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Local News, Activities, and Events

The following information concerning local news, activities, and events organized by groups other than the CCSJ is generally updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization to check on  possible cancellations or changes that might have occurred since they were originally posted here. See WVU News for Social and Environmental Justice related activties and events organized or occurring at West Virginia University. See Regional News for non-CCSJ news, activities, and events organized and/or taking place outside the Morgantown area.

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MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30 p.m. You can get contact information for the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here. You can get copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here.

Congratulations to Amanda Ray, Esq. and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, the recipients of the Human Rights Commission’s annual awards that were presented at the Monongalia Arts Center on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

Vacancies on Human Rights Commission. There are currently four vacancies on the commission. According to the City of Morgantown’s website, “Appointments of to the Commission are made by City Council, and all must be residents of the City. All seats are non-ward specific. Upon formation in October 2012, terms are to be staggered: 4 shall serve two-year terms, 3 shall serve one-year terms in the first year. Thereafter, all terms will be staggered two-year terms. All new appointments and reappointments will need to be interviewed at the end of their term.” Information on applying for the commission is available here

You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here and copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here. You can find a calendar of annual human rights observances here. Observances for the current month are included in this website here.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of  morgantown / monongalia County (LWV-MM)

The League of Women Voters is a constituent member of West Virginia Women Vote (WVWV). 

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia (LWVWV) will be monitoring all votes and actions of the state Legislature in relation to their four top policy priorities:

• Strengthening democracy by making it easier to vote
• Safeguarding equal rights
• Protecting children & families
• Creating a sustainable future

The LWVWV Legislative Scorecard, first published in 2023 (available here) records how individual members of the Legislature voted on 25 bills in these four areas that became law in 2023. The League will use the same framework as they monitor the 2024 Legislative session.

The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but is engaged in local, state, and national issues of importance to our communities and works to influence public policy through advocacy and education.

Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at lwvmorgantown@gmail.com. Interested in joining the League of Women Voters? Join online. The state League of Women Voters has a new website. “The League of Women Voters of West Virginia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.” They are a member of the CCSJ.

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GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)

You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. Their email address is faulkeseve@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER

NOW has also announced its 2024 Schedule:

Tuesday, February 13: Mixer: TBA, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Meeting at Friends Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9: Mixer: TBA, 7:00 p.m.; RDVIC Event TBA
Tuesday, May 14: Meeting at Friends Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11: Mixer: TBA, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9: Meeting at Friends Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13: Mixer, TBA, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10: Meeting at Friends Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8: Mixer: TBA, 7:00 pm; Annual Ping Pong Fundraiser, Tentatively on Sunday, October 17.
Tuesday, November 5: VOTE (Election Day)
Tuesday, November 12: Meeting at Friends Meeting House, Annual Meeting / Officer Elections, 7:00 p.m.
December: Mixer: TBA

Note that they say that the above schedule  is an attempt to plan out consistency for the year! The say, "We will do our best to stick to this schedule but everything is subject to change for extenuating circumstances."

Email this group at morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow the group on Facebook or their website.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate.

The branch has a Readings on Race and Rights group and does its work with a variety of committees, including Education, Political Action, Legal Redress, Criminal Justice, and Health.

Follow the NAACP on Facebook. The Facebook page also includes information on bills in the legislature that are of concern to the branch members.

We appreciate the fact that the Branch shares this CCSJ Update with its membership.

Morgantown Civilian Police Review Advisory Board Needs Two Members

There are two vacancies on the board at this time. The City of Morgantown is currently accepting applications and you can get a link to the application and more information by going here. “The Board shall consist of nine members appointed by the City Council. Each member shall be a resident of the city or an active member of an organization that works within the city to promote purposes consistent with the purpose of the Board.” For links to agendas and minutes of past meetings, go here.  

