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Urban Action 10/31 

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

It's Obamacare sign-up time

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act - New York State Health Exchange begins on Thursday, November 1. Athough open enrollment goes through January 31, 2019, residents who want to ensure that their coverage starts on January 1 must enroll by Saturday, December 15.

Certified Health Insurance Navigators will be at libraries throughout the city to help people enroll or renew coverage. Residents must be under age 65 and cannot be on Medicare. Certain personal documents are needed to enroll. Information on dates, locations, and times is available at

Looking at Cuba's future

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "Cuba at a Crossroads" on Wednesday, November 7. Melanie Medeiros, assistant professor of anthropology at SUNY Geneseo, and Karleen West, associate professor of political science at SUNY Geneseo, will talk about Cuba's future and its political leadership transition from the Castro era. The event will be held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.

Disabled voters can get rides

Democracy Rides, a ride service sponsored by the Monroe County-City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities, will offer voters with disabilities free rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

The service is available on first-come, first-served basis for anyone with a disability who needs transportation to their polling location. Wheelchair accessible vans will be available. Reservations: Medical Motors: (585) 654-7030; or MediCab: (585) 342-7150, by November 2.

James Baldwin's thoughts, updated

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "The Fire This Time: a New Generation Speaks About Race" on Monday, November 5.

Using writer James Baldwin's collection of essays as a backdrop, Jesmyn Ward revisits many of Baldwin's themes with a new generation of writers in a collection of essays and poems about race. The writers describe an America that hasn't changed much since Baldwin's time. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.

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