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Urban Action 9/19 

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

Seeking equitable development

The Parcel 5 Community Programmers will host "Gentrification Supper" on Sunday, September 23. A workshop, "Development without Displacement," will be led by the 540WMain Community Learning Academy.

A meal provided by Rochester Food Not Bombs will be accompanied by a discussion about issues involving gentrification. The event will be held at Parcel 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; it's free and open to the public. Take your own utensils and chair, if you need one.

Focusing on the Constitution

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will host a panel discussion titled "Revisiting the Founding Era," on the creation of the US Constitution, on Wednesday, September 26.

The panelists are Adam Chodak, WROC-TV editor; D&C reporter Gary Craig; Kent Gardner, Center for Governmental Research chief economist; Christine Ridarsky, city historian; Scott Smith, city attorney; and Hubert Van Tol, economic development director, PathStone Corporation. The event will be held at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Repairing neighborhoods

Reconnect Rochester will present "Razed/Rise" as part of Rochester Street Films series on Wednesday, September 26. The evening's films will highlight the impact of highways, which are often built near or pass through low-income neighborhoods.

The films will look at the damage to neighborhoods that highways can cause and efforts to reclaim them, including Rochester's Inner Loop. The event will be held at the Cinema Theater, 957 South Clinton Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5-$25.

Census talk

The Rochester area League of Women Voters will present "Census 2020: Stand Up and Be Counted!" on Monday, September 24. The panel discussion will focus on the importance of an accurate, complete Census because of the role it plays in Congressional representation, public policies, and federal assistance to state and local governments.

Panelists will include representatives from Governor Cuomo's office, the US Census Bureau, and the Children's Agenda. The event will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue, at 7 p.m. Registration: 262-3730.

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