This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Upstate New York Call to Action will present "Priest Speaks His Conscience: the Struggle for Justice and Gender Equality in the Catholic Church," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a priest in the Maryknoll order for 46 years, was recently excommunicated because he refused to be silenced about his support for the ordination of women priests. The event is at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1000 Winton Road North.
Friends of Animals and other animal rights groups will hold a protest against the Holley Squirrel Slam from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. People concerned about the humane treatment of animals are encouraged to meet at the Holley Fire Department, 7 Thomas Street in Holley. Information: www.FriendsofAnimals.org.
Nazareth College will host "Youth in Africa: Challenges and Hopes for the Future," a lecture by Babacar Fall at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. Fall is a history professor at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He has studied economic and political issues related to youth in three African countries. Fall's talk is at the Nazareth College Golisano Academic Center.
NOFA-NY, a statewide organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to creating a regionally sustainable food and farm system, will hold two community supported agriculture fairs. The first is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, at the Public Library, 115 South Avenue. The second is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street in Canandaigua.
Anti-fracking activists will show the documentary film "Gasland" on Sunday, February 17. The film shows the issues and concerns associated with the technology for gas removal known as fracking. It will be shown at Calvary St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 68 Ashland Avenue, after the 10 a.m. service.
SUNY Geneseo will host a lecture by Michaela Walsh, founder of Women's World Banking, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. Walsh is the author of "Founding a Movement: Women's World Banking 1975-1990." The event is in Newton Hall 204.
Local chapters of women's rights organizations will hold "Rise Up," a flash mob in Washington Square Park, at noon on Thursday, February 14. The event is to demand an end to violence against women. Information: www.facebook.com/onebillionrisingrochesterny.