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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 /> ''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 [https://www.ajamubaraka.com/peoplecentered-human-rights-as-a-framework-for-social-transformation ''people-centered human rights''] in Pittsburgh.''<br />  
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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 />  
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<div style="text-align: center"><big>'''''Racism is a Health Emergency! And [[Health is a Human Right]]!'''''</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]'''<br /></big> Join our bi-weekly online forums as we develop strategies for advancing a transformative human rights agenda. [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region See details]
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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://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25922&LangID=E “The voices calling for an end to the killings of unarmed African Americans need to be heard. The voices calling for an end to police violence need to be heard. And the voices calling for an end to the endemic and structural racism that blights US society need to be heard."] - Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (June 3, 2020)
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:*'''[http://abahlali.org/node/17128/ We offer our full support to the American rebellion]''': "...For more than four hundred years Africans have been dying from racism in the United States. Racism kills with everything from poor housing, too overwork, inadequate healthcare, stress, bullets and the knee of a police officer on a person’s neck....We hope that a powerful movement, or many powerful movements, will emerge out of the courage, disruption, fires, rubber bullets, teargas and police dogs of this rebellion. '''''Be strong. The oppressed people of the world are with you.'''''" ''Abahlali baseMjondolo'' (Land, Housing, Dignity-South Africa) [http://abahlali.org/node/17128/ Continue reading →]
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'''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 [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/6/6a/Human_Rights_City_Principles_October_2017.pdf (See Human Rights Cities Principles)]. We work with local struggles to implement [https://www.ajamubaraka.com/peoplecentered-human-rights-as-a-framework-for-social-transformation ''people-centered human rights''] in Pittsburgh.''<br />
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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. 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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*<big>'''Campaign for Reparations & Racial Justice'''</big>: Building a human rights city requires efforts to remedy past injustices and ensure that all residents have equitable opportunities to thrive. The [https://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/ International Decade on People of African Descent (2015-2024)] and the [http://www.400yearsofinequality.org/ 400th anniversary of the first auction of enslaved Africans in North America] provides an opportunity for renewing conversations about how we can address persistent inequities resulting from the United States's brutal history of slavery and genocide against people of African descent and indigenous peoples. '''[[Reparations Resource Guide]]'''
 
*<big>'''Campaign for Reparations & Racial Justice'''</big>: Building a human rights city requires efforts to remedy past injustices and ensure that all residents have equitable opportunities to thrive. The [https://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/ International Decade on People of African Descent (2015-2024)] and the [http://www.400yearsofinequality.org/ 400th anniversary of the first auction of enslaved Africans in North America] provides an opportunity for renewing conversations about how we can address persistent inequities resulting from the United States's brutal history of slavery and genocide against people of African descent and indigenous peoples. '''[[Reparations Resource Guide]]'''
  
 
*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/b/bc/Annual_Report_2019.pdf See our latest '''Annual Report''' 2019]
 
*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/b/bc/Annual_Report_2019.pdf See our latest '''Annual Report''' 2019]
 
 
*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Pittsburgh Pittsburgh joins national human rights review at the United Nations]
 
*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Pittsburgh Pittsburgh joins national human rights review at the United Nations]
 
 
*'''End the School-to-Prison Pipeline''': [http://pgh4cedaw.org/ Pittsburgh for CEDAW] and [https://www.aclu.org/issues/juvenile-justice/school-prison-pipeline PA ACLU] are working to address racial and gender discrimination and the criminalization of youth in our public school system. Please use the following model letters to contact your US Representative and Pittsburgh School Board to address the gender and racial discrimination in our schools and end the criminalization of youth.
 
**[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/0/0a/PGH4CEDAW_Letters_to_Rep_M_Doyle_to_Support_PUSHOUT_Act.pdf This letter for your US Representative] requests support as co-sponsor of Ayanna Pressley's Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-Based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (PUSHOUT) Act (H.R.5325) to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. This bill is to combat the disproportionately punitive discipline of Black and Brown students in school. 
 
**[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/f/f3/Pgh4CEDAW_Letter_to_Pittsburgh_School_Board_to_end_grades_3-5_suspensions.pdf Click here for model letter to the Pittsburgh School District Board members] requesting the end of suspensions for less violent behavior for children in grades 3-5.  This letter can be easily modified for other school districts. 
 
 
 
*World Human Rights Day, December 10, 2019: [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/f/f2/Human_Rights_Day_2019_Media_advisory.pdf '''Media Advisory: Pittsburgh joins other cities recognizing International Human Rights Day & highlights persistent challenge of racial inequities''']
 
*World Human Rights Day, December 10, 2019: [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/f/f2/Human_Rights_Day_2019_Media_advisory.pdf '''Media Advisory: Pittsburgh joins other cities recognizing International Human Rights Day & highlights persistent challenge of racial inequities''']
  
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</big>*'''[[UPR Pittsburgh]] Bringing Global Human Rights Home: Pittsburgh's Human Rights Assessment & the United Nations'''</big>
 
</big>*'''[[UPR Pittsburgh]] Bringing Global Human Rights Home: Pittsburgh's Human Rights Assessment & the United Nations'''</big>
 
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.  
 
