NewPeople News

NewPeople News The NewPeople is the progressive peace and justice newspaper of Pittsburgh. The NewPeople acts as an organizing tool and communiqué for Thomas Merton Cent
(1)

The Thomas Merton Center's NewPeople is the progressive peace and justice newspaper of Pittsburgh and the Tri-State region, published 11 times a year. Intended to fill the voids left by the mainstream media reflecting the reality of progressive and alternative politics, locally, nationally and globally, it reports on the issues of war, poverty, racism and oppression, raising the moral questions in

The Thomas Merton Center's NewPeople is the progressive peace and justice newspaper of Pittsburgh and the Tri-State region, published 11 times a year. Intended to fill the voids left by the mainstream media reflecting the reality of progressive and alternative politics, locally, nationally and globally, it reports on the issues of war, poverty, racism and oppression, raising the moral questions in

Operating as usual

Please amplify this message! Like, comment, share!
03/01/2021

Please amplify this message!
Like, comment, share!

11/08/2020

Biden/Harris Celebration in Squirrel Hill!

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
11/01/2020
Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

🔴 Millions of people in America today are living without health insurance, without living wages, without clean water, and without voting protections.

But if we unite, we can build a new electorate to organize and vote for a moral agenda to transform our nation.

So join a movement that does M.O.R.E. — Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, and Educating people to vote.

Click or tap to learn more >>

[Image Text] The Thomas Merton Center Board of Directors has voted to temporarily suspend publication of The NewPeople n...
09/30/2020

[Image Text]
The Thomas Merton Center Board of Directors has voted to temporarily suspend publication of The NewPeople newspaper, as of September 21, 2020.

Given current work developing a strategic plan that will guide future implementation of the Center’s mission, and how the pandemic has severely limited distribution of the paper beyond our membership, the Board decided the moment was right for rethinking The NewPeople’s overall purpose, forms of publication and distribution, nature of content, and organization of the labor needed to produce a quality publication.

In coming months staff, board members, and volunteers will address a number of challenges faced by The NewPeople, including the need to grow our audience, increase unique, impactful content, integrate the newspaper with the Center’s other activities, and recruit and retain a diverse group of volunteers capable of maintaining production and distribution.

The NewPeople has a long and often illustrious history of informing and energizing Pittsburgh’s activist communities. During that history the publication has mutated in ways that have reflected the Thomas Merton Center’s evolving mission, concerns, and resources.

The Center’s Board regards the current pause in publication as one step among many intended to ensure our organization’s future effectiveness as a relevant voice for peace, equity, and social justice in western Pennsylvania.

Thomas Merton Center
09/30/2020

Thomas Merton Center

CC: TMC members make our work possible by giving between $15 to $500 or more. Please commit today at a level that's right for you at ThomasMertonCenter.org or by mailing a check to 5129 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15224. Contact us any time with questions about our work or how to get involved. Thank you for believing another world is possible.

"Now imagine that the police didn’t make you return the TV to the original owner. You just had to face the fact that you...
09/23/2020
SECOND THOUGHTS ON WHITE PRIVILEGE

"Now imagine that the police didn’t make you return the TV to the original owner. You just had to face the fact that your TV was a good deal because it was stolen. That’s white privilege. No one’s asking you to return the TV. They’re just asking you to not ignore the fact that your good deal came at a cost to someone else."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/second-thoughts-on-white-privilege/

By James Abercrombie NOTE FROM EDITOR: LOUIE GIGLIO, LEADER OF A CONSERVATIVE ATLANTA MEGACHURCH, SPARKED OUTRAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEN HE RECENTLY SAID, “WE UNDERSTAND THE CURSE THAT WAS SLAVERY…

"My argument is not against parenting, but for a world in which people of child-rearing age can make conscientious choic...
09/21/2020
TO BABY OR NOT TO BABY?

"My argument is not against parenting, but for a world in which people of child-rearing age can make conscientious choices knowing there are more alternatives than the social norms presented to us."

