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Local News, Activities, and Events

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.

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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.

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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 lwvmorgantown@gmail.com

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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 morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

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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 morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow this group on Facebook

NOW also announces:

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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

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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 3241naacp@gmail.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.

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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."

MORGANTOWN humanists

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.

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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

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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."

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

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.

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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.

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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

See their Facebook page or their website for more information.


WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH (CBCR)

CBCR Homecoming Tailgate on October 2 at the Mylan Puskar Stadium. For more information call (304) 293-7029

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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.”

For more information go here.

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.