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Urban Action 1/6 

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

Documentary follows massacre survivor

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will show the documentary film "Discovering Dominga" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6. The film follows 29-year-old Denese Becker, an Iowa housewife, to the Guatemalan village where she was born. Denese learns that she was born "Dominga" and is her family's only survivor of a massacre of Mayan peasants. She was adopted by an American family shortly after the horrific event. Tom Ward, winner of ROCLA's White Dove Award in 2013, and Grahame Russell, attorney and global human rights activist, will hold a discussion after the film. Ward travels to the area where Denese was born and has talked with other survivors of Guatemala massacres. Russell lived in Mexico and Central America for more than 10 years and has firsthand knowledge about the area's human rights struggles. The film will be shown at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.

Help with snow removal

Volunteers from Reconnect Rochester and Flower City AmeriCorps are organizing the Great Rochester Snow Down for Saturday, January 9. They will shovel out bus shelters and crosswalks along Monroe Avenue, and more volunteers are welcome. Bring your snow shovel to Union Street and Monroe or Canterbury Road and Monroe at 10 a.m. Details: www.ReconnectRochester.org/snowdown.

Planning begins for Pride '16

The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley will hold a Pride 2016 community forum at noon on Saturday, January 9. The meeting is the first planning session for the annual Pride weekend events. Organizers want to hear from the community. What should be changed or added? What could be done to improve the events? The meeting will be held at the GAGV's new offices, 100 College Avenue. All are welcome.

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