Read the full article below:
http://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/to-baby-or-not-to-baby/

By Symone Saul EDITOR’S NOTE: THROUGH PERSONAL ACCOUNTS INTENDED TO GIVE VOICE- NOT MEASURE OUR STRUGGLES OR PREACH RIGHT OR WRONG- WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO SUBMIT STORIES ABOUT CHOICES OR LACK OF CHOIC…

"Our courts have unlawfully and inhumanely turned life with parole sentences into life without parole sentences by rulin...
09/18/2020
LIES

"Our courts have unlawfully and inhumanely turned life with parole sentences into life without parole sentences by ruling life imprisonment is a minimum sentence. Based on this barefaced lie, thousands of people who accidentally, unintentionally, or otherwise inadvertently caused the death of a fellow human being, men and women who didn’t actually kill anyone, truly remorseful and rehabilitated lifers who aged out of crime decades ago, and wrongfully convicted innocent individuals have all been denied liberty and justice over the past half-century by being stripped of their basic “right” to periodic parole reviews."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/lies/

EDITOR’S NOTE: ON JULY 8, SIX PEOPLE NOW SERVING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FILED A SUIT IN COMMONWEALTH COURT AGAINST THE STATE BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE, SEE…

"As usual, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests has a great line up for its speakers’ series this fall. Check them out....
09/16/2020
FALL LINEUP OF SPEAKERS

"As usual, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests has a great line up for its speakers’ series this fall. Check them out. All events will be held on Zoom, making it easier than ever to participate!"

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/fall-lineup-of-speakers/

By Joyce Rothermel As usual, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests has a great line up for its speakers’ series this fall. Check them out. All events will be held on Zoom, making it easier than eve…

"The book covers the entire history of the nuclear age from the 1940s to the present “fire and fury like the world has n...
09/14/2020
REVIEW OF “THE BOMB” BY FRED KAPLAN

"The book covers the entire history of the nuclear age from the 1940s to the present “fire and fury like the world has never seen” nuclear threats of Donald Trump. The amount of detail on generals, presidents and other high army and government figures that the book covers is staggering and challenging to the reader."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/review-of-the-bomb-by-fred-kaplan/

By Michael Drohan The unassuming title of The Bomb does not do justice to the enormous amount of knowledge, research and detail that Kaplan brings to the subject of the history of the development a…

"People, not nations (as a set of symbols, bygone affiliations, and inanimate characteristics), deserve protection and s...
09/11/2020
FROM OBAMA AND TRUMP TO CHINA AND THE USA

"People, not nations (as a set of symbols, bygone affiliations, and inanimate characteristics), deserve protection and support. In so much as nations or figureheads can have their internal natures, policies, and machinations ignored or defended based on surface-level examination, injustice will fester; progress will be impeded...The left or right twisting of the blade brings no solace to the marginalized."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/from-obama-and-trump-to-china-and-the-usa/

By Odysseus Ward I am not a fan of my country. Yeah, that’s it. No “but”. I am also not a fan of countries that behave, in many regards, just like my country. There is no “but” there either. This i…

"The property destruction and “theft” that we are seeing across America pales in comparison to the violence inherent in ...
09/09/2020
THOMAS MERTON CENTER STATEMENT ON RACISM

"The property destruction and “theft” that we are seeing across America pales in comparison to the violence inherent in our white supremacist capitalist system. At the same time we have seen over and over again the Police attacking peaceful demonstrators, the media, and people who just happen to be in the vicinity of the protests...
AT TMC, we know that peace comes only through justice, not from violent attempts to silence people demanding the right to live."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/thomas-merton-center-statement-on-racism/

By Gabriel McMorland EDITORS’ NOTE: THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EX- ECUTIVES RELEASED THIS STATEMENT TO ITS MEMBERSHIP ON JUNE 25, 2020. The outrage at a white supremacist syste…

"Christine M. Bochen, co-author of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia, says, “This is not just a book about Thomas Merton. I...
09/07/2020
SHAPED BY THE END YOU LIVE FOR

"Christine M. Bochen, co-author of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia, says, “This is not just a book about Thomas Merton. It is an invitation to encounter him and delve deeply into the monastic tradition that transformed his life, informed his spirituality, and opened him to the world. Whether they are meeting Merton for the first time or seeking to deepen their understanding of an already familiar friend, readers will enjoy Bonnie Thurston’s conversational style and benefit from her singular insights into Merton and his wisdom. This is a book to savor and ponder!”"

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/shaped-by-the-end-you-live-for/

By Joyce Rothermel Bonnie B. Thurston, Thomas Merton scholar and long-time friend of the Thomas Merton Center, has authored a new book published by Liturgical Press entitled: Shaped by the End You …

"The biggest problem with language is that those who are only mildly capable of its use believe that their irrational mu...
09/04/2020
FAUX-EXPERTS, LANGUAGE, AND GATEKEEPING THE LIVED EXPERIENCE

"The biggest problem with language is that those who are only mildly capable of its use believe that their irrational mutterings have the same value and depth as those who actually take the time to investigate and study a thing before speaking or writing out a thought."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/faux-experts-language-and-gatekeeping-the-lived-experience/

