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Regional News, Events, and Activities

The following meeting 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 because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Local News for non-CCSJ events and activities organized and/or occurring in the Morgantown area.

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west virginia now

West Virginia NOW has a Facebook page and a web page. Contact them at WestVirginiaNOW@gmail.com.

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ACLU WEST VIRGINIA

See more about ACLU West Virginia here or Facebook, especially for information on the West Virginia legislature and access to abortion laws.
Email them at mail@acluwv.org.

On July 18th, the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, issued a preliminary injunction in Women’s Health Center of West Virginia v. Miller, “a case challenging a West Virginia law adopted in the mid-1800s that criminalizes abortion care.”

Attorney Kathleen Hartnett from the Cooley law firm argued on behalf of the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and its staff, accompanied by attorneys from ACLU of West Virginia, the American Civil Liberties Union, Mountain State Justice, and the Cooley law firm.

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The ACLU of West Virginia Equity and Justice Fellowship is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law students, and nontraditional students or citizen activists who identify as being in a historically marginalized community that is underrepresented in West Virginia advocacy and policy-making spaces.

Depending on fellows' areas of study and career goals, fellows can work with ACLU-WV staff on legal advocacy, policy advocacy, research, communications, community education, organizing, development, or nonprofit management matters.

The application is available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply.

Please contact Mollie Kennedy at mkennedy@acluwv.org with questions.

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FAIRNESS WEST VIRGINIA

Fairness West Virginia announces Huntington bans Conversion Therapy: The Huntington City Council voted on July 11th to ban conversion therapy. This makes Huntington the fourth city in the state to ban this practice.

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Fairness Prom: “The Fairness Prom is for everyone. Whether you loved your prom and want one more night on the dance floor, or if you want a complete do-over without any of the high school drama, we hope to see you there. We’ll have food, music, dancing, and a silent auction.

“Join us on Sept. 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston for a night you’ll never forget. This black tie-optional party will help us celebrate our efforts to make the Mountain State a better place for LGBTQ people to live, work and raise a family.”

Tickets are $135 and can be purchased here.

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Follow Fairness West Virginia on Facebook or at their website.

SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR CAPITOL GROUNDS

The West Virginia Legislature passed a resolution in 2021 and asked the Governor to appoint a committee to work on this. The West Virginia Suffragist Memorial Committee has been meeting for several months and is now seeking public input into the kind of memorial they might construct. The goal is to have the memorial finished by 2024. To learn more about the committee’s work, go here. If you have ideas, please send them to Dr. Renate Pore, committee co-chair, at renatepore@gmail.com.