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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.

CITY OF MORGANTOWN SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY POLICING AND CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD

There will be a meeting on January 4th at 3:00 p.m. This meeting will take place via WebEx at using the meeting number 793 734 477. The meeting will be broadcast live on Morgantown 15 and live streamed via the City of Morgantown website. The public can also listen live by calling 408-418-9388 and using the access code 793 734 477.

Meetings are usually held every Monday afternoon. Go to here to look for the name of the committee to get the WebEx information for each week.

There are plans to present the ordinance creating this board at the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on January 26th at 7:00 p.m. via WebEx. The Agenda Center link above will have information on the agenda for that meeting, ways to access the meeting, and ways to comment on agenda items. The proposed ordinance is here.

MORGANTOWN OLLI class on racism and antiracism

Conversations on Racism and Antiracism. Florita Montgomery, Jim Held, and Jascenna Haislet 
A class at Morgantown Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Thursdays, Jan. 28 - Mar. 4 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. 
Maximum Enrollment: 20 
"Although large public protests are no longer in the headlines every night, racism continues to be a very real and dangerous problem for many people in this country. It doesn’t always reveal itself through derogatory comments and names or overt threats and other actions. Oftentimes racism presents through microaggressions, support of discriminatory policies, or implicit bias. So what does all of this mean? How can we recognize racist thoughts and behaviors? How can we move toward being antiracist? Drawing on the research and work of the books How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson, your cohosts will facilitate a conversation exploring our individual beliefs, behaviors, questions, and struggles to understand what racism is and how its eradication will benefit all."

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

To increase the COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations, the Governor's Office, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, WV National Guard and community partners are providing FREE, optional testing for residents in counties with high minority populations and evidence of COVID-19 transmission.
This testing is available to all individuals in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is NOT required. Identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, will be required to be tested. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. See the DHHR website for more information. 

MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
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The Human Rights Commission plans to present three resolutions to City Council at their February 23rd meeting. One is a “RESOLUTION FOR THE ADOPTION OF A LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT STATEMENT FOR THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN,” acknowledging that “we are on the traditional territory of native peoples, including, over time, the Shawnee, Delaware (Lenape), the Seneca of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy, and others.” The second is a “RESOLUTION FOR RECOGNIZING THE SECOND MONDAY IN OCTOBER AS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY RATHER THAN COLUMBUS DAY.” The third is a "RESOLUTION FOR SUPPORT OF “CROWN” NON-DISCRIMINATION IN THE CITY AND IN THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA". Here is their letter to the Mayor of Morgantown.

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here, copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here, and a calendar of annual human rights observances here.

CCSJ supports these resolutions and will express that support to City Council on the 26th. See our CCSJ News web page for more on this. To add your support, please see the information above about the Special Committee’s presentation that night.

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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

Follow this group on Facebook. The next meeting will be on February 9th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Details and information on the link see their weekly newsletter of email morgantownnow@gmail.com.

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empty bowls

The Empty Bowls event is on February 27th. Empty Bowls Monongalia will be a drive-thru event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $15 each for those ages 13 and above. For more information, to buy tickets online, and to sign up to volunteer, please go to https://ebmon.org/luncheon/.

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on February 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 committees on Education; Communications, Press and Publicity; Criminal Justice; Political Action; Legal Redress; Health; Community Coordination; and Environmental and Climate Justice.

The NAACP is providing information about the proposed ordinance to create a Civilian Police Review and Advisory Board. Members were part of the City of Morgantown Special Committee on Community Policing and Citizens Review Board that presented its ordinance creating this board at the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on January 26th. No date has been set for a vote on this ordinance. Information about the ordinance is available. Members are available to speak to local groups so please email 3241naacp@gmail.com if your organization would like to learn more.

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PFLAG MORGANTOWN

PFLAG Morgantown and WVU OLLI partner to bring you the course on February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. on Understanding the Transgender Transitional Process: Birth Sex to Gender Identity, moderated by Mavis Grant-Lilley.

Specialists for transgender persons will present information on how gender affirmation in youth through adults may be achieved by focusing on genetics, and biological, endocrinological, and psychological needs. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.

About the moderator: Mavis Grant-Lilley is the Chair of the Education Committee of Morgantown PFLAG.

To Join OLLI and Enroll: Visit Morgantown OLLI website at: olliatwvu.org/morgantown/

Raising Trans Kids: Saturday February 13th, 2:00 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M. “This meeting is for parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender kids (of any age), or have kids who might be transgender. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92816521628, Meeting ID: 928 1652 1628. “For Zoom passcode, please email raisingtranskids@pflagmorgantown.org.”

PFLAG also hosts virtual Social Saturdays. 

Follow PFLAG on Facebook or at their website.

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE DISTRIBUTED ADVENT BASKETS

Services continue online with information available here. Follow them on Facebook

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN

February 7: Meeting of the UUFM Board
February 14: History Professor Joe Super
February 21: UUA Siding With Love Sunday
February 28: Earth and Existence Part 2 Human Consciousness with Personal Identity Michael Siciliano

Check their web site or the Facebook page for updates.

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

This group’s February meeting will be the February 3rd joint meeting with CCSJ and other interested groups. See CCSJ News for the Zoom link. All are welcome.

For more information on this group, please go here or email DismantlingRacismTogether@gmail.com.

WVU HOSTS SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMIT

The community is invited to this free virtual event on February 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. that “will focus on Narratives and Black Voices, exploring the question, “What happens when stories are silenced, taken out of context, and/or misunderstood?” Our objective is to be able to connect these stories to policy recommendations in a report to be issued to the Senate Faculty Committee in May 2021. This summit is not intended for passive observers and measure will be taken to ensure a safe, but also courageous space.” Register here to get the Zoom link. The agenda is available here.

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

There will be a public board meeting at 11 a.m. on February 7th. Afterwards they will be hosting speed friending. See more, and follow this group on Facebook. Events are sometimes posted at short notice. In addition, there is further information here.

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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

See their Facebook page or their website for more information.

WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH

For more information, please go here.

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

WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER
See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, or follow them on Facebook.

MORGANTOWN CITY COUNCIL ELECTION PROCESS NOW UNDERWAY

CCSJ does not endorse candidates, but we do encourage everyone to vote. If you are a resident of the City of Morgantown, you can get election information at www.morgantownwv.gov/157/Election-Information. We are pleased to note that City Clerk Christine Wade will be working with the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and possibly other groups to provide diversity training to City poll workers. We will keep you posted if this information will be available to the general public to view.