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CCSJ News, Activities, and Events

Events are typically updated at the beginning of each month. See also Local News, WVU NewsRegional News, and Calendar

CCSJ MEETINGS

Our monthly meetings are held via Zoom at present and generally occur every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. 

Our next CCSJ meeting will be on Zoom on Tuesday, June 18th, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. 

We will be making final plans for the opening of our exhibit about the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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Eve Faulkes has designed the exhibit that will open on July 2nd at the Morgantown Public Library with a reception, including refreshments, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the library. The exhibit will tell the story of this seminal act that was signed into law on July 2, 1964, and that banned discrimination based on race, gender, and national origin in places of public accommodation, like theatres and restaurants.

Eve is also producing a graphic novel featuring storytellers from around the state explaining their work to advance civil rights over the decades. It features local residents like Al Anderson, who attended the 1963 March on Washington; Charlene Marshall, who helped integrate local restaurants; and Duane Nichols, who integrated restaurants in Delaware. It also includes Freedom Rider Joan Browning and younger activists who were spurred to respond to the murder of George Floyd.

There will be a short program including several of the storytellers at 6:30 p.m. 

We appreciate the financial support of the City of Morgantown and the cooperation of Sarah Palfrey, director of the Morgantown Public Library System, and her staff for this project. First Presbyterian Church, the Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP, and the Morgantown Human Rights Commission have also endorsed the project.

The exhibit will be available for the month of July. It will then “tour” to MultiFest in Charleston in early August and to the Charleston YWCA. Eve also is planning local events around the exhibit here in Morgantown.

We then plan to make the graphic novel available on our website.

Please share this invitation widely. Download our Flyer here.

CCSJ Supports Morgantown PRIDE Block Party
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We will be a bronze-level sponsor of the Block Party although we will not be attending in person. Details about the Block Party are here. Above is our notice on the Morgantown PRIDE Facebook page.

CCSJ hosts pot-luck gathering for social and environmental justice groups

The CCSJ hosted a Social and Environmental Justice gathering on Sunday, April 21st, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 456 Spruce Street in Morgantown.  It was a gathering of local social and environmental justice groups, including a pot-luck dinner, followed by a group discussions of various social and environmental justice issues. Groups were invited to bring and display their publicity materials. At the end representatives of the various groups reported on what their group had concluded.  We were pleased to welcome two graduate students from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism who were in West Virginia to look at why West Virginia has the lowest percentage of young people who vote.

Thank you to Eve Faulkes and Reverend Zac Morton for facilitating our use of the church rooms and to everyone who contributed to this event, including all who brought food, who attended, and the members of the CCSJ who worked hard to arrange everything.

Below are three pictures of the event, showing the CCSJ table, the discussion groups, and the food.

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CCSJ SUPPORTS MORGANTOWN PRIDE BLOCK PARTY

We will be a bronze-level sponsor of the Block Party
although we will not be attending in person. Details about the Block Party are below.

Don Spencer's Presentation

Don Spencer, a CCSJ member, gave a presentation at the February 20th, 2024 CCSJ monthly meeting on Zoom. He talked about his social action and civil rights work over the years.  An audio recording is available here, and a pdf transcript is here. We sincerely thank Don for all his efforts to make Morgantown a better place!

Duane Nichols' Presentation
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Duane Nichols', a CCSJ member, gave a presentation at the January 16th, 2024 CCSJ monthly meeting on Zoom. He talked about his efforts in his youth to promote and fight for civil rights. This was done in Delaware, and included picketing in Wilmington, organizing boycotts, testing restaurants for discrimination, and more. During that time he was arrrested three times. We thank Duane for all of his efforts both then and continuing to the present day, including his current support of the CCSJ. A video of his presentation is available on YouTube.

MLK Jr. Day letter to the Dominion Post

Susan Brown, a long-term member of our group, wrote a letter on behalf of the group that was published in the Dominion Post newspaper on January 14, 2024. It reminded us of the good things that Dr. King had done, including his efforts towards getting the Civil Rights Act published in 1964. The letter can be viewed here.

BOOK LISTS UPDATED

We have updated our lists of books at the Morgantown Public Library system that focus on social justice topics. These are available on the Resources page of this website.

SUGGESTIONS, ASSISTANCE, AND DONATIONS

Please send your web site suggestions to Mike Attfield at mdattfieldo@gmail.com. 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@gmail.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.

Please note that CCSJ is a 501 (c) (3) organization and therefore is non-partisan. While we encourage everyone to vote and participate in the political process, we do not endorse candidates, provide a forum for candidates to campaign, or publicize partisan political statements.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK! Just look for “Community Coalition for Social Justice” under “Groups” and become our friend. Thanks to Mike Sharley for being our group “leader.”