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Urban Action 9/5 

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

The dark side of 'civilizing'

The Rochester Pachamama Community's Seeds of Hope program will present the documentary film "Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code" on Sunday, September 9.

The film, by Native American actor and filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, provides Native Americans' perspective of Europeans coming to North America and the brutal treatment of the indigenous people they eventually dominated. Wolfchild maintains that this period of "discovering land and civilizing" native people in the 15th century was sanctioned by Papal doctrine. The event will be held at 1010 East Avenue (the brick building on the west side of Asbury Methodist Church), from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Douglass and his family

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Frederick Douglass Family's Struggle for Liberty," on Monday, September, 10. The talk by Celeste-Marie Bernier, professor of black studies and chair in English literature at University of Edinburgh, traces Douglass's activism and writing and its impact on his children.

Bernier describes Douglass and his family's lives as a mix of sorrow and beauty. The event will be held at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

Dealing with white privilege

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story About Race" on Monday, September 10.

Debby Irving's book has been called part memoir and part workbook on understanding white privilege. Irving, who is white, describes herself as a New England WASP, and her understanding of racism as a young person was framed in that experience. Her self-discovery of her own white privilege was both shocking and disturbing, she says. The Moving Beyond Racism group meets at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7:30 p.m.

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