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<div style="text-align: center"><big>'''''Racism is a Health Emergency! And [[Health is a Human Right]]!'''''<br />
*'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/1/1e/The_Case_for_Human_Rights-RJ_Summit_follow_up_2021.pdf The Case for Human Rights Today]''' (Slideshow updated 2021)<br />
'''International Human Rights Day 2020 Public/Media Statement:'''<br />
[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/7/71/Human_Rights_Day_2020_Public_Media_Advisory_Final.pdf '''''Pittsburgh Joins Global Efforts to Target Systemic Racism, Bring Human Rights Home '''''] [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/e/eb/Human_Rights_Day_2021_General_Layout.pdf]</big>
== Getting started ==
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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>'''April is Fair Housing Month!''': [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/6/6e/HRCA_City_Council_Fair_Housing_Proclamation_Support_April_20_2021.pdf Human Rights City Alliance statement supporting City Council Fair Housing Proclamation (April 20, 2021)]</big><br /> <br />
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**[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>
*[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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==Current Projects==
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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]
*'''Housing, Health and Human Rights''':  '''''January 24-Feb. 6: Housing is Healthcare! Let's Demand the Human Right to Housing!''''': ''[https://www.pushthefilm.com/ Push]'' 
::*Watch the film online: January 24-February 6. [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6tsjJJ8J6TBHe-y71CssyLWtKo6YoAHlloYS66mn3S8GTSw/viewform Sign up here to receive a link to view Push] [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/2/25/Push_Film_Flyer_Feb_1_2021.pdf (Download flier)]
::*'''Advancing the Human Right to Housing in our Cities''' Multi-city dialogue with organizers from Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and New York- [https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=10457780-58e5-4feb-85ba-acc3001a5588 '''View recording here''']
:Co-Sponsors: ''Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, Atlanta Housing Justice League, Organization for Human Rights & Democracy, University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center & Urban Studies Program, Student Human Rights Task Force- Pitt & The New School (NYC) Collaboration.'' 
:Further background and recordings at:[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Zero_Evictions_Days_2020 Zero Evictions Days Resource page and webinar recordings] Featuring dialogues with Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing.)
*'''Historical Truth-Telling: Key to Human Rights & Racial Healing Today''': Student human rights leaders compiled the following [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Indigenous_Peoples_Day_in_Pittsburgh list of films, podcasts, and short articles and reports] to inspire learning that acknowledges past harms and furthers a process of truth-telling and racial healing. [https://pitt.box.com/s/zr5zvj5gu66vfm3xillufevqhxfercnq Recording: '''Community Dialogue: Indigenous Peoples Day: Deconstructing white supremacy and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' history''']  [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Indigenous_Peoples_Day_in_Pittsburgh More Resources on Indigenous peoples and human rights]
<big>'''*The World is Watching! Global movements support human rights and anti-racism in the U.S.'''</big>
:*[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.
:*'''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.
:* '''[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.
*'''Save the Date - Youth-led Candidate Forum -- Saturday May 1st at 1pm''' (via Zoom, link TBA)
The Human Rights University Student Task Force is part of a coalition of groups that is organizing a candidate forum focused on bringing youth questions and concerns to candidates in the 2021 primary. Groups involved in planning the forum include Black, Young and Educated, Future of Latino Youth Pittsburgh (FLY Pittsburgh) from Casa San Jose, Fridays for Future PGH, UrbanKind Institute, Tree Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Youth Council for Change (PYCC), a newly-started group of youth organizers working to address the interconnecting issues facing younger and future generations. We will be hearing from mayoral candidates (Gainey, Moreno, and Peduto), city council candidates (Cameron, Coghill, and Mulaney), and others running for Pittsburgh Public Schools school board, county council, and court of common pleas. Candidates will be responding to questions generated by youth as a way to allow younger members of our community more participation in the electoral process.
*'''[https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=25661c84-07df-41c2-bede-ad0a01873afa Student Debt and Affordable Housing: Exploring the Links] (Recording from April 14, 2021)
:Today student debt has reached unprecedented levels, and college graduates face even more uncertain prospects for earning enough to pay back loans and afford necessities. At the same time, cities around the country are facing an affordable housing crisis. What is driving these economic and urban housing crises, and how is the student loan industry implicated in this? Panelists frame a conversation around these questions to consider how we can better organize around these multiple challenges to people’s rights and livelihoods.
