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Regional News, Events, and Activities

The following information concerning state-wide and area news, events, and activities is 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 Local News for non-CCSJ events and activities organized and/or occurring in the Morgantown area. See WVU News for Social and Environmental Justice related activties and events organized or occurring at West Virginia University.

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west virginia now

The 2023 (postponed from late 2023) state NOW annual meeting will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. by Zoom. NOW is still working on confirming speakers and additional details. NOW is focusing on encouraging people to register and vote this year and also supporting the equal rights amendment and abortion. For more information, go to their Facebook page or email Amanda Ray, the state NOW president, at amandajray@yahoo.com.

West Virginia NOW has a Facebook page and a web page

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ACLU WEST VIRGINIA

See more about ACLU West Virginia here or Facebook. Email them at mail@acluwv.org.

Go here  to get links to the legislative toolkit, which includes information on the ACLU’s legislative priorities, which are protecting First Amendment values, defending democracy, dismantling West Virginia’s deadly and overcrowded jails, defending LGBTQ+ rights, and fighting for immigrants’ rights. There are also calls to action for specific issues on this site.

The ACLU’s bill tracking system is here. There is a link to get email updates.

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The ACLU’s lobby day is Thursday, February 29, starting at 8:30 a.m. “From abortion rights to affirming health care for trans youth, to freedom of speech and the defense of our democracy itself, our civil liberties will be under assault like never before in 2024. OUR VOICE OUR POWER

“Join ACLU-WV for our 2024 Lobby Day and learn how you can make a difference. Hear from civil rights experts, learn more about citizen lobbying, meet with your elected officials and listen to a floor session with us.”

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FAIRNESS WEST VIRGINIA

Fairness West Virginia is a civil rights advocacy organtization dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Virginians. 

There are many calls for action and legislative updates on the Facebook page and on the website at fairnesswv.org. One bill of concern is HB 4806: Require bathroom use in schools based upon biological sex that passed the House Education Committee and is now in the House Judiciary Committee.

Follow Fairness West Virginia on Facebook.

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WEST VIRGINIA TRANSGENDER COALITION

“The West Virginia Transgender Coalition is a grassroots organization that works to ensure the wellbeing, safety and lived equity of all trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive community members within the state of West Virginia.”

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For more information, please go their Facebook page

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West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign

A national call for moral revival: Save the date - Saturday, March 2, at Noon. For more information go here or email westvirginia@poorpeoplescampaign.org to get involved.

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WEST VIRGINIA BLACK PRIDE FOUNDATION

This group organized in December 2021 in Charleston “to illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color in West Virginia and provide them with a safe space of fellowship,” according to a story in the Juneteenth edition of Black By God: The West Virginian. For more information, email WVBPfoundation@outlook.com or Kasha@wvpfoundation.com.

SUPPORT BLACK BY GOD: THE WEST VIRGINIAN

According to its website, “We are an emerging news and storytelling organization centering Black voices from the Mountain State. We provide a more nuanced portrayal of the Black experience in the Appalachian region.” Crystal Good is the editor/publisher/founder of Black By God.

There is a weekly online edition and a quarterly print edition. 

To contact Black by God, email Info@Blackbygod.org or call 304-207-0352. The mailing address is 2156 University Ave. Suite 400, Morgantown, WV, 26505. To make a tax-deductible donation, go to blackbygod.org/donate.