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Urban Action 2/17 

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

Activist group to hold racial justice workshop

Metro Justice will hold a racial justice workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. The workshop will examine the history of racism in the US, the ways that structural racism permeates our society, individual biases, and how to increase equity for everyone. The workshop will be held at School Without Walls, 480 Broadway. Seats are limited and preregistration is required: 469-8249. A $10 donation is requested for lunch costs.

Vegan group will present organic farming event

The Rochester Area Vegan Society will present "The Value of Organic Farming to Human Health and the Health of the Planet" on Sunday, February 21. Elizabeth Henderson, board member of Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY and the Agricultural Justice Project, and Erin Bullock, founder of Mud Creek Farm CSA, are the featured speakers. Attendees are invited to a vegan potluck dinner. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey). The event will be held at Brighton Town Park lodge, 777 Westfall Road, at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the program. The event is free for RAVS member and $3 for nonmembers. Information: 234-8750.

Garza gives talk at SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport will host a talk by Alicia Garza, activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag Black Lives Matter, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24. Garza is the special project director for National Domestic Workers Alliance and she is committed to challenging society to recognize the contributions of all individuals. Garza's talk will be held in the Seymour College Union Ballroom.

Ohio State prof to stress investment in urban schools

University of Rochester's Warner School of Education will present the lecture, "Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Urban Communities: Teaching, Listening, and Collaborating," by Valerie Kinloch at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24. Kinloch is professor of literacy at Ohio State University. She will stress the urgent need to invest in urban schools, the importance of literacy, and the need for a transformation of the US education system. Kinloch will speak at LeChase Hall in the Wilson Quadrangle.

Doc to help rid the world of plastic bags

The Victor Farmington Library will show the documentary film "Bag It" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. The film looks at the scourge of plastic bags in our greenspace, forests, roadways, and waterways, as well as the ways that you can prevent this form of litter. The film will be shown at the Victor Farmington Library, 15 West Main Street, Victor. Information: (908) 872-5646.

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