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Urban Action 9/26 

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

Growing up Muslim

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "Muslim Girl A Coming of Age" on Monday, October 1.

Author Amani Al-Khatahtbeh was 9 years old on September 11, 2001. Like many Americans, she experienced the grief of a national tragedy, but she also experienced the backlash of anger toward Muslims. After spending time in Jordan, she returned to the US at age 13 and began chronicling the voices of Muslim girls and women on her blog muslimgirl.com. Her memoir describes her journey of accepting her identity as a Muslim in a country that remains hostile to Muslim-Americans. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.

Charlotte hears from candidates

The Charlotte Community Association and the Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods group will host a candidates' night on Tuesday, October 2. Residents are invited to meet and question candidates running for Congress (25th District), state Senate, state Assembly, and city school board. All the candidates have been invited, and most have indicated that they will attend. The event will be at the Roger Robach Community Center, 188 Beach Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Questioning high-stakes testing

The Rochester Teachers Association and several educational advocacy groups will sponsor "Really Making Schools Better—Beyond High Stakes Testing," a talk by Daniel Koretz, on Thursday, September 27. Koretz is a Harvard professor and testing researcher who argues that high-stakes testing in the nation's public schools has only minor benefits. And, he says, testing's harm outweighs its benefits. The event – at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, at 5:15 p.m. – is free and open to the public, but reservations are required: 546-2681.

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