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Urban Action 3/21 

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

ROCLA celebrates advocacy

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will hold its 30th annual Gala Dinner and White Dove Awards on Friday, April 6. This year's International White Dove Award winner is M. Brinton Lykes, co-director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.

Lykes will talk about her documentation of severe human rights violations against Guatemalan women. The Alianza Agricola and the University of Rochester Dreamers will receive the Local White Dove Award for their local activism. The event will be held at Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, at 5:15 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $100. Reservations: 467-4091 or

Cherishing public spaces

The Community Design Center of Rochester will present "Exploring the Spaces In-Between," a talk by Mark Dawson on Wednesday, March 28. Dawson is the managing principal of Sasaki, where he is the head of landscape architecture. Dawson, who stresses the importance of public spaces, says a community's sense of ownership ensures their revitalization and preservation. The event will be held at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Looking closer at poverty

The Social Welfare Action Alliance will hold its annual Reality Tour on Saturday, March 24. Organizers say that poverty is Rochester's biggest problem, and the tour is designed to help people better understand how poverty is impacting the city and its residents. Participants will board a bus at School Without Walls, 480 Broadway, at 10:45 a.m. and return at about 2:45 p.m. Registration is required and a donation of $20 is suggested, but no one will be turned away. An R.S.V.P. is needed by Thursday, March 22, at Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Information: 512-8812.

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