Past Events


Beyond Bars Summit: A Dialogue on Mass Incarceration in West Virginia
Nov 12 2020
Beyond Bars Summit: A Dialogue on Mass Incarceration in West Virginia
Mass incarceration of adults cost the Mountain State over $314 million in 2019. The collateral consequences impact our communities, families and economy. Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 12 for a virtual summit to hear from experts, participate in dialogue and discuss solutions to mass incarceration in our state.
Healing Justice Film Series
Oct 07 2020
Healing Justice Film Series
Healing Justice "addresses the school to prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices." In addition to screening and discussing the film, we will make sure there is time to also explore the opportunities for restorative justice practices and programs in West Virginia.
Safe Communities in West Virginia: A Conversation About Policing w/ Professor Alex Vitale
Aug 03 2020
Safe Communities in West Virginia: A Conversation About Policing w/ Professor Alex Vitale
Join national expert Professor Alex Vitale and state and local leaders for an in-depth discussion on redefining policing and public safety in West Virginia. Professor Vitale will give a presentation about the research and analysis in his book “The End of Policing” which he summarizes this way: “I would say that we over-rely on policing as the only mechanism to create public safety and that we need to create specific, targeted interventions at the community level to make communities safer in ways that don’t rely on armed police, while we work to address larger issues of economic and racial injustice.” Professor Vitale’s presentation will be following by a discussion with panelists and will also include a Q&A.
Health Care For All WV - Virtual Town Hall
Jun 29 2020
Health Care For All WV - Virtual Town Hall
Are you tired of struggling or watching friends and family struggle to get life-saving health care? Do you think health care is a human right? Do you agree that West Virginians deserve better? We do! We need your help. Tune in for a Virtual Town Hall this Tuesday, June 29, 2020, at 6pm, to share your ideas and join the Health Care for All WV movement. We will be living streaming directly on social media. Learn about the Health Care for All campaign and our three big victories so far this year.
Health Care For All WV - North Central West Virginia Virtual Town Hall
Jun 25 2020
Health Care For All WV - North Central West Virginia Virtual Town Hall
Are you tired of struggling or watching friends and family struggle to get life-saving health care? Do you think health care is a human right? Do you agree that West Virginians deserve better? We do! We need your help. Tune in for a Virtual Town Hall this Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 7pm, to share your ideas and join the Health Care for All WV movement. We will be living streaming directly on social media. Learn about the Health Care for All campaign and our three big victories so far this year.
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.