MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, May 20th 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 state convention
The meeting will be on May 15th and guest speaker is Dr. Ken Martis, WVU emeritus professor of geography, who will discuss redistricting and the current legal standings, including a focus on redistricting in West Virginia. His talk will be at 1:00 p.m. People who are interested can go to https://convention.lwvwv.org and register as a visitor. If “local league” is a required field, just select Morgantown/Monongalia County, even if you are not a member of the league. People are welcome to stay for the whole meeting or just for Dr. Martis’s talk.
The convention will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Convention check-in begins at 9:30 am; the First Plenary commences at 10:00 am; Lunch at 12:00; Dr. Martis at 1:00 pm; Second Plenary begins at 2:00 pm and should end by 3:00 pm.
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 May 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Details and information on the link see their weekly newsletter of email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
The next meeting will be on May 18th 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 has committees on Education; Communications, Press and Publicity; Criminal Justice; Political Action; Legal Redress; Health; Community Coordination; and Environmental and Climate Justice.
PFLAG is asking people to support the proposed Morgantown ordinance to create a Civilian Police Review and Advisory Board (see information on this below) and to please consider calling your senators to urge them to vote for passing the Equality Act. PFLAG National has been phoning members and urging them to call their senators. To reach Senator Manchin, please call 304-342-5855 (Charleston office) or 202-224-3954 (Washington office). To reach Senator Capito, please call 304-292-2310 (Morgantown office) or 202-224-6472 (Washington office).
Here are the events for May:
Tuesday, May 11th. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. General Meeting & Pride Month Plans
Meeting ID: 947 0056 1392
I. Check In/social
II. April Minutes Approval
III. Education committee updates
IV. Pride Month Plans
May Social Saturday
Every Saturday (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29) 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 927 3171 1445 Passcode: oats
May Raising Trans Kids Meeting
This meeting, on Saturday, May 8th 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., is for parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender kids (of any age) or who 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. The June Raising Trans Kids will be on June 19th.
Follow PFLAG on Facebook or at their website.
MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE
Services continue online with information available here. Follow them on Facebook
For information about this group, please go to their Facebook page.
DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER
For more information on this group, please go here or email DismantlingRacismTogether@gmail.com. We have shared their list of "Resources for Racial Justice Theology" on our 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 SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY POLICING AND CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD
The committee met on April 20th and made major changes to the proposed ordinance by eliminating the sections related to investigations. The ordinance would create a volunteer board which would be a venue where people can bring complaints about their interactions with the Morgantown Police Department instead of the current system where they must go directly to the police or to the city manager.
As important, the board would have the authority to review the policies and procedures of the police department and suggest revisions. It would not have the authority to hire, fire, or discipline police officers. Chief of Police Eric Powell and City Manager Kim Haws were involved in discussions with committee members that led to these revisions.
The first reading of this ordinance is scheduled for May 4th at 7:00 p.m. There are multiple ways you can watch or participate in the meeting.
• Watch via WebEx at https://cityofmorgantown.my.webex.com/meet/cityofmorgantown using the meeting number 793 734 477.
• Watch on Channel 15
• Watch via live stream on the City of Morgantown website at https://morgantownwv.viebit.com/.
• Listen live by calling 415-655-0001 and using the access code 793 734 477.
If you wish to comment on a particular issue or public hearing, you should fill out the public comment sign-up form on the City’s website, prior to the start of the meeting which can be found at: http://bit.ly/MCC050421
You can access the ordinance and information about how to participate in the virtual meeting by going here. The text of the ordinance starts on page 27.
You can also contact city council members by email to show your support:
First Ward-Rachel Fetty (Deputy Mayor): email@example.com.
Second Ward-Bill Kawecki: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Ward-Deb Bergen: email@example.com
Fourth Ward-Jennifer Selin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Ward-Ron Dulaney Jr. (Mayor): email@example.com
Sixth Ward-Dave Harshbarger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventh Ward-Barry Lee Wendell: email@example.com
If the city council votes for the ordinance on first reading, there could be a public hearing and second reading for passage on May 18th.