MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The next regular meeting should be Thursday, October 21st 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.
Andrew Schneider of Fairness West Virginia made a presentation to the Morgantown City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on September 28th about amending the City’s Human Rights Commission ordinance to include a ban on conversion therapy. City Council then discussed amending article 153 governing the Human Rights Commission to prohibit Conversion Therapy. You can watch Mr. Schneider’s presentation, the public comments that were all in support of the amendment, and the discussion here. To get a copy of the proposed ordinance, go to that link and click on the Committee of the Whole Agenda Packet. The first reading of the proposed ordinance will be held on Tuesday, October 5th. The council meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers in City Hall, 389 Spruce Street. To contact council members, go here.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of morgantown/monongalia County (LWV-MM)
The League is posting important information about the West Virginia Legislature’s proposed redistricting maps on its Facebook page. This is especially important for Monongalia County because the current 51st District, with five delegates will become some version of five separate districts as the legislature moves to 100 single-member districts.
Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at email@example.com. Interested in joining the League of Women Voters? Join online at tinyurl.com/join-lwvmm.
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 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 email@example.com. Follow this group on Facebook. For more information on events go here.
Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP
The next meeting will be on October 19th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to learn how to participate.
MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE
Follow them at their website or on Facebook. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, with the link available here. There are now potlucks at the park across from the community center around noon. “Non-vaccinated people need to wear masks in the church and we ask that everyone bring a mask to wear during singing.”
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.
The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available at www.pflagfairmont.org. According to its website, “PFLAG Fairmont meets each month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the campus of Fairmont State University.”
DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER
Becky Rodd has provided the following information: “Dismantling Racism Together is a community group started about a year ago. We seek to EDUCATE and MOTIVATE citizens and organizations so they can collaborate to ADVOCATE for change. Over the past year, we have held monthly conversations on a variety of topics. Most recently we have focused on the issues surrounding “critical race theory” and the current controversy about how we teach our children.
“We are concerned that the WV state legislature is considering dangerous legislation based on the fear of ‘critical race theory.’ The proposed bill is made up of nine specific tenets that would be prohibited from being taught. They are:
1) one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
2) the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist;
3) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;
4) an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
5) members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex;
6) an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex;
7) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex;
8) any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;
9) or meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.
“We believe any such legislation is based on an underlying attempt to limit the open discussion about racism and social justice. Critical race theory is not being taught in our schools - this is a fake controversy designed to play to people’s fears. Please join us as we learn more!
“Join the Conversation:
• Join our planning and strategy group to develop strategy and plan activities. We meet on 4th Weds at 7pm. Contact Becky Rodd at 216-5132497 or email@example.com if you’d like to join us.
• Attend our monthly educational events on the 3rd Monday at 7 pm.
• Next meeting, Monday October 18 @ 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86502188456?pwd=Vi9jZGFRck1HTVAxVnFSUkorSk1GUT09 Continue our conversation on teaching about racism in public schools. Professor Nancy Spillane, who teaches STEM students how to teach in an unbiased way, without discrimination will talk about her work with STEM teaching students. Much of the curriculum they use with these students is how to teach in an unbiased way, without discrimination, including the challenges with state legislation that is watering down qualifications for teaching in the public schools
• Sign up for our mailing list by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
For more information please go to their website or email email@example.com.
For more information on this group please go to their Facebook site or their web site.
Information about volunteering or sponsoring the block party is available here. Other upcoming events include Queer Hoedown on November 13th. Information about volunteering or sponsoring these events is available on their Facebook site. Morgantown Pride has new merchandise available, including clothing and mugs.
WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the annual Peace Tree Ceremony (November 2, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.) and three outstanding virtual presentations by Guest of Honor Mervyn Tano, President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and Native American Studies Program Peace Tree Guest of Honor on November 4, 8, and 29. More details are here and in the official handout.
Also see their Facebook page or their website for more information.
MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board membership
At “press time,” appointments to this board are on the agenda for a city council executive session on October 5th.
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.”
For more information on the extensive schedule of events go here.
MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER AT WEST VIRGINIA BOTANIC GARDEN
“MCCAC is participating in the West Virginia Botanic Garden's 2021 Morgantown Area Nonprofit Scarecrow Spectacular! You can see our scareghost, Casper, displayed at the beautiful Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve in Morgantown. The public will vote on their favorite nonprofit scarecrow through October 31st. The link will be posted on MCCAC's Facebook page." The Botanic Garden is located at 1061 Tyrone Road and is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge.