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</div><span style="display: block; font-family: Impact,Charcoal,sans-serif; font-size: 150%; text-align: center">Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance<span style="display: block; text-align: center">Dignity & Justice for All of us</span></span><span style="display: block; font-family: Impact,Charcoal,sans-serif; font-size: 150%; text-align: center">''<span style="display: block; text-align: center">"Human rights don't trickle down...they RISE UP!"</span>''<br /> </span><br />  
 
</div><span style="display: block; font-family: Impact,Charcoal,sans-serif; font-size: 150%; text-align: center">Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance<span style="display: block; text-align: center">Dignity & Justice for All of us</span></span><span style="display: block; font-family: Impact,Charcoal,sans-serif; font-size: 150%; text-align: center">''<span style="display: block; text-align: center">"Human rights don't trickle down...they RISE UP!"</span>''<br /> </span><br />  
  
<div style="text-align: center"><big><big>'''''COVID19 is a Reminder: [[Health is a Human Right]]!'''''</big></big>  
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<div style="text-align: center"><big>'''''Racism is a Health Emergency! And [[Health is a Human Right]]!'''''</big>
''Human rights principles and international law provide protections that can improve our capacities for managing this crisis and help prevent future crises like that we're seeing today.''
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*<big>'''Community Forum:''' '''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region Learning from COVID-19: Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]'''<br /></big>
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*<big>'''Community Forum:''' '''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region Learning from COVID-19: Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]''' [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region See recordings and resources]
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==October Updates/Actions==
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*'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Indigenous_Peoples_Day_in_Pittsburgh Recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day]''' ''Make time to learn, share and reflect. We provide a list of films, podcast, and other resources to build local knowledge of our history and the resilient Indigenous peoples and cultures who have been caretakers of this land. Building a human rights city demands that we start with historical truth-telling and recognition of the humanity of those subjected to genocide, slavery, and other forms of dehumanization as part of the violent conquest of this territory.'' Online community dialogue: Thursday October 22, 7:00PM. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Indigenous_Peoples_Day_in_Pittsburgh Details here]
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*'''Housing, Health and Human Rights: [https://www.habitants.org/zero_evictions_campaign/zero_evictions_for_coronavirus/international_call_zero_evictions_for_coronavirus Zero Evictions for Coronavirus]''' [https://www.habitants.org/zero_evictions_campaign Zero Evictions Days]
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:*'''October 24-November 1''': [http://www.pushthefilm.com/ Film Screening, ''Push''] (online-Link TBA)
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:*'''Thursday October 29''' 7:00pm Webinar: Featuring Leilani Farha—former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing: Explore the lessons behind the film and the work to build a global housing rights movement.
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:*'''Thursday November 5''' 7:00PM –Webinar: Pennsylvania housing advocates and public health leaders discuss their work and perspectives on Push and October 29 panel. For more details see: [[Zero Evictions Days 2020]]
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<big>'''*The World is Watching! Global movements support human rights and anti-racism in the U.S.'''</big>
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:*[https://ushrnetwork.org/uploads/images/sliders/Final%20adopted%20resolution%206.19.20.pdf?emci=9b4ca895-48b2-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&emdi=1e7859ab-4bb2-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&ceid=6687194 UN Human Rights Council Strongly Condemns US Racial Violence]: The United Nations responded to a call from Family members of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile to take action in response to racially-motivated violence in the U.S., in an unprecedented Urgent Debate in the UN Human Rights Council June 19.
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:*'''New study shows [https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/22/us-police-human-rights-standards-report US police fail to meet basic human rights standards]'''. Not one police department in the 20 largest American cities are compliant with international rights laws [https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=ihrc study from the University of Chicago] has found.
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:* '''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/b/b8/HRCA-Policing-Briefing-Seth-Kornbau_Fin.pdf Recommendations to Align Pittsburgh’s Policing Practices with International Human Rights Law & Standards]''' Pitt student, Seth Kornbau, worked this summer to review Pittsburgh's policing policies and relate them to this analysis of international legal obligations. He prepared this brief to inform the Mayor's task force on police reform.
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**[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Steering_Committee Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance Steering Committee]
 
**[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Steering_Committee Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance Steering Committee]
 
* <big>'''[https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/pghrights Join the Human Rights City Alliance email list for updates on events & action opportunities]'''</big>
 
* <big>'''[https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/pghrights Join the Human Rights City Alliance email list for updates on events & action opportunities]'''</big>
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*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/0/09/2020_Virtual_Cookout_Notes_and_Links.pdf 6th Annual Human Rights Cookout Goes Virtual!--Here are notes and updates from community organizations] inviting volunteers to help build our human rights city!
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=='''Calendar'''== 
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*Thurs. Oct. 22: *'''Community Dialogue: Indigenous Peoples Day: Deconstructing white supremacy and celebrating the people’s history''': Thursday, October 22, 7:00PM. Traditionally, “Columbus Day” has been celebrated in October as a day of patriotism and freedom, while in reality this narrative celebrates the exploitation, oppression, and genocide of indigenous people in our country. Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to recognize and remember the cultures that have survived, despite overwhelming violence and erasure through western narratives and other aspects of white supremacy. The Human Rights City Alliance is providing a short list of learning resources on this issue to draw attention to Indigenous Peoples Day and its significance, and is holding an online panel discussion to lift up the many issues indigenous people are facing in our country and opportunities for human rights learning in our city. Featured speakers, Miguel Sague, Jr. Member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center & Dr. Michael Murphy, assistant professor of sociology. (Zoom Link) Meeting ID: 990 4736 9509. Facebook event page
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'''*Housing, Health and Human Rights: [https://www.habitants.org/zero_evictions_campaign/zero_evictions_for_coronavirus/international_call_zero_evictions_for_coronavirus Zero Evictions for Coronavirus]''' --''Pittsburgh joins the International Alliance of Inhabitants’ [https://www.habitants.org/zero_evictions_campaign Zero Evictions Days] (October 2020)-International solidarity to achieve dignity and security in housing'' 
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:*'''October 24-November 1''', 2020: [http://www.pushthefilm.com/ Push Film Screening] (online-Link TBA)
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:*'''Thursday October 29,''' 2020 7:00pm Webinar: Featuring Leilani Farha, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing: Explore the lessons behind the film and the work to build a global housing rights movement.
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:*'''Thursday November 5,''' 2020 7:00PM –Webinar: Pennsylvania housing advocates and public health leaders discuss their work and perspectives on Push and October 29 panel. (for more details [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region click here])
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*Fri. Oct. 30: '''Reparations and Restorative Justice for the Enslavement and Dispossession of Black Americans: A Moral Imperative Whose Time Has Come''' Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Clinical Professor of African American Studies, Boston University Friday, October 30th | 12-1:30pm  [https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoc-iqqTMjH9epObYTOdA_4GKX5qt2kGFA Click here to register]. ''We are living in a transformative moment in history where we are confronted with simultaneous pandemics each “lethal and devastating in their own way.” One is a deadly biological foe, the other, social upheaval born of America’s original sin--slavery. While the “Great Sanitizing” of the story of American slavery and Jim Crow Segregation has made it convenient for this society and other nations that benefited from the enslavement of Africans to bask in a comfortable amnesia, ongoing calls for redress and restitution for crimes against black humanity have continued. Indeed, in 2015 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237). With these exigencies in mind, this presentation will address the issue of restorative justice, highlighting the fact that the movement for reparations today is not only a national one but rather a global, pan-Africanist activity.''[https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoc-iqqTMjH9epObYTOdA_4GKX5qt2kGFA Click here to register].
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*January 22-23, 2021 [http://pittsburghracialjusticesummit.org/ Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit]
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RECORDINGS: *'''Summer Webinar Series[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region View details and recordings of past forums here]
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====Other meetings==== [MOST NOW ONLINE DUE TO COVID19]
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*'''[https://pittsburghpa.gov/gec/index.html Pittsburgh's Gender Equity Commission]''' Monthly public meetings-3rd Tuesdays each month, 2:30-4:30PM [in the City-County building 414 Grant St., downtown Pittsburgh] [https://pittsburghpa.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2d1cea9d28ec87304eaf0e825&id=f2fbc5dba8 Subscribe to Gender Commission newsletter]
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*'''[https://campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/ Peoples Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination]'''- Is hosting a series of community forums on this theme to help organize and build a Reparations Commission for Black residents of Pittsburgh. For more information visit [https://campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/  campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/]
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*'''[https://www.pittsburghforpublictransit.org/ Pittsburghers for Public Transit]''' second Wednesday of each month [at 7pm at 1 Smithfield Street (Pittsburgh Human Services Building) downtown].
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*'''[https://pennplaza.wordpress.com/ Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition]''' every Monday, 6:00PM, Location [115 Beatty St. East Liberty]
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*'''[https://www.facebook.com/PghLandlessPeople/ Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters]''', (412) 908-1603. TBD
  
