This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Spencerport teachers and the Coalition for Justice in Education will hold a public forum on "New York State Testing, Grades 3-8" on Thursday, June 19. David Hursh, professor at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, and Dan Drmacich, retired principal of Rochester's School Without Walls, will be the speakers, and they will challenge the state's testing regimen. The event will be held at Ogden Farmer's Library, 269 Ogden Center Road in Spencerport, at 4:30 p.m.
The Little Theatre will show "The New Black," a documentary film by Yoruba Richen, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23. The film looks at the fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and how the state's African-American community grappled with the issue. A discussion hosted by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley will follow. Admission to the film is free.
Rochester Against War will present "The Ukraine Crisis: Behind the Cold War Headlines," a public forum on Tuesday, June 24. The event will feature brief presentations by Olena Prokopovych, assistant professor of political science at Nazareth College; Matthew Lenoe, associate professor of Russian history at the University of Rochester; and Joe Crescente, Russian scholar and former administrator at the US State Department. They'll answer questions after the presentations. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.