Monday, April 11, 2016

Week Ahead: Events for the week of April 11, 2016

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s annual State of the City address is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at Genesee Brewery, 445 St. Paul Street.

Rochester taxi drivers will rally at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, to protest the possibility of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft operating in Upstate New York. The State Legislature is considering legislation now.

The taxi drivers say that Uber and the rest will take away their jobs and replace them with part-time, low-paying work.

The rally is at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

The City of Rochester, in conjunction with project consultants Fisher Associates, will hold the first public information meeting for the Monroe Avenue parking and mobility study. This meeting is an opportunity for residents, business owners, and the public to review and provide feedback on the work that has been completed to date.

There will be a brief presentation followed by an open house with visual displays and interactive stations where attendees can discuss issues and ideas for parking and mobility improvements along the corridor with city staff and project consultants.

The meeting is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Trillium Health at Monroe Square, 259 Monroe Avenue. More information: or BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

The Rochester City School District will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2016-2017 budget at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The meeting will be followed by an update on the district’s search for a permanent superintendent.

Both meetings will be held in the district’s central office, at 131 West Broad Street.
The update on the superintendent search will be repeated on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at East High School, 1801 East Main Street. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

New York State’s April 19 primary is getting closer, and presidential candidates are making their Rochester stops. Democrat Hillary Clinton was at MCC on Friday, while Republican John Kasich talked with voters in Greece on Saturday, and Republican Donald Trump held a rally in Chili on Sunday.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a Rochester rally at 10 a.m. Tuesday – doors open at 7 a.m. — at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road, Brighton. Progressive populist columnist Jim Hightower and former Communication Workers of America president Larry Cohen will join him.

The event is open to the public, but better get there early. You can RSVP – which the campaign suggests doing – here. The registration site warns people not to bring bags, chairs, weapons, sharp objects, or signs on sticks.

Republican contender Ted Cruz is also expected to swing through the area this week, but his campaign hasn’t released details yet. BY JEREMY MOULE 

The Rochester Chapter of the Social Welfare Action Alliance will hold its regional summit on Friday. The summit will be preceded by two free events.

Leigh-Anne Francis, an assistant professor of African-American studies and women’s and gender studies at the College of New Jersey, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, 100 College Street No. 100.  Francis researches the way that gender, race, and class intersect in different areas, such as crime and punishment, labor, and community, especially as they relate to the experiences of black women.

A panel of community activists from across the country will lead a discussion Thursday night titled “Human Rights DENIED! Flint’s water crisis as a microcosm of the nation’s politics of inequality.” The panel will include Maureen Taylor, the former chair of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, who led campaigns against Detroit’s water shut-offs and who’s been a prominent voice on the Flint water issue.

Other panelists include Willie Baptist, an experienced anti-poverty activist with the Kairos Center in New York City; Mary Bricker-Jenkins, a social worker and activist who convened the USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants; Sylvia Ordono, an organizer with Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; and Francis.

The panel starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at SUNY Brockport’s MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul Street.

The organization’s daylong regional summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street. The conference includes workshops led by the previous events' speakers. The alliance is asking for a $20 donation, or a $15 donation for students; low-income scholarships are also available, according to organizers. For more information, e-mail or call (585) 969-3409.

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