Non-CCSJ Events For October and Beyond
Forthcoming meeting information is updated at the beginning of each
calendar month. More details may be available in the most recent
Newsletter. Also see CCSJ Events, State Events, and News
Church of the Brethren Peace Sunday
Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association (GMIA)
December 8 Community Dinner: “Along with Social Justice and Religious
communities, the Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association is hosting a Community
Dinner for the downtown community and all friends and family. It should be huge, like
the potluck we had during the Design Across Divides.” The dinner will be from 4:00 to
6:00 p.m. at Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce Street,
Morgantown, with conversation continuing until 7:00 p.m.
You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. The email address is
Morgantown Human Rights Commission Meetings
The Morgantown Human Rights Commission meets monthly on the third Thursday of
each month (November 21st) at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Building (300 Spruce
Street) conference room. You can get copies of the agendas and minutes for the
commission meetings here and a calendar of annual human rights observances here.
December 3rd Human Rights Day Awards: “The Morgantown Human Rights
Commission will be spotlighting local residents and organizations that exemplify the
spirit of diversity and human rights in the community with their annual Human Rights
Day Awards. The award winners for 2019 will be Danielle Walker for the individual
award and West Virginia Innocence Project for the group/organization award. “The
awards will recognize contributions toward helping to make Morgantown a more
inclusive community and to protect the human rights of all. The awards will be
presented on December 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Morgantown City Council chambers
located at 389 Spruce Street in Morgantown.
“Following the award presentation, an award reception will take place at the Aull
Center at 351 Spruce Street. The community is invited to attend the event and join
the celebration of Human Rights Day as well as the Annual Human Rights Awards.
Ronald L. Jones, Executive Director, West Virginia State Human Rights Commission
will be speaking at the reception, and the award recipients will be recognized and will
speak briefly about their experience.
“Danielle Walker is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing
District 51. Walker was elected to the office in November 2018. Some of Walker’s
priority issues include safe and affordable housing, union labor, the opioid crisis,
education, and working families of West Virginia. She is a prominent community
activist and human rights advocate.
“West Virginia Innocence Project (WVIP) aims to serve and to free people who are in
prison for crimes they did not commit. They work to fix the problems that lead to
wrongful convictions in the justice system and focus on those issues important to the
people of West Virginia. WVIP is a legal clinic within the Clinical Law Program at
WVU. Each year, students work at the WVIP to investigate potential
wrongful convictions and gain practical skills. The WVIP serves those who were
wrongly convicted in either state or federal court in West Virginia and does not
charge for its services.”
Morgantown League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is working with a state and a local group 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 email@example.com.
December 10 Legislators’ Forum: The League of Women Voters of
Morgantown-Monongalia County, a CCSJ member organization, is partnering with
OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) to co-sponsor a Legislators’ Forum on
December 10th at 7:00 p.m. It will be held in an OLLI classroom in the Mountaineer
(Old) Mall, and a short reception will be held following the forum. The purpose will be
to hear from our legislators about their plans/goals for the 2020 legislative session
and to give the public a chance to offer suggestions on actions we would like them to
work on. This will be a conversation, not a debate.
December 9 Morgantown Christmas Parade: Morgantown NOW is joining the
League of Women Voters and West Virginia Women Vote-Morgantown to march in the
Morgantown Christmas parade down High Street at 6:00 p.m. to honor the suffragists
who fought for women’s right to vote. Contact Vicki at 304-292-2640 for details.
December 11 Festive Feminist PopUp: “We are taking over the Speakeasy at
Morgantown Brewing Company for the 1st Annual Festive Feminist PopUp! Join
Morgantown NOW, Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic and local vendors for a
great night celebrating our local feminist community! “Morgantown NOW will be
hosting a feminist book sale to raise money for activities during the 2020 WV
Legislative Session. Bring a period product to donate to PP and you can trade for
selected titles from our value volumes.”
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See their Facebook or website pages for information.
This group “provides social and educational resources for the LGBTQ+ Community,
Friends and Allies in Mon. County.” Follow this group’s activities on their Facebook
“In support of all the Morgantown Public Library does for our community, we would
like to invite you all to give back! We are starting an LGBTQ+ book drive so others in
Morgantown can celebrate diversity through cozying up with a great book.
“If you have any books in good condition which you would like to donate, please feel
free to bring them on down to the library at 373 Spruce Street.
