The Community Coalition for Social Justice (CCSJ) brings
together people from the Morgantown and nearby areas,
including religious organizations, faculty and staff of area
schools and the University, labor unions, and community advocacy
organizations to promote social justice in our community.
...Yet, the fierce urgency of now calls us from
despair, urges us claim no more than our share.
Lucent with renewal, we will not ignore the damage
deepening in our land. Dry self-seeking needs love to
moisten us to malleable shape. Hands together,
pushing on the universe’s moral arm, we can help it
bend toward justice.
--Susan Shaw Sailer
CCSJ in the News
Part of a poem written for the Morgantown Seventh Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebration, “Hand in Hand, Together We Can”, 2013. Three phrases in the final two
stanzas are drawn from writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Full poem here.)
FIND US ON FACEBOOK and become our friend. Thanks to Mike
Sharley for being our group leader on this.
At the invitation of Morgantown City Council member Jenny Selin, Barb
Howe spoke at the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole
Meeting on February 23 as part of a group presentation asking Council to
pass a resolution promoting social justice for all in opposition to HB 4012.
Kelly Kimble of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, Paula
Fitzgerald of the WVU College of Business and Economics, and Billie
Murray of the Morgantown Human Rights Commission also spoke. The
resolution to support the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce
statement is on the agenda for the March 1 City Council meeting.
We have told our state senators that we oppose HB 4012 and, as part of
the work of the West Virginia Friends of Syrian Refugees, we will be
contacting our representatives in Congress to ask that they vote against
any measure that would restrict the admission of refugees into the U.S.
and that we are prepared to welcome and assist them to resettle here.