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.
“Our bodies, Our voices, Our vote” is the theme of the West Virginia NOW’s 2022 annual meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Huntington on Sunday, December 4th. The agenda will include preparing for the
upcoming legislative session. Registration is free for current NOW members. There are also rates for students ($20), new members ($35), and for those who want to sponsor a new member ($70). You can register and pay here. For those unable to attend in person, there will be a live stream available.
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.
Monongah Becomes the 17th Community in WV to Ban LGBTQ+ Discrimination: “Members of the Monongah Town Council voted unanimously on September 26th to become the 17th community in West Virginia to adopt a local fairness law.
“Local fairness laws are nondiscrimination ordinances that protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces. Monongah was the second municipality in the state to adopt these protections in 2022, with the town of Bolivar adopting one in April.
“Monongah is the first municipality in Marion County to adopt these protections.”
Fairness West Virginia has an on-line form to encourage people to email members of the Monongalia County Board of Education to protest the decision to take down Pride flags. “Tell them to support LGBTQ students and allow teachers to re-hang their flags.
“To make your message as effective as possible, be sure to customize your message to board members. Add your own thoughts and words about why this issue matters to make sure your email stands out.” The web page is here.
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.