This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
The Ronald G. Pettengill Labor Education Fund will hold a memorial at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, for Ida Breiman, the 17-year-old worker who was murdered during the Rochester garment workers' strike in 1913. The centennial ceremony is at Stonewood Cemetery (off Lake Avenue between Stonewood and Pearson).
The Rochester Sierra Club and Friends of GardenAerial will present "Creating Rochester's Urban Green Space: Plans Unveiled" at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. The project is designed to bring green space to the High Falls area. The meeting is at 81 Browns Race. Space is limited, so RSVP is recommended: 234-1056.
Environmental groups will hold a national climate change rally at the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Sunday, February 17 ,to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. A bus will leave from Bushnell's Basin park and ride at 2:30 p.m. and return on Monday, February 18, at 1 a.m. Cost is $60 per rider and there will be a collection for the driver. Rider fees and donations needed by Monday, February 11. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail checks to: Paul Sanders, 164 Penn Lane, Rochester 14625.
The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "Race: the Power of an Illusion," a discussion with Timothy Weider, professor of education and sociology at Nazareth College, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. The event is at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue.
AIDS Care will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, February 9, by offering free health screenings, including HIV and STD testing. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at barbershops and hair salons throughout the city. For a complete list of locations: www.acrochester.org.
Progressives in Action will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. Kit Miller, director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, will discuss "Nonviolence, Community Activism, and Leadership." The meeting is at the Grapevine Restaurant, 122 East Chestnut Street, in East Rochester. The restaurant does not serve food at this time.
The Landmark Society of Western New York will present "Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester's African-American Ancestors" at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8. It will be held at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street.
The University of Rochester's Warner School will show the documentary film "9500 Liberty" at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. The film focuses on a 2007 state law that requires police in Virginia's Prince William County to ask for citizenship documentation and to detain anyone suspected of being in the US illegally. The film will be shown at Le Chase Hall on the River Campus.
ColorBrightonGreen will present "Slowing Down Storm Water," a talk by Mike Guyon and Todd Stevenson from the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. Recent storm water regulations in Brighton and steps needed to implement green infrastructure along Monroe Avenue will be discussed. The meeting is at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.