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE

Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, except for the dates noted below, with the link available here

Saturday, February 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Buckwheat supper in the Fellowship Hall at Morgantown Church of the Brethren. This is NOT a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to gather with friends from the community and chase away the February blahs.
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: “Morgantown Church of the Brethren, along with Planned Parenthood, is hosting an event we are calling Let’s Talk About Abortion : A Tropical Party to lift the spirits and be honest about our bodies.”
Tuesday, February 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Fastnacht making (and eating) ! One more party before Lent! In the Morgantown Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall.

Follow them at their website or on Facebook. The church is a member of the CCSJ.

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN (UUFM)

"We are a Welcoming Congregation and support the Community Coalition for Social Justice."

For more information on the group and their programs go to the UU website or Facebook or email UUFMWV@gmail.com or call 304-216-5535.

PFLAG

The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available here. The next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m.

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Dismantling Racism Together (DRT) will be meeting on February 19th via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Dr. R. Charles Byers. Join the session to learn more about the unusual--and misunderstood--history of West Virginia State University. The link is http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85962493623.

For more information about the group please go to their website or Facebook or email dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com or contact rebeccarodd@yahoo.com.

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WEST VIRGINIA COALITION FOR TRUTH IN HISTORY

The group will be meeting on February 4th at7:00 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to join the coalition as they monitor the legislative session. See our Legislature Updates/Alerts page for information on issues of concern. Send your email address to ccsjwv@gmail.com, and we will pass on your information to the coalition’s leadership.

For more information about the group please go to their website or Facebook or email dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com or contact rebeccarodd@yahoo.com.

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE 

According to their website: "We provide social and educational resources for the LGBTQ+ Community, Friends and Allies in Mon. County. Our main focus is to sponsor and participate in events and programs that enrich the Morgantown community and affirm the value of LGBTQ+ people within our community. We offer several events throughout the year to bring people together and raise awareness."

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Morgantown PRIDE is holding a Homecoming Out dance on February 17th. According to their Facebook page: “ We are hosting this winter dance to give a queer affirming space for kids to have fun and hang out.” Morgantown High School students have submitted ideas for themes for the event, and voting is underway to make the final decision from the Morgantown PRIDE Facebook page. Stay tuned for more details.

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For information on this group, go to their Facebook page or their website. Morgantown Pride has an Instagram page here.

Raising Trans Kids Community Group

This group usually meets the second Saturday afternoon of the month, but we did not receive information on a January meeting by “press time.” Anyone interested in joining the meeting for the first time or to get more information can email raisingtranskids@gmail.com. All meetings are held virtually via Zoom.

The Raising Trans Kids community group is for West Virginia parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender or gender diverse kids (of any age), or have kids who might be transgender or gender diverse. Follow Morgantown Pride on Facebook.

Empty Bowls Monongalia Fundraising Events

The Soup & Bread Luncheon will be Saturday, February 24, 2024. Go here to sign up as a volunteer.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ebmon.org/funraiser. Tickets for adults are $20 each and include a bowl, while tickets for children under 12 are $10 but do not include a bowl. For more information, go to ebmon.org, phone 304-241-5510, or email EmptyBowlsMon@gmail.com.

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MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (MCCAC) EVENTS
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This event will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Tropics in Cheat Lake. Sponsorship information is available here

“From January 2023 to October 2023, MCCAC has served 559 clients and conducted 237 forensic interviews. We have also provided 1,179 therapy sessions and 5,516 family advocacy services.”

Kroger Community Rewards support the CAC: If you already use Kroger rewards and have a digital account, simply link your Shopper's Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose. Choose MCCAC from the organization list, and Kroger will donate a percentage of your spending to the CAC. MCCAC's NPO number: 90621.

Follow this group here  or on Facebook. The Facebook page includes information on legislation of concern to the MCCAC through the West Virginia Child Advocacy Center.

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Scotts Run 

Community sing: This event happens every last Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Scott’s Run Settlement House, 41 Ladybug Drive in Osage. You do not have to be from Scotts Run to participate. It is for everyone, from anywhere, and for all ages!

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