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Urban Action 9/19

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

The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence celebrates "International Day of Peace" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 21. Participants are encouraged to speak out about ways to protect resources and human health from potential fracking hazards. Attendees will meet at Lake Riley in Cobbs Hill Park.

Christians Witnessing for Palestine will sponsor Rochester's first Witness Palestine film series from Thursday, September 20, through Thursday, October 4. The films reflect the observations of Rochesterians who have recently visited the Middle East, and a discussion will be held after each film. The films will be shown at The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, and tickets cost $8, unless otherwise noted. Details and showing times:

Organizers to re-elect President Obama will hold voter registration drives in Irondequoit at the Helen McGraw Library, 2180 East Ridge Road, and at the Pauline Evans Library, 45 Cooper Road. The drives are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22; Saturday, September 29; and Saturday, October 6.

The Rochester Area Vegetarian Society will hold a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. Attendees are encouraged to bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share. The dinner will be followed by "Fighting for Farm Animals," a talk by Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary at 7 p.m. The event is at Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road.

The Genesee Valley Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf will present over 30 workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibits to mark National Deaf Awareness Week. The week's activities are intended to increase recognition of deaf people in our community and to eradicate negative stereotypes. Events are from Sunday, September 23, through Saturday, September 29. All are welcome. For a complete list of events, times, and locations: