Congresswoman Lee Receives Thomas Merton Award for Her Work to Advance Peace and Social Justice

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee received the 43rd Thomas Merton Award from Pittsburgh’s Thomas Merton Center.

“It is truly a humbling honor to receive this award. I’d like to thank the Thomas Merton Center Board of Directors for this tremendous honor,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Past awardees of this honor include Dorothy Day, Marian Wright Edelman, Winona LaDuke, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Berrigan, Howard Zinn, Congressman Ronald V Dellums, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Angela Davis, Martin Sheen and Jeremy Scahill.

The Thomas Merton Center is Pittsburgh’s Peace and Social Justice Center. The Center housed more than 25 programs working to advance peace and social justice in Pittsburgh, around the tri-state area and throughout the world.

“Since its founding in 1972, the Thomas Merton Center has been leading the way for peace and social justice.  The Center is home to more than 25 programs and campaigns that empower people to learn, grow and work in pursuit of social justice and peace while ensuring the dignity of all human beings,” added Congresswoman Lee.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.