Speakers: Andrew Ross, New York University, author of Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal; Carl Redwood, Hill District Consensus Group & University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; Randall Taylor, Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition;
''Co-Sponsors: Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance & Human Rights Student Task Force; Housing Justice Lab-New School, NYC; Pitt Collective Action Club''
====Other meetings==== [MOST NOW ONLINE DUE TO COVID19]
*'''[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, Location [115 Beatty St. East Liberty]
*'''[https://www.facebook.com/PghLandlessPeople/ Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters]''', (412) 908-1603. TBD
=Updates & Current Activities=
'''<big>[[Learning from COVID-19:Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region]]</big>'''<br>
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>'''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>
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].
:*[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]
*<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/index.php?title=UPR_Pittsburgh Pittsburgh joins national human rights review at the United Nations]
*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''']
=Bringing Human Rights Home=
</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.
*For more details see [http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Cities_Project UPR Cities Project]
'''Pittsburgh Activists File Report to UN on State of Human Rights in Region'''
*[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/8/85/UPR_Pittsburgh_Stakeholder_Report_With_Exec_Summary.pdf Racial Inequity at the Core of Human Rights Challenges in Pittsburgh] -Full Pittsburgh Stakeholder Report to United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. Government, [http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/images/5/54/Media_Release_UPR_Pittsburgh_2019.pdf 2-Page Summary]
*[http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/images/4/49/UPR_US_Cities_Stakeholder_Report_2019_Final_Submission_with_summary.pdf Pittsburgh joins other US Cities in UN Report: ''"Corporate Influence Threatens Human Rights in Communities Nationwide"''] (''*For more details on the national campaign see [http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=UPR_Cities_Project UPR Cities Initiative]).''
**See more details at: [[UPR Pittsburgh]]
</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>
=='''Housing Justice'''==
*'''[http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Housing_is_a_Human_Right! 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."
*[http://housingsummitpgh.org/ 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.
*[[:file:Housing_as_a_Human_Right.pdf|Housing is a Human Right: Slideshow]]''' on international treaties and opportunities to promote the [[:file:Housing_as_a_Human_Right.pdf|human right to housing]]<br /> <span style="display: block; text-align: center"><br /> </span>
*[[Forums on Amazon HQ2 and the Right to the City|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.
*View '''community forums''' on the question of how an Amazon HQ2 would impact us:
**'''"[https://www.facebook.com/publicsource/videos/1888885241131365/ Pittsburgh's Economic Revitalization: Technology, Corporate Power, and Democratic Accountability" ]
**''''''[https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fplugins%2Fvideo.php%3Fhref%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252Fpublicsource%252Fvideos%252F1832226540130569%252F%26show_text%3D1%26width%3D560&data=01%7C01%7Cjgsmith%40pitt.edu%7C285d692e67d74ca6d38808d570e484ff%7C32794bf9854a4224a8c3408a105aeea1%7C1&sdata=K3KoWuvRO13YbyHrmYJ7bCXvakY2hWVRmgHffx%2BbrPI%3D&reserved=0 Human Rights, the Right to the City, and Amazon HQ2: Forged for all?]'''
===[http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=International_Human_Rights_Monitoring 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===
*'''UN Official Confronts Governments and Corporations on Housing Rights''': Recently, the [https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing], Leilani Farha held a press conference in Copenhagen to speak about letters released (see links below) to governments and corporations around the world including the United States and the Blackstone Group L.P. Ms. Farha spoke out directly against policies and laws which support housing as a commodity. In the letters to various governments, Ms. Farha stated that these policies and laws contradict governments’ international human rights obligations. Letters: [[:File:March_2019_Housing_UN_Rapp_USLetter_Financialization.pdf|UN Special Rapporteur Letter to US Government On Housing Policies as Human Rights Violations]], [https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Housing/Financialization/OL_OTH_17_2019.pdf Letter to Blackstone Investment Corporation], [https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Housing/Financialization/Reply_OL_OTH_17_2019.pdf Blackstone's response]. '''Campaign links''' [http://www.unhousingrapp.org/the-shift #MaketheShift] '''#HousingisaHumanRight'''!
