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Urban Action 4/18

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

Film highlights anti-fracking leader

The Little Theatre's One Take Film Festival and Rochester Pachamama Alliance will show "Unfractured," on Sunday, April 22. The documentary film follows Sandra Steingraber, an Ithaca-area biologist and author who became a leader in the battle against the oil and gas industry. The film will be shown at the Little, 240 East Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $11.

Protecting religious freedom

The Rochester chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will present "Defending Religious Freedom in the Military," a talk by Rochester attorney Donald Rehkopf, Jr., on Monday April 23. Rehkopf, who is legal counsel for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, will discuss cases involving service members who believe their First Amendment rights have been denied. The event will be held at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Combatting poverty

The Rochester Poor People's Campaign will hold "A Truth Commission on Poverty in Rochester," on Thursday, April 19, with Rochesterians who have experienced social justice, poverty, and racism telling their stories. The local effort, which is sponsored by more than two dozen faith and social-justice organizations, is part of a nationwide campaign to prepare communities for 40 days of action to focus attention on social-justice issues. The April 19 event will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1549 Dewey Avenue, at 5:30 p.m.

Driving gas-free

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show on Saturday, April 21. Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Attendees can learn more about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles and can test drive a variety of vehicles. The show will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.