PeaceWorks Rochester
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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2:00pm [2:00pm] Join us for a Nature Walk along the Genesee River
Join your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club for a unique stroll along the Genesee River in Rochester this Saturday, 2 - 3 pm! Your guides will be Peter Debes, long-time naturalist and member of the Sierra Club, and Dorian and Dorothy Hall, residents and leaders of the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Association (PLEX). This part of the Genesee River is an area of intense interest by the City and developers now. It lies just South of the Ford St. bridge and is facing a major proposal to build multistory residences that would provide housing for students attending the University of Rochester. This is not surprising since residential space on the other side of the river is tight. The Hitch? The area proposed is a major brownfield site, formerly an oil refinery which must be cleaned up before the site can be developed. Residents (predominantly people of color) who have been living next to this waste site here for decades (not knowing its toxicity), want the highest level of cleanup done to ensure their safety and maximum use of the area into the future. A recent development proposal calls for the lowest level cleanup, just enough to construct student housing. The PLEX neighborhood association and supporting groups have organized a one-hour nature walk along the river here to see the brownfield site, the Genesee River and learn about the trees, shrubs, and wildlife that live in this area. The banks of the river here have a very natural look and there is a City trail along this side of the river leading up to Brooks St. You will learn about the toxic site, and the value of this area as part of a beautiful stretch of the Genesee River that has been abandoned for many years by the City. This is an opportunity to restore this land for the enjoyment and benefit of the PLEX neighbors and Rochester area residents well into the future. After the walk, we invite you to enjoy refreshments at the Commons where you can support the PLEX Neighborhood Association by writing your comments on the Environmental Impact Statement and your concerns about the cleanup and development of the site. This is a chance to protect and improve the beauty of our beautiful river and support the community that has lived by the brownfield for so many years to ensure their voice is taken into account in the development planning. Please join us! WHERE: Starts at Carlson Commons: 70 Coretta Scott Crossing, Rochester NY, 14608 WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 PM Thank you for all you do for New York's environment and hope to see you on Saturday! Rochester Regional Group Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

6:00pm [6:00pm] "Monumental Ideals", an interactive workshop
Unity Night, December 2nd, 2017 At 6 pm, please bring a dish to pass as we come together to forge friendships over a warm meal. Later, around 7 pm, take part in "Monumental Ideals", an interactive workshop facilitated by Bob Rosenfeld that is designed to allow us to rethink our potentialities as a group of noble beings. In 2001, Bob served on Rochester, NY Mayor William A. Johnson’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity. The Commission was charged to reduce the racial polarization in the City of Rochester. Teamed with a diverse group of business and community leaders, Bob and his team created and developed the “Biracial Partnerships for Community Progress” program, an innovative process for breaking down barriers between races. This later became known as Mosaic Partnerships™.This program has also been implemented in Greensboro, NC and in Milwaukee, WI. The Mosaic Partnerships™ program enjoys an overwhelmingly positive response from these communities as it continues to work toward bringing about the genesis of a prejudice-free society. Bob is the founder of Idea Connection Systems Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations make innovation happen through people. We hope to see you at this uplifting and necessary event of community building. Fondly, Steph. Unity Night is a free, family-friendly, community-building event that uses hospitality, vibrant programming, and the arts as a way to create a space for meaningful conversations. The Rochester Baha'i Center is located at 693 East Avenue with a parking lot and entrance to the Baha'i Center on Oxford Street. Use 186 Oxford Street for GPS directions; parking lot and entrance opposite. Unity Night: a seedbed for growing a cohesive community.🌿