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.
WVU Center for Women's and Gender Studies to Have New
The WVU Everly College of Arts and Sciences has announced two new appointments that
will expand “research and teaching initiatives surrounding gender diversity and social
justice. “Sharon Bird, professor and head of sociology at Oklahoma State University, has
been named the Center’s director and a professor of women’s and gender studies. “Maria
del Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ Davidson, associate professor and chair of women’s and gender
studies and co-director for the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma,
will join WVU as the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ director and academic
coordinator for social justice affairs and Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender
Studies. “Bird and Davidson begin their roles in fall 2019.”
CCSJ at Morgantown Pride Block Party
Mike Attfield and Barb Howe staffed a table for us at the block party on Saturday,
April 13th. It was a beautiful spring day, and there was a large crowd, so we gathered
many names to add to our mailing list and sold our “coexist” bumper stickers. Kudos to
Morgantown Pride for the excellent coordination that led to such a successful event.
Response To KKK Flyers
Morgantown residents know that a KKK group out of North Carolina randomly
distributed flyers in yards in the area, including in Wiles Hill, on March 17th. We
notified the NAACP members, who discussed the issue at their March 19th meeting, as we
did at our meeting the same night. Sandra Nelms and Susan Brown, our co-chairs, wrote g
a letter to the editor of the Dominion Post as our response to this act of hate. It
appeared on April 3.
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.
WVU Center for Black Culture and Research Academic 2019 STARS
The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research sponsors a program every summer for
newly enrolled African American freshman designed to enrich their college experience.
“Entitled Academic STARS, (Students Achieving and Reaching Success) this five-week
program helps students build a solid academic foundation, develop cultural
self-awareness, and enhance theirleadership potential. Along with offering a credit
bearing course, the experience includes three workshops as well as a variety of other
academic and social activities. See here for more. Application deadline is May 3.
Moms Demand Action Group Forming in Morgantown
For more information and to be added to the mailing list, please contact Kathie Reilly at
email@example.com or Susie Donaldson at Susie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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