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CCSJ MEETING VIA ZOOM

Topic: CCSJ steering committee. Note: Board Members Only!
Time: Jan 12, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY 2021

This will take place on January 18th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Our theme is “West Virginia Civil Rights Leaders.” The Zoom link will be available on our website and Facebook page. See our flyer here. We are co-sponsoring this virtual event this year with the WVU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Main Street Morgantown. You must pre-register to attend the event here. You do NOT have to be an OLLI member to register.

No registration is required to watch the presentation on Facebook. To view the presentation via Facebook Live, on the day of the event go to the OLLI page at https://www.facebook.com/olliatwvu, and the stream should appear at the top of the OLLI page. This live video will start approximately ten minutes prior to the event and should appear at the top of the OLLI Facebook page once streaming has begun. If there are any problems, we will post messages on Facebook alerting you of delays or other issues.

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Ilene Evans will provide a virtual portrayal of West Virginian Memphis Tennessee Garrison as our featured event for the day. According to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, “Teacher and civic activist Memphis Tennessee Carter (March 3, 1890-July 25, 1988) was born in Hollins, Virginia. . .. she grew up in the southern West Virginia coalfields. . ..

Garrison graduated from Bluefield State College in 1939. She taught school in McDowell County and also served as a welfare worker for the U.S. Steel Company in Gary, its company town. In this latter capacity, she helped to settle racial disputes, provided counseling to black miners and their families, and developed cultural and recreational opportunities for residents of the area.

Garrison was active with the Republican Party and with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She helped to develop and sustain chapters of the NAACP in southern West Virginia, and served as a national vice president and as a field secretary who undertook special organizing and membership activities. One of her most important achievements was the creation of the Christmas Seal Project, which became an important fund-raising effort for the NAACP.” The photo is from e-WV here

We are pleased that The Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP has invited DeMarcus Bandy to participate in our program as their representative. His presentation will be on “Structural and Systemic Racism and How to Build an Equitable Future.” Demarcus is a 13-year-old 8th grader at Mountaineer Middle School. He participates in the TAG program and is a member of the Varsity basketball and track teams. He aspires to be a robotics engineer in the future. This is his 3rd year participating in this event.

We will also welcome Janis-Rozena Peri singing Dr. King’s favorite song, “If I Can Help Somebody,” and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

We appreciate the financial support from the City of Morgantown for this program.

Community Coalition for Social Justice/Dismantling Racism Together Community Forum 
On February 3, 2021, at 7:00 PM via Zoom, there will be a Community Forum to talk about ideas for Dismantling Racism. All are welcome to join this Zoom event, using the link provided below.

Dismantling Racism Together is a small group of people who came together last fall with energy to seek ways to combat systemic racism in our community. Through monthly Zoom meetings, members have been learning about racism and specifically how the NAACP and ACLU approach the topic. After learning about CCSJ’s broad community reach, having an information gathering community forum was suggested.

Simply put, we hope the meeting will be a time for participants to share what is on their racism-related agenda, identify local examples of systemic racism and, if there is sufficient energy, test the waters to identify/prioritize an initiative. At a minimum, we would identify areas for dismantling work and learn of the allies in the community.

The following topical areas are suggested for the agenda:
1. identify local examples of systemic racism,
2. what is on the racism-related agenda of other participants,
3. what are others, not present, doing to combat systemic racism, and,
4. identify/prioritize an initiative.

Topic: Community Coalition for Social Justice/Dismantling Racism Together Community Forum
Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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CCSJ SUPPORTS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL
The Morgantown Human Rights Commission has asked us to comment at the January 26th Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting in support of their proposed resolutions on land acknowledgement -we will include that statement in our MLK Day event.

UPDATED LIBRARY BOOK LISTS
For several years, the City of Morgantown provided funds for us to purchase library books focused on social justice issues for the Morgantown Public Library on Spruce Street. With funds from the Appalachian Community Foundation, we also purchased books for the Clinton District and Clay-Battelle Branch Libraries. Most of these are books for children. The library has added some of these at the Arnettsville branch.
The lists for have been updated and are available now here. There are two lists. One is exclusively books focused on African Americans. The other list includes our former environmental justice and economic justice lists. There is an index on page 3 of the “catalog” that includes links to the various topics so that you can easily find something that might interest you.The library is now open enough that people can order books and pick them up curbside. For more information on this procedure, please go here.

CCSJ ANNUAL REPORT
To download and view the 2019-20 CCSJ Annual Report please click here.

SUGGESTIONS, ASSISTANCE, AND DONATIONS
Please send your web site suggestions to Mike Attfield at attfield@comcast.net. Please contact any of the steering committee members to volunteer to help and to share your suggestions for our work or e-mail us at ccsjwv@hotmail.com. Please send items to share with our membership to Barb Howe at barbara.howe@mail.wvu.edu.
Please also remember to send your dues - $10 for individuals and $25 for organizations – to CCSJ, PO Box 160, Morgantown, WV 26507-0160. You can join or donate by credit card via PayPal on this web site. Go to Join Us.