This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and Police Chief Jim Sheppard will host "Voice of the Citizen: Seeking Solutions to Violence," a series of public forums throughout the city. The meetings are intended to seek input from the public for developing a comprehensive strategy to reduce violence. The meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, in the southwest at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center, 36 King Street; Tuesday, January 15, in the northeast at Carter Street Community Center, 500 Carter Street; Tuesday, January 29, in the northwest at Edgerton Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street; and on Tuesday, February 5, in the southeast at Cobbs Hill Park, Lake Riley Lodge, 100 Norris Drive.
The Downtown United Presbyterian Church will commemorate Human Rights Day with a talk by Marvin McMickle, president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School on Monday, December 10. McMickle will discuss Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." There will be a potluck at 5 p.m. and McMickle's presentation is at 7 p.m. at 121 North Fitzhugh Street.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua will present the documentary film "Water — A Right or Privilege?" at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 7. The film will be shown at 3024 Cooley Road in Canandaigua.