Past Events


Criminal Justice Reform & Reentry Day
Mar 03 2020
Criminal Justice Reform & Reentry Day
Please join us this year as those postively impacted by policy changes, share their stories of hope and healing. Together we will lift up our voices for policies that treat West Virginia's substance abuse epidemic with compassion and treatment, not punishment and incarceration. We will stand together for second chances and a path forward for people in addiction, in recovery, and the children and families who are impacted by a criminal justice system that disportionately impacts poor people and people of color. Please stand with the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, people struggling with addiction - and their families - in the call for criminal justice reform in West Virginia. Together we will ask our legislators to be smart on crime, to invest in recovery not incarceration, and to listen to formerly incarcerated people when they say: "I am more than my conviction."
Compassion Calls Us Day at the Legislature
Feb 12 2020
Compassion Calls Us Day at the Legislature
Join the West Virginia Council of Churches at the Capitol Complex February 12th in a day of compassion and community. We will be speaking in the Small Rotunda near the Attorney General's office. We will be announcing our speaker agenda soon!
Ensuring a Fair Transition for Workers and Communities
Feb 05 2020
Ensuring a Fair Transition for Workers and Communities
West Virginia is experiencing a wrenching economic and social transition as the climate crisis drives the global economy toward new energy sources and technologies. What current and potential funding mechanisms and what targeted expenditures are most desirable to help create a fair transition? In this program, experts will examine historical, ongoing, and “on-the-horizon” programs that can help energy workers, families, and communities build a sustainable future.
2020 Budget Breakfast
Jan 15 2020
2020 Budget Breakfast
Please join us for the 7th annual Budget Breakfast! The morning will include our yearly recap of the governor's proposed budget. Our keynote speaker is Sian Mughan, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Her research interests include local government finance, fiscal federalism, criminal justice policy, and institutions. Some of her research has shown how tax and budgetary structures impact equity outcomes, while other papers focus on how fiscal stress in local governments leads to revenue seeking behavior by actors in state criminal justice systems. Sian will discuss the business personal property tax and her study, "Estimating the Manufacturing Employment Impact of Eliminating the Tangible Personal Property Tax: Evidence from Ohio", to help us understand how proposed cut to West Virginia's tax could harmfully impact our budget and how we fund our school systems.
Release of the Criminal Justice Listening Project Report
Nov 18 2019
Release of the Criminal Justice Listening Project Report
Please join us for the release of the Criminal Justice Listening Project Report next month at the State Capitol! The West Virginia Criminal Justice Listening Project collected stories about the criminal justice system from over two hundred people around the state. The majority of those interviewed have experienced incarceration or have had family members behind bars. The individuals surveyed shared their observations as pastors, volunteers, attorneys, correctional officers and staff of community re-entry programs.
Raise Hell: The Life and Times Of Molly Ivins
Oct 28 2019
Raise Hell: The Life and Times Of Molly Ivins
RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS tells the story of mediafirebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said "Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country." Molly's wordshave proved prescient. Now it's up to us to raise hell! Engel gives "Raise Hell" such momentum - it's a whoosh of a movie - that you are quickly swept up in its sights and sounds. There's a lot to take in.
2nd Annual Food For All Conference
Oct 10 2019
2nd Annual Food For All Conference
Food for All hosts a one-day summit for those fighting against hunger and food insecurity in West Virginia. ​Food for All is an opportunity to work together towards bold ideas that secures food access and equity for our communities. ​Food for All is an opportunity to join an action team and make a difference.
What the Heck is Medicare for All?
Sep 16 2019
What the Heck is Medicare for All?
You've heard the buzz, and you might be wondering... what the heck is Medicare for All? And what can it do for me? If you're tired of not getting the healthcare you need, or paying through the nose, this event is for you. Learn how this big idea could help save money and lives across America... and how we can make it happen soon.
West Virginia Medicaid Summit 2019
Sep 10 2019
West Virginia Medicaid Summit 2019
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care invites you to sponsor the Medicaid Matters for West Virginia Summit. This one-day event will cover Medicaid topics of importance and will allow us to share concerns, issues and opportunities in West Virginia.
2019 Summer Policy Institute
Jul 26 2019
2019 Summer Policy Institute
This year’s SPI will be held from July 26-28 at WV State University in Institute, WV and will center around criminal justice reforms. Panelists and speakers will highlight recent criminal justice reform victories as well as innovative policies that would help even more folks across the state avoid the criminal justice system when possible and improve the reentry process for those coming out of the justice system. Interactive sessions, including a re-entry simulation with officials from the U.S Department of Justice, will set the tone for the weekend.