Our monthly meetings are held via Zoom at present and generally occur every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
There will be no CCSJ meeting on September 19th because of our fair on the 17th. We will next Zoom on Tuesday, October 17th, at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join us at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and Amphitheater for our second Social and Environmental Justice Fair on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This will be the first day of WVU’s Diversity Week, and we appreciate the assistance of Anne Kerns, special events coordinator for the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in publicizing our event and encouraging the WVU community to attend. More information about Diversity Week is below.
So far, the following groups have committed to participate:
ACLU West Virginia
First Presbyterian Church LGBTQ Committee (possible)
Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association
League of Women Voters of Morgantown/Monongalia County
Morgantown Church of the Brethren-Mennonite
Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center
West Virginians for Public Lands and West Virginia Rivers Coalition
West Virginia Poor Peoples Campaign
WVU Carruth Center
WVU Center for Black Culture
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
WVU Native American Studies Program
Steel Away of the CB Drum Studio, the Morgantown-based steel drum band, will be playing for us from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Donna Weems, Mike Attfield, and Jim and Sheila Rye will provide the music from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., and Al Anderson will sing from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
We appreciate the financial support of the City of Morgantown and FirstEnergy Foundation for this event.
This event will serve as our annual meeting.
If you are interested in participating this year, please contact Mike Attfield at email@example.com.
At the suggestion of Mayor Jenny Selin, Mike Attfield made a presentation about CCSJ to City Council on Tuesday, August 29th. He used the opportunity to thank City Council for its continued financial support of CCSJ over the years and to publicize our fair on September 17th.
Mike Attfield prepared a short “history/review” of our work over the years for his presentation to City Council. The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.
We have voted to support the program entitled “This Land Was Always Loved” that is described more below with $400 from the funding we received from Duane Nichols and Sue Miles. Further information is provided here.
CCSJ thanks Duane Nichols and Sue Miles for a donation of $2000 to purchase social justice-related books for BOPARC’s summer program. We have purchased 75 books to be distributed to 1st and 2nd graders, 3rd and 4th graders, and 5th and 6th graders, with 25 books for each group.
The titles we purchased were How Not to Start Third Grade by Cathy Hapka and Eileen Titlebaum (Random House Children’s Books); Same Sun Here by Neela Vaswani and Silas House (Candlewick TP Press), and A Skunk in my Bunk! By Christopher Cerf (Random House Children’s Books).
Susan Brown and Lee Petsonk delivered the books to Louisa Mae at the Wiles Hill Community Center/BOPARC office on July 25. Lee took the photos below showing Louisa in the left photo below and Louisa and Susan in the right photo below. Susan said that BOPARC was very appreciative of our donation and gave the books to the campers in the “Arts in the Park” program at the Wiles Hill Community Center during the week of July 24. There were a few extra books, which we are donating to the Shack Neighborhood House.
Susan Brown, a member of the CCSJ steering committee, had a letter to the editor about Juneteenth in the Sunday, June 18th, issue of the Dominion Post.
Mike Attfield represented us at the Morgantown/Kingwood NAACP Branch Community Day at the Marilla Center on Sunday, May 7th. Social justice-related groups and neighborhood associations discussed their work, and, as a group, brainstormed about ways to improve voter turnout for the 2024 elections.
Thanks to Mike Attfield and Mike Sharley, pictured here in a photo by Mike Attfield, who represented us at the Morgantown Pride Block Party on June 24th at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park.
Thank you to everyone who made our 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event on Monday, January 16th, a success. We could not do this without the financial support of the City of Morgantown. We also appreciate the publicity support from Amy Loomis of Main Street Morgantown, which has co-sponsored this event with us for many years. We held our event virtually this year with the support of Jascenna Haislet, Michelle Klishis, and Diane Cale of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at West Virginia University.
Our theme this year was “Telling West Virginia’s Stories and Dreams,” so we want to thank all those who participated in the program: Jeremy Thomas as master of ceremonies; Morgantown Mayor Jenny Selin; Al Anderson, Charlene Marshall, and Sarah Little, who shared their stories of growing up in Osage and attending segregated schools; local musicians Al Anderson and Chris Haddox; the WVU Community Choir under the direction of Dr. Kym Scott; and WVU music faculty member Dr. Hope Koehler. Jeremy Thomas read a children’s story about West Virginia native and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.The Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP contributed to the program by inviting Dr. Joseph Jones, visiting assistant professor at the WVU Reed College of Media, to speak on is “Communities of Care: West Virginia and a Civic Identity for the 21st Century.” We had over 150 people attending.
Charlene Marshall, Sarah Little, and Al Anderson
The event was recorded and to watch the video on YouTube go to https://youtu.be/9-lGBh8EY0k. The video is one hour and 10 minutes long.
There is also a story about the event on Black by God: The West Virginian at https://blackbygod.org/articles/community/martin-luther-king-jr-celebration, and we thank Crystal Good, the editor and publisher of Black by God, for asking us to provide this story and photos of Al Anderson (below,left or first), who sings at each of our events, and Morgantown musician Chris Haddox (below, right or second).
Please send your web site suggestions to Mike Attfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Please send items to share with our membership to Barb Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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