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Urban Action 4/17

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

Film on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Christians Witnessing for Palestine will show the film "With God on Our Side" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The film looks at Christian Zionism and will be followed by a discussion. It's at Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Avenue.

Rochester transportation talk

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will present "Transit Talks" at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Representatives Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Louise Slaughter will discuss changing transit needs, including the future of high-speed rail, biking, and pedestrian safety. The event will be held at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue. Tickets: $15. Pay online at or at the door (cash only).

Albright's memoir reviewed

Friends of the Rochester Public Library will hold "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War," a book discussion about Madeleine Albright's memoir about the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia and World War II. Sandra Frankel, former Brighton town supervisor, will lead the review and discussion at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at 115 South Avenue.

Spring cleaning party

The Genesee Land Trust will hold the Brookdale Preserve spring work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Dress appropriately for cleaning and preparing for trail season at this preserve in Chili. Register with Emily Johnson at

Event focuses on Great Lakes

The Sierra Club will present "Protecting the Great Lakes Forever" on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26. The two-day event will be held at Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology with discussions on topics ranging from the tools needed to protect local water to creating rain gardens. Registration, costs, and locations: or call (585) 234-1056.

Mentors needed

The Judicial Process Commission needs volunteers to work with men and women transitioning from incarceration to life at home. The JPC will hold training sessions from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, at Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street. Future volunteers are required to attend the training sessions.

Immigration talk

The League of Women Voters and the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration will host "Untold Truths: Immigration and You," a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. Andrea Callan, NYCLU attorney, the Rev. Witt with the Rural and Migrant Ministry, and the Rev. Chava Redonnet of the Church of Oscar Romero are the panelists.

Meet two Rochester City Council candidates

The New York State Coalition of Property Owners and Businesses will hold a discussion with City Council members Dana Miller and Jackie Ortiz at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Both Miller and Ortiz are up for re-election in November. The meeting will be held at the Eagles Club, 1200 Buffalo Road in Gates. Members: free; non-members $20.

Earth Week in Rochester

Rochester Greenovation has organized an Earth Week Celebration from Friday, April 19, through Thursday, April 25. The weeklong series of events includes documentary films, developing green initiatives, and making green-conscious shopping decisions. The events will be held at 1199 East Main Street. Full list of events, times, and costs: