About NewPeople

NewPeople is the progressive peace and justice newspaper of Pittsburgh and the Tri-State area. It fills the voids left by the mainstream media reflecting the reality of progressive, alternative politics locally, nationally and globally. It focuses on topics of the neglected, omitted, and censored.

As a publication of the Thomas Merton Center, NewPeople reports on the issues of war, poverty, racism and oppression, and raises the moral questions involved in the non-violent struggle to bring about a more peaceful and just world. NewPeople acts as an organizing tool for Thomas Merton Center members and the activist community at large. Follow us on Facebook!

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Marni Fritz 


Marni Fritz is the Director of Communications and the NewPeople coordinator for the Thomas Merton Center. Her main duties include: overseeing the weekly activist E-Blast, coordinating NewPeople, designing and mailing graphics for events, and handling the internal coordination of office activities. Marni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from SUNY Geneseo, is the secretary of the board of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership, and an active member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).HJB


Mollie March-Steinman

unnamed.jpgMollie March-Steinman is delighted to be interning with the Thomas Merton Center. She is in the process of designing her own Economic Justice major at Chatham University, where she is completing her undergrad degree. She is inspired by the Merton Center’s unwavering commitment to peace and human rights. Mollie is a native Pittsburgher and loves her city with all her heart. She is proud to be part of a community that unifies for the pursuit of affordable housing, an accountable, non-violent police force, prison reform, accessible public transit, and improving the availability of healthy food. During her time at the Merton Center, she hopes to develop her understanding of these issues and more, and learn how to translate theories and ideas into positive action.

Krithika Pennathur

Krithika Pennathur is a sophomore English Writing (nonfiction track) and History major pursuing minors in Chemistry and Statistics and certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies & Public and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is thrilled to be interning with NewPeople and to be part of an amazing community:) She is very passionate about many social justice topics including but not limited to racial justice, economic and gender equality, immigration and health care reform, representation of people of color in academic/professional fields, & mental health destigimization. In the future, she hopes to have a career in which she helps sexual assault & domestic violence survivors.

Jacqueline Souza

Jacqueline Souza is an intern for New People and also studies sociology and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh. She is interested in racial justice, social movements, and U.S. politics.

Christina Acuna Castillo


 Christina Acuna Castillo was NewPeople’s Print Editor for the Summer of 2017. She attends the University of Pittsburgh studying literature, Latin American studies, and digital media. Formerly, she worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium doing animal care and conservation work in the education department. She also worked with Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, Island Harvest, as the food distributor and Spanish educator. Now, she works with the #BringMartinHome Campaign and Casa San Jose, advocating for indigenous rights, Latino liberation, divestment from policing and investments into brown and black communities.HJB

Nijah Glenn

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.Nijah Glenn is a senior biology major with a minor in biochemistry, and is both an active volunteer and board member for the Thomas Merton Center. Part of her duties include feminist based journalism and volunteering for First Fridays. In her time outside of the center, she chairs the social change committee of Three Rivers Community Foundation, volunteers for causes ranging from HIV/AIDS education to children’s advocacy, and tries to use activism to make both the scientific and medical fields more equitable. In her time not at TMC, you can find her exploring art galleries, with a group of friends at brunch, in community forums discussing equity, or addressing healthcare disparities.

Vivian Le


Vivian Le is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. She interned at the Thomas Merton Center in the summer 0f 2016 as the digital media editor for the NewPeople Newspaper. Right now, her hobbies include wanting to write (and then not writing), getting eight hours of sleep a night, and watching a rotating selection of TV series on Netflix.

Jim McCarville 


Jim McCarville serves on the TMC Editorial Collective and Board of Directors. Currently he also serves on the APP (Association of Pittsburgh Priests) Steering Committee. He retired after working forty years in the public maritime and river port sectors both in the US and Latin America. Jim enjoys walking, writing, listening and learning. He met his wife while serving in the Peace Corps in Brazil. Together they have walked three different kinds of Caminos to Santiago. Ask him about it and he won’t quit talking. If you need to find him, he’s the guy with the hat.

Rianna Lee


Rianna Lee is a senior at Duquesne University, with a double major in International Relations and Sociology. Her interests include all things gender, sexuality, feminism, women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights, social consequences of war, and international conflict. When she’s not writing or fighting the patriarchy, you’ll find her exploring the city with her friends, taking way too many pictures, doing yoga, or playing with her two guinea pigs, Thor and Loki.
Bette McDevitt


 Bette McDevitt first came to the Merton Center, in the 1980’s, as a member of the staff. One of the best moves she ever made. She came from a small town, where the peace group consisted of 12 wonderful people, to a place where the many many  people who came through the door were the movers and shakers of the movement for peace and justice. For the past twenty years, Bette has written for magazines and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. She has made sure ever since to stay close to the Center, to  those same people, and the others drawn to the movement to change the world, soon and very soon.

Angelica Walker

.Angelica Walker graduated Penn Hills High School in 2014, and is now a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying social work, writing, legal studies, and political science. Angelica was an intern at the Thomas Merton Center as a journalist for the NewPeople Newspaper in the summer of 2016. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, mental health awareness, LGBT rights, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She loves her curly hair, Chance the Rapper, and Steven Universe.

 Joyce Rothermel
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Joyce Rothermel has been a member of the Merton Center since 1974 when she first came to Pittsburgh. She served on the staff of the TMC from 1977-1987, and worked as CEO of the Gr. Pittsburgh Community Food Bank from 1987 until she retired in 2011. Currently, she is on the board of the Merton Center and serves on the Editorial Collective of NewPeople – writing articles, editing and proofing.
Neil Cosgrove

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Neil Cosgrove has been a member of the editorial collective since August, 2014 and a member of the Merton Center board since January, 2016. Prior to becoming active at the Center he spent 40 years teaching writing, beginning in a high school and then moving on to a two-year college and a university. Even before that he worked on a couple of newspapers, experience that has helped him in his work on The NewPeople. Social Justice issues are his primary focus at the Center and he was quite active as a union member while teaching, serving as a shop steward, a local treasurer, a strike chair and picket organizer, and on a grievance committee.

Jo Tavener

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Jo Tavener spent most of her life on two projects: spreading the word of radical feminism (she is a founding member of NY Radical Feminists); and becoming a filmmaker, which she was only partially successful. Yet, her students at NYU and CCNY went forth and made Hollywood and Indie Films. Jo came to Pittsburgh and got her PhD in Critical Media and Cultural Studies. At present, she is trying to impart what she learned through her blog, Cultural Watch, that can be found in the NewPeople Newspaper and website. She is a member of the NewPeople editorial collective, working as an editor and writer. And sometimes she likes to annoy colleagues by making too many jokes.
Molly Rush

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Molly Rush co-founded the Merton Center in 1972. She was on staff as the director/organizer from 1973 to 2006. Currently, Molly is board member, and serves on the NewPeople Editorial Collective. She also is an active member of Health Care 4 All PA.