CCSJ at IBELONG
The CCSJ is pleased to be able to participate in this event before the WVU women’s
basketball game with the University of Kansas. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. on February
22nd. Terri Howes of Mountaineer Athletics has noted, “it was our opinion that
intercollegiate athletics can be a great platform to cross cultural, religious, race,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, political and economic boundaries and
celebrate what makes our university, community and state so special – our people. We
came up with the slogan ‘I Belong’ – a play on John Denver’s Country Roads lyrics – ‘Take
me home to the place I belong’. As Mountaineers, we all belong!
“We are inviting all organizations, student groups, state-wide coalitions, and community
groups to be a part of this celebration. If interested, we are asking groups to set up a
booth/table in the concourse area of the Coliseum to celebrate their diversity and unique
culture. We are encouraging the booths to include activities such as, arts and
crafts/coloring, games, giveaways such as pins, story time, etc. The plan is for this to be
a fun, interactive event.”
League of Women Voters Vote Project
The League of Women Voters is working with the statewide West Virginia Women Vote
project and the local group, West Virginia Women Vote-Morgantown, to begin planning
for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave all women in the country
the right to vote in 2020. If you are interested in participating in the planning, please
contact Vicki Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSJ Annual Report
To download and view the 2019-19 CCSJ Annual Report please click here.
PSALM Students Annual Art and Photo Exhibit
Their exhibit “Be The Change” opens February 7th at the Monongalia Arts Center’s
Benedum Gallery, 107 High Street, Morgantown. All are welcome to join the St. Francis
Central Catholic School members of Proud Students Against Landmines for their display
of “Be the Change.” “will display thought provoking artworks about how ordinary people
can become extraordinary by making a difference to those around them. This exhibit also
acknowledges and honors individuals and organizations that have made a substantial
change in people's lives around the globe through their humanitarian efforts to rid the
world of landmines, cluster munitions and other remnants of wars and conflicts.” There
will also be a bake sale to benefit the Marshall Legacy Institute that trains mine
The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Gallery. PSALM
students will act as gallery guides during the reception. The Monongalia Arts Center is
open Monday-Friday from 11;00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to
Empty Bowls Event
This annual event will be Saturday, February 29th, at Mylan Park from 11:00 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. “Sample soups from local restaurants and take home a hand painted bowl as a
reminder of those among us whose bowl may not be full. 16,000 individuals in Monongalia
County are food insecure, and the funds raised at this event help support agencies and
organizations providing direct services to help combat food insecurity.” Tickets are
available for a minimum donation of $20 per Adult (13 and up). Tickets for children are
$10 if they wish to select a bowl. Children 12 and under may eat free if they do not
receive a ceramic bowl. Information on ordering tickets online or purchasing them from
local outlets is available here.
ACLU OF West Virginia T-shirt
You can support the ACLU’s work for immigrant rights by buying a red or blue t-shirt
that features the New River Gorge Bridge and the message of “Build Bridges Not Walls.”
The shirts are $25 each and can be ordered at this webpage.
ACLU OF West Virginia Legislative Session Actions
The ACLU is tracking many bills through the legislative session. Follow their efforts
here. One featured bill is the “Crown Act.” According to the ACLU of West Virginia web
site, the Crown Act protects against discrimination by adding to the West Virginia
Human Rights Act traits commonly associated with race like hair texture and protective
styles including braids and twists.
“This particular type of discrimination is all too common for many Black people --
particularly women -- who often find their hair policed by dress codes in schools, in
athletics, and in the workplace.
“Black women are 30 percent more likely to be made aware of workplace appearance
“Black women are 80 percent more likely to change their hair style to “fit in” at the
“In most states it’s legal for schools and workplaces to discriminate against natural
“Black hair is professional. Black hair is neat. Stop the policing of black hair by passing
the Crown Act.
“In support of our partners at Our Children Our Future/WVHKFC and Call to Action
for Racial Equality: CARE Coalition we ask that you call or email House Government
Organization Chair Gary Howell email@example.com (304) 340-3192 and ask that
HB 4508 be placed on the Government Organization Committee agenda.
“This kind of discrimination should have no place in West Virginia.”
Fairness West Virginia Update
Fairness is tracking the Youth Mental Health Protection Act that would ban conversion
therapy in West Virginia. You can read more about that here. Three related bills are
waiting for hearings in the House of Delegates and Senate Health and Human Resources
committees. HB 4160 is co-sponsored by Monongalia County Delegates Barbara Evans
Fleischauer, Evan Hansen, and Rodney Pyles.
Fairness West Virginia has also posted rebuttals to seven myths about the Fairness Act.
Senate Bill 271 was introduced on January 10th and referred to the Judiciary
Committee. Since it has not been scheduled for a hearing there, and Senate President
Mitch Carmichael has said he doesn’t think “‘at this point in time, it’s the right path to
pursue for West Virginia’,” this bill may again be dead for this session.