Projects

Why Become a Project? – There are many reasons people start a project at the Thomas Merton Center.  Benefits include fiscal sponsorship, meeting space, and more.  If your group aligns with our mission to create a more peaceful and just world, the first step is to fill out the online project application linked here to be considered.  If you have any questions, please call our offices.

Project Descriptions – Below, you can find a short description and contact email for all of our affiliated projects. For more information, just scroll down!

NOTE FOR DONATIONS: 

Donations can be made to specific projects by clicking the link below the description. While some browsers will lead you to a page not specifying the organization, rest assured that your donations are being directed to the chosen organization.


Short Cut Links to Organizations 

(All organizations may be found by scrolling down)

Anti-War/Anti-Drone Committee
Book’Em: Books to Prisoners Project
Pittsburgh for CEDAW
Environmental Justice Committee
East End Community Thrift Store
Fight For Lifers West
Friends of the Harmed/Shalefield Stories
Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition
Harambee Ujima – Diversity FOOTprint/Black Arts Festival
Human Rights Coalition Fed Up! Chapter
Marcellus Shale Protest Group
Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now!
Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition
Pittsburgh350
Pittsburghers For Public Transit
School of the Americas (SOA) Watch Pittsburgh
Stop Sexual Assault in the Military
Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group
WPASON


Anti-War/Anti-Drone Committee

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The Anti-War Committee organizes rallies, marches, vigils, teach-ins, conferences, a speakers bureau, legislative action, media outreach, and other activities to end U.S. wars and occupations. To get involved, contact us at awc@thomasmertoncenter.org





 Book’Em: Books to Prisoners Project 


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Book ‘Em: Books to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania. We meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the first two or three Sundays of the month in the basement of TMC. To get involved, and also see our calendar, visit the website at www.bookempgh.org




 


Pittsburgh for CEDAW

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Pittsburgh for CEDAW aims to bring the Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to Pittsburgh to hold our city government accountable to the rights of all women. To get involved please email pgh4CEDAW@gmail.com and check us out on Facebook.




 

 

 


 Environmental Justice Committee

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The Committee is dedicated to issues of environmental rights and local democratic rights of people working to preserve clean air, clean water, and soil. To get involved, please contact Wanda Guthrie at 412-596-0066 or wanda.guthrie@gmail.com




 


East End Community Thrift Store

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The East End Community Thrift Store, also known as Thrifty, is an all volunteer-run thrift shop which provide quality, low cost used clothing and household goods to the surrounding community. To get involved, contact Shirley Gleditsch at 412-361-6010 or email shawnapgh@aol.com




 

 

 

 


Fight For Lifers West

fight-for-lifeFight for Lifers West is dedicated to supporting people sentenced to life without parole and their loved ones while striving to improve the criminal justice system and building positive community relationships. To learn more and get involved, check out our website at FightForLifersWest.org and contact us at 412-345-1532 or fightorliferswest@gmail.com


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Friends of the Harmed/Shalefield Stories

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Friends of the Harmed collaborates with researchers, concerned citizens, and local grassroots groups to provide support and direct aid to individuals, families, and communities in Western PA who have been negatively impacted by Unconventional Natural Gas Development, also known as Fracking. FOH also publishes a booklet chronicling testimonials from those impacted by fracking, called Shalefield Stories. 100% of donations collected from the distribution of this book support our direct aid efforts. To make a one-time donation and receive a copy of Shalefield Stories as a thank you gift, go to shalefieldstories.org or email us at shalefieldstories@gmail.com to inquire about books in bulk.


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Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition

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GPIC works to promote a sense of unity among Pittsburgh faith leaders by convening diverse religious faith communities to share resources, foster dialogue and provide education and celebratory venes to deepen understanding and strengthen community relationships. For more information contact gpicharmony@gmail.com




 

Harambee Ujima – Diversity FOOTprint/Black Arts Festival

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The vision is to establish an African-American social/economic generator for free trade development of neighborhoods to participate in regional and global community markets. To get involved, contact George Hogan 3rd at 412-798-5107 or draw3rd@verizon.net




 

 


Human Rights Coalition Fed Up! Chapter

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Fed Up! is the Pittsburgh chapter of the Human Rights Coalition dedicated to upholding the rights of prisoners. To get involved, contact Bret Grote at 412-654-9070 or hrcfedup@gmail.com




 

Marcellus Shale Protest Group

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Marcellus Protest is an alliance of western PA groups & individuals building a broad movement to stop the destruction of our environment and communities. To get involved, contact Mel Packer at 412-243-4545 or email melpacker@aol.com




 

 


Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now!

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The Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now! was formed in early 2003 with the goal of bringing the program Democracy Now! to a radio station in Pittsburgh. To get involved, contact Dan Sleator at sleator@cs.cmu.edu.




 


Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition

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This group organizes events in support of legislation to improve protection for the people of Darfur and bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. For more information, and to find out how you might get involved, visit www.pittsburghdarfur.org  Or contact David Rosenberg at 412-992-0102 or jumphook@gmail.com

 

 


Pittsburgh350

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Pittsburgh350 is the Pittsburgh chapter of the international 350.org movement, which aims to use grassroots organizing to run adaptive, locally-driven campaigns for meaningful action on climate change. For more information, visit our website or contact us at 350pittsburgh@gmail.com




 


Pittsburghers For Public Transit

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PPT is a volunteer, grassroots organization of transit riders, drivers and supporters that advocates for public mass transit because it’s essential for healthy environments, economies, and  communities.  We work together to win the following rights for all. For more information contact Molly Nichols at molly@pittsburghforpublictransit.org






School of the Americas (SOA) Watch Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Chapter of School of the Americas Watch works toward closing down the SOA by educating the public, pressuring elected officials, and connecting local members to the national SOA Watch movement. Each year members travel to the SOA Watch in Fort Benning Georgia, to protest the torture techniques taught to the soldiers. To get involved, contact chapter head Russell Noble at 412-361-3022 or Joyce Rothermel at rothermeljoyce@gmail.com



 

Stop Sexual Assault in the Military

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SSAM works to increase awareness of the growing incident of sexual assault in the military and works to enact external controls to protect those who victimized. For more information, visit our tumblr or contact Ginny at hildebrew@aol.com




 

 


Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group

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Our mission is to educate citizens on the impacts of Marcellus Shale hydro-fracturing of each community as well as the long-term economic impact. To get involved, contact Lou Pochet at 724-837-0540 or lfpochet@verizon.net




 

 


WPASON