Morgantown City Council Actions
The city council has currently been active in debating and supporting actions to improve
social justice and diversity in the area based on the recommendations of the City of
Morgantown Human Rights Commission. CCSJ first promoted a Human Rights Commission
and actively worked for its revitalization.
The Strategic Plan is now in draft format and is for the city workforce, volunteer policy
advisors, and community members. The goal of the plan is to find essential strategic
elements for "1) promoting the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in city
employment, 2) overcoming actual or perceived discrimination, and 3) affirming
demonstrated benefits of a diverse workplace." See Morgantown City Strategic Plan for
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The City Council passed the ordinance prohibiting bullying in city services, activities,
programs, and facilities serving youth at its meeting on July 2nd. "Youth" is defined as
anyone 21 or younger. It includes youth-serving agencies like BOPARC and the library
system. See Morgantown City Ordinance Prohibiting Bullying.
The City Council adopted the resolution establishing a Minority Liaisons Coordinating
Council at its June 18th meeting. Membership will include city residents appointed by
the city manager who are recommended by and who can act as liaisons with potential
organizations such as the NAACP, Fairness West Virginia, the Northern West Virginia
Center for Independent Living, Islamic Center, West Virginia Advocates for Special
Education, and Morgantown and Trinity High Schools. See Morgantown City Minority
Liaisons Coordinating Council.
More information on these is available on the following topics: Morgantown City
Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Morgantown City Bullying Ordinance,
and Morgantown City Minority Liaisons Coordinating Council. The CCSJ fully supports
and commends these actions.
Goodwill City Ambassadors Recruiting Volunteers for the 2019 WVU
Sara Bishop, coordinator for the Goodwill City Ambassadors, has provided the following
letter: "Do you like to meet new people and share your love for West Virginia University
(WVU), the Greater Morgantown area, and 'wild and wonderful' West Virginia? Consider
joining the Goodwill City Ambassadors!" More information in the Newsletter.
NEW Steering Committee Member
We welcome Greg Spransy as a new member of our steering committee.
Hidden Figures Purchased for Local Schools
We have purchased nine copies of Hidden Figures: Read Aloud version for the younger
students (K-2) and nine copies of Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition for older
students (grades 3-5) for Monongalia County’s elementary schools. This is the landmark
study of the African American women who worked for NASA, two of whom had
connections to Monongalia County. We have placed a bookplate in each book to
acknowledge our donation.
Moms Demand Action Group Forming in Morgantown
For more information and to be added to the mailing list, please contact Kathie Reilly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Susie Donaldson at Susie.email@example.com.
Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center Birthday Club
Information from the Center notes: "For a minimum donation of $25, you can honor your
friends or family on their birthday and support a young victim of abuse on theirs. By
joining the MCCAC’s Birthday Club, you will ensure that a child abuse victim in
Monongalia County will receive a card and present on his/her birthday. If the donation
is made in honor, or memory, of a friend or family member his/her birthday will be
recognized on the MCCAC Birthday Calendar and they will receive a card informing them
of the donation in their honor. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause and
ensure that a young child abuse victim has a happy birthday!” For more information on
this opportunity click here.
New Bereavement Support Group Starting for those who have lost
loved ones due to the opioid epidemic
“We are starting a support group for those who have lost friends, family, or loved ones
to the opioid epidemic. The group will run from 5-6pm every other Thursday, beginning
July 19th. The group will be free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Donations
from the group will be given to the West Virginia Family Grief Center. If you would like
to attend please give our office a call so that we can have the appropriate space ready.
This group is designed for those who are 18 years and older. If you have any questions,
like to reserve a spot, please call us at 304-460-5123 Option 1.”
Cole Warner, Harmony/ROOTS, 1005 White Willow Way, Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-460-5123 ext. 1