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Urban Action 8/1

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

Activist speaking in Rochester

The Mercy Spirituality Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with "Becoming the Church You Dream of," a keynote speech by Christian social activist and author Shane Claiborne on Friday, August 3.

Claiborne was recently arrested at the White House with 11 other faith leaders during a demonstration against the Trump administration's immigration policy, which has separated children from their families at the US-Mexican border. The event will be held at the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality, 1101 Clover Street, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $40.

Traveling with an Indian elder

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" on Monday, August 6.

Author Kent Nerburn won the Minnesota Book Award for his account of an excursion through Indian towns and back roads. The book offers a serious look at the Native American experience and culture. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.

Walk-run will help the poor

St. Vincent de Paul Society will host a "Friends of the Poor Walk or Run" on Saturday, August 4. The event will begin at Basil Marella Park, 975 English Road, at 10 a.m. People interested in participating or making a pledge can visit All of the proceeds for Saturday's event will benefit poor people who live in the Greater Rochester area.

Register to vote

A non-partisan group of volunteers will hold a voter registration drive on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, at the Park Avenue Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their booth will be located on Park Avenue near Berkeley and Buckingham Streets.