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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, November 18 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.

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

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

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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 November 9th 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.

NOW is also promoting these events:

RUN NOW
"RUN NOW is a unique program available exclusively to NOW members that provides training on how to run for office and how to become a professional campaign operative. Prospective candidates and campaigners will have the opportunity to learn the full mechanics of campaigning from experts and thought leaders from top leading political organizations. NOW has a goal to train 2,022 members by the 2022 midterm elections. RUN NOW will be a catalyst to motivate more feminists to run for office and to lead winning campaigns in local, state, and national races.

Upcoming RUN NOW Sessions
November 9, 2021 (Tent.) – Communications for Candidates
November 15, 2021 – Operations for Campaign Operatives, Presented by: Joey Pacific, Founder of OpsNext
November 30, 2021 – How To Make Hard Asks For Volunteers Presented by: The National Democratic Training Committee
December 7, 2021 (Tent.) – Coalition Building: Candidate Basics and Engagement From Various Diverse Groups
December 14, 2021 (Tent.) – Political: Candidate Basics
January 11, 2022 (Tent.) – How to Be a Campaign Manager?

Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Saturday, November 13 at 2 PM.
"Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a queer woman of color who dedicated her life to fighting the injustice of arbitrary social distinctions like race and gender. Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are all names we know today because of Murray’s influence on their lives and work. A person who today may be considered transgender, Murray lived in a time that did not acknowledge such identities, which inspired her decades-long struggle to ensure rights for people, without qualification. Her private struggle with being “in-between” led to her public work as a lawyer, activist, and ordained priest, which has shaped contemporary equal rights struggles in America. Join Jane Crow author Rosalind Rosenberg to learn more about the amazing and largely untold story of the groundbreaking figure who galvanized a generation to fight for a more democratic Register here.

Gendered Citizenship with Rebecca DeWolf, Thursday, November 18 at 6 PM
"Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a queer woman of color who dedicated her life to fighting the injustice of arbitrary social distinctions like race and gender. Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are all names we know today because of Murray’s influence on their lives and work. A person who today may be considered transgender, Murray lived in a time that did not acknowledge such identities, which inspired her decades-long struggle to ensure rights for people, without qualification. Her private struggle with being “in-between” led to her public work as a lawyer, activist, and ordained priest, which has shaped contemporary equal rights struggles in America. Join Jane Crow author Rosalind Rosenberg to learn more about the amazing and largely untold story of the groundbreaking figure who galvanized a generation to fight for a more democratic Register here.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on November 16th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate. The branch has filed to be an intervenor in the FOP lawsuit about the Civilian Police Review and Advisory Board. Follow the NAACP on Facebook.

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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. “Non-vaccinated people need to wear masks in the church and we ask that everyone bring a mask to wear during singing.”

MORGANTOWN humanists

This is “An American Humanists Association chapter; science, reason, experience and compassion guide our attempt to understand and improve our world.... consider joining us !!” 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 here. 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

Rebecca Rodd provided the following information on the next meeting , Monday, November 15th, at 7:00 p.m.

“Join Morgantown area parents, teachers and community members in discussion on teaching our children about the history of racial inequality.

“We invite you to an open conversation about teaching the truth in history, why states and school boards are banning ‘critical race theory,’ and about actions we can take to create an inclusive and anti-racist environment in our schools.

“Dismantling Racism Together is a Morgantown area group focused on educating ourselves and supporting action to disrupt and dismantle systemic racism. Recently we have discussed the widely publicized backlash to shining a light on the history of racism that has arisen since the murder of George Floyd.

“West Virginia is not immune to this controversy. Three bills banning the teaching of ‘divisive’ topics were discussed last year and may be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session. In Putnam County, the school district has already banned the teaching of ‘critical race theory.’

“As parents, grandparents, teachers and community members, we need to be informed and prepared to take action to protect the teaching of truth in history. Please join us.”

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86426333459?pwd=SEVaVTZQQloyU1VCUXNkM204NGZJQT09

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

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

November 4: Public Meeting. “All are invited to attend via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83849045863 Meeting ID: 838 4904 5863.” No time was given with this link.

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

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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)

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. These include Friendsgiving on Thursday, November 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. More information will be forthcoming.
Each year, the Center sponsors a panel of experts to talk about trends in HIV/AIDS prevention and care for World AIDS Day. Information on the date and time are forthcoming. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, or follow them on Facebook.

MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board membership

City Council has been interviewing candidates for this board and has made no appointments to date.

WVU LIBRARIES’ FOOD JUSTICE IN APPALACHIA EXHIBIT

This exhibit is available in the WVU Downtown Campus Library through June 2022. To see an online exhibit and the presentations at the exhibit opening in October, go to exhibits.lib.wvu.edu/exhibits/food-justice-in-appalachia.