Past Actions of the Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee
Rally to Bring the War
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011
City County Building patio, downtown Pittsburgh
Press conference at 9:30am outside City Council chambers, 5th floor of City County building.
View Flyer here
We oppose any continuation of U.S. wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other
countries. The billions of dollars expended in this
way are needed to meet economic and social
needs here at home. Come support the Pittsburgh City Council resolution to bring our troops and war
- Co-sponsors are: PDA (Progressive Democrats of America), CPA (Coalition for Peace Action) - PA Smart Security Campaign, MFSO (Military Families Speak Out), ANSWER Pgh, AFSC PA, WILPF, Veterans for Peace, and CodePink Pittsburgh.
- Get the proposed resolution here.
- Get the petition document here. Sign the online petition here.
Aug. 28 Chicago meeting to plan protest at the NATO/G8 meetings
The April 9, 2011protest in NYC was a success!
It was the largest antiwar protest in the U.S. for years. For more info .... click here.
Taxpayers in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania will pay $454.1 million for proposed Afghanistan war spending in FY2011.
With that money, we could pay for:
- 97,949 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for a Year
- 293,000 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for a Year
- 31,499 Scholarships for University Students for a Year
- 237,993 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for a Year OR
- 63,379 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for a Year
Join the AWC on a bus to the
National Antiwar March
March 20, 2010
View/print a flyer here
More info at www.NatAssembly.org and www.March20.org
The Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee is joining with several local and national coalitions and networks in urging an all-out March 20 bi-coastal mobilization of all opponents of the U.S. wars and occupations. We urge support for these critical demands:
- Increase Spending by Hundreds of Billions for Jobs, Health Care, Education, Housing and the Environment!
- End U.S. Wars, Occupations and Corporate Bailouts Now!
- Use the Money to Meet Human Needs Instead!
Bus tickets are $35. Scholarships and low income seats will be granted depending on how many donations are made. Buses will leave the Morewood parking lot, at the corner of Forbes and Morewood, at 6am on Saturday, March 20 and will return that night.
Reserve your seat by sending in a payment. There are two choices for making payments.
- Send a check for $35 per seat to:
Thomas Merton Center AWC
5125 Penn. Ave.
- Or by making a secure online payment:
- Go to www.ThomasMertonCenter.org
- Click the “Donate” link on the left
- Choose “Anti-War Committee” in the “For Project” dropdown on the payment page
Donations are also needed to pay for scholarship seats.
Local sponsors include: Green Party of Allegheny County; Pittsburgh Code Pink; Pittsburgh Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee; Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine; Pittsburgh ANSWER; Thomas Merton Center AWC
View Indymedia video of the emergency protest
against war escalation in Afghanistan
6pm, Wednesday December 2, 2009
At Schenley Plaza, Forbes & Bigelow, Oakland, Pittsburgh
A peaceful, legal protest – permitted by the constitution
President Obama has announced a plan to expand the deadly war and occupation of Afghanistan. The immediate response — across this country — must be STREET PROTESTS that boldly oppose this outrage. More protest and resistance must follow, yet that immediate protest is crucial, since that is when the media — and the rest of the world — will be looking for a response from the people.
Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center AWC, Pitt SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), Code Pink, WILPF, IVAW, and others – please let us know if your group will help build and publicize these actions and if your group should be listed as a co-sponsor.
USW photo taken at the Sept. 25 Peoples' March to the G-20
Important upcoming dates for justice..........................................................
Announcement: Campaign for justice and accountability after the G-20
Past Actions organized by the AWC
Rally Against U.S. Wars and Occupations
Saturday Oct. 17, 12pm - 1pm
Penn and Highland Aves.
The AWC will not be silenced by G-20 riot police. We will hold a nonviolent protest against wars and occupations, as part of a national day of action, together with Black Voices for Peace and Code Pink. It will be followed by the Black Voices for Peace vigil starting at 1pm.
For more info about the rally click here.
About 7,000 People Participated in the
Peoples' March to the G-20
Friday, Sept. 25 - Pittsburgh, PA
Nonviolent and permitted
Press Release: 6 feeder marches to join the Peoples' March
Press Release: National and Local Speakers for Friday March
* Mass Meditation for Peace on Flagstaff
* Click here for nonviolence guidelines for the march
* Click here for the permit that the city was finally forced to give us
* Click here for the complete march route and map
Money for Human Needs, Not for Wars and Occupations – Environmental Justice for the Earth and its Inhabitant –
Jobs and Health Care for All
- 12:00 pm – 5th & Craft Avenues in Oakland: Opening Rally, then a march down Fifth Avenue to the City-County Building downtown.
