We began this week celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. with a day dedicated to public service and a time for reflection on issues of justice, equality, and moral leadership.
May Dr. King’s legacy inspire us to continue the fight for a more fair and equal nation and state, and a brighter future for all.
The 2018 legislative session will provide many opportunities to come together to fight for justice and equality. Keep reading for an overview of the State of the State and a preview of what to expect in the days ahead.
Yours for Action,
Team WV CAG
PS: Don’t miss these upcoming events.
Thursday, January 18, 6-8 PM – Your Voice WV: Citizen Lobbyist Training, WVU (Ming Hsieh, Room 122), Morgantown, WV
Thursday, January 18, 6-9 PM – The West Virginia Environmental Council’s Legislative Kick-Off Blast, Charleston Woman’s Club, 1600 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV
This week there are several events marking the anniversary of the Women’s March hosted by WV CAG and partners including:
- Saturday, January 20, 11 AM – 1:30 PM – It’s Our Time Rally, 115 Prince Street, Beckley, WV
- Saturday, January 20, 5-8 PM – Women’s March Anniversary Party, Sam’s Uptown Cafe, 28 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV
- Sunday, January 21, 12-2PM – Handmaid’s Protest – WVU Mountainlair Student Union, Morgantown, WV
Saturday, January 20, 2-5PM – Voter’s March/Impeachment Rally hosted by the WV National Organization for Women, State Capitol, Charleston, WV
State of the StateOn Wednesday evening, Governor Justice laid out his vision for the 2018 legislative session and beyond in his second State of the State address. Last week also marked the anniversary of the 2014 water crisis. Read an overview of the address and happenings during the first week of the session here and get a preview of what to expect during the days ahead. Tagged: Budget priorities, Energy, Energy efficiency, Healthcare, SNAP, Water Call Now to Save CHIPThis week marks 100 days since Congress failed to extend full funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides 9 million U.S. children and pregnant women with comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. Please call your member of Congress and urge them to extend CHIP funding for five years right now: (877) 233-9025. More information and talking points to help guide your call here.Tagged: Budget priorities, Healthcare, Kids and families The Foundation to Build a Proper Medical Cannabis Program in WVSB 386, passed during the 2017 legislative session, laid the foundation to build a proper medical cannabis program in West Virginia. By 2019, doctors will be able to start issuing medical cards to patients and by January 2020 patients will be able to purchase medical cannabis products. This years fight is focused on decriminalization of marijuana and amending SB 386 to allow the purchase and use of flower, in addition to allowing patients to grow small amounts of cannabis in their homes. Read excerpts from an interview with Rusty Williams, a cancer survivor turned patient advocate to learn how you can help. Tagged: Healthcare
Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote: WV Voter ID Law Now in EffectWest Virginia's voter ID law went into effect on January 1, 2018. With many important races on the ballot this year, it's important to make sure you're registered to vote and ready to vote. This means making sure you have your ID, informing yourself about the issues and candidates, and last but not least, getting yourself to the polls. Learn more about the new law, and the various forms of photo and non-photo ID that will be accepted at the polls.