TMC Focus Areas
The Thomas Merton Center Economic Justice Committee (EJC) has been established as a new focus area of the Center and is currently organizing a New Economy Working Group led by Molly Rush, Craig Stevens, Mark Dixon, Cait Lamberton, Ron Gaydos, and other local activists who are promoting sustainable and healthy economic lifestyles. Another group, Pittsburgher’s for Public Transit (PPT), was founded by the economic justice committee and is now a separate organizing entity that advocates for public transit for all people.
Peace and Non-Violence
The Thomas Merton Center Anti–War Committee organizes interfaith vigils, rallies, teach-ins, educational workshops, a speakers bureau, legislative action, media outreach, and other activities to promote peaceful solutions to world conflicts. There current organizing focus is to end the immorality of drone warfare.
The Thomas Merton Center Environmental Justice Committee has a growing membership that is actively working to promote environmental rights, psuhing for sustainable practices, and linking environmental rights to economic justice. This group works under the leadership of Wanda Guthrie, TMC board member and founded of the Westmoreland Marcellous Organizing Group and Roots of Promise.
TMC has a number of campaigns, events, projects and organizing activities that focus on human rights. This includes our SOA Watch Pittsburgh Project, Book’em – Books for Prisoner’s Project, Human Rights Coalition – Fed’Up Project, Haiti Solidarity, and Pittsburgh Darfur Coalition, Decmocracy Now Pittsburgh, and other efforts led by activists who specialize in the issues that they are advocating for.
Friends & Affiliates
Groups in which the Center feels confident enough to refer individual to join them or participate in their activities.
The following are other projects and efforts of the Thomas Merton Center. Some meet regularly while others organize around specific events.
Become A Project
There are many reasons people start a project at the Thomas Merton Center. If you have an idea for a project and want to see it come to life, fill out the project application. Applications are reviewed by the TMC Project Committee and voted on by the board of directors.