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Urban Action 5/27

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

Transportation talk

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will present "Transit Revolution," a talk by Norman Garrick, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. Communities across the country and around the world are rethinking their approach to transportation. With more people on the move and more issues to be considered, such as protecting the environment and sustainability, and the need to cross longer distances in shorter time, transportation is undergoing sweeping changes. Garrick, associate professor at the University of Connecticut and an expert on transportation, will speak at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue. Tickets: $15 (free to students with valid ID). Purchasing tickets: or call 271-0520.

Forum on children's products

Democratic County Legislator Dorothy Styk and other members of the Monroe County Legislature will hold a public forum regarding toxic chemicals found in children's products and toys at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Concerns about toxic materials in children's products have led to legislative action at the county and state levels. The event is designed to listen to the public's concerns. People who are interested in speaking on the subject are encouraged to call to sign up: 753-1940. The event will be held at the Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.

Saving farms

Several conservation and urban farming advocates will present "Occupy the Farm," a documentary film by Todd Darling about 200 urban farmers who walk onto publicly-owned land and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real estate development. A short panel discussion will follow the film, featuring Elizabeth Henderson, Peacework Organic Farm CSA; Lisa Barker, Seedfolk City Farm; and Josiah Krause, Take Back the Land Rochester. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue.

Civil disobedience information

Take Back the Land, a group that advocates for people facing eviction due to bank foreclosure, will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. The group will hold an information session on civil disobedience, which the group has successfully used to block bank efforts to physically remove people from their homes. This can give the owner time to renegotiate a fair loan. The event will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street.