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Urban Action 5/1 

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

Stories of the trolley

Reconnect Rochester will show "The Trolley" on Wednesday, May 8, as the next movie in its Rochester Street Films Series. The film looks at the trolley, the revered electric-powered workhorse, through its use over a century and a half in 39 cities and 16 countries.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Howard Decker, an architect on Reconnect Rochester's Advisory Council; Jim Dierks, secretary and trustee at the New York Museum of Transportation; and rail advocates DeWain Feller and Carlos Mercado. The film will be shown at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Reservation and suggested donation of $5 to $25: www.reconnectrochester.org.

The perils of political crises 

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jared Diamond will give this year's Monroe Community College Scholars' Day address on Wednesday, May 8, sponsored by the college and the ESL Charitable Foundation.

Diamond will focus on the findings in his book "Upheaval," which compares political upheavals in Germany, Japan, Chile, Finland, and the US, and why some countries have been able to thrive after great turbulence and others decline.

The event will be held at the Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road, at 7 p.m. Tickets are required: www.monroecctickets.com; $10 for general public and $5 with MCC ID. Parking in Lot G.

'Left populism' and power

For his keynote speech at Metro Justice's annual dinner on Sunday, May 5, University of Illinois Associate Professor Cedric Johnson will discuss "Who's Afraid of Left Populism? Organizing for Power." Johnson, whose interest is racial and ethnic politics, is the author of "Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics." He is a former professor at Hobart and William Smith College. The event will be held at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, at 5 p.m. Tickets: www.metrojustice.org/2019_annual_dinner.

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