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Urban Action 5/16 

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

Film links guns, politics, and money

ROC the Possibilities and several activist groups opposed to gun violence will show the documentary film "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" on Sunday, May 20.

The film focuses on gun companies and the National Rifle Association, legislators' resistance to anti-gun-violence measures, and the impact of gun violence on the lives of Americans. Stories are told by parents, spouses, and survivors of mass shootings, domestic violence, gang violence, suicides, and accidental shootings.

The film's screening will be followed by a question-and-answer period with local elected officials and candidates in this year's elections. Candidates who have confirmed their participation are Brighton Town Board member Robin Wilt and state Assembly member Joe Morelle, both of whom are running for the Congressional seat held by the late Louise Slaughter; Andrew Gilchrist, who is running for the state Assembly from the 135th district; and Jennifer Lunsford, who is running for the state Senate's 55th district seat.

The event will be held at Monroe Community College's R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, 1000 East Henrietta Road, at 2:30 p.m.

RMAPI will give poverty update

The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative will hold a town hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The meeting will provide an update on the RMAPI efforts to reduce poverty and address some of the systemic problems that have contributed to Rochester's high concentration of poverty.

There will also be an explanation of "participatory budgeting," a process that gives community groups a chance to select neighborhood projects that will decrease poverty. The meeting will be held at Wilson Magnet high School, 501 Genesee Street.


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