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Urban Action 10/17 

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Challenging standardized testing

The Rochester Coalition for Public Education, in collaboration with the University of Rochester, the Rochester Teachers Association, and Writers and Books, is holding a series of discussions concerning high-stakes standardized testing. Daniel Kortez's book "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better" served as a community read and was the inspiration for the discussions.

The next events: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Writers and Books, 740 University Avenue, led by Dan Drmacich, coalition coordinator; 7 p.m. Monday, October 29, at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, led by Howard Maffucci, former superintendent for the East Rochester school district; and 3:45 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, LaChase Hall, led by UR professor David Hursh. Registration: www.roccoalitionforpubliceducation.com.

Launching 'Black Lives Matter'

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a review of "When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir" by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele on Tuesday, October 23.

Khan-Cullors, Bandele, and Opel Tometi were outraged when no one was found guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, and they created a hashtag that started the Black Lives Matter movement. Now that movement is considered by many to be one of the most important in the post-Civil Rights era. Alexus Clark, organizer with the Center for Teen Empowerment, will review the memoir as part of the library's "Books Sandwiched In" series. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

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