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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 vicki_conner@msn.com.
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 detection dogs.
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 4:00 p.m.
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 policies.
“Black women are 80 percent more likely to change their hair style to “fit in” at the office.
“In most states it’s legal for schools and workplaces to discriminate against natural hairstyles.
“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 gary.howell@wvhouse.gov (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.