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Urban Action 9/23 

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

Aldi hearing

The city Zoning Board of Appeals will hold another public hearing on the proposal for an Aldi food market at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 24. The discount chain store would be located on the corner of North Winton and Blossom roads in the same site as the now closed Jim's Restaurant. Many residents in the North Winton Village and Browncroft neighborhoods oppose the plan because of the size of the project and because numerous variances are required. The hearing will be held at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

Readings, talks at MCC

Monroe Community College will host "Gender and Identity Amidst Volatility and Difference in the Muslim World," a series of readings and discussions. The first reading will be a selection of short stories by different authors on Wednesday, September 30. The events will be held on Wednesdays periodically through January 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Brighton campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road. Information on the series: 292-3173.

Race and politics talk

The University of Rochester will host a talk by cultural critic Gerald Early at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Early, who is a professor of English and Afro-American studies at Washington University, will discuss race, neighborhoods, and the arts in relation to the current political climate. The event will be held at Rush Rhees Library.

Minister to discuss race and justice

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will host "Connecting the Dots: Ferguson to Palestine," a talk by the Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Hagler is the senior minister at the Plymouth Congregational UCC Church in Washington, DC. He has worked extensively on issues both nationally and internationally dealing with racism and economic justice. The talk will be held at 1100 South Goodman Street.

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