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.  
*Please help us send a delegation of Pittsburgh human rights defenders to lobby UN officials in New York, Washington DC, and Geneva to bring our human rights priorities and recommendations into the official proceedings of the US Universal Periodic Review. '''[https://secure.everyaction.com/sKaEMuNwOUa_xxjt7AjSxQ2 We need you to help support this delegation with your donation!''']
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*For more details see [http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Cities_Project UPR Cities Project]
 
 
*For more details see [[UPR Pittsburgh]]
 
  
 
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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>
*In response to the International Alliance of Inhabitants call for Zero Evictions Days in October, we're working to raise consciousness and build political will for new approaches to advance housing as a human right, not a commodity. We will be working to mobilize community support for the human right to housing & an end to unjust evictions and housing insecurity!
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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 June 11, 2020 4:00-5:30PM ''' '''Local & Global Strategies Advancing the Human Right to Housing.'''
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:The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed and deepened the long-standing housing crisis in our communities. At a time when everyone’s health demands that all residents have a safe and stable home, more and more people face housing insecurity and homelessness. How can cities and communities better protect people’s right to adequate housing? This webinar features Julieta Perucca, assistant to the former [https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing] and currently Deputy Director of global housing rights initiative, [https://www.make-the-shift.org/ The Shift]. Learn about the human right to housing around the world and strategies for using international law and the United Nations to advance housing and other human rights. We’ll hear from leaders in Birmingham and other cities using innovative strategies for keeping people in their homes and expanding affordable housing. City Representatives: Brandon Johnson, Director of the Office of Peace and Policy, City of '''Birmingham'''; Daniel Joseph Wiley, Housing organizer with '''Newark''' Ironbound Community; Crystal Jennings, Housing justice organizer with '''Pittsburgh'''’s Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition & City of Bridges Community Land Trust; Timothy Franzen, American Friends Service Committee & Alison Johnston, Housing Justice League- '''Atlanta'''.
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To join the webinar visit: [https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99925342929  https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99925342929] [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]
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*:''The forum takes place alternate Thursdays, and upcoming sessions will be June 25, July 10... [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''']''
  
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*'''Tuesday Feb. 4, 6:00-7:30PM, "Bringing Human Rights Home to Pittsburgh"''': Carnegie Library East Liberty, 130 S Whitfield St, Pgh. (Meeting Room #1): Learn about how groups around the city are joining others to [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Pittsburgh report on local human rights to the United Nations], as part of a [http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Cities_Project formal review of the U.S. human rights record]. Help envision recommendations for implementing human rights to housing, equity, and our right to the city, and help us build strategies to bring these to local public officials. New participants are welcome to come learn about this process and see where you can get involved!
 
  
*'''ONGOING/ Alternate Sundays Jan. 12-May 31: Green New Deal discussion group''' 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].  
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*''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].  
  
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*'''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.
  
*'''Saturday March 28''' 1:00-4:00PM '''Community Forum on Human Rights and Habitat''' Location: 1 Smithfield Street, Downtown Pittsburgh (Liberty Room). 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.
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*'''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/ Click here for details]  
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**'''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].
  
 
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'''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!

*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.

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. We'll meet alternate Thursdays from 4-5:30. Click here for details, recordings and summaries of past discussions


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

Calendar

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed and deepened the long-standing housing crisis in our communities. At a time when everyone’s health demands that all residents have a safe and stable home, more and more people face housing insecurity and homelessness. How can cities and communities better protect people’s right to adequate housing? This webinar features Julieta Perucca, assistant to the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing and currently Deputy Director of global housing rights initiative, The Shift. Learn about the human right to housing around the world and strategies for using international law and the United Nations to advance housing and other human rights. We’ll hear from leaders in Birmingham and other cities using innovative strategies for keeping people in their homes and expanding affordable housing. City Representatives: Brandon Johnson, Director of the Office of Peace and Policy, City of Birmingham; Daniel Joseph Wiley, Housing organizer with Newark Ironbound Community; Crystal Jennings, Housing justice organizer with Pittsburgh’s Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition & City of Bridges Community Land Trust; Timothy Franzen, American Friends Service Committee & Alison Johnston, Housing Justice League- Atlanta.

To join the webinar visit: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99925342929 More details here


  • 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. 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 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. Click here for 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." Click here for more information.

Other meetings

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


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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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