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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!

International Human Rights Day 2020 Public/Media Statement:
Pittsburgh Joins Global Efforts to Target Systemic Racism, Bring Human Rights Home [1]

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.

Current Projects

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:Zero Evictions Days Resource page and webinar recordings Featuring dialogues with Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing.)

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


Hear from candidates running for office in Pittsburgh and Southwest PA who will respond to questions generated by young people. We’re asking candidates for public office to think beyond the next election cycle and consider how their platforms and policy agendas will impact today’s youth and future generations. Candidates for Pittsburgh Mayor, City Council, Allegheny County Council, and School Board will be attending, and statements from Court of Common Pleas candidates will be available for discussion. Register for Zoom link at: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/wn_crki-fq7ta-5v8b_lh85eg. Co-sponsors: Pittsburgh Youth Coalition for Change (PYCC), Pitt Human Rights Student Task Force, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance. 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.
  • Public Hearing on housing & Black resident displacement: Wed. May 5 1:30PM
Why were more than 7,000 Black residents displaced from Pittsburgh between 2014-2018? What is the City doing to address this decades-long trend? In response to a petition supported by Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition (PPSA) and other community groups, City Council has agreed to hold a (virtual) public hearing in response to residents’ petition to address the crisis of forced mass displacement of Black Pittsburghers, and the reasons for this displacement See call for support from PPSA. Meetings are streamed live on the City Channel Pittsburgh. To register to speak, visit https://pittsburghpa.gov/clerk/council-meetings. Register by phone: Call the City Clerk’s Office at (412) 255-2138 Registration will close at 11:30 AM the day of the hearing. If you do not wish to speak but would still like your opinions forwarded to Council Members, please email the Clerk's Office at cityclerksoffice@pittsburghpa.gov.
  • How does global vaccine injustice affect health in Pittsburgh?: Thursday May 6, 6:00-7:15PM Link to register for Zoom meeting. Confirmed speakers: Mary Crossley, JD, Professor of Law & Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Shannah Tharp Gilliam, Director of Research, Homewood Children’s Village; Dani Wenner, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Ethics & Policy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University & Affiliate Faculty Member at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law
The World Trade Organization meets on May 5 to decide whether patent protections should apply to COVID-19 vaccines. World leaders and social justice advocates are pressing the US and other western governments to allow mass production of vaccines and speed global efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Why are these debates important for the health of Pittsburgh residents? Who owns the vaccine and why does it matter to us locally? How are global inequities in vaccine distribution and access mirrored in our community? What steps would move us toward vaccine equity in local and global context? A panel of researchers and public health advocates offer perspectives that can inform understandings of vaccine politics and how it relates to issues of human rights, equity and racial justice. Co-sponsors: Pitt Center for Health Equity, Global Studies Center, Human Rights Working Group, and others.

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]

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


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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