This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Meeting set on
The New York State Education Department is holding regional meetings on school districts' plans to boost student achievement. The meeting for the Rochester district will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18, at School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street. The meetings are designed to gather information on the improvement plans, which must meet guidelines set by the Every Student Succeeds Act for certain federal funds. The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required: 262-8389.
PR's dark side
ColorBrightonGreen.org will show the documentary film "Merchants of Doubt" by Robert Kenner on Wednesday, March 22. The film looks at how public relations strategies were used by the tobacco industry to thwart research that would lead to government regulation. The same tactics are still being deployed by numerous companies and organizations to lower public awareness and prevent government action. The film will be shown at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.
Fighting a rise
The Anti-Defamation League, New York Region, will present a panel discussion on the theme "ROC Against Hate" on Thursday, March 16. Panelists will be Evan Bernstein, ADL regional director, and Oren Segal, director of ADL's Center on Extremism. The discussion will focus on recent post-election anti-Semitism and what communities can do to bring about positive change. The event will be held at Temple Beth El, 139 Winton Road, at 6:30 p.m. Registration required: http://newyork.adl.org/event/roc-against-hate/.
Interfaith IMPACT of New York State will present a panel discussion on "Black Lives Matter – an Approach to Building a Beloved Community," on Sunday, March 19. The panelists: the Rev. Julius David Jackson, senior pastor, Salem United Church of Christ; Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard; and Dick Gilbert, First Unitarian Church minister emeritus. They'll discuss racism in Rochester, the relationship between Rochester police and people of color, and the views of black youth and the black pastors who work with them. The event will be held at The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street, at 2 p.m. Information: 442-5111.