By Odysseus Ward The biggest problem with language is that those who are only mildly capable of its use believe that their irrational mutterings have the same value and depth as those who actually …

"The reason I am writing to you today is because we are trying to expand our reach and capacity. We would like to create...
09/02/2020
HEARTS ON A WIRE

"The reason I am writing to you today is because we are trying to expand our reach and capacity. We would like to create two projects to open a house of operations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. These houses will be used for our day-to-day and for temporary housing for Trans Folk coming home from prison."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/hearts-on-a-wire/

By Mrs. Gege My name is Mrs. GeGe, and I am a transgender activist and advocate. I am also the founder of the L.I.G.H.T. Coalition in Partnership with Hearts on A Wire (Outside Collective) in Phila…

Thank you SO MUCH for your support! There's still time to vote! Vote the East End Community Thrift Store (Thrifty) for B...
09/01/2020
Best of Pittsburgh 2020

Thank you SO MUCH for your support! There's still time to vote! Vote the East End Community Thrift Store (Thrifty) for Best Thrift Shop in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh 2020 readers Poll! http://ow.ly/BBqB50AWGpI

Pittsburgh is known as the City of Champions. Not just because of its sports teams, but also its people. The last three months have not...

"Given the massive layoffs of workers across the economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one initial impulse might be to a...
08/31/2020
LOCAL DAILY JOURNALISM STRUGGLES IN CLEVELAND AND PITTSBURGH

"Given the massive layoffs of workers across the economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one initial impulse might be to ask why activists should focus so much on the demise of local news positions. The answer lies within that dismal economy, the pandemic that created it, and the outbreak of civil outrage directed towards police abuse of minority communities. While the impact of these events is national, only a fully staffed daily newspaper can supply citizens with the specific, deeply reported information needed for appropriate and effective civil action where they live."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/local-daily-journalism-struggles-in-cleveland-and-pittsburgh/

By Neil Cosgrove Twenty years ago, 340 journalists helped produce the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the city’s daily newspaper. Currently, approximately 275 fewer journalists are doing the same thing, an…

"The streets and internet buzz with a collective energy to build systems that are not only free from this nation’s white...
08/28/2020
SILENT NO LONGER: TWENTY-TWENTY VISION

"The streets and internet buzz with a collective energy to build systems that are not only free from this nation’s white supremacy, but that are also actively anti-racist and insistent on liberating the whole human, in every aspect and in every space. As Arundhati Roy writes, “A new world is not only possible, she is on her way,” and we, lucky few in the scheme of history, get to help shape it."

Read the full article below:
https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/silent-no-longer-twenty-twenty-vision/

By Denise Nicole-Stone The year 2020 can be described by one word: unprecedented. On June 6, 2020, The Washington Post reported that protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapol…

"The history of policing in the United States shows us that “law enforcement” is neither equipped nor made for answering...
08/26/2020
POLICING MENTAL HEALTH

"The history of policing in the United States shows us that “law enforcement” is neither equipped nor made for answering mental health calls."

Read the full article below: https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/policing-mental-health/

By Darya Kharabi On July 1st of this year, I was in a online work meeting when I looked outside my window and saw three policemen standing in my back yard, staring at the window of an apartment on …

"Plans for a Shell ethane “cracker” plant, now under construction in Monaca, were first unveiled nearly a decade ago...T...
08/24/2020
TIME TO BURY THE BUILD-OUT

"Plans for a Shell ethane “cracker” plant, now under construction in Monaca, were first unveiled nearly a decade ago...The time has come, however, to decisively lay the vision of “petrochemical buildout” on the discard pile and move on."

Read the full article at: https://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/time-to-bury-the-build-out/

By John Detwiler Plans for a Shell ethane “cracker” plant, now under construction in Monaca, were first unveiled nearly a decade ago. And almost as soon as Shell’s decision was made, the drumbeat b…

"Everyday I’m asked what Ms. Brown needs, and everyday, I’ll say the same thing; head up to Freedom Corner and ask her. ...
08/19/2020

"Everyday I’m asked what Ms. Brown needs, and everyday, I’ll say the same thing; head up to Freedom Corner and ask her. Meet her. Listen to her so matter of factly talk about her child’s death over and over again. She does this willingly and without a tremble in her voice. She’s not suicidal; she’s a fighter. She found a new way to move in silence and pushed her plate back to have her demands met."

Read the full article at the link below:

http://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/hunger-strike-justice-for-marquis-jaylen-brown/

"The violence which flows from racism is an affront to the God who creates, redeems and sanctifies all and calls us toge...
08/14/2020
APP STATEMENT ON RECENT KILLINGS OF PEOPLE OF COLOR

"The violence which flows from racism is an affront to the God who creates, redeems and sanctifies all and calls us together as one family."

