This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Peace workers will hold a rally to seek parole for Jalil Muntaqim at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the corner of South Avenue and Bryon Street near Saint Joseph's House of Hospitality. The rally will be coordinated with rallies across the country. Muntaqim is a member of the Black Panther Party and has been incarcerated for more than 40 years. He is being held in the Attica Correctional Facility and his eighth parole hearing will be held later this month. His supporters say he was framed by the FBI.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will hold two public meetings in the upstate area. The first is at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 651 Washington Street, in Buffalo. A second meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the First Universalist Church, 150 South Clinton Avenue, in Rochester. The events will focus on child access, prevention and safe weapon storage, the New York SAFE Act, and other gun safety measures. Information: www.nysagv.org.
The Central Library and the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will hold a public art exhibit called "Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation." The exhibit is open and will continue through Tuesday, September 2. Beau Beausoleil, a poet and San Francisco book seller, came up with the idea for the exhibit after a car bomb exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street with the sole purpose of stopping the sale of books, reading, and the sharing of information. There are 260 original works of "book art" installations, which can viewed at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue; Monroe Community College, Leroy V. Good Library, 1000 East Henrietta Road; and at City Hall, 30 Church Street, in the visitor's room.