This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Talk by former priest, Roy Bourgeois
The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "Peace, Justice, Equality, and Conscience in Latin America," a talk by Roy Bourgeois, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Bourgeois is an activist and founder of School of the Americas Watch. He served as a Catholic priest for 40 years until he was expelled from the priesthood for performing an invalid ordination of a female priest. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.
The First Unitarian Environmental Climate Task Force will present "Welcoming Pollinators" from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The task force will hold a workshop and discussion on attracting pollinators — bees, birds, bats, and butterflies — into our back yards. There will be activities for all age groups. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South. Free to the public, but donations appreciated.
Opportunity to lobby Albany
The Genesee Valley Chapter for the New York Civil Liberties Union will hold "Fight for Justice for All," a day of lobbying in Albany on Tuesday, May 5. Free meals and transportation to and from Albany will be provided for a day of meeting lawmakers and encouraging them to improve the system of public defense with adequate funding and better supervision. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 454-4334.
Conserving New York's resources
The American Association of University Women will host a community conversation about environmental stewardship at noon on Wednesday, May 6. There will be a discussion about the dual role we all play as users and caretakers of our natural resources. The event will be held at 494 East Avenue. RSVP to Beth at 244-8890.
Discussing life on Sioux reservation
The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "On the Rez" by Ian Frazier at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4. Frazier's book examines life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, center of the Oglala Sioux community, which he describes as a place that he is drawn to despite the violence, poverty, and alcoholism. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the meeting.
The Judicial Process Commission will hold its annual luncheon, "The Journey is Hope, the Mission is Not Impossible," at noon on Thursday, April 30. The JPC helps about 1,000 local men and women restart their lives after incarceration. The goal is to help them come back into the community and reduce recidivism. The lunch and program is $45 per person, and will be held at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue.