MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, June 17th 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.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Sarah Barnes is the new president of the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County.
Follow this group on Facebook.
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
Follow this group on Facebook. The next meeting will be on June 10th at 7:00 p.m. The plans are to hold it outside and in person. Details and agenda are available through the weekly newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
The next meeting will be on June 15th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at email@example.com for more information and to learn how to participate. Branch members have been instrumental in drafting and promoting the new ordinance to create a Civilian Police Review and Advisory Board in Morgantown.
Dr. Jerry Carr, Jr., branch president, spoke at the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on May 25th to request council support for the “For the People Act” now before Congress, dealing with voting rights. See below for more on this resolution.
The branch is also promoting this national program with a June 18th deadline:
PFLAG will not be meeting in June for any programs other than the Raising Trans Kids program on June 19th at 2:00 p.m. Raising Trans Kids is for parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender kids (of any age) or have kids who might be transgender. The Zoom link is zoom.us/j/97802381738. The meeting ID is 978 0238 1738. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom password.
Follow PFLAG on Facebook or at their website.
MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE
This group has resumed in-person worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.. Follow them at their website or on Facebook.
For information about this group, please go to their Facebook page.
DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER
“Dismantling Racism will be hosting a three- part series this summer focused on the controversy surrounding teaching schoolchildren about the impact of systemic racism. The next meeting, on June 21st, will feature an introduction to the 1619 Project by the New York Times Magazine. In August 1619 a sailing ship, the White Lion, was anchored off the eastern shore of North America with a cargo that included ‘some 20 and odd negroes.’ It is believed to be the first Africans on the continent and was the beginning of slavery in North America fully a year before the Mayflower set anchor off the same shore. The impact of this landing continues to have a lasting impact on every aspect of our lives today.” For more information please go to the website.
Morgantown PRIDE will meet via Zoom on Sunday, May 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. To access the meeting, go to us02web.zoom.us. For more information on this group please go to their Facebook site or their web site.
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.
The Morgantown City Council passes the CROWN-related ordinance
At the April 20th Committee of the Whole meeting, City Council members voted in favor of a proposed revision to the City Human Rights Commission ordinance. According to the WVNews "With a 7-0 unanimous vote, the Morgantown City Council made history Tuesday night. Morgantown is the first municipality in West Virginia to pass the CROWN Act, which bans natural hair-based discrimination."
CROWN stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” and is designed to protect against discrimination arising from race-based hairstyles, such as braids, locs, twists, and knots.
MORGANTOWN city council adopts ordinance to create civilian police review and advisory board
The first reading for this ordinance was at the May 4th City Council meeting, with a public hearing and second reading/adoption on May 18th. The ordinance was adopted by votes of 7-0 on both readings, after months of hard work by the Special Committee that drafted the ordinance and many public comments by supporters. Thank you to Deputy Mayor Rachel Fetty, who chaired the committee, Mayor Ron Dulaney, and Councilors Bill Kawecki, Deb Bergen, Jenny Selin, Dave Harshbarger, and Barry Wendell for their support.
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.
(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.
MORGANTOWN CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF “FOR THE PEOPLE” ACT
This Act deals with voting rights and the resolution was presented, as noted above, by Dr. Carr for the NAACP and by Ash Orr for the Morgantown Human Rights Commission. The Act has passed the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate. You can find a copy on page 87 of the agenda for June 1st here.
Per the City’s website, “This meeting will take place via WebEx at https://cityofmorgantown.my.webex.com/meet/cityofmorgantown
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 at https://morgantownwv.viebit.com/. The public can also listen live by calling 415-655-0001 and using the access code 793 734 477. If members of the public wish to comment on a particular issue or public hearing, they should fill out the public comment sign-up form on our website, prior to the start of the meeting which can be found at: http://bit.ly/MCC060121. Additionally, the public can submit written comments via email to the City Clerk at email@example.com.”
MORGANTOWN CELEBRATES MULTIPLE EVENTS DOWNTOWN at the Arts Walk on June 12
According to the Mountaineer Country website, the June Arts Walk "is a true celebration of community! This month we celebrate West Virginia’s 158th Birthday (June 20th), PRIDE month, Juneteenth (June 19th), Father’s Day (June 20th) and the 100th birthday of the Monongahela Building at 235 High St. This Arts Walk also just happens to fall right on World Wide Knit in Public Day!
Join us in celebrating on the 2nd Saturday of June from 11-4"
MORGANTOWN AND FAIRMONT JUNETEENTH EVENTS ON JUNE 19TH
Thank you to Delegate Danielle Walker for the following information:
EVERYONE’S INVITED! We will be holding a cookout in Morgantown, WV at the Mountainlair green! The address is 1550 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26506. JUNE 19th at 3:00pm-8:00pm!!! We said in this lovely protest June 2nd back in 2020, “ALL of you are invited.”
For those of you who don’t exactly know what Juneteenth stands for: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865. It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
This is OUR July 4th. OUR May 5th. Let’s celebrate OUR DAY!! June 19, 1865. Remember that date, because THAT’S an important date.
This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY gathering. Not a protest, but a celebration of the beginning of freedom. The things our ancestors have done are major milestones, and we have one in the making AS WE SPEAK!!! So, come on out, bring some food, drinks, dishes, games, ALL THAT FUN STUFF, and we’ll see you there!!
Event in Fairmont
UPDATE ON 2021 UPPER MONONGAHELA JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY MAY 28, 2021.8:35 PM
COLYN JONES AND THE KEEPERS HAVE ADVISED THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
2. FOOD AND DRINKS
3.PAPER PLATES CONDIMENTS ETC
4. DJ PA SYSTEM
5. CLARKSON TROPHIES
6. PRINTED PROGRAMS
7. BOUNCY HOUSE
2021 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION SPONSORS AND CONTRIBUTIONS THUS FAR ARE:
1. $75 FOR THE PAVILION PERMIT FROM JOHN KEMET SHABAZZ EL
2. $500 FROM THE CITY OF FAIRMONT WV
3. $100 FROM POET, INTERNET JOURNALIST, ENTREPRENEUR CRYSTAL GOOD OF BLACK BY GOD
4. $50 FROM JAZZ AND NEO-SOUL SINGER DORIS FIELDS 'LADY D'
IF YOU ARE BUSINESS OR A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR WE CHALLENGE YOU TO MATCH THE $500 CONTRIBUTION BY THE CITY OF FAIRMONT OR THE $100 CONTRIBUTION BY ENTREPRENEUR CRYSTAL GOOD... OR CONTRIBUTE WHATEVER YOU CAN AS OTHER SPONSORS HAVE.
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