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Urban Action 1/22 

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

Film on Rochester's riots

The FR=EE Initiative will show the documentary film "July '64" by Carvin Eison at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 25. The film tells the true story of three days of civil unrest in Rochester. An arrest at a street party sparked some of the worst violence in a Northeastern city in years, prompting the National Guard to be called in to restore order. The film will be shown at the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Eisenhart Auditorium. Admission is free.

Environment talk

The Flying Squirrel Community Space will host a talk by environmental activist Peg Millett at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23. Millett attempted to stop development that threatened American Indian spiritual grounds near the Grand Canyon. Her talk will be held at 285 Clarissa Street. Donations of $5 or more suggested.

Changes to flood insurance

The Town of Penfield will host a presentation by Jayme Thomann, senior planner at the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, on recent changes to the national flood insurance program. The event is at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27, at Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

Sustainable food supply discussion

The Abundance Cooperative Market will present a talk by Patty Love at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Love, a sustainable food advocate, will talk about Rochester's Lots of Food program, which plants and maintains free food gardens in urban neighborhoods. Her talk will be held at School Without Walls, 480 Broadway.

Talk about the Women's Equality Act

The First Unitarian Church will host a talk by Zenaida Mendez, president of the National Organization for Women-New York, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Mendez will talk about how to counter the far right's anti-abortion agenda and access to birth control. Mendez will also talk about passing the New York State Women's Equality Act. The event will be held at 220 Winton Road South.

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