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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 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, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. 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. Events for the current month are here.

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

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 League has posted a link to a story from West Virginia Public Broadcasting on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LWVMM that deals with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s sending voter confirmation postcards. According to the story, “If you are a registered voter and have changed your address with the DMV or post office, or not voted — or updated your voter registration — in the past four years, you’ll be getting a postcard from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office to verify your address.”

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GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)

No updated information was available about future meetings at "press time.” 
You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. The email address is morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER

The next meeting will be January 11th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Details and agenda are available through the weekly newsletter or email morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow this group on Facebook. For more information on events go here.

Morgantown NOW also helped organize the Afghan women event with the WVU Libraries, which will take place on January 25 at 6:00 p.m., with registration available here.
Justice for Afghan women and girls now: understanding and action, a virtual program 
Description

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 placed many women and girls in crisis. Join us with a panel of activists and immigration law experts to survey their journey. A virtual event by WVU Libraries, Eberly College, WVU Women's Resource Center, WVU Immigration Law Clinic and WV Now.

Panelists include:

President and a cofounder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Eleanor Smeal, with an international and national perspective and historic context

WVU Immigration Law Clinic leader and international law expert Alison Peck brings information about local action and legal challenges

Parween Mascari, Appalachian Lawyer, entrepreneur and “Halfghan” shares personal and legal perspective from first-hand experience

Manal AlNatour, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Arabic Studies and Director of Arabic Studies Program, on Afghan Women at the Crossroad: A Cultural Perspective

Renee Corbett, Outreach Worker, Refugee Resettlement & Immigration Services on the technicalities of the refugee experience

Introductions by Leslie Tower, Director of the WVU Women’s Resource and Barbara Evans Fleischauer, the longest-serving female member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Panel moderated by Amy S. Thompson, WVU Professor of Applied Linguistics and Department Chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics and the Director of International Relations and Strategic Planning for Eberly College and Sue Barazi, Vice President of the Islamic Association of WV and current President of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry.

Live captioning will be available on the Zoom virtual program. Request for other services can be made by contacting jason.kapcala@mail.wvu.edu at least three business days prior to the event.

NOW is also promoting these events:

RUN NOW
"RUN NOW is a unique program available exclusively to NOW members that provides training on how to run for office and how to become a professional campaign operative. Prospective candidates and campaigners will have the opportunity to learn the full mechanics of campaigning from experts and thought leaders from top leading political organizations. NOW has a goal to train 2,022 members by the 2022 midterm elections. RUN NOW will be a catalyst to motivate more feminists to run for office and to lead winning campaigns in local, state, and national races.

Upcoming RUN NOW Sessions
January 11, 2022 (Tent.) – How to Be a Campaign Manager? NOW members can go here for more information.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on January 18th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate. The NAACP is also participating in the CCSJ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on January 17th. See here for more information, including details on how to access this event.

Follow the NAACP on Facebook.

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE

Follow them at their website or on Facebook. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, with the link available here. "We ask that everyone wear a mask inside the building.”

MORGANTOWN humanists

This is “An American Humanists Association chapter; science, reason, experience and compassion guide our attempt to understand and improve our world.... consider joining us !!” For information about this group, please go to their Facebook page.

The Humanists will be participating in CCSJ’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day program with comments on “Respect.” There are also several important days coming up: January 29: Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration; and February 12: Darwin Day.

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN

Services for January are via videos and Zoom until further notice. Check their web site or the Facebook page for information and updates.

January 2: “Your Health is Most Important, Can We Predict Your Future?” This selected video program will focus on essential knowledge for you now! This will be an “On Demand — Personal Timing Activity.” [https://youtu.be/a9hd-yqMk_4].

January 9: BOOKS - Part 1: Mortimer J. Adler on “Great Ideas & Great Books.” Philosopher Mortimer Adler has a definition of justice, as well as why "moral virtue is an indispensable condition of your pursuit of happiness." (See also the "Six Great Ideas with Mortimer Adler," in which the philosopher talks about the broad topics of truth, beauty, goodness, liberty, equality and justice.)

January 16: “Martin Luther King Day Program” ~ Equal justice for voters is on the line in Morgantown and more so nation wide, affecting us all! This will be a Zoom program with a presentation and discussion.

January 23: BOOKS - Part 2: William E. Rees on “Can Books Guide our Future.” William Rees is a Canadian population ecologist and developer of the "ecological footprint" concept and tool. Basic ecological, sociological, and systems science principles for decades have been flashing red-light warnings that the human presence, globally as well as regionally, is on a disastrous course toward catastrophe.

January 30: “Bringing the UU Principles to Life.” This presentation by Michael Siciliano, UUFM
Vice President & Community Minister will include a group discussion.

Contact information: UUFMWV, P.O. Box 4109, Morgantown, WV 26504. President, Duane NIchols; V.P. Michael Siciliano; Secretary, Tim Nelms; Treasurer, Denny Houseknecht.

PFLAG

The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available here. According to its website, “PFLAG Fairmont meets each month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the campus of Fairmont State University.”

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Rebecca Rodd provided the following information on the next meeting on Monday, January 17th, at 7:00 p.m., a “MLK Day discussion on Being Effective Change Agents for Social Justice. The speaker will be Dr. Amena Anderson, WVU professor in the Leadership Studies Program." 

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/DRTMonthlyProgram

Dismantling Racism Together meets monthly to discuss educational topics related to systemic racism. In addition we are working on several advocacy projects in coalition with other organizations, including lobbying against bills that would prevent or limit teaching about racism in our schools. All are welcome to join our monthly meetings or to participate in our planning and strategy group. 

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

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

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. January’s event will be on the 8th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

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For more information on this group please go to their Facebook page or their web site.

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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

See their Facebook page or their website for more information. 

WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH (CBCR)

For more information about the WVU Center, please go here.

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

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WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER

The Center has an active program of events planned that are open to the public. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, and to register for events, or follow them on Facebook.

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MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board membership

At the December 16th hearing on the ordinance establishing this board, Judge Susan Tucker ruled in favor of the Fraternal Order of Police, which argued that the ordinance conflicted with civil service commission procedures. The ordinance has a severability clause, stating that, if any part is deemed invalid, the rest of the ordinance would still stand. We do not yet know if the City of Morgantown will appeal the decision.

WVU LIBRARIES’ FOOD JUSTICE IN APPALACHIA EXHIBIT

This exhibit is available in the WVU Downtown Campus Library through June 2022. To see an online exhibit and the presentations at the exhibit opening in October, go here.