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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Martin Sheen Honored in Pittsburgh for His Activism

Molly Rush and Martin Sheen in Pittsburgh
Sheen Calls Pittsburgh Activist Molly Rush His Inspiration.

In a building dedicated to those who have fought in America’s wars, about 250 people gathered in Pittsburgh on Saturday to honor a man who has dedicated his life to working for international peace and social justice.

Pittsburgh’s Thomas Merton Center honored actor and activist Martin Sheen with its Thomas Merton Award at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on Saturday, April 13. Thomas Merton was a writer, Trappist monk, and social activist.  The center named for him has been a hub of the city’s peace and justice activity since 1972.

Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo, another lifelong activist and friend to many in attendance, served as Master of Ceremonies. Guitar soloist Moko, folksinger Anne Feeney, and Mike Stout and the Human Union band provided musical entertainment.  Pittsburgh’s city council proclaimed April 13 as Thomas Merton Center Day in the city.  The city’s Congress member Mike Doyle (D) attended the event and issued his own declaration honoring the Merton Center and Martin Sheen for their work.

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