 
=Updates & Current Activities=  
 
=Updates & Current Activities=  
*'''Help “Bring Human Rights Home": Protecting People & Advancing Dignity Economies—-National Human Rights Cities Webinar''' '''Monday May 11, 4:00PM.''' The US Human Rights Cities Alliance and US Human Rights Network have been bringing community voices to the United Nations, as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. The May 11th date for the U.S. Government UPR review has been postponed by the pandemic, but in its place we’re organizing a virtual gathering to help community advocates learn how to use the UPR review process to advocate for their communities. We’ll hear about the world’s first national cities stakeholder report to the UN. Organizers from New Orleans, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh will show how the UPR can help local organizing. And we’ll learn about the Southern Mayors’ Human Rights Agenda and how it can help define the kind of post-COVID-19 city we all need. Learn about using the UPR process to organize locally and bring global pressure on national and local officials through the UPR Cities Project.  To participate in the webinar, visit: [http://b.link/C2C110513 http://b.link/C2C110513] (Recommended browsers: Firefox or Chrome)
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'''<big>[[Learning from COVID-19:Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]]</big>'''<br>
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We can’t return to status quo if we are to prevent the multiple breakdowns and failures we’re now seeing with COVID-19. Resilience and long-term, community well-being requires dramatic improvements to public infrastructure and support for housing, food, & health security. We're working with diverse groups in the community to host this forum series and build a strong people’s movement to help us realize a society that prioritizes equity and the human right to health, so that every member of our community can live dignified lives. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region  Click here for details, recordings and summaries of past discussions]
  
'''<big>[[Learning from COVID-19:Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]]</big>'''<br>
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<big>'''Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance Steering Committee Members named to Mayor’s [https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases/4064 Community Task Force on Police Reform]'''</big>  
We can’t return to status quo if we are to prevent the multiple breakdowns and failures we’re now seeing with COVID-19. Resilience and long-term, community well-being requires dramatic improvements to public infrastructure and support for housing, food, & health security. We're working with diverse groups in the community to host this forum series and build a strong people’s movement to help us realize a society that prioritizes equity and the human right to health, so that every member of our community can live dignified lives. We'll meet alternate Thursdays from 4-5:30. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region  Click here for details, recordings and summaries of past discussions]
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Community leaders '''Brandi Fisher''', President and CEO of the Alliance for Police Accountability and '''Monica Ruiz''', Executive Director of Casa San Jose, have been tasked with helping our city develop a plan to review existing policing practices and policies and make recommendations. Here is the outline of the [https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases/4016 City’s Agenda for Police Reform].
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:*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/5/5a/Brandi_Fisher_Monica_Ruiz_Task_Force_Police_Reform.pdf See our letter of support from Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance]
  