“Live out of state? Don't have any donatable books lying around at home? We have put
together an Amazon Wish List filled with LGBTQ+ books which are not yet available
at the Morgantown Library!
“If you notice that one of your favorite books is not on here, please let us know! We
will check to see if it is already listed in their collection and, if not, add it to the wish
December 2 Winter Formal Gay-La: This will be at the Monongalia Arts Center
from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for single admission and $75 for a couple.
“Morgantown Pride invites adults to an evening of dancing, silent auction, live
entertainment and a art showcase.”
December 8 Morgantown Pride Ugly Sweater Get-Together: The monthly
community meeting will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. before the “get-together.” If
you want to help volunteer or assist in planning for the next Pride event, please attend!
April 17-19 Pride Weekend 2020: There will be a Pride Parade downtown on the
17th “and all are welcome to participate! Sign up sheets will be posted by
mid-November.” The second annual Pride block party will be on Saturday, April 18th!
Sponsorship forms will be posted by early November.
Morgantown Pride is also “thrilled to announce that we have been asked to be in a
documentary! Over the next few months, we will team up with filmmaker and director
Sara Werner - a wonderful woman who wants to highlight our organization and the
local queer community! We are beyond thankful for this opportunity to collaborate!”
The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pines Country
The NAACP-Greater St. Paul AME Church is organizing an essay contest for Martin
Luther King, Jr., Day 2020. The CCSJ is pleased to partner in this contest by inviting
the winners to share their essays at our event on January 20th. The theme is: ‘What’s
Different Today? Civil Rights Before and After Martin Luther King.’ Essays must be a
minimum of 300 words and must focus on a civil rights topic (not on Martin Luther
King’s biography).” Further details can be found here.
WVU Center for Black Culture and Research
The Center is promoting its Social Justice Spotlight series at
cbc.wvu.edu/social-justice-video-spotlight. “Social Justice Spotlight is a film series
produced by The Center for Black Culture and Research, which features interviews
with academics and professionals from across campus who have recognized the
importance of a culturally responsible curriculum. Their courses and academic
programming provide students with the canons of their discipline, while also
intentionally creating a more diverse classroom learning environment.”
January 20 MLK Unity Breakfast: This will take place in the Mountainlair
Ballrooms at 8:00 a.m. on Monday January 20, 2020. “The Breakfast is an
opportunity for the WVU and greater Morgantown communities to come together to
celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , and to recognize
those in our community who have worked to uphold the principles of equity and social
justice that he lived and gave his life for.” For more information, please go here.
WVU Center for Women's and Gender Studies
For more information, please go here.
WVU LGBTQ+ Center Events
November 5: LGBTQ+ Life in the USDA Forest Service. “Lilith Hope Milam is
Every Monday: ACE Tea! @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. "Join Brandi for this weekly group
for Asexual camaraderie and tea. All are welcome! Come to the LGBTQ+ Center
Monday’s at 2 for Asexuality themed activities. Different activity each week, ranging
from movies to book discussions to crafts to a (hopeful) mini cake baking session. Ask
questions, mingle, and of course drink tea! (If tea is your jam, that is!) First week is
fandom meet & greet! Discuss your fictional favs and get introduced to everyone. For
more info contact Brandi at firstname.lastname@example.org.” This will be held every Monday
through December 9th except for November 25th.
Every Tuesday: Snacks & Cartoons @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. "Join Daniel for an
afternoon snack, cartoons and fun. Come chill out, watch some cartoons, and join Daniel
and friends for a fun discussion about how Steven Universe teaches us about gender
identities and expressions.” This will be held every Tuesday through December 10th
except November 26th.
Every Wednesday: Genderwhat?! @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Join this weekly discussion
group with Erica and friends to learn more about the gender non-binary spectrum,
play games, make crafts and be yourself. Genderwhat?! is a community for people who
are trans, gender-nonconforming, genderqueer, or any sort of nonnormative gender.
The goal of this community is to create a safe space not only for discussion, but also a
place to have fun and build friendships with other people on campus who are not
cisgender. Each month is focused on a theme, meaning the events in a certain month
would all pertain to a certain subject. Some example themes include: gender expression
and fashion, the LGBTQ+ community in various countries, relationships, family
"out"ings, or queer history.” This will be held every Wednesday through December
11th except November 27th.
See below for more events...
All events are at the Center at 724 College Avenue unless otherwise noted. See link.
WVU Native American Studies Program