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Urban Action 6/27 

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

Facing the facts about America

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will meet on Monday, July 2, to discuss Michael Eric Dyson's "Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America." In the book, Dyson asks white Americans to end their defensiveness and what he calls the willful denial of history.

If white America can't let go of its mythological history and recognize its role in one of the worst atrocities ever recorded, we may never become a whole and functioning society, Dyson says. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.

Rally protests Trump actions on immigration

Rochester-area activists opposing the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies will hold a "Families Belong Together" rally on Saturday, June 30. Participants will be protesting the practice of separating children and families and housing them in tents and on military bases. The rally will be held in Washington Square Park, downtown Rochester, at 3 p.m.

Seeking a word with Rep. Collins

Members of the Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace will gather at the Geneseo office of Representative Chris Collins on July 3, seeking a meeting with him. Their goal: to discuss what he's doing to help reunite families recently separated at the US-Mexico border. They've asked for a meeting at 4 p.m. but say they haven't received a response.

They plan to continue to gather at his office, at 128 Main Street in Geneseo, every Tuesday at 4 p.m. until they're able to meet with him, and they're inviting his constituents from the 27th District join them.

Bridging divides over ice cream

The Seeds of Hope of Rochester Pachamama Alliance will hold a Rochester community ice cream social on Sunday, July 1, focused on the theme, "What Does Being an American Mean to You?" Participants are asked to take someone from a different background or political position with them to explore questions like "Has your sense of being an American changed over time?"

Organizers hope to help bridge political divides, recognizing people as individuals rather than representatives of particular positions on controversial issues. The event will be held outside at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1010 East Avenue, at 2 p.m.

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