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Urban Action 5/23

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

Police oversight is topic of Saturday event

The social justice activist group Enough Is Enough will present a panel discussion, "Intersections of Rebellion and Accountability," on Saturday, May 26. The program will focus on civilian review boards, discipline of police officers, and local activists' efforts to overhaul how complaints about police misconduct are handled.

The panelists will be Anthony Finnell, Sr., interim executive director of the Community Police Review Agency for Oakland, California, and a 23-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department; pastor Wanda Wilson, founder of Open Arms Christian Fellowship Ministries and a lead organizer in the effort to create a Rochester Police Accountability Board; attorney Victor Monterrosa, Jr., a member of Newark, New Jersey's, Civilian Complaint Review Board; and John Walker, pastor of the Christian Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester.

They'll share the struggles and history of police accountability efforts in Rochester, Newark, and Oakland. The event will be held at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 304 Joseph Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested donation: $10.

New York's health care problems, fixes

The Rochester Campaign for New York Health, Metro Justice, ROC Citizen, and the Rochester Democratic Socialists of America will hold a community meeting on health care reform on Wednesday, May 23.

Assembly member Harry Bronson and physicians Alicia Bell, Amy Potter, Scott Hartmann will discuss the problems in the current health care system and the need for a single-payer form of coverage in New York. The event will be held at the First Universalist Church, 150 South Clinton Avenue, at 6 p.m.

Lyell-Otis group discusses area's challenges

The Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association will host a program on June 1 on neighborhood problems, including drugs and prostitution, and ways to deal with them.

The meeting will include discussions and breakout sessions with law enforcement and public health officials, including Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter and representatives from Trillium Health. The event will be held at Lake Avenue Baptist Church, 72 Ambrose Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RSVP by Wednesday, May 23: