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Urban Action 8/6

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

Middle East discussion

The Lifetree Café will present "Why Do They Hate Us? Understanding Radical Islam," a discussion that includes filmed interviews with Middle East experts and authors at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 11. The event will focus on the key forces that some believe have led to the radicalization of a small number of Muslims in the Arab world, and possible ways to find lasting peace in the region. The event will be held at 1301 Vintage Lane in Greece.

Antiwar discussion on RCTV

A group of antiwar and peace activists will sponsor "Gaza, Syria, and Iraq Wars Made in USA," a discussion with Judy Bello and Scott Williams on Wednesday, August 6. The event will be presented on RCTV-15 at 6:30 p.m. Bello is a longtime activist and member of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. Williams is a national coordinator of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, and an activist with the International Action Center in Philadelphia.

Peace vigil remembers bombings

A vigil to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. This year marks the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Japan, and the ushering in of these weapons of mass destruction. The event will be held in the Avon traffic circle at Routes 5 and 20 in Avon (providing it isn't storming).

Sustainable Saturday event

Rochester Greenovation will present Greenovation Sustainable Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 9. The event brings together crafts people and green businesses to offer demonstrations and education regarding reclaiming and renewing, as well as reducing waste. Sustainable Saturday will be held at 1199 East Main Street.