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Urban Action 4/25

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

Joining the resistance

Dozens of social-justice activism organizations will participate in a Rochester Activism Fair on Saturday, May 5. The fair, organized by Athesia Benjamin, an artist, activist, and teacher at Monroe Community College, is intended to help people who want to become involved in social-justice issues connect with one another and learn more about local organizations. The event will be held at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Park the car will hold "Curb Your Car Week" from Sunday, May 13, through Saturday, May 19, to encourage people to walk, ride a bike, take the bus, carpool, or telecommute rather than driving a car during that period. Participants who register at will get a worksheet to keep track of their on-car mileage. will then calculate the savings in gas and CO2. The project's open to everyone, not just Brighton residents.

Rally focuses on police oversight

Enough is Enough will commemorate its fifth year working for social justice and police accountability by holding a rally on Tuesday, May 1, calling attention to the need for independent police oversight. The rally will be held at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Bartlett Street, at 6 p.m.

Puerto Rico after Maria

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria," on Wednesday, May 2. Betsy Colón and Mike Wall, volunteers with Livingston Cares, and Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, JD, University of Massachusetts, will talk about life on the island today. They'll also discuss the role of the US in the island's recovery and its paternalistic relationship with government leaders. The event will be held at Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.

Creating a better community

The Knitting Club social action group will hold "Unstuck: a Community Conversation," on Saturday, April 28, to talk about creating a sustainable, peaceful world without the combative arguments that dominate current discussions. The event will be held at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, 9035 Route 5, West Bloomfield, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, but participants are asked to register for ordering pizza and snacks: