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Pittsburgh Human Rights City AllianceDignity & Justice for All of us"Human rights don't trickle down...they RISE UP!"

Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance works to bring together diverse groups and individuals to help envision and realize a city that maximizes human rights and dignity for all people who live in our region. We work with local struggles to implement people-centered human rights in Pittsburgh.
About the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance



News & Updates


Human Rights Budgeting-Ideas and Resources for transforming how our city plans: This page shares links and background resources about how activists around the world are working to change the scripts of local politics to prioritize human rights over economic measures of progress. We believe that urban planning and development should be explicit in its attention to human rights and equity. More democratic budgeting processes are key to making this happen, and that means we all need to learn more about how city budgeting works and how it could be re-organized to engage more of the people who live in our region.

Calendar

Tuesday March 19, 6:00PM-8:30PM: Economic Human Rights: It’s Time for a New Social Contract! Cathy Albisa, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Pitt Community Engagement Center Homewood, 622 N Homewood Ave. The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative is advancing a nation-wide call for a “New Social Contract” in this country to defend our economy, democracy and climate from threats posed by extreme concentrations of wealth in a few hands and economic development that prioritizes economic growth over maintaining the infrastructure, goods and services that families and neighborhoods need to thrive. A New Social Contract flips the script on this abusive economy and advances comprehensive, transformative, community-led solutions that protect human rights, build equitable systems for everyone and deepen our democracy. Learn about this initiative and how it can connect with struggles for human rights, democracy, and racial and economic justice in our city! Enjoy a light meal and learn about this exciting national initiative to change our national conversation and center human rights and people's basic needs! The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative works for a community-centered and participatory human rights approach that is locally anchored, but universal and global in its vision. Cathy Albisa has a background in constitutional and human rights and significant expertise in reproductive justice, corporate accountability, and economic and social rights.

Wednesday March 20, 12:00-1:30PM: Economic and Social Rights Today: Roles for Advocates to Redefine the Social Contract, Cathy Albisa, Executive Director,National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. 109 Barco Law Building, University of Pittsburgh (3900 Forbes Ave.)
As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this talk considers how today’s political conflicts reflect long-standing racism and neglect of economic and social rights in U.S. policy. Examples of grassroots movements working to advance community interests and equity provide insights into how advocates for greater equity and inclusion can work to rebuild our social contract in ways that challenge institutionalized racism and that advance a society where everyone can realize their full human potential. What roles do young people play in the ongoing social and legal struggles to defend democratic rights and expand possibilities for a more equitable and just society?


Monday March 25 is International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 12:00-1:00PM All are welcome to the African Heritage Room, 330 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh. Join the Global Studies Center as we create a space for supported reflection and meditation in remembrance of those who suffered and died as a result of slavery and the slave trade. We invite all members of the University community to take part.

Monday March 25, 4:00-6:00PMCOMMUNITY MARCH TO SUPPORT THE WORKERS WHO ARE THE POST-GAZETTE--Picket in front of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offices on the Northside, 358 N Shore Drive. Stand with the reporters, photographers, copy and web editors, artists, designers, and managers who work in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s newsroom. Help support independent, impartial journalists who work without interference or influence, to provide our community with news that matters to all of us—news that is critical to our democracy. We stand with their union, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which fights for the rights of these workers who help us understand what is happening in our communities and what our choices are. For more information, call 412-518-7387.


Thursday April 4 12:00 Noon “The Human Right to Water: Threats from Privatization in Pittsburgh and the World 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh. Emanuele Lobina, Department of International Business and Economics, University of Greenwich, and Public Services International; Discussion by activists in Pittsburgh’s Our Water Campaign who attend the recent Summit on the Human Right to Water in Lagos, Nigeria. Co-sponsors: Pitt Human Rights Working Group, Pittsburgh United-Our Water Campaign

Thursday April 4 7pm - 9pm: Immigration in Pittsburgh Today --Church of the Redeemer Church Hall, 5700 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Discussion will include the different official designations of immigrants, where they come from, what they offer and what they need, as well as information on separated minors. Panelists include: Sheila I. Vélez Martínez is Professor of Asylum, Refugee and Immigration Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Betty Cruz is Project Director of All for All, Orlando G. Portela Valentin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Jewish Family and Community Services.


Other meetings

Forged for All? the Amazon HQ2 Debate & the Future of Pittsburgh

Learn more about how Amazon's bid to move to Pittsburgh would affect human rights here. Resources, data, and recordings of community forums.


Housing Justice

  • Housing Summit 2018 Area organizations are working together to build a broad alliance for affordable housing in our region. Mark your calendars for our November 10, 2018 Housing Summit, and watch for a series of events and activities aimed to develop new strategies for addressing Pittsburgh's housing crisis.
  • Housing is a Human Right: Slideshow on international treaties and opportunities to promote the human right to housing

Take Action:



Regularly scheduled meetings/ Local Human Rights Groups



Alerts & Updates

  • Campaign to Stop Plan to Increase Policing on Public Transit-- This campaign led by the Alliance for Police Accountability, Casa San Jose, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, and the Thomas Merton Center warns that the Port Authority's planned fare enforcement policy will unfairly impact communities of color, increase the problematic trend of criminalizing young people, and threaten immigrant residents.The campaign is calling for civilian fare enforcers rather than armed Port Authority Police and a citation process rather than a criminal process to deal with fare evasion (See FAQs for more information). Community organizations and individuals are asked to write letters to the Port Authority in support of this campaign (see sample letter).
  • PIttsburgh Public Schools Passes Sanctuary Resolution
  • Pittsburgh becomes 6th US City for CEDAW A broad coalition of human rights advocates helped advance a new ordinance enacting the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in our City, December 6, 2016. Stay involved in the work to carry out this commitment to better address needs of women and girls, families and communities in our city! www.pgh4cedaw.org


University-Based Projects

  • Pittsburgh area university faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join the University Human Rights Network. We invite volunteers from different campuses to help support work on your campus and coordinate with other campuses.
  • Pitt Human Rights Initiative
  • Campus worker organizing: Pitt faculty, graduate student workers, and other workers are organizing for their rights and to support and protect the right to education. Keep informed about the campaign on their website and Facebook page


How to get involved

Please get in touch if you're interested in some of these ongoing projects or in efforts to follow-up some of these past initiatives. We are an all-volunteer group and are working to create spaces for residents to work together to envision and build a different kind of city and region. pghrights [at] riseup [dot] net.




NEW Research on Pittsburgh and Human Rights Organizing:
Responding to Globalization and Urban Conflict: Human Rights City Initiatives Studies in Social Justice

Dangerous Times: Defending Human Rights
Values are fragile. Because the values of human rights depend foremost on the ability to empathize with others”to recognize the importance of treating others the way we would want to be treated ”they are especially vulnerable to the demagogue's exclusionary appeal. A society's culture of respect for human rights needs regular tending, lest the fears of the moment sweep away the wisdom that built democratic rule. Human Rights Watch "World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights-Trump, European Populists Foster Bigotry, Discrimination."


Defend Pittsburghers' Right to Stay in their City! Housing Justice
**Affordable Housing Initiative:** **Pittsburgh Housing Summit** (Resources and links to recordings of plenary sessions) "Don't evict Pittsburgh!" Housing is a human right! The essence of our city is people and communities--not buildings, businesses, and tourist attractions.Homes for All Pittsburgh

*The Human Rights City Alliance works to promote and support activities of all human rights advocates around the region. Please contact us about relevant events/activities to share: pghrigts [at] riseup.net .

About the Human Rights City Alliance

How to Get Involved


Resources

Link to more resources--toolkits, reports, and organizations supporting local human rights work

People-Centered Human Rights: Analyses from Around the Nation and World


OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute-Human Rights in Pittsburgh and Beyond, Resource Page

Past events

World Food Day 2015: Watch video recording of October 2015 panel on the Right to Food
International Workers Day March for Immigrant Rights 2016 Statement of Unity and Solidarity


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet with Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Proclamation

YWCA Pledge Stand against racism


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