**'''We're working to get this message to Mayor Peduto and other public officials''': If your organization wants to sign this [[:file:Cover_Letter_PGH_Special_Rap_Letter_on_Housing_and_Human_Rigths_March_2019.pdf|*letter to public officials*]] please contact us at pghrights[at]riseup[dot]net or via Facebook PGHrights.  For more details see '''[http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Housing_is_a_Human_Right! Housing is a Human Right!]'''
*'''Pittsburgh’s [http://pittsburghunited.org/ourwater/ Our Water Campaign] goes Global:''' The current issue of the Open Access [http://jwsr.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/jwsr ''Journal of World-Systems Research''] features a symposium on the problem of corporate power and its implications for local democracy. This project was inspired by the recent inter-city competition to host the Amazon 2nd headquarters. See: [http://jwsr.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/jwsr/article/view/899 "Water is a Human Right! Grassroots Resistance to Corporate Power!"] (by local water activist Caitlin Schroering).
*[http://pgh4cedaw.org/the-ngo-committee-on-the-status-of-women-new-york-is-proud-to-announce-mayor-william-peduto-2019-recipient-cities-for-cedaw-global-leadership-award/ '''Pittsburgh for CEDAW Coalition helps bring Pittsburgh Human Rights Recognition'''] In March 2019, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York awarded Mayor Peduto the '''Cities for CEDAW Global Leadership Award''' for his work to implement sustaining policies which eliminate all forms of discrimination against women at the local level. This award would not have been possible without all the hard work of [http://pgh4cedaw.org/ PGH for CEDAW Coalition] members to push for the CEDAW ordinance and to design policy recommendations that would ensure its effective implementation.
*[[:file:Housing_Justice_Meeting_Summary_March_2019.pdf|Summary of lessons from Housing Justice Movement-Building work 2016-2019]] This document provides a synthesis of ideas from conversations about how to advance the human right to housing and challenge market-oriented policies that continue to displace residents. ‎
*''Print'' [[:file:Media_Print_coverage_of_Racial_Justice_Summit_2019.pdf|Media coverage of Racial Justice Summit]]- This report highlights our breakout session at the 2019 Summit, "Building an Intersectional Movement for Housing Justice"
*Pittsburgh City Council and Mayor Peduto [[:File:Human_Rights_Day_2018_Proclamation_for_Human_Rights_Final_Edit.pdf|re-affirm their commitment to human rights]] at the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ([[:file:Human_Rights_Day_2018_Press_Release_Final.pdf|See Press Release December 10]])
* '''[[:file:Annual_Report_2017.pdf|Annual Report 2017]]''' --See what we accomplished last year!
* '''[[National Human Rights Cities Alliance Workshop 2018, Washington DC]]'''
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'''[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Human_Rights_Budgeting_Resource_Page 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:'''</span><br /> ==
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-secret-corporate-giveaways?source=direct_link Stop Corporate Givaways--Sign the petition ]to city for transparency and accountability in deal offered to Amazon for its 2nd headquarters.</span>
* '''[https://www.facebook.com/events/1498208200258725/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22361%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D  Stop Plan to Increase Policing on Public Transit]'''
* [[Communication Justice Initiative]]
* [https://pghcommons.wikispaces.com/ Community Power Movement ]Among other work, the Community Power Movement is promoting a [https://pghcommons.wikispaces.com/People%27s%20Platform People's Platform ]and a petition campaign calling for greater transparency and community benefits in the City's bid to host the Amazon HQ2.
