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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.

MORGANTOWN juneteenth event
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Suncrest United Methodist Church will Celebrate Juneteenth on Sunday June 16th at 2 p.m. There will be a showing of the documentary “Who We Are:A Chronicle of Racism in America" in which Jeffery Robinson reexamines our combined history in America from slavery to the present. There will be an intermission, at which time special foods look to commemorate the significance of Juneteenth.

There will be a panel discussion following the documentary. The panelist include Joseph Jones, PhD Assistant Professor, Reed College of Media, West Virginia University Faculty Sponsor | National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Anitra Hamilton, a delegate in the WV House, representing district 81, President of the Morgantown/Kingwood NAACP, and Meshea Poor, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, West Virginia University.

Suncrest United Methodist Church is located at 479 Van Voorhis Road. Morgantown, WV.

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MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, May 16th, 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. You can find a calendar of annual human rights observances here. Observances for the current month are included in this website here.

Vacancies on Human Rights Commission. There are currently two vacancies on the commission, and two current commissioners have terms expiring June 30th. 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.” Information on applying for the commission is available 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) and a member of the CCSJ.

he League of Women Voters of West Virginia has released its 2024 Scorecard of the West Virginia legislature. This features the votes of all legislators on issues that were important to the League during the 2024 session and reflects the League’s non-partisan perspective. It is available here and provides the votes of all members of the West Virginia legislature during the 2024 session on bills that reflect the League’s priority areas of strengthening democracy (8 bills), safeguarding equal rights (5 bills), protecting children and families (11 bills), and creating a sustainable future (2 bills). You can start using the scorecard by going here. lwvwv.org/ls2024/scorecard-overview/.

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

The next meeting will be on July 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 348 E. Brockway Avenue in Morgantown. 

NOW has also announced the rest of its 2024 Schedule:

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; 
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

"*This schedule is an attempt to plan out consistency for the year! 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, June18th 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

The City of Morgantown is currently accepting applications for the two vacancies on the Board, 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 with the link available here

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The church hosts summer Picnics in the Park. Everyone is welcome. The picnics start about noon.

The church has a Blessings Box outside the church at 464 Virginia Avenue, Morgantown, where you can drop off extra food you may have or take some if you need it, or swap food. Feminine hygiene products are also welcome.

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.

greater morgantown interfaith association

If you are interested in this group, please contact Eve Faulkes at faulkeseve@gmail.com.

Fairmont PFLAG

Information is available here and on their Facebook page.

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There are many events listed on the Facebook page. They include distributing “All Kinds Are Welcome Here” stickers from Saturday, June 8, through Friday, June 14, and a potluck dinner on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.

“Get ready to celebrate love, acceptance, and equality at Fairmont Pride! Join us for a day of live music, vendors, and more! Pack the car for this family-friendly community event hosted by PFLAG Fairmont” at [June 8th] 12:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Greenspace, 308 Watson Avenue."

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Dismantling Racism Together (DRT) will be meeting on June 17th via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. when they will welcome the Reverend Jimmie Hawkins as guest presenter. Hawkins will speak about his book, Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America. His book walks the reader through the many forms of Black protest in American history, from pre-colonial times through the George Floyd protests of 2020. It also portrays the backlash to these protests, including the Jim Crow era, the Red Summer of 1919, and modern-day wars on Black communities in the form of War on Drugs and voter suppression. Together we will learn what Blacks have endured to have their voice heard and what Whites have done to suppress it. Additionally, we will explore, what might motivate you to protest? How do you know when a protest is successful? Are there other strategies to correcting wrongs that are worth pursuing? Join the Zoom meeting at us02web.zoom.us/j/85962493623. Please join by zoom here.

“The Reverend Jimmie Ray Hawkins serves as the Presbyterian Church (USA) Advocacy Director of the Washington Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (NYC). . . . His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina and the Poor People’s Campaign. He engaged in four actions of civil disobedience and has been active in justice advocacy throughout his ministry.”

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 Coalition was very active during the legislative session, including, after the session, publishing an op ed in the Charleston Gazette and a letter to the editor in the Dominion Post about its issues. 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."

The 2024 Pride Parade will be on Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. Their Block Party will be on Sunday, June 15th at 12 p.m. and will again be at Hazel Ruby McQuain Ampitheater. Information on vendors, sponsorships, and parade participation is available here.

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

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Raising Trans Kids Community Group

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.

The next meeting of the Raising Trans Kids group will be on Saturday, June 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the meeting for the first time or to get more information can emailraisingtranskids@gmail.com.

MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (MCCAC) 

The mission of MCCAC is to advocate for children who have been abused or encountered other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by providing a child-friendly and safe environment where children and their families can be interviewed, supported, and healed.

“From January 2023 to March 2024, MCCAC has served 514 clients and conducted 50 forensic interviews. We have also provided 310 therapy sessions and 1,526 family advocacy services.”

MCCAC's Y2K Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. on June 13th at the Chestnut Beer Hall on Pleasant Street, Morgantown. The cost is $50 for a team to enroll and test your knowledge of the early 2000s. If you are interested in registering a team for the event contact Taylor at MCCAC: tschulz@moncocac.org or 304-598-0344.

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MCCAC's Annual Golf Tournament will be held on July 27th at Mountaineer Golf Course. "Join us for a day of funn, competition, and philanthropy at the Annual Golf Tournament benefiting the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center!.... 3 Person Scramble - $100 per person ($300 per team). If you are interested in registering a team or sponsoring the event, please contact Taylor at MCCAC: tschulz@moncocac.org or 304-598-0344."

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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!

CHRISTIAN HELP LUAU FUNDRAISER

The Christian Help Luau fundraiser takes place on Sunday, June 23rd between 4 and 8 p.m. at Tropics near Cheat Lake, Morgantown. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. 

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JUNETEENTH EVENTS IN MORGANTOWN

Saturday, June 15th : There will be an event at the White Park Pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP is providing funding for catering and plans to have a booth to provide voter registration information.

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WVU-associated news and activities

Go here for information.