The following meeting information concerning state-wide and area news, events, and activities 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 Local News for non-CCSJ events and activities organized and/or occurring in the Morgantown area.
The West Virginia Legislature will convene its 60-day session on Wednesday, January 11th. Many of the groups listed here, including the ACLU and Fairness West Virginia, will be tracking bills and probably organizing lobbying efforts. You can follow their efforts and get legislative updates from their websites and Facebook pages or track bills at the “bill status” tab at www.wvlegislature.gov/. You can also find information on how to contact your legislators at www.wvlegislature.gov. CCSJ is a 501 (c) (3) organization so we do not endorse candidates, but we do track legislation related to social justice.
West Virginia NOW has a Facebook page and a web page. The Facebook page is another way to track action in the West Virginia legislature about restricting access to abortion. Contact them at WestVirginiaNOW@gmail.com.
ACLU of West Virginia Hosts Lobby Day on Tuesday, January 17th: “From abortion rights to affirming health care for trans youth, to freedom of speech and the defense of our democracy itself, our civil liberties will be under assault like never before in 2023.
“Join ACLU-WV for our 2023 Lobby Day and learn how you can make a difference. Hear from civil rights experts, learn more about citizen
lobbying, meet with your elected officials and listen to a floor session with us. Then join us for an afterparty where we can support each other for the struggles ahead.” The Lobby Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fairmont Adopts Local Fairness Law: Fairness West Virginia announces that Fairmont is the 18th community in the state to adopt a local fairness law. The ordinance passed by a vote of 7-2 on December 13th. According to the Fairness West Virginia website, “Fairmont city leaders first adopted a nondiscrimination resolution back in 2017, but it lacked any enforcement mechanism. The ordinance adopted this week adds a new section to city code to establish a private right of action for discrimination.”
This group organized in December 2021 in Charleston “to illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color in West Virginia and provide them with a safe space of fellowship,” according to a story in the Juneteenth edition of Black By God: The West Virginian. For more information, email WVBPfoundation@outlook.com or Kasha@wvpfoundation.com.
According to its website, blackbygod.org, “We are an emerging news and storytelling organization centering Black voices from the Mountain State. We provide a more nuanced portrayal of the Black experience in the Appalachian region.” Crystal Good is the editor/publisher/founder of Black By God.
There is a weekly online edition and a quarterly print edition. The Juneteenth edition was more like a magazine – 64 pages of news from around the state.
To contact BBG, email Info@Blackbygod.org or call 3O4-207-0352. The mailing address is 2156 University Ave. Suite 400, Morgantown, WV, 26505. To make a tax-deductible donation, go to blackbygod.org/donate.