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Urban Action 9/11

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

Film about children of incarcerated parents

The Green Party of Monroe County and the Rochester Organization for Workplace Democracy will show "Solutionz," a documentary film by local filmmaker Nicholle LaVann at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16. The film looks at how incarceration impacts the lives of children. The film will be shown at the Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way. A Q&A will follow the screening.

Mentors needed

The Judicial Process Commission is seeking volunteers to become mentors for people who are restarting their lives after incarceration. Mentors must attend training sessions on Monday, September 30, and Tuesday, October 1. For more information, call Valerie White-Whittick at 325-7727 or

Pro-choice rally

Women's Equality, Liberation, and Defense will hold a "We Love Our Doctors" rally from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 12. The rally is in response to the Operation Save America and Rescue Rochester protests held near Strong hospital in July. The rally will be held at Strong at the intersection of Kendrick and Crittenden roads.

Free community meal

Covenant United Methodist Church will provide a free fall community meal from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11. Menu includes pulled pork on a bun, coleslaw, apple sauce, dessert, and beverage. The event will be held at 1124 Culver Road at the corner of Parsells Avenue. Everyone is welcome.

Mariel Hemingway talk and film

The University of Rochester Medical Center's Study and Prevention of Suicide will host a talk by Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway, who will share her personal story. Mental illness and suicide have been pervasive in her family. The 45-minute presentation will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Helen Wood Hall located on Crittenden Boulevard. The event is free, but parking at URMC is not. Hemingway's autobiographical documentary film "Running from Crazy" will be shown that evening at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The film will be followed by a discussion with Hemingway moderated by film critic Jack Garner.