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Urban Action 4/30

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

Discussing Israel

J Street Rochester will present "Israelis and Their Neighbors: Special Moments Captured in Words and Videos," a discussion with Shlomi Eldar, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. Eldar is a fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., as well as a reporter and film director. He will discuss the relationships between Israelis and their neighbors, and the impact these relationships are having in the region. The event will be held at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue. RSVP requested:

Helping the homeless

The Rochester Interfaith Hospitality Network will hold Car City on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. On any given night in Rochester, about 100 families with children are homeless and often living in a car. The event raises funds to help these families, and Car City participants have the option of spending the night in their cars for pledges and donations. The event will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue. Information and registration: Or call 389-1810.

Anti-racism lecture

The YWCA, as part of its support for "Stand Against Racism," will present Tim Wise at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Wise is a prominent anti-racism writer who has spent the last 20 years speaking and teaching corporations, government, and law enforcement, as well as lecturing about dismantling racism. The event will be held at Ingle Auditorium on the RIT Campus. Registration:

Blackfish discussion

The Kodak Center for the Performing Arts will host "Blackfish Brigade: Voice of the Orcas," a symposium on Saturday, May 3. Former SeaWorld trainers featured in the documentary "Blackfish" and former MarineLand trainers will discuss their experiences regarding the treatment and plight of captive marine mammals used for entertainment. The event will be held at 200 West Ridge Road from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a meet and greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. Donations will be accepted to further educate the public against exploitation of these animals. Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee to participate in the meet and greets.