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Regional News, Events, and Activities

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 state of Racial Inequality in West Virginia report

We have received a report from the WVU School of Public Health. This report, the thirteenth edition of the State of Working West Virginia, comes at a time when national attention has once again been drawn to the issue of racism and racial inequality. It is also the 10-year anniversary of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s report “Legacy of Inequality,” which chronicled the experiences and history of Black West Virginians, and analyzed the data showing the inequities that have always been and continue to be central to that experience. 10 years ago, the Legacy of Inequality report showed that systemic racism had led to persistent racial inequality here in West Virginia. This report displays that the effects of systemic racism continue to harm our Black communities today. Click on this link to download the PDF.

Information about the Kanawha Valley NOW chapter is available here at their Facebook page or email There is also a new “Name and Gender Change Guide for West Virginia Residents” available here.

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West Virginia NOW has a Facebook page and a web page.

The February membership meeting will be online on Thursday, February 18th, at 7:00 p.m. “Join WVNOW to discuss upcoming initiatives and discuss the 2021 legislative session.”

West Virginia NOW is also working on the national 28th Amendment NOW ERA Postcard Campaign. “With printable cards and addresses.

“Write postcards and mail asap! We are asking the new administration to direct the National Archivist to certify Virginia’s ratification, thus reaching the required 38 states for passage of the 28th Amendment.”

"To learn how to participate in our postcard campaign go to

“Make sure your Senators and Congresspeople have cosigned the bills to remove the deadline that were introduced last week. If they have not, make calls, send letters, write postcards and ask them to cosponsor.

“Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced H.J.Res.17 - Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment - link

“U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced S.J.Res.1 - A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment - link

Join Vote Equality and write letters to the editor.

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Legislative Town Hall (Virtual) is on February 9th 6:30–8:00 P.M.: “Join our Virtual Town Hall to talk all things 2021 Legislative Session.

“Hear from ACLU-WV staff about our legislative priorities and what we expect from this session. Speakers include: Joseph Cohen - Executive Director, Eli Baumwell - Policy Director, Greg Whittington - Criminal Law Reform Campaign Director, and Dijon Stokes - Voting Rights Project Manager.

Join on zoom at the link/number below on February 9th at 6:30 P.M.; Meeting ID: 812 6674 5729
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+13017158592,81266745729# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,81266745729# US (Chicago)

Citizen Lobbyist Training is February 11th at 6:30 P.M.: “Join us for our Citizen Lobbyist Training to talk about effective citizen lobbying and learn about the changes for the 2021 session during the COVID pandemic and ways to make an impact from home.

“Join us on zoom at the link/number below on February 11 at 6:30 P.M.; Meeting ID: 836 4001 1858
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+13126266799,83640011858# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,83640011858# US (New York)

The ACLU of West Virginia is seeing a late winter/spring communications intern. The application deadline is February 15th. For more information, please go here.

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Fairness West Virginia offers virtual training for advocates: Fairness is also offering free virtual training to be a better advocate for LBTQ people. “We're gearing up for a tough legislative fight. If we want to finally pass the Fairness Act, a statewide law in 2021 banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, we need your help. We need an engaged group of advocates across the state willing to step up and join the fight.

The next training is Thursday February 11th, at 6:00 p.m. “All you need to join us is a computer and a desire to make West Virginia a better place for LGBTQ people to live. Participants learn about the time-tested messaging you can use to persuade family and friends to support equality for all people. We'll equip you with the answers to difficult questions you might face, and expand the advocacy tools you have to make your voice heard at the capitol — even in the midst of a pandemic.

After signing up you will be sent a link to join the zoom meeting closer to the training date.

Follow Fairness West Virginia on Facebook or their website. To donate, please go here.