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Urban Action 2/7 

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

Douglass and today

The Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Avenue, downtown) will host a discussion on the topic "What Would Frederick Douglass Do?" at 7 p.m. February 8, focusing on the region's education, economic, and housing racial inequities. The speakers will be Ann Johnson of ACT Rochester; Simeon Bannister, Rochester Area Community Foundation; and Hanif Abdul Wahid, community liaison, Neighborhood Initiatives, Monroe County. Admission: $2; free for RoCo members.

Welcoming immigrants

The Secure and Just Communities Alliance will hold a training session on "Achieving Safe Communities for Immigrants," on Thursday, February 8. Topics will include sanctuary cities, policies that protect immigrants, and organizing and networking with other organizations. Trainers will include Iman Abid, director, Genesee Valley Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union; Carly Fox, worker rights advocate, Worker Justice Center of New York; Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar, manager, New York Immigration Coalition; Mary Jo Dudly, Cornell Farmworker Program; and Jack Plum, retired Victor sheriff. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 220 South Winton Road South. Registration: Dinner provided.

Reforming bail

The League of Women Voters will present a forum on bail reform on Monday, February 12, addressing how bail is imposed, its problems, and the current push for bail reform. The event will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Navigating gender and the law

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "Legal Issues of Gender Identity" on Tuesday, February 13. The Human Rights Campaign called 2017 the "deadliest year" on record for transgender people in the US. Rowan Collins, Out Alliance's communications director, will explain the legal complications that can arise when people's gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth. The program will be held at the Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

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