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<br /> '''''Regularly scheduled meetings/ Local Human Rights Groups'''''<br />
*'''[http://click.actionnetwork.org/mpss/c/EwE/ni0YAA/t.2ju/MZ5FhIuJRE6M67H8FS-nNA/h9/HE2UYZIDTZxfLuJ8qHDFiKcv9QeqMGLDJ3IrF8dj2B0Ouaw60AzJFHptdkvL7obNLtnqgKKygqGEz3GCaeb-2BejuSAvFe0lbbqDJcgXFmWtC-2F4OP5qFbK1yfFG5UZArja2rUcMykgMb7gDAlR3CoVTHq6R-2FV3WJuza27KcDVxiFAlu29p38dyAwSXFqBiE3cOCcz9NcUAg0RigmMyBPSsscV4-2BQ50OH6U-2BkjQJd28KcGH1MVKcVF9PH8aO64hDVT8AP6b8SGbKGTAB5AMbdr6pQjaBb55-2BObu-2B7JHVkIiF2upX6rAikS6G9RBQnNgtSKqz-2BoAT7bD82SwYBAfhxnNjbaJ7k5a3JxIivx-2BEJkPkNo-3D| Landless People's Alliance Monthly Gathering]''', Wednesdays at 5:30-7:00PM --Sept. 26, Oct. 31, November 28 –Location: Postal Workers Headquarters 841 California Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202-2705
** [http://apapgh.org/ Every first Wednesday of month: Alliance for Police Accountability ] 6:30-8:00PM Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave. Pgh 15206 (Childcare and food provided)
** <span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px">'''Every 3rd Thursday''' 7:00-8:30PM [http://pgh4cedaw.org/ Pittsburgh for CEDAW ](Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) meeting, Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Everyone is welcome.</span>
<br /> <br /> '''<u>Alerts & Updates</u>'''<br />
* '''[https://www.facebook.com/events/1498208200258725/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22361%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D 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 ([[:file:Policing_on_the_T_QA.pdf|See FAQs for more information]]). Community organizations and individuals are asked to write letters to the Port Authority in support of this campaign (see [[:file:POLICING_THE_T_PPT_and_others_letter_to_Port_Authority 4.28.17.pdf|sample letter]]).
* '''[http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/01/25/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-declares-itself-sanctuary-campus/stories/201701250214 PIttsburgh Public Schools Passes Sanctuary Resolution]'''
* '''[http://www.pgh4cedaw.org 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! <span style="color: #000000; font-family: &#39;Calibri&#39;,sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px">[https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pgh4cedaw.org&data=01%7C01%7Cjgsmith%40pitt.edu%7C01ee08d58eb34901cf2408d427ad5b47%7C9ef9f489e0a04eeb87cc3a526112fd0d%7C1&sdata=Oc3A4G1M0HM6yjFoRkFliRnFnqW45wfHbTtzsfz0kyc%3D&reserved=0 www.pgh4cedaw.org] </span>
<br /> '''University-Based Projects'''<br />
* '''''Pittsburgh area university'' faculty, staff, and graduate students''' are invited to join the [[University Human Rights Network|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|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 [http://www.pittfaculty.org/ website] and [https://www.facebook.com/PittFaculty/ Facebook page]
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==[[How to get involved]]==
* '''[https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/pghrights Join the Human Rights City Alliance email list for updates on events & action opportunities]'''
''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.''<br />
* [[Housing Summit | Housing Summit-Resources & Links]]
* [[Teach-In|Uniting Against Hate: Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and the U.S. Prison System]]
* [[:file:Annual_Report_2016.pdf|Annual report 2016--See what we accomplished last year!]]
* [http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/ International Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2025--]''Recognition, Justice and Development''
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">[http:///file/view/Discussion%20Guide%20Alexie%20Absolutely%20True%20Diary%20of%20Part%20Time%20Indian.pdf/618673381/Discussion%20Guide%20Alexie%20Absolutely%20True%20Diary%20of%20Part%20Time%20Indian.pdf Discussion Guide]</span>''to'' Sherman Alexie's [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Absolutely_True_Diary_of_a_Part-Time_Indian The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian] prepared for use around Indigenous Peoples Day 2017, but this resource can be used anytime to facilitate discussion and dialogue around themes of institutionalized racism, internalized oppression, and the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous communities and other communities of color in the United States.
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* '''[[Teach-In|VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Teach-In: Uniting Against Hate: ]]''''''''How the prison industrial complex impacts our communities & what we can do to change it:''''' ''A working group is organizing an event to raise consciousness on this critical human rights issue.''
<br /> <br /> '''NEW Research on Pittsburgh and Human Rights Organizing''':<br /> <span style="font-size: 16px">[https://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/SSJ/article/view/1394 Responding to Globalization and Urban Conflict: Human Rights City Initiatives] ''Studies in Social Justice'' </span><br /> <br /> <u>'''Dangerous Times: Defending Human Rights'''</u><br /> ''<span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px">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.</span>''<span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px"> Human Rights Watch </span>'''<span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px">[https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/dangerous-rise-of-populism "World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights-Trump, European Populists Foster Bigotry, Discrimination."]</span>'''<br />
* <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">'''Truth-Telling for Reconciliation: Remembering Victims of Slavery & the Slave''' Trade-March 25th is the International [https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.un.org%2Fen%2Fevents%2Fslaveryremembranceday%2F&data=01%7C01%7Cjgsmith%40pitt.edu%7Ca8d5291136e246c4641a08d460c88bc7%7C9ef9f489e0a04eeb87cc3a526112fd0d%7C1&sdata=Fr%2B%2FHCQ%2BSqkdORWdmx8ACCPXPwwMxfdFHq2yw%2B8Hhf4%3D&reserved=0 Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade]--Ideas: convene a group to discuss an article or book such as The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates or Michael Dyson's [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/books/review/tears-we-cannot-stop-michael-eric-dyson.html Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon for White America]. UN initiatives to fight racism and xenophobia: [http://together.un.org/ Together] (respect, safety and dignity for refugees and migrants) [http://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/ Let's Fight Racism]", and "[http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/highlights.html Stand Up for Someone's Rights Today]," in addition to the [http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/ International Decade for People of African Descent.]</span>
* '''[https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/hrw_world_report_etr_final.pdf Human Rights in Danger (]'''Youth and public education resource) Human Rights Watch 2017 Report [https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/dangerous-rise-of-populism The Dangerous Rise of PopulismGlobal Attacks on Human Rights Values]
* '''Local strategy working paper:''' [[:file:Moving_from_Shallow_to_Deep_Democracy_Strategy_Ideas.pdf|Moving from Shallow to Deep Democracy]]<br /> [http://www.hreusa.net/data/files/Human%20Rights%20Here%20and%20Now%20November%20issue.pdf Teaching Tolerance: Talking with kids and adults about human rights ]"Speak up for civility"--Human Rights Educators USA
* [http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38443-countering-trump-let-s-build-a-people-powered-democracy-and-economy Building a society that works for all: ]This election showed the urgency of people's need for major changes in the basic structure of our economy and government policies. Neither presidential candidate offered that. There is a need to build grassroots movements for economic and social transformation rather than allowing elites to determine what kind of society we live in. "Politicians from both parties lionize the entrepreneur, casting poverty ...as an individual shortcoming, a narrative that erases ...the [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/28/books/review/when-affirmative-action-was-white-uncivil-rights.html?_r=0 structurally racist policies] that have continued to maintain [white privilege]."
* See examples of legislation passed in Human Rights Cities of [[:file:DC_Human_Rights_City_Resolution_Reaffirmation_11_19_2016.pdf|Washington DC]] and [[:file:Eugene_Inclusive_Community_Resolution_2016.pdf|Eugene Oregon's Inclusive Community Resolution]].
* '''Strategies for Improving Local Implementation of Human Rights'''--Lessons from around the World
<br /> <u>'''Defend Pittsburghers' Right to Stay in ''their'' City! Housing Justice'''</u><br /> [http://housingsummit.wikispaces.com/ **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.''[http://homesforallpgh.org/ Homes for All Pittsburgh]<br /> <br /> '''''*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 .'''''<br /> <br />
=About the Human Rights City Alliance=
* See the[[:file:Conference_summary_-General_Version_3_2.pdf| summary of our Human Rights Cities Conference,]] hosted at the University of Pittsburgh
* [[:file:Annual_Report_2017.pdf|2017 Annual Report]]
* [[:file:Annual_Report_2016.pdf|2016 Annual Report]]: See what we've done in the past year as we look forward to strengthening Pittsburgh activism for human rights in the year ahead!
