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CCSJ News, Activities, and Events

Events are typically updated at the beginning of each month. See also Local NewsRegional News, and Calendar

CCSJ MEETINGS

Our monthly meetings are held via Zoom at present and generally occur every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. 

Our next meeting will be by Zoom on November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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2023 Martin luther king Jr. Celebration

We are busy planning for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 2023 and hope to be back at the Metropolitan Theatre on January 16th. Our theme is “Telling West Virginia’s Stories and Dreams,” and we plan to include stories from former Morgantown Mayor Charlene Marshall and long-time Osage resident Al Anderson. Chris Haddox is also scheduled to perform, and Jeremy Thomas has agreed to read a children’s story. We have also invited members of the Community Choir to perform, and the Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP has invited Dr. Joseph Jones of the WVU Reed College of Media to speak as their contribution for the event.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FAIR on SEPTEMBER 18TH

We hosted a social justice/environmental justice “fair” at Morgantown’s Ruby Amphitheatre on September 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This was funded with support from the FirstEnergy Foundation. 

The following groups joined the CCSJ in participating: ACLU West Virginia, Appalachian Book Project, Church of the Brethren, Friends of Deckers Creek, League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County, Mon River Trails Conservancy, Morgantown Human Rights Commission, Morgantown NOW, Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP, Morgantown Quakers, PFLAG Fairmont, Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center, West Virginia Rivers, West Virginia Poor People's Campaign, West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center, and the West Virginia University Native American Studies Program. Al Anderson sang, and several groups spoke about their activities. We know that some important connections between groups have already started and hope to continue to strengthen those connections.

A few pictures from the event are shown below. For more photos, please go to our Facebook page. We also were featured in a WBOY TV News article. In speaking with the participants we heard that there was interest in repeating the event next year. Please email CCSJWV@gmail.com if you would like to have a table.

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“READ ALOUD” PROJECT WITH THE SHACK NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE WAS A SUCCESS

We had almost $500 remaining from the FirstEnergy grant after purchasing the books for this project. We are pleased that it could be used by the Shack to purchase seating for the children.

CCSJ atTended the WVU PEACE TREE CEREMONY ON SEPTEMBER 21ST

We were pleased to have a table at the annual Peace Tree Ceremony at WVU on September 21st.

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CCSJ was AT the MORGANTOWN PRIDE BLOCK PARTY

Thanks to Mike Sharley and Mike Attfield, who staffed a table for us at the block party on Sunday, August 28th.

CCSJ JOINED CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON SB 704 RULES

The West Virginia legislature passed last year Senate Bill 704, allowing parents, grandparents, and guardians to inspect instructional materials in the classroom. This bill was designed to intimidate school administrators and especially teachers. The intended effect is to micromanage teachers and chill thoughts and speech in the classroom.

The Campaign for Our Shared Future asked the West Virginia Department of Education to host a public meeting on proposed rules and solicited groups to sign on to the request. We were happy to join this effort. At “press time,” there was no further information about a hearing.

BOOK LISTS UPDATED

We have updated our lists of books at the Morgantown Public Library system that focus on social justice topics. These are available on the Resources page of this website.

SUGGESTIONS, ASSISTANCE, AND DONATIONS

Please send your web site suggestions to Mike Attfield at mdattfieldo@gmail.com. Please contact any of the steering committee members to volunteer to help and to share your suggestions for our work or e-mail us at ccsjwv@hotmail.com. Please send items to share with our membership to Barb Howe at barbara.howe@mail.wvu.edu.
Please also remember to send your dues - $10 for individuals and $25 for organizations – to CCSJ, PO Box 160, Morgantown, WV 26507-0160. You can join or donate by credit card via PayPal on this web site. Go to Join Us.

Please note that CCSJ is a 501 (c) (3) organization and therefore is non-partisan. While we encourage everyone to vote and participate in the political process, we do not endorse candidates, provide a forum for candidates to campaign, or publicize partisan political statements.