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Urban Action 4/24 

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

Progress in clean energy

The Greece Baptist Church will show the film "Happening: a Clean Energy Revolution" on Sunday, April 28. The film documents what the filmmaker calls the next world-changing revolution. In cities across the US, the clean-energy revolution is developing new technology, creating jobs, and generating profits. The film will be shown at the church, 1230 Long Pond Road, at 6:30 p.m.

Incarceration's impact on Rochester

Visual Studies Workshop will present "Transforming Our Culture of Incarceration: How is Rochester a Prison Town?" on Friday, April 26. The symposium will involve a series of discussions with scholars, artists, activists, and individuals who will share their knowledge and experience of how prisons impact Rochester-area communities.

The event was organized by the Rochester Decarceration Research Initiative, a group of interdisciplinary researchers at the University of Rochester, and will be held at VSW, 31 Prince Street, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The history of migrants' caravans

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will present "A Perspective on the Migrant Caravan: Religion, Civil Society, and the Politics of Naming" on Wednesday, May 1.

University of Toronto-Mississauga Professor Martha Balaguera will discuss the migration of thousands of displaced people and the historical and religious origins of migrant caravans. The event will be held at Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m.

Spring cleaning

Parks and Trails New York is holding its annual Canal Clean Sweep from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. Volunteers are needed to help clean the Canalway Trail, nearby parks, and other public areas along the Erie Canal corridor. To register to work with volunteers in the Rochester area of the canal, go to www.ptny.org and look under events, or call (518) 434-1583.

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