- 2:30pm – Rally at the City-County Building, then a march down 5th Ave, across the 7th St. bridge, to East Park on the North Side.
- 4:00pm – Closing rally at East Park.
Join the Facebook page for the Peoples' March
Press Release about the Sept. 25 Peoples' March
View/download/print the Poster, Flyer, or Handbill
Interview: Paul LeBlanc on why we're protesting
70 Endorsers: Iraq Veterans Against the War Chapter 61, Pittsburgh; PA State Senator Jim Ferlo; Veterans for Peace Chapter 047 – Pittsburgh, Chapter 140 – Meadville, PA; National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations; Thomas Merton Center Pittsburgh; Codepink Pgh Women for Peace; Bail Out The People; Green Party of Allegheny County; World Can’t Wait; ISO (International Socialist Organization); WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) Pgh; Socialist Action; Ohio Valley Peace; Bay Area United Against War; Coloradans For Peace; Radio Free Maine; Code Pink National; Voters For Peace; Community Organizing Center (Columbus, Ohio); Columbus Campaign for Arms Control; Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee; After Downing Street; Charlotte Action Center For Justice; Connecticut Students Against the War; Students For Peace, Duluth, Minnesota; Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio; Columbus Progressive Peace Coalition; Pgh Palestine Solidarity Committee; Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section; Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation (RIMC); Socialist Party USA; National Radical Women; New England United; North Star Republic – ML; Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) – Ohio; AFSC PA Program; Peace and Freedom Party of California; Socialist Party of Connecticut; Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice of Salt Lake City; Global Justice Ecology Project; Socialist Organizer; Green Party of Ohio; Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East; ANSWER Coalition; G 6 Billion; Philly Against War; Youngstown Coalition for Peace in the Middle East; Pgh GMB of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World); Workers International League; Youth for International Socialism; Poets on the Loose; Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) – NYC; Syracuse Peace Council; Three Rivers Climate Convergence (3RCC); Grassroots Global Justice Alliance/Alianza Popular por la Justicia Global; Avaaz.org Climate Action Factory; Connecticut United for Peace; Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; Vancouver, BC Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO); Solidarity; Coalition for Peace Action; Black Voices for Peace; United Steelworkers; Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition; African-American Workers Union; Beaver County Peace Links; United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); Art Institute chapter of Habitat for Humanity
Activists from Pittsburgh, the U.S., and across the globe will converge to protest the destructive, undemocratic policies of the G-20 – meeting in Pittsburgh this September 24-25.
We believe a better world is possible. We anticipate involvement and support from people and organizations across the country for:
A peaceful, legal march is being sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center, an umbrella organization that supports a wide variety of peace and justice member causes in Pittsburgh. Permits have been applied for and the city has stated that the marches at least as far as the City-County building have been approved, and have said that we can cross the 7th St. bridge to march to the Nort Side. In any case we will not confront the police.
WE SEEK THE BROADEST RANGE OF SUPPORT, PARTICIPATION, AND ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE MASS MARCH AND PEOPLE’S SUMMIT
To endorse, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact: Thomas Merton Center AWC, 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
A number of other events are being planned by a wide variety of community and social justice groups in Pittsburgh.
For more information and updates please visit http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/g20action.htm
The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors represents the world’s economic leaders, intimately connected to the most powerful multi-national corporations that dominate the global economy. Their neo-liberal policies have squandered billions on war, plunged economies into deep recessions, worsened social, economic and political inequality, and polluted the earth.
July 10-12: Pittsburgh Is Hosting a
National Anti-War Conference !
@La Roche College
* Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace
٭ Michael McPhearson, Veterans for Peace
٭ Zaineb Alani, Iraqi poet-activist
And local anti-war leaders ---
* Molly Rush, Thomas Merton Center co-founder
* Gail Austin, Black Voices for Peace
* Jules Lobel, Center for Constitutional Rights
* Fayyad Sbaihat, Palestine Solidarity Movement
To register and for more info, go to www.NatAssembly.org.
Click here for the list of workshops.
