MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, July15th 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER
The July meeting will July 13th at 7:00 p.m. According to the latest NOW e-newsletter, “We intend to hold the July meeting in person and outdoors as well, more to come on the location. During the meeting, we will be collecting donations for the Scott’s Run Settlement House, Inc. Annual School Supply Program. Every year Scott’s Run Settlement House distributes over 200 backpacks to school children in Monongalia County. Each student receives a new backpack filled with grade-appropriate supplies needed to start off the school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott’s Run Settlement House is requesting monetary donations in lieu of supplies. If you are unable to provide a monetary donation, but still wish to contribute, please contact SRSH at (304) 599-5020 or e-mail the Program Coordinator, Courtney LaFollette, at email@example.com and SRSH will assign specific supplies to you. Monetary donations can be made online through their website, www.srsh.org or by mail to SRSH, PO Box 590, Pursglove, WV 26546.”
Details and agenda are available through the weekly newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow this group on Facebook.
Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
The next meeting will be on July 20th 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 leading the effort to ask local government officials to provide opportunities for public input into the use of American Rescue Plan funds, as noted above.
There is also a book club that is open to members.
The branch is also 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 and applications. See below for the membership categories designated in the ordinance creating the board.
PFLAG RAISING TRANS KIDS JULY EVENT
This will be July 10th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom “for West Virginia parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender kids (of any age), or have kids who might be transgender.” The Zoom link is pflag-org.zoom.us/j/96676783725. The meeting ID is 966 7678 3725. To get the passcode, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
“Greater Morgantown Dismantling Racism Together presents an open forum on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our public schools. On Zoom, Monday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m., at us02web.zoom.us/j/87320381820.
“How do we ensure our children are educated in an environment that actively supports diversity, equity and inclusion? How do we prepare them to help build a better future for everyone? We invite parents, grandparents, and interested community members to join us in respectful and open discussion on these timely and controversial topics
“Mike Ryan, Director of Mon County Schools DEI program, will share the recently developed Mon County Schools plan on diversity, equity and inclusion. Following will be an open discussion about both promoting equity and inclusion in the schools as well as how we strive to teach our children honestly about the systems in which we all live. Please join us.”
Future meetings noted on the website are set for August 16th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th, and December 20th (tentative).
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.
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.
GO OVER THE EDGE FOR LIBERA IS JULY 24TH
Volunteers are rappelling down the Monongahela Building at 235 High Street in downtown Morgantown to raise funds for Libera, a nonprofit community of mentors which has impacted thousands of students over the last year through teen groups, counseling, distribution of mental health resources, and food and clothing. Their newest project is LovePacks, filled with mental and emotional health tools for homeless and foster youth. Learn more about this event at www.liberawv.com.