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.
MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, September 16th 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.
Ash Orr of the Human Rights Commission made a presentation to the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on August 31st to encourage council to prohibit conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors by licensed providers.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of morgantown/monongalia County (LWV-MM)
League member Judy Ball had an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette, which is online here. The next LWV-MM Board meeting is scheduled for September 16th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
The LWV-MM Fall Membership Meeting is scheduled for September 19th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow this group on Facebook.
NOW also announces:
My name is Pauli Murray is a movie presented by the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality & the National Women's History Museum in collaboration with Amazon Films. After this content becomes available September 8th at 6:00 pm EDT, you'll have 48 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 24 hours to finish watching. The cost is $20, and you can order it here.
Speakers: Jennifer Herrera, Vice President of External Affairs, National Women's History Museum Carol Jenkins, President & CEO, ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women's Equality Julie Suk, professor at Fordham University’s School of Law and author of the essay "A Dangerous Imbalance: Pauli Murray's Equal Rights Amendment and the Path to Equal Power." Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College Julie Cohen and Betsy West, Directors of the documentaries My Name is Pauli Murray and RBG
Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
The next meeting will be on September 15th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at email@example.com for more information and to learn how to participate.
The branch is discussing the potential membership of Morgantown’s new Civilian Police Review and Advisory Board. CCSJ has been involved in these discussions, as we await the City’s plan to solicit nominations from groups. See below for the membership categories designated in the ordinance. The City’s website for volunteers has been updated to include the Police Review and Advisory Board.
MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE
This group has resumed in-person worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Services are also available via Zoom. Follow them at their website or on Facebook. “Non-vaccinated people need to wear masks in the church and we ask that everyone bring a mask to wear during singing. There are now potlucks at the park across from the community center around noon."
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.
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.
September 5:Stories and Songs of Labor, 10:00 a.m. Rev. Jim Magaw, Sunnyhill Congregation, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In celebration of Labor Day weekend, we’ll be singing songs about work and about the American labor movement as we reflect on the meaning and nature of work. In what ways have working conditions improved and in what ways have things started to regress? And what can be done to improve work for all? ACCESS — Go to Sunnyhill.org and click on the Orange Banner in the upper right corner of the page.
September 12: Walter Reuther, From Wheeling, WV, to Detroit, MI, With Many Stops In Between, 10:45 a.m.: “The Battle of Blair Mountain After 100 Years.” After a virtual visit to the WV Mine Wars Museum at Matewan, WV, we will discuss the movie “Matewan” that describes the US government attack on the miners, among other issues. 10:45 AM. See also UUFMWV.org.
September 19: Al Gore & James Hansen Describe Climate Change Then and Now, 11:00 a.m.: Zoom Session with the UUFM Congregation here in Morgantown. Let’s review Al Gore’s recent activities in light of what he was saying 20 years ago. And, then consider the science of climate change as developed by Prof. James Hansen and others. What can we say about the future of climate change? ACCESS — Zoom link to be provided. See also UUFMWV.org
September 26: From a Tucker County Lumber Camp to the Cleveland Polka Scene with Frankie Yankovic, 11:00 a.m.: Zoom Session with the UUFM Congregation here in Morgantown. Polka Music has evolved in the United States and is alive and well in the mid-western states. Frankie Yankovic popularized “Just Because” and the “Blue Skirt Waltz” among others. Can we measure music satisfaction? ACCESS — Zoom link to be provided. See also UUFMWV.org
DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER
"Dismantling Racism Together is a Morgantown area group focused on educating ourselves and others about the impact of systemic racism, and advocating for change that dismantles systems that perpetuate racism. We are holding a series of monthly conversations about relevant topics, and invite you to join us."
"Teaching that addresses the history of racism in this country has become a controversial topic in many states. Be educated and be prepared to stand up for teaching the truth in West Virginia schools. Join a discussion with Sen. Bob Beach and Del. Danielle Walker about expected legislation to restrict how the history of racism's impact is addressed in our schools."
Login information: Topic: Dismantling Racism Together- Legislative Update on issues regarding teaching divisive issues," etc. Time: Sep 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82823404657?pwd=Q1p3SG52S04zTXYxQXp5MFp1OUJaUT09 Meeting ID: 828 2340 4657 Passcode: 011814 One tap mobile +19292056099,,82823404657#,,,,*011814# US (New York) +13017158592,,82823404657#,,,,*011814# US (Washington DC) Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 828 2340 4657 Passcode: 011814 Find your local number: Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing
For more information please go to their website or email DismantlingRacismTogether@gmail.com.
Morgantown PRIDE will meet via Facebook on September 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information on this group please go to their Facebook site or their web site.
Other upcoming events include the Annual Block Party on October 23rd and the Queer Hoedown on November 13th. Information about volunteering or sponsoring these events is available on their Facebook site.
CBCR Homecoming Tailgate on October 2 at the Mylan Puskar Stadium. For more information call (304) 293-7029
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 See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, or follow them on Facebook.
MORGANTOWN city council adopts ordinance to create civilian police review and advisory board
The application process for board membership is likely to be different from the usual form to volunteer for a City board or commission because the ordinance specifies, in Section 181.03. Membership and Terms: (a) Members. The Board shall consist of nine members appointed by City Council. (b) Qualifications.
(1) Each member shall be a resident of the City or an active member of an organization that works within the City to promote purposes consistent with the purpose of the Board. If a member ceases to meet this qualification, the member shall immediately notify City Council, but the member shall remain in office until a successor is appointed unless he or she resigns or is removed from the Board. Each member shall be at least 18 years of age.
(2) No member shall hold any other office or employment with the City while a member of the Board.
(3) No member of the Board shall be a former employee of the Morgantown Police Department.
(4) No member of the Board shall be an immediate family member of any member of the Morgantown City Administration, City Council, or Morgantown Police Department.
(5) Three members shall come from historically disadvantaged communities that have traditionally experienced disparate policing or shall be residents of publicly subsidized housing. Three additional members shall be nominated by organizations that seek racial or social justice on behalf of historically disadvantaged communities or persons with disabilities.
(6) Openings on the Board should be filled based on The City of Morgantown Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan adopted by [Resolution XX-XX of the Morgantown City Council on (Date)], as amended. In the event of a conflict between the membership qualifications and appointment procedures of this Article and the provisions of the City’s diversity, equity, and inclusion plan, the provisions of this Article shall control.
(7) In the event that no applicant meets the requirements of subparagraph(b)(5), a position may be filled by seeking applicants according to the process identified by The City of Morgantown Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan.
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.”
RECEPTION FOR WVU COLLEGE OF LAW DEAN AMELIA S. RINEHART
There will be a "Meet and Greet" Reception with West Virginia University College of Law Dean Amelia S. Rinehart on September 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Reception will be held at the offices of Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, 1000 Swiss Pine Way, Suite 200, Morgantown, West Virginia. You can access the invitation for the Reception here. Please take the opportunity to stop by to meet and welcome Dean Rinehart.