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Allegheny Defense Project, Pittsburgh Office

The Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the wild forests and rivers of the Allegheny Plateau and the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), Pennsylvania’s only national forest. ADP is the only grassroots organization with a restoration focused vision for the Allegheny. We support a citizen-led, public land ethic that attains biological diversity, and protects water quality, wildlife habitat, natural heritage, wilderness and recreation opportunities. For more information, visit or call 412-559-1364.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has been active in the Pittsburgh area since 1976, with several community groups and numerous High School and College Groups. Amnesty’s presence in Pittsburgh has been supported by long-time activists, students and their teachers and professors, The Thomas Merton Center and other organizations that work for peace, WYEPfm, and a multitude of dedicated individuals from all walks of life. For more information, check out or contact

Association of Pittsburgh Priests

The Association of Pittsburgh Priests is a Diocesan-wide organization of ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our baptismal call to be priests and prophets. Our mission is to carry out a ministry of justice and renewal, rooted in the Gospel and spirit of Vatican II, in ourselves, the Church and the world. For more information, contact Sr. Barbara Finch at 412-716-9750 or email

The Big Idea Bookstore

The Big Idea Bookstore is a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to the active promotion of radical/alternative cultures through community networking and the distribution of literature. We actively support politics and lifestyles that we deem as alternative, multicultural, woman-positive, queer-positive, class-conscious, and all the things that promote a sustainable community. The location is 4812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. For more information, check out or call 412-OUR-HEAD.

Black Voices for Peace

For more information, contact Gail Austin at 412-606-1408.


CeaseFirePA is a statewide coalition of survivors and citizens who are dedicated to taking a stand against gun violence. At CeaseFirePA, we believe the first step to reducing gun violence is to begin a conversation about remedies to protect our neighborhoods. By uniting neighbors across communities, and communities across the state – we can send a clear message that it is time for action to reduce gun violence. For more information, visit or email

Global Solutions Pittsburgh

Global Solutions Pittsburgh envisions a future in which nations can work  together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the  problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision  requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the  rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and  local communities. For more information visit, contact Dan Giovnannelli at or 412-471-7852.

Citizens for Social Responsibility of Greater Johnstown

Our purpose is to educate ourselves and the public about the abuse of public resources expended on the various armaments. We have also taken active public stands against war including most recently the Iraq war. We have placed ads in the local newspapers, held regular meetings and conducted a year long vigil near a major shopping mall to express our opposition the Iraq war. For more information, contact Larry Blalock at

North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition

For more information, contact at or 412-369-3961.

PA United for a Single-Payer Healthcare (PUSH)

US healthcare system boasts double-digit annual cost increases, 44 million people with no insurance and the tens of millions more who lack inadequate coverage. PUSH works to change that by lobbying for a universal, single-payer system. PUSH is no longer a project of the TMC but remains a “Friend and Affiliate.” To get involved, contact 412-421-4242 or visit For more information, check The address is 2102 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi

For more information, call 412-761-4319.

Pittsburgh Committee to Free Mumia

For more information, contact at 412-361-3022 or

Pittsburgh Cuba Coalition

For more information, call 412-303-1247 or contact

Pittsburgh Independent Media Center

For more information, check out or contact

Pittsburgh North Anti-Racism Coalition

A gathering of people who attend peace forums, discuss ideas and sponsor peace festivals to educate the community about current issues related to creating a more peaceful and just world. We want to provide opportunities for people to participate and engage in open discussion and look forward to this blog as one more way for that to happen. For more information, call 412-367-0383.

Pittsburgh North People for Peace

A gathering of people who attend peace forums, discuss ideas and sponsor peace festivals to educate the community about current issues related to creating a more peaceful and just world. We want to provide opportunities for people to participate and engage in open discussion and look forward to this blog as one more way for that to happen. For more information, call 412-367-0383 or email at

Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee

Founded to foster information, dialogue and activities connected with the Palestinian People’s struggle for Independence. Contact to get involved. Click to visit the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee.

Raging Grannies

In the tradition of wise women elders, the mission of the Pittsburgh Raging Grannies is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising public awareness through the medium of song and humor.  Our goal is to challenge our audiences to work to bring about the social changes that are required in order to end economic oppression, particularly of women and children, and to end racial inequality, environmental destruction, human rights violations, and arms proliferation.  To get involved, contact Eva 412-963-7163, or Click to visit Pittsburgh Raging Grannies.

Religion and Labor Coalition

For more information, call 412-361-4793 or contact

SW PA Bread for the World

For more information, contact Donna Hansen at 412-812-1553.

United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE)

For more information, call 412-471-8919 or check out

Urban Bikers

For more information, contact

Veterans for Peace

For more information, email or or call 252-646-4810. Please tweet us at @PghVFP to keep up-to-date to plans, events and actions.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

WILPF members create the peaceful transformation they wish to see in the world by making connections that:
-Provide continuity with the past so that knowledge of historical events and patterns informs current activities for change
-Create analysis and action that reflect and reinforce each other
-Link and challenge root causes of oppression, especially racism, sexism, heterosexism, militarism, economic disparity, and political disempowerment
-Build and strengthen relationships and movements for justice, peace, and radical democracy.
For more information, call Eva 412-963-7163 or