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Urban Action 5/6

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

Closing the achievement gap

Monroe Community College will hold a symposium, "Black Male Achievement in Higher Education," to examine the challenges that impact college achievement, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The initiative is patterned after President Obama's initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." The event will be held at MCC's Brighton Campus, Warshof Conference Center, 1000 East Henrietta Road.

Curb the car challenge will coordinate the annual "Curb Your Car Week," which is from Sunday, May 10, to Saturday, May 16. Register at and report the miles you biked, walked, carpooled, telecommuted, or combined trips during the week. CBG will compile how many gallons of gas are saved. This is a regional challenge — you don't have to live or work in Brighton to participate. Information:

Understanding the US-Israel bond

Christians Witnessing for Palestine will present the talk, "What American Need to Know about Israel-Palestine," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Alison Weir will discuss her new book, "Against Our Better Judgement" on the history of the US-Israel relationship, the roots of violence in region, and what she says that mainstream media intentionally ignores. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. The event will be held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street.

No litter-graffiti poster contest

City Council Vice President Dana Miller will sponsor and coordinate the annual "Rochester Clean and Green — No Litter, No Graffiti" poster contest for Rochester public elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6. The contest will be held in conjunction with Clean Sweep. Winners receive gift cards of $10 to a first prize of $100. Poster artwork may be created from any medium, but must be 8.5 inches by 11 inches in size. Entries must be submitted by mail no later than Wednesday, May 20, to City Council Vice President Dana Miller, City Hall, Room 301-A, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614. Information: 428-7538.