  
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</Big>'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/8/8d/Zero_Evictions_Proclamation_Final_October_2019.pdf Pittsburgh City Council Passes Zero Evictions Proclamation in Solidarity with Global Movement for Housing Justice]</big>
 
</Big>'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/8/8d/Zero_Evictions_Proclamation_Final_October_2019.pdf Pittsburgh City Council Passes Zero Evictions Proclamation in Solidarity with Global Movement for Housing Justice]</big>
 
   
 
   
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*'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region Learning from COVID-19: Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]''' '''Thursday May 28, 2020 4:00-5:30PM Treating Racism as a Public Health Emergency''' (Link to be provided) The COVID-19 crisis has heightened everyone’s vulnerabilities as those furthest behind economically are now visible as the frontline workers providing essential services for our communities. Confirmed speakers: Olivia "Liv" Bennett, Allegheny County Council member & sponsor of motion declaring racism a public health emergency; Facilitator/Discussant: Dr. Dara D. Mendez, PhD, MPH. Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region  More details here]
 
 
*:''The forum takes place alternate Thursdays, and upcoming sessions will be May 28, June 11. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region '''View details and recordings of past forums''']''
 
 
 
*''MOVED ONLINE/DETAILS COMING SOON!'': Alternate Sundays Jan. 12-May 31: Discussion series: A Green New Deal for Western Pennsylvania convening to explore ideas for bringing a green new deal to our region. The group is reading essays from Naomi Klein's book ''On Fire: The (Burning) Case for the Green New Deal,'' and hears from local scientists, advocates, and organizations. Meetings are alternate Sundays from 5-7PM, Jan. 12-May 31. Location: 1 Smithfield/Human Services Building, Downtown PGH. Co-sponsored by the Sunrise movement, Extinction Rebellion, and Izaak Walton League. [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bPhN-AZjM4_7niQwFDHMOfxU02ZhwQrejnaM1_fhCSk/edit?usp=sharing See Schedule here].
 
 
*'''POSTPONED: DATE TBD'''  '''Community Forum on Human Rights and Habitat'''  This community forum brings Pittsburgh voices to the United Nations as part of the global community's assessment of human rights conditions in the United States. Learn about how rights to housing, decent jobs, health, and other rights require efforts to protect the environment. Discuss ideas for policy changes that can help us better protect and advance the human rights of residents of our region, and learn how community groups can work to realize our vision of a city where everyone enjoys ''the human right to grow and prosper in a safe place of one's choice.'' Co-sponsors: The [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Universal Periodic Review task force], which includes: Alliance for Police Accountability, Casa San Jose, Green Party of Allegheny County, Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh for CEDAW, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, Just Harvest, City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission & Gender Equity Commission, Urbankind Institute, and others.
 
 
*'''POSTPONED TO FALL 2020/Date TBD''' CMU Film Festival features ''Push'' --on the global housing crisis and its links with global finance and banking industry. Featuring a post-film panel with United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing, Ms. Leilani Farha, whose work is featured in the film. '''3:00PM at CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.''' [https://www.cmu.edu/faces/Tickets/tickets.html Click here for tickets and full CMU Film festival details]
 
**'''Thursday, March 19 through Sunday April 5: CMU Film Festival features "Faces of Home,"''' covering everything from intimate settings and relationships to the promotion and alleged protection of national “homelands." [https://www.cmu.edu/faces/ Click here for more information].
 
 
====Other meetings====
 
*'''[https://pittsburghpa.gov/gec/index.html Pittsburgh's Gender Equity Commission]''' Monthly public meetings-3rd Tuesdays each month, 2:30-4:30PM in the City-County building 414 Grant St., downtown Pittsburgh [https://pittsburghpa.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2d1cea9d28ec87304eaf0e825&id=f2fbc5dba8 Subscribe to Gender Commission newsletter]
 
*'''[https://campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/ Peoples Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination]'''- Is hosting a series of community forums on this theme to help organize and build a Reparations Commission for Black residents of Pittsburgh. For more information visit [https://campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/  campaign4reparationsandselfdetermination.wordpress.com/]
 
  
*'''[https://www.pittsburghforpublictransit.org/ Pittsburghers for Public Transit]''' second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at 1 Smithfield Street (Pittsburgh Human Services Building) downtown.
 
