This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "Hope Travels Without a Visa," a talk by Nelson Portillo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. Portillo will discuss what is often lost in the conversation about immigration: the tragic outcomes for many people, particularly Latin-American children trying to reunite with their parents. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.
The City of Rochester is seeking input from residents regarding the Center City Master Plan at five public forums throughout the city. The meeting for the northwest quadrant will be held on Thursday, November 7, at the Northwest Neighborhood Service Center, 71 Parkway; southwest quadrant, Tuesday, November 12, at the Adams Street Community Center, 85 Adams Street; northeast quadrant, Wednesday, November 13, at the Northeast Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton Street; southeast quadrant, Thursday, November 14, at the Monroe High School Auditorium, 164 Alexander Street; and downtown, Wednesday, December 11, at Manhattan Square Park Lodge, 353 Court Street. All the meetings begin at 5:30 p.m., except the downtown meeting, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. Information: 428-7761.
RCTV, Metro Justice, and Rochester Against War will present the Rochester premier of "Dirty Wars," Jeremy Scahill's controversial documentary on America's covert wars in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, at the Cinema Theater, 957 Clinton Avenue South. Ticket prices and information: www.cinemarochester.com.
The musical stage play "Black and Blues" will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. The Robert Ricks play examines domestic violence, which impacts 1.3 million women annually in the US. The play will be performed at St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church, 1261 Dewey Avenue. Tickets: $15.
The Sierra Club and Progressives in Action will host "CAFO Regulations in NYS and How they Impact Communities," a talk by Erin Riddle at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12. Governor Cuomo is trying to change regulations for Confined Animal Feeding Operations by raising the threshold from 199 animals to 299. The change would allow for an increase in milk production for the area's Greek yogurt production, but the Sierra Club has concerns about threats to water supplies. The event will be held at the Grapevine Restaurant, 122 Main Street in East Rochester.