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Local News, Activities, and Events

The following meeting information concerning local news, activities, and events organized by groups other than the CCSJ is updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Regional News for non-CCSJ news, activities, and events organized and/or taking place outside the Morgantown area.

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MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here and copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here. You can find a calendar of annual human rights observances here. Events for the current month are here.

Andrew Schneider of Fairness West Virginia made a presentation to the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on September 28th about amending the City’s Human Rights Commission ordinance to include a ban on conversion therapy. City Council then discussed amending article 153 governing the Human Rights Commission to prohibit Conversion Therapy. You can watch Mr. Schneider’s presentation, the public comments that were all in support of the amendment, and the discussion here. To get a copy of the proposed ordinance, go to that link and click on the Committee of the Whole Agenda Packet. The first reading of the proposed ordinance will be held on Tuesday, October 5th. The council meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers in City Hall, 389 Spruce Street. To contact council members, go here

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of morgantown/monongalia County (LWV-MM)

The League is posting important information about the West Virginia Legislature’s proposed redistricting maps on its Facebook page. This is especially important for Monongalia County because the current 51st District, with five delegates will become some version of five separate districts as the legislature moves to 100 single-member districts.

Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at lwvmorgantown@gmail.com. Interested in joining the League of Women Voters? Join online at tinyurl.com/join-lwvmm.

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GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)

No updated information was available about future meetings at "press time.” 
You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. The email address is morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER

The next meeting will be September 14th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, due to rising COVID cases.  

Details and agenda are available through the weekly newsletter or email morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow this group on Facebook. For more information on events go here.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on October 19th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate. 

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE

Follow them at their website or on Facebook. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, with the link available here. There are now potlucks at the park across from the community center around noon. “Non-vaccinated people need to wear masks in the church and we ask that everyone bring a mask to wear during singing.”

MORGANTOWN humanists

The Humanists have a small book reading group focused on reading Carnegie Mellon’s Professor Andy Norman’s Mental Immunity. The discussion date is not yet set, but if interested, please contact Tim at 304-685-9673. For information about this group, please go to their Facebook page.

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown will continue to meet primarily via Zoom since the COVID-19 emergency pandemic continues world-wide. Check their web site or the Facebook page for updates.

PFLAG

The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available at www.pflagfairmont.org. According to its website, “PFLAG Fairmont meets each month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the campus of Fairmont State University.”

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Becky Rodd has provided the following information: “Dismantling Racism Together is a community group started about a year ago. We seek to EDUCATE and MOTIVATE citizens and organizations so they can collaborate to ADVOCATE for change. Over the past year, we have held monthly conversations on a variety of topics. Most recently we have focused on the issues surrounding “critical race theory” and the current controversy about how we teach our children.

“We are concerned that the WV state legislature is considering dangerous legislation based on the fear of ‘critical race theory.’ The proposed bill is made up of nine specific tenets that would be prohibited from being taught. They are:

1) one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
2) the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist;
3) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
4) an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
5) members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;
6) an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex;
7) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;
8) any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;
9) or meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.

“We believe any such legislation is based on an underlying attempt to limit the open discussion about racism and social justice. Critical race theory is not being taught in our schools - this is a fake controversy designed to play to people’s fears. Please join us as we learn more!

“Join the Conversation:

• Join our planning and strategy group to develop strategy and plan activities. We meet on 4th Weds at 7pm. Contact Becky Rodd at 216-5132497 or rebeccarodd@yahoo.com if you’d like to join us.
• Attend our monthly educational events on the 3rd Monday at 7 pm.
• Next meeting, Monday October 18 @ 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86502188456?pwd=Vi9jZGFRck1HTVAxVnFSUkorSk1GUT09 Continue our conversation on teaching about racism in public schools. Professor Nancy Spillane, who teaches STEM students how to teach in an unbiased way, without discrimination will talk about her work with STEM teaching students. Much of the curriculum they use with these students is how to teach in an unbiased way, without discrimination, including the challenges with state legislation that is watering down qualifications for teaching in the public schools
• Sign up for our mailing list by sending email to dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com.”

For more information please go to their website or email dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

For more information on this group please go to their Facebook site or their web site.


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Information about volunteering or sponsoring the block party is available here. Other upcoming events include Queer Hoedown on November 13th. Information about volunteering or sponsoring these events is available on their Facebook site. Morgantown Pride has new merchandise available, including clothing and mugs.

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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the annual Peace Tree Ceremony (November 2, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.) and three outstanding virtual presentations by Guest of Honor Mervyn Tano, President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and Native American Studies Program Peace Tree Guest of Honor on November 4, 8, and 29. More details are here and in the official handout.

Also see their Facebook page or their website for more information. 

WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH (CBCR)

CBCR Homecoming Tailgate on October 2 at the Mylan Puskar Stadium. For more information call (304) 293-7029

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For more information about the WVU Center, please go here.

WVU CENTER FOR WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
For more information, please go here.

WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER

The Center has an active program of events planned that are open to the public. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, or follow them on Facebook.

“WVU offers many opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to learn about LGBTQ+ histories, politic, arts, and more through our many different kinds of programming.

“We collaborate with several partners on and off campus and cosponsor talks, presentations, panels, video showings and several other programs throughout the year.

“Please sign up to our mailing list or follow our social media to receive information about our events.

“LGBTQ+ History Month Educational Modules Series
The LGBTQ+ Center invites you to our LGBTQ+ History Month Education Modules Series, occurring weekly throughout October. Each week, the LGBTQ+ Center's Student Ambassadors will give a brief presentation on the topics listed below:

October 6, 1:00PM - LGBTQ Protests and Leaders
October 12, 12:00PM - Queer Representation in Media
October 20, 12:30PM - LGBTQ Milestones/ Eras
October 26, 1:00PM- International Perspectives on Gender Identity

“LGBTQ+ Latine Heritage Month
Join the LGBTQ+ Center in celebrating Latine and Hispanic identities during Latine Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). During the month, we are hosting a Latine Film & Discussion Series about the intersection of Latine, Hispanic and LGBTQ+ Identities. (Dates and times to be announced very soon)”

MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board membership

At “press time,” appointments to this board are on the agenda for a city council executive session on October 5th.

WVU DIVERSITY WEEK IS OCTOBER 10-16TH

“’Cultural Conversations: Celebrating the Social Significance of Ethnicity’ is the theme of West Virginia University’s Diversity Week 2021.

“WVU’s annual Diversity Week endeavors to promote celebration, education, and understanding of different identities and experiences present on our campuses. It’s aim is to create an atmosphere that provides the WVU community, including students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to explore different cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and celebrate the presence of, and contributions made by, people of all identities and experiences.

“The 2021 theme is designed to provide the WVU community with an opportunity to explore the ways ethnic and pan-ethnic identities lead to shared social, cultural and historical experiences that can be a source of pride and belonging, while also being a source of conflict and prejudice.”

For more information on the extensive schedule of events go here.

MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER AT WEST VIRGINIA BOTANIC GARDEN

“MCCAC is participating in the West Virginia Botanic Garden's 2021 Morgantown Area Nonprofit Scarecrow Spectacular! You can see our scareghost, Casper, displayed at the beautiful Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve in Morgantown. The public will vote on their favorite nonprofit scarecrow through October 31st. The link will be posted on MCCAC's Facebook page." The Botanic Garden is located at 1061 Tyrone Road and is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge.