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Local News, Activities, and Events

The following meeting information concerning local news, activities, and events organized by groups other than the CCSJ is updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Regional News for news, activities, and events activities not organized by the CCSJ taking place outside the Morgantown area.

VOTE BY MAIL WV ADVOCACY FORUM
The CCSJ Has Received The Following Information:
"The Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Unprecedented Uncertainty For Voting In November 2020. True Vote By Mail Is A Proven Method To Remove Barriers To Voting, Including Restrictive Absentee Voting Requirements And Traditional In-Person Polling Places.
"A Growing Number Of WV Legislators, Candidates, And Members Of The Public Are Urging Adoption Of Vote By Mail For WV, Potentially For The 2020 General Election. As Advocacy Has Increased, So Have The Voices Of Opposition, Ignorance, And Misinformation. Yet, There Has Been No Single Source Of Information For Anyone.
"VoteByMailWV.Com Is Designed To Be That Source. It Was Launched 5/20/2020. Both The League Of Women Voters Of WV And The League Of Women Voters Of Morgantown/Monongalia County Have Signed On As Sponsors.
"Please Visit The Website To Learn About Vote By Mail And To Sign Up As A Supporter Or A Member Of The Vote By Mail WV Coalition. For More Information, Contact VotebymailWV@Gmail.Com"

CITY OF MORGANTOWN LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH PROCLAMATION
The Mayor And City Council Of Morgantown Released A LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH Proclamation On June 2, 2020. A Copy Of The PDF Can Be Downloaded At This Link.

SUPPORT LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Do you want to “do something” to help in this difficult time when we are supposed to be staying at home? If so, we are suggesting that the following local organizations might benefit from any financial assistance you are able to provide as they help people in need in the Morgantown-Monongalia County area. As far as we know, all are 501 (c) (3) organizations so contributions would be deductible to the extent allowed by law:
Bartlett Housing Solutions (Bartlett House): Link. 10 West Run Road, Suite 200, Morgantown, WV 26508, (304) 292-0101, info@bartletthouse.org
Caritas House: Link. 391 Scott Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26508, (304) 985-0021.
Christian Help: Link. 219 Walnut Street, Morgantown, WV 26505, In-Kind Contributions / Collection Drives: information@motownchristianhelp.com, (304) 296-0221; Financial Contributions: finance@motownchristianhelp.com, (304) 296-0221 Ext. 11.
Community Kitchen, Inc. At Trinity Episcopal Church: Link. P.O. Box 922, Morgantown, WV 26507. 
Empty Bowls Monongalia: Link. 7 Rousch Drive, Westover, WV 26501, (304) 241-5510
Milan Puskar Health Right: Link. 341 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505, (304) 292-8234, info@mphealthright.org
Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels: Link. 3375 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505, (304) 599-1954, morgantownareamow@gmail.com.
The Pantry Plus More: Link. 9 Rousch Drive, Westover, WV 26501, (304) 282-1123, info@pantryplusmore.org.
Scotts Run Settlement House: Link. P.O. Box 590, Pursglove, WV 26546, (304) 599-5020 for email form.
The Shack Neighborhood House: Link. P.O. Box 600 Pursglove, WV 26546, (304) 599.5466 for email form.
United Way's list of food and hunger sites: Link.
Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc., Emergency Impact Fund for North Central West Virginia: Link. P.O. Box 409, Morgantown WV 26507, 304-296-3433

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FREE COVID-19 TESTING
To increase the COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations, the Governor's Office, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, WV National Guard and community partners are providing FREE, optional testing for residents in counties with high minority populations and evidence of COVID-19 transmission.
This testing is available to all individuals in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is NOT required. Identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, will be required to be tested. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. See the DHHR website for more information. 

MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Building Conference Room on Spruce Street. However, the City has been cancelling all non-essential meetings so stay tuned. You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here, copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here, and a calendar of annual human rights observances here.
Members of the Human Rights Commission endorsed a resolution presented to the Morgantown City Council at the June 30th Committee of the Whole meeting at 7:00 p.m. entitled “Resolution Affirming and Strenghening [sic] Community Policing.” The resolution, together with information on commenting about the resolution following the references, can be found here.

GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)
No updated information was available about future meetings at “press time.” There is, however, a video featuring Reverend Zac Morton speaking “In Response to the Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.”
You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. The email address is morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is working with the state-wide West Virginia Women Vote project and the local group, West Virginia Women Vote-Morgantown, to begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave all women in the country the right to vote in 2020. if you are interested in participating in the planning, please contact Vicki Conner at vicki_conner@msn.com.

MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER
Follow this group on Facebook. The July meeting will be a video conference call on July 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. For the video conference link, email morgantownnow@gmail.com.
Morgantown NOW has also started “Timeline Tuesdays, a “20 part series, created by an all-volunteer team from the WV Women Vote Coalition of Morgantown. Our series will illustrate important events in the history of WV and the USA as they relate to voting.” You can access these videos from the Facebook page.

PFLAG MORGANTOWN
“PFLAG Morgantown is hoping to submit a nomination for the Morgantown City LGBT Liaison (see description). If you live within Morgantown city limits and would like to be considered for the position, please email DeeDee (DeeDeeM1952@gmail.com) with your resume. The PFLAG - Morgantown board will provide a letter of recommendation to accompany your resume. “The turnaround time on this is pretty quick: July 3, 2020. So, if you're interested, please let DeeDee know ASAP.”
Follow PFLAG on Facebook or at their website.

MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BETHREN
Morgantown Church of the Brethren continues to hold Sunday noon picnics at Wiles Hill Park, with families distanced on blankets on the grass, or folding chairs. All are invited! There is no potluck meal, only bring-your-own sack lunches. The fellowship is great, though. Please go to Facebook for further information.

MORGANTOWN PRIDE
This group “provides social and educational resources for the LGBTQ+ Community, Friends and Allies in Mon. County.” Follow this group’s activities on their Facebook page.
The 2020 Morgantown Pride Parade, Block party, and After party are scheduled for September 5th.

NAACP morgantown
The next meeting will be on July 21st at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate.
As noted above, NAACP President Jerry Carr, Jr., sent a letter to Chief Ed Preston, with copies to Interim Chief Eric Powell and Interim City Manager Emily Muzzarelli. Numerous local organizations signed the letter in addition to CCSJ. Chief Preston did respond. Follow this group on Facebook.

UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN
Beth Houseknecht reports that: “July 12 we will have a Zoom Concert with UU Folk Musician Andrew McKnight. July 19 will be UUA General Assembly in Review. July 26 is the Zoom meeting with the CCSJ as the topic.” Mike Attfield and Sheila Rye will represent the CCSJ.
Check the web site or the Facebook page for updates.

WVU DIVERSITY WEEK 2020
This annual event is scheduled for October 11-17.

WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM
See their website for information.

WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH
For more information, please go here.

WVU CENTER FOR WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
For more information, please go here.

WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER EVENTS
See their website for more information.