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Urban Action 9/9

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

Discussion on Rochester's economy

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will present "State of Rochester's Economy," a panel discussion and luncheon on Tuesday, September 22. Speakers include Gary Keith, vice president of M&T Bank; Mark Peterson, president of Greater Rochester Enterprise; Rob Clark, senior vice president of research at the University of Rochester; and Leonard Brock, director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn, 70 State Street, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 RDDC members, $60 nonmembers. Information and registration: or 546-6920.

Immigrants tell their stories

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "New American Journeys-StoryCorps Presentation and Panel" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. Listen to excerpts from locally-recorded StoryCorps interviews of new Americans about their immigration and settlement process in Rochester. Walter Ruehle, immigration attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, is one of the speakers. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue. Also, "Latino Americans: 500 years of History," a celebration of Latino culture, will be held at the Central Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. There will be a screening of "Foreigners in their Own Land," the first episode of a PBS documentary series about Latino Americans. The event will be held at 115 South Avenue.

Labor Film Series begins

The Labor Film Series will show "Eight Men Out" at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 11. The film highlights a 1919 baseball scandal when several underpaid players accepted bribes to lose the World Series. The film is the second in the film series, which will be shown on Fridays through October with a final film in November at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue. Tickets: $8; students, $4. A complete list of the films and descriptions can be found at