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Urban Action 5/8

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

Fracking forum

Local anti-fracking group R-CAUSE will host "Hydrofracking as Seen Through the Lens of Public Health," a public forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Dr. David Carpenter, a public health physician and director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, and David Kowalski, a professor emeritus at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are the speakers. The event will be held in the Panara Theater in the Rochester Institute of Technology's LBJ Building.

This item has been corrected. City initially received some incorrect information about the event.

Learn about Medicaid changes

Heritage Christian Services and Lifetime Assistance will present "Weaving it Together: Providing Person-Centered Services in a Program-Centered System," a one-day workshop to help human service agencies and their employees prepare for the major changes about to occur in the Medicaid system. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road. There will be an hour break at noon. Tickets: $25. Registration and information:, or call Wendy Quarles, 340-2000.

Rally against drones

Several anti-war organizations will hold a "Stop the Drones" rally from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 12 Corners in Brighton on Wednesday, May 8. The rally is to increase awareness about the use of drones by the US in Afghanistan and other foreign locations, which critics say are killing innocent people. There will be some signs available, but protesters are welcome to bring their own.

RCSD budget vote

The Rochester Board of Education will vote on Superintendent Bolgen Vargas's proposed budget for the 2013 to 2014 school year on Thursday, May 9. Vargas says his budget emphasizes reading to proficiency by third grade, longer school days in as many as 10 schools, and creating more extracurricular activities. Reductions in employees should occur through attrition, Vargas said at prior budget hearings. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the district's central office, 131 West Broad Street.