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Urban Action 3/20

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

Preservation conference

The Landmark Society of Western New York and Rochester Colonial are among several sponsors of the conference, "Outside the Box: Innovative Preservation Practices for the 21st Century," on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. For a complete list of events, location, registration, and cost, call 546-7029 Ext. 11 or

Talk by author Luis Alberto Urrea

Nazareth College presents an afternoon with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "Into the Beautiful North," this year's choice for "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book" at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Urrea will read passages from the book. The event will be held at Linehan Chapel in the Golisano Academic Center.

Rally against abuses below the border

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will hold a rally in front of the Federal Building, 100 State Street, at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The rally is to protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and its ongoing training of Latin American soldiers who commit human rights abuses throughout Central and South America.

Stopping human trafficking

RIT will host a discussion by Laura Lederer at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Lederer is president of Global Centurion, a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting slavery and human trafficking. The event will be held in Liberal Arts Hall.

Voice of the Citizen forum

Mayor Tom Richards will hold four public forums to solicit feedback to close a $28 million gap in next year's budget. Richards will lay out the city's fiscal problems and proposed cutbacks. The first forum is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Freddie Thomas campus, 625 Scio Street.

How to run for school board

The Monroe County School Boards Association will hold its annual seminar for prospective school board candidates from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. The role and responsibilities of board members and how to run a successful campaign will be discussed. The event is at the Airport Holiday Inn. Cost: $10 for materials.