*'''[https://pennplaza.wordpress.com/ Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition]''' every Monday, 6:00PM, 115 Beatty St. East Liberty.
 
*'''[https://www.facebook.com/PghLandlessPeople/ Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters]''', (412) 908-1603. First Saturdays 1pm 1 Smithfield Street (Pittsburgh Human Services Building) downtown
 
  
 
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'''People-Centered Human Rights: Analyses from Around the Nation and World'''
 
'''People-Centered Human Rights: Analyses from Around the Nation and World'''
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*[https://laane.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Unmasking-the-Hidden-Power-of-Cities.pdf “Unmasking the hidden power of cities”]. (LA-A New Economy for All LAANE, Partnership for Working Families, In the Public Interest) June 2018. 
 
*[[:file: Draft_Human_Rights_City_Principles_2017.pdf | Statement of Principles- National Human Rights City Alliance and People-Centered Human Rights]]
 
*[[:file: Draft_Human_Rights_City_Principles_2017.pdf | Statement of Principles- National Human Rights City Alliance and People-Centered Human Rights]]
 
* <span style="display: block; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left">[[:file:UDHR_PGHedition_FOR_RELEASE.pdf|Pittsburgh edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights]] (Booklet format--PDF)</span>
 
* <span style="display: block; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left">[[:file:UDHR_PGHedition_FOR_RELEASE.pdf|Pittsburgh edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights]] (Booklet format--PDF)</span>

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

Racism is a Health Emergency! And Health is a Human Right!

October Updates/Actions

  • Recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day Make time to learn, share and reflect. We provide a list of films, podcast, and other resources to build local knowledge of our history and the resilient Indigenous peoples and cultures who have been caretakers of this land. Building a human rights city demands that we start with historical truth-telling and recognition of the humanity of those subjected to genocide, slavery, and other forms of dehumanization as part of the violent conquest of this territory. Online community dialogue: Thursday October 22, 7:00PM. Details here
  • October 24-November 1: Film Screening, Push (online-Link TBA)
  • Thursday October 29 7:00pm Webinar: Featuring Leilani Farha—former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing: Explore the lessons behind the film and the work to build a global housing rights movement.
  • Thursday November 5 7:00PM –Webinar: Pennsylvania housing advocates and public health leaders discuss their work and perspectives on Push and October 29 panel. For more details see: Zero Evictions Days 2020


*The World is Watching! Global movements support human rights and anti-racism in the U.S.



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 (See Human Rights Cities Principles). We work with local struggles to implement people-centered human rights in Pittsburgh.

Calendar

  • Thurs. Oct. 22: *Community Dialogue: Indigenous Peoples Day: Deconstructing white supremacy and celebrating the people’s history: Thursday, October 22, 7:00PM. Traditionally, “Columbus Day” has been celebrated in October as a day of patriotism and freedom, while in reality this narrative celebrates the exploitation, oppression, and genocide of indigenous people in our country. Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to recognize and remember the cultures that have survived, despite overwhelming violence and erasure through western narratives and other aspects of white supremacy. The Human Rights City Alliance is providing a short list of learning resources on this issue to draw attention to Indigenous Peoples Day and its significance, and is holding an online panel discussion to lift up the many issues indigenous people are facing in our country and opportunities for human rights learning in our city. Featured speakers, Miguel Sague, Jr. Member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center & Dr. Michael Murphy, assistant professor of sociology. (Zoom Link) Meeting ID: 990 4736 9509. Facebook event page

