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Urban Action 9/27

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

Building a life after prison

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a book review and discussion concerning "Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women" on Tuesday, October 3. Susan Burton's memoir is about the loss of her young son and her addiction to crack, which eventually led to years in prison. But her biggest challenge was reentry into society. Susan Porter, executive director of Judicial Process Commission, will discuss the book. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

City holding an open house

The city's Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will hold an open house on Wednesday, September 27. The recently restructured department will have management and staff available to talk about neighborhood improvement, business grant programs and loans, home repair and rehabilitation programs, code enforcement, real estate, and the Neighborhood Service Centers. The event will be held at City Hall, 30 Church Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Information: 428-6883.

UR-East High review partnership

The University of Rochester and East High School will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 28, to present the highlights, challenges, and achievements of their educational partnership. Future plans for improvement will also be discussed. The public meeting, which is a state requirement for persistently struggling schools, will be held at East High, 1801 East Main Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Author examines her racist ancestor

Moving Beyond Racism will discuss "The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth" on Monday, October 2. The book by Karen Branan tells the true story of a white man's murder and how a sheriff permits the lynching of four black people who are innocent. Writer Branan is the sheriff's great granddaughter. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m. It isn't necessary to have read the book to join the discussion.