Read the full article at the link below:

http://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/app-statement-on-recent-killings-of-people-of-color/

By The Association of Pittsburgh Priests The Association of Pittsburgh Priests is outraged and heartbroken over the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others which …

"Deterrence is often given the credit for the long record of non-use of nuclear weapons, but much of it is due solely to...
08/12/2020
STOP BANKING THE BOMB RESUMES PICKETS AT PNC

"Deterrence is often given the credit for the long record of non-use of nuclear weapons, but much of it is due solely to good luck – which cannot be expected to last forever. The risk of nuclear weapons being used, whether deliberately, by accident, or miscalculation, is real."

Read the full article at the link below:

http://newpeoplenewspaper.com/2020/07/31/stop-banking-the-bomb-resumes-pickets-at-pnc/

By Joyce Rothermel Over the past several months, because of severe weather and then the pandemic restrictions, the twice a month pickets at PNC headquarters and branch offices were suspended. That …

08/05/2020
NowThis Politics

Currently, in Lebanon....

LIVE IN BEIRUT AFTER EXPLOSION: We are live in Beirut, Lebanon after a powerful explosion shook the ground, shattering windows and causing widespread damage. Reports suggest that at least 100 people are dead and over 4,000 are injured. Officials say that the explosion was caused by a stockpile of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical often used as fertilizer. Pres. Trump called the explosion ‘an attack,’ which his defense officials have contradicted by claiming that there is no indication the explosion was an attack. This is a developing story.

On October 4th, 2018, the story provided by campus police is that Marquis Jaylen Brown fell from his dorm window at Duqu...
07/29/2020

On October 4th, 2018, the story provided by campus police is that Marquis Jaylen Brown fell from his dorm window at Duquesne University to his death. There were two Duquesne police officers, a campus security guard, and a residential assistant in his dorm room when he fell. Duquesne claims to have conducted a "thorough" investigation, but their investigation was done by their own attorneys which didn't involve speaking to the mother of J.B., Dannielle. Dannielle demands full access to any records, sources of information, and resources from their investigation to conduct her own independent investigation. To display that she is willing to lay down her own life to get justice for her son, she has been on a hunger strike for 12 days now. She is doing this to demand reform and answers to her questions surrounding her son's death.

Dannielle's three demands:
-an independent investigation into her son's death with full access to any records, sources of information, and recourses.
-body cameras for all university police.
-mandatory certification training in mental health crisis intervention and de-escalation for police and first responders.
Until these demands are met, Dannielle's hunger strike will continue. The only question is: will Duquesne University meet her reasonable demands, or will they let a grieving mother starve?

#JusticeforJaylen #JusticeforJB #blacklivesmatter

On October 4th, 2018, the story provided by campus police is that Marquis Jaylen Brown fell from his dorm window at Duquesne University to his death. There were two Duquesne police officers, a campus security guard, and a residential assistant in his dorm room when he fell. Duquesne claims to have conducted a "thorough" investigation, but their investigation was done by their own attorneys which didn't involve speaking to the mother of J.B., Dannielle. Dannielle demands full access to any records, sources of information, and resources from their investigation to conduct her own independent investigation. To display that she is willing to lay down her own life to get justice for her son, she has been on a hunger strike for 12 days now. She is doing this to demand reform and answers to her questions surrounding her son's death.

Dannielle's three demands:

-an independent investigation into her son's death with full access to any records, sources of information, and recourses.
-body cameras for all university police.
-mandatory certification training in mental health crisis intervention and de-escalation for police and first responders.

Until these demands are met, Dannielle's hunger strike will continue. The only question is: will Duquesne University meet her reasonable demands, or will they let a grieving mother starve?

#JusticeforJaylen #JusticeforJB #blacklivesmatter

Address

5129 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA
15224

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when NewPeople News posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to NewPeople News:

Videos

Nearby government services


Other Public & Government Services in Pittsburgh

Show All

Comments

Fact based evidence used in writing and reporting!!
The World Channel, one of the PBS channels, like Create, but no longer available on Comcast, but it on FIOS, or just regular antennae tv as 13.3, has a number of great programs this month about women. Watching one right now about Wilma Mankiller. Wasn't she a recipient of a New Person award years ago? Also saw an interview with Judy Chicago on "To The Contrary with Bonnie". They just showed the one about LaDonna Harris. This is repeated on saturday,3/17, at noon, and 1pm they will repeat Mankiller. I was looking to see if you had a list of all the award recipients from over the years.