* [[:file:Annual_Report_2015.pdf|2015 Annual Report]]
* [[:file:Human_Rights_Day_2017_Press_Release_Final.pdf| International Human Rights Day 2017 Press Conference]] at the City County Building
=How to Get Involved=
* '''<span style="font-size: 120%">[https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/pghrights Sign up for our email list to learn about upcoming events]</span>'''
* '''Community Outreach:''' Please invite groups you work with to be part of the Human Rights City Alliance's work! Help us invite groups around our city to link their work with the vision of building a human rights city. [[:file:Outreach_letter_to_groups_March_2015.pdf|This letter is addressed to community leaders ]]and invites them to reflect on actions they can take "because we're a human rights city." [[:file:Congregation_letter_with_logo.pdf|This letter invites congregations/church leaders]] to lift up human rights concerns in their churches-particularly around December 10/Human Rights Day.
* Are you a faculty or staff member or graduate student at an area university? Join our Pittsburgh Area University Human Rights Network
* Share the word and help us carry out the [[Human Rights City Action Plan|Human Rights City Action Plan]]
[http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=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'''
*[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]]
* <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="font-size: 15.8px">[[Human Rights City Action Plan|Working Draft of An Action Plan ]]for building a Human Rights City ([[:file:Human_Rights_City_Action_Plan.pdf|PDF Version]])</span>
* [http://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/desk_reference.pdf Human Rights Recommendations to the United States: A Desk Reference for State and Local Human Rights Agencies]
* <span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px">[http://web.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/human-rights-us/state-and-local-implementation Resources for State and Local Human Rights Implementation]</span>
* <span style="font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;,serif; font-size: 16px">'''Sanctuary Cities''': [http://www.northeastern.edu/law/academics/institutes/phrge/publications/boston-principles.html Boston Principles on the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Noncitizens]</span>
* Pitt Students work with Homewood residents on new resource website: [https://iamhomewood.com/ I Am Homewood]''--this project reflects what can happen when we create networks among the various residents in our city. The Human Rights City Alliance helped bring creative and energetic folks together to enhance local knowledge and advance human rights advocacy work.''
* ''[https://skl.se/download/18.2625f9e6145ac763d07be224/1401096812446/Local_initiatives_to_counter_violence_SALAR.pdf Local Initiatives to Counter Violence-Promoting Political Extremism]--'' This document from the Swedish Association of Local and Regional Authorities was produced following violence at a 1995 white-supremacy concert organized by a growing right-wing movement. Examples of local initiatives can guide work in other communities to counter the exclusionary and hateful messages of such groups.
* '''[[:file:Housing_as_a_Human_Right.pdf|Housing is a Human Right: Slideshow]]''' on international treaties and opportunities to promote the [[:file:Housing_as_a_Human_Right.pdf|human right to housing]]
<br> [[OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute-Human Rights in Pittsburgh and Beyond, Resource Page]]
=Past events=
'''World Food Day 2015:''' [https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=b28fcce4-a5a0-4796-9f2c-cc68316692fc Watch video recording of October 2015 panel on the Right to Food]<br />  International Workers Day March for Immigrant Rights '''2016''' '''[[:file:May_Day_March_HRCA_Statement.pdf|Statement of Unity and Solidarity ]]'''<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="display: block; text-align: center"><span style="display: block; text-align: center">''<span style="font-family: &#39;Arial&#39;,&#39;sans-serif&#39;; font-size: 18.6667px">Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.</span>'' <span style="display: block">--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="display: block; text-align: center">'''<u><span style="font-family: &#39;Arial&#39;,&#39;sans-serif&#39;">Website: pghrights.org</span></u>''' <span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: &#39;Arial&#39;,&#39;sans-serif&#39;">Facebook: </span><span style="font-family: &#39;Arial&#39;,&#39;sans-serif&#39;">pghrights</span></span><br />
<br /> <span style="display: block; text-align: center">https://www.facebook.com/groups/pghrights/<br /> </span><span style="display: block; font-size: 130%; text-align: center">#pghrights</span><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff; display: block; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 19.2px; text-align: center"><span style="color: #0b0b24; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 19.2px">e-mail: pghrights [at] riseup.net</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 140%">[[:file:UDHR_PGHedition_FOR_RELEASE.pdf|Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet with Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Proclamation]]</span><br />
[[:file:YWCA_Pledge_Stand_against_racism.pdf|YWCA Pledge Stand against racism]]<br />
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* [[Communication Justice Initiative]]
* [[Forums on Amazon HQ2 and the Right to the City]]
* [[Frequently Asked Questions]]

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