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Urban Action 5/4

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

Discussing migrant worker issues

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present a panel discussion, "Immigration Initiatives in New York State: Where Do We Go from Here?" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The discussion will focus on mitigating the deportation of undocumented workers, passing the NYS Dream Act, and helping farmworkers improve working conditions. The panelists are Jackie Vimo, regional director of the New York Immigration Coalition; Kemberly Gil, Dreamer and filmmaker; West Cosgrove, coordinator with Rural and Migrant Ministry; and Carly Fox, advocate with Worker Justice Center of New York. The event will be held at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.

Looking at history of the Black Panthers

The Black Panther Party of Rochester will present a talk by Khuram Hussain, professor with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Hussain will discuss his research on the Black Panther Party, how the party approached educating children and adults, and grassroots efforts. The event will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street. Donations accepted.

Professor to talk about gun violence

Anti-gun-violence groups will present "Sensible Gun Laws," a talk by Robert Spitzer, professor of political science at SUNY Cortland, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. Spitzer has written numerous books on gun law and gun control, and he's testified before Congress. His talk will concern gun violence in America and our constitutional rights. The event will be held at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street (at East Avenue).