part of NOW's annual Equal Pay Day recognition. The event will be held at the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Avenue.

Series to tackle mass incarceration

Reformation Lutheran Church will offer a six-week series, "Mass incarceration in the United States." The classes will begin on Wednesday, April 6, and will continue through Wednesday, May 11. They will be based in part on Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." All of the classes will be held at the church, 111 North Chestnut Street, at 6:30 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is requested: 454-3367.

Murder seen through a racial lens

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will join the YWCA in "Reading to End Racism" on Saturday, April 9. Teens and adults are invited to discuss the book, "How it Went Down" by Kekla Magoon, a story about community reactions to the murder of an African-American teen; each character gives a different account of what happened. The event will be held at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Book discussion includes animals' stories

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a discussion of "Only the Animals" by Ceridwen Dovey on Tuesday, April 5. Jeff Wyatt, veterinarian and chair of comparative medicine at the University of Rochester, will review Dovey's enchanting stories of animals retelling snippets from their lives, often with their famous owners or during memorable moments in history. For example, a cat talks about her life with Colette in Paris and a starving bear in Sarajevo tells a fairy tale. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

Lectures on Rochester's food production

The Genesee Land Trust, Peacework Organic CSA, and Seedfolk City Farm will present two lectures, "The Future of Food." The lectures will be identical and relevant to the Rochester area's food production and needs, with the first lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 13 Bronson Avenue in the City of Rochester, and the second lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the Scottsville Free Library, 28 Main Street, Scottsville.