This will be a great opportunity to meet anti-war and peace activists from all across North America and engage in discussions about how to keep moving the anti-war movement forward. We're expecting several hundred attendees and can use help with logistics and publicizing the conference. To get involved please email us at info at pittsburghendthewar.org
AWC activists at the March 21 March on the Pentagon
Photo by Sandy Hazley
Click here for stories and photos about the March 21 anti-war protests.
Oct. 11 conference on
the war in Iraq
On October 11, 2008, the anti-war
committee held a conference and action on the war in
Iraq. From 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Shadow Lounge, Baum Blvd.
& Highland Ave. in East Liberty. It featured an Iraqi
poet and a session on the state-wide campaign to bring the PA
National Guard home.Click here for the flyer. The national Oct.
|The National Anti-war
Conference on June 28-29
least 16 Pittsburghers, mostly associated with the Antiwar
Committee (AWC) of the Thomas Merton Center and the University
of Pittsburgh, recently attended and helped to organize a
potentially historic national antiwar conference in Cleveland
on June 28 and 29. We felt that the National Assembly to End
the Iraq and Afghanistan War and Occupation was a genuine
result is a new, vibrant entity that has the potential for
accomplishing its goal of a democratic, unified antiwar
movement that is politically independent and can mobilize
millions of people demanding that U.S. troops be immediately
Click here for more info about the
conference. A report-back session by many
of the activists who attended will be held on Sunday,
July 13 at 1:30pm at the Thomas Merton Center. Join
us as we discuss the conference and plan our next steps and
how to plug into the national antiwar movement. See Zaineb's poetry about the war .
Zaineb, an Iraqi who we met at the conference, lived under two
wars before coming to the U.S.
|Nearly 1,000 March
to Protest 5 Years to Many
Clinton and Obama attempt to curry favor in a
pre-dominantly antiwar city, the Thomas Merton Center
Antiwar Committee, with the support of more than 30
groups, held a rally, march and memorial service to "5
years too many." Following a 1pm rally at CMU's Software
Engineering Institute, the energetic and eye-catching
march proceeded through Oakland to Flagstaff Hill, where
Christians, Muslims and Bhuddists held an interfaith
memorial service to mourn all the victims of the war.
The Software Engineering Institute was chosen to
be the starting point for the rally because it is a
Federally Funded Research and Development Center
sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Preceding the rally was be a "dusk-to-dawn"
candlelight vigil; a silent "Zen Sitting/Meditation for
Peace." a "peace circle" 12 noon; a student contingent
gathering and march at 12 noon; a women's contingent
feeder march at 12:15pm; and a pre-rally concert
featuring Phat Mandee and Mike Stout at 12:30pm.
Following the Flagstaff memorial the student contingent
gathered at Rea Coffeehouse on the Chatham College for a
"speak out" and party.
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As the five year anniversary of the war draws
near, the Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee is
planning a creative march and commemoration of everybody
who has been killed in this senseless war - Iraqis,
Americans, and others. We are inviting religious leaders
from several faiths to speak at a public memorial
service for those victims, and we are encouraging people
to make fake coffins and other props. READ
DETAILS ABOUT MARCH 29
Saturday, March 29,
5th Ave. & S. Craig
For all the victims of the Iraq war
Saturday, March 29, 2:30pm
Flagstaff Hill, Schenley
vigil at the
Community of Reconciliation Church (Bellefield &
5th) will precede the march, as well as two "feeder"
marches: a women's feeder will gather
at the Carnegie library at 12:15pm; a student
contingent will gather at 12:00 at the William
Pitt Union. The student contingent will also have an anti-war
rally and party afterwards.
Please ENDORSE this event or GET
INVOLVED. On Facebook? Tell
your friends! In 2007, several carloads of
Pittsburghers travelled to Washington, DC for nonviolent
direct action and civil disobedience coordinated by
United for Peace and Justice.
Earlier this month the Thomas
Merton Center screened live testimonies of Iraq and
Afghanistan vets in an unprecedented weekend organized
by Iraq Vets Against the War. Watch the "Winter
Testimonies" online at Iraq Vets Against the War.
here for a complete schedule of local 5th
|Vigil - 4000 U.S.
Tragically the 4,000th US soldier's
death happened in 2008. We are calling on people
to join us in remembering not only the US soldiers
killed and wounded but all the innocent Iraqis as
for the Human Cost of the Iraq War
Tuesday, March 25th, 6:00 pm to
East Liberty Presbyterian
Church, 116 Highland Ave, East Liberty