*Housing, Health and Human Rights: Zero Evictions for Coronavirus --Pittsburgh joins the International Alliance of Inhabitants’ Zero Evictions Days (October 2020)-International solidarity to achieve dignity and security in housing

  • October 24-November 1, 2020: Push Film Screening (online-Link TBA)
  • Thursday October 29, 2020 7:00pm Webinar: Featuring Leilani Farha, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing: Explore the lessons behind the film and the work to build a global housing rights movement.
  • Thursday November 5, 2020 7:00PM –Webinar: Pennsylvania housing advocates and public health leaders discuss their work and perspectives on Push and October 29 panel. (for more details click here)
  • Fri. Oct. 30: Reparations and Restorative Justice for the Enslavement and Dispossession of Black Americans: A Moral Imperative Whose Time Has Come Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Clinical Professor of African American Studies, Boston University Friday, October 30th | 12-1:30pm Click here to register. We are living in a transformative moment in history where we are confronted with simultaneous pandemics each “lethal and devastating in their own way.” One is a deadly biological foe, the other, social upheaval born of America’s original sin--slavery. While the “Great Sanitizing” of the story of American slavery and Jim Crow Segregation has made it convenient for this society and other nations that benefited from the enslavement of Africans to bask in a comfortable amnesia, ongoing calls for redress and restitution for crimes against black humanity have continued. Indeed, in 2015 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237). With these exigencies in mind, this presentation will address the issue of restorative justice, highlighting the fact that the movement for reparations today is not only a national one but rather a global, pan-Africanist activity.Click here to register.


RECORDINGS: *Summer Webinar SeriesView details and recordings of past forums here

====Other meetings==== [MOST NOW ONLINE DUE TO COVID19]

Updates & Current Activities

Learning from COVID-19:Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region
We can’t return to status quo if we are to prevent the multiple breakdowns and failures we’re now seeing with COVID-19. Resilience and long-term, community well-being requires dramatic improvements to public infrastructure and support for housing, food, & health security. We're working with diverse groups in the community to host this forum series and build a strong people’s movement to help us realize a society that prioritizes equity and the human right to health, so that every member of our community can live dignified lives. Click here for details, recordings and summaries of past discussions

Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance Steering Committee Members named to Mayor’s Community Task Force on Police Reform Community leaders Brandi Fisher, President and CEO of the Alliance for Police Accountability and Monica Ruiz, Executive Director of Casa San Jose, have been tasked with helping our city develop a plan to review existing policing practices and policies and make recommendations. Here is the outline of the City’s Agenda for Police Reform.


Bringing Human Rights Home

*UPR Pittsburgh Bringing Global Human Rights Home: Pittsburgh's Human Rights Assessment & the United Nations Together with human rights defenders around the country, Pittsburgh residents are working to bring the stories and accounts of human rights conditions in our region to the United Nations through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Over 2019-2020, the United States human rights record will be reviewed by international representatives and human rights experts, and the UN will issue a formal report with recommendations to the US government for improving respect for the country's international human rights obligations. A key to the UPR's effectiveness is engagement from civil society, and we're working to provide opportunities for residents to learn about human rights and the UPR process as we generate ideas for how we can make Pittsburgh and Southwest PA places where human rights thrive.


Pittsburgh Activists File Report to UN on State of Human Rights in Region

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Zero Evictions Proclamation in Solidarity with Global Movement for Housing Justice


Housing Justice

  • Housing is a Human Right-Letter to Officials The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, recently directed letters to governments and corporate leaders around the world, pointing out how prevailing policies violate international human rights obligations. This page has details and a template for contacting your local leaders to remind them of their international legal obligations.
  • Housing Justice Pittsburgh Building community power to fight displacement and promote our "Right to the City."
  • 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

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


International Human Rights Monitoring

This page links to work by national and international human rights organizers to use international treaties and United Nations human rights review processes to hold local and national officials in the United States accountable to our international human rights obligations.


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.

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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