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Urban Action 9/6

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

Talk focuses on Central America and US policies

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "More of the Same in Central America," a talk by Grahame Russell, on Wednesday, September 6. Russell is the director of Rights Action, a non-profit that supports human rights and education programs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. Russell will discuss how US drug policies have fueled violence, poverty, and corruption in Central America. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.

Discussing cultural differences

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," at 7 p.m. Monday, September 11, at the Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble. The novel tells the story of a Pakistani man whose view of the US changes following the 9/11 attack.

TV debate set for candidates for mayor

After days of controversy, a League of Women Voters televised debate featuring Democratic mayoral candidates Rachel Barnhart, James Sheppard, and incumbent Mayor Lovely Warren has been scheduled for Thursday, September 7. The debate will be shown on WROC-TV at 5:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce mayoral candidate forum scheduled for that same afternoon was cancelled to allow for the televised debate.

Candidates for school board will debate

The Northeast Neighborhood Community Council will hold a School Board Candidates Night on Friday, September 8. Residents from all city neighborhoods are invited to meet the candidates and hear their answers to questions from the audience. The forum will be held at School 9, 485 North Clinton Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.

Confronting racism

The First Unitarian Church's Williams Gallery will host the "Take it Down" exhibit, focusing on the pickaninny panel removed from the Ontario Beach carousel, September 8 to October 23. The exhibit opens with a September 8 reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.