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Urban Action 4/2

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

Education talk

Interfaith Impact of New York's Rochester chapter will present the discussion, "The Public in Public Education," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Poverty, funding inequities, and strategies for improvement will be discussed. Jody Siegle, executive director of the Monroe County School Boards Association, will be one of the speakers. The event will be held at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South.

Ukraine panel discussion

University of Rochester history and political science professors will hold a discussion on the crisis in Ukraine at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. The panelists will talk about Russian President Vladimir Putin's objectives, speculation of his next moves, and Europe's dependence on Russian energy exports. The event will be held at the River Campus, Dewey Hall 2161.

Urban education lecture

Nazareth College will present "Keeping Students Engaged," a lecture by NYU professor Pedro Noguera, at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Noguera is the author of several books, including "The Trouble with Black Boys and Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Schools." His lecture will be held in the Arts Center.

Food waste forum

The Rochester Institute of Technology will host a forum on food waste at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. The presentation will be given by the Packaging Association. It will focus on how sustainable packaging solutions could bring more food to those who need it. The event will be held in Louise Slaughter Hall.

History of the Red Army

The Flying Squirrel Community Space will present a discussion by J. Smith, co-editor of the Red Army Faction Documentary Histories, volumes 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Smith will talk about Europe's most famous and controversial guerilla organization during the 1970's and 80's. The event will be held at 285 Clarissa Street.

Book talk on MLK

Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss Martin Luther King's "Where Do We Go from Here?" at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7. King examines what needs to happen in the US following the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. You do not have to read the book in advance to join the discussion. The group meets at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza.