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CCSJ News, Activities, and Events

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CCSJ meeting via Zoom
Currently the CCSJ is meeting via Zoom. Information on how to connect for the next meeting is below.
Topic: Community Coalition for Social Justice October Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 870 1740 0621
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CCSJ Scarecrow
Beginning October 9th, the West Virginia Botanical Garden will have an installation of scarecrows by local non-profit organizations all around the site. People are asked to visit the Garden, search for the scarecrows, and vote on their favorite! Due to the hard work of Sheila Rye the CCSJ has one installed right now. The RBG collar was an idea suggested by Chris Haddox. The scarecrow is called Lady Justice, and pictures are below.

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September annual meeting
Our Annual Meeting was held via Zoom on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. and featured Rev. Ronald English presenting on “From Hurt to Healing.” The CCSJ sent invitations to local groups like the NAACP, Morgantown NOW, PFLAG, Morgantown Pride, League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County, and others. Twenty-eight members of the NAACP, Morgantown NOW, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association participated. A recording of the program is on YouTube.

Tim Hairston is representing us on this committee, which held its first meeting on July 20th. We appreciate Deputy Mayor Rachel Fetty inviting us to have a representative.

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.

The City of Morgantown has granted our request for $1850 to support this event, but it is subject to potential reduction depending on the City’s financial situation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we have invited Ilene Evans to provide a virtual portrayal of West Virginian Memphis Tennessee Garrison as our featured event for the day. Meanwhile mark your calendars for Monday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. for our fifteenth annual celebration and let us know if you have ideas.

The Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP sent a letter to Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston, seeking to work together to address issues that have arisen across the country from the death of George Floyd and others. NAACP President Jerry Carr, Jr., asked us to be among those who signed on to the letter, and our co-chairs, Susan Brown and Sandra Nelms, did add their names on our behalf. Dr. Carr participated in our June meeting, and we look forward to future collaborations on this effort.

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

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