Z Human Rights Days of Action Spring 2015

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In the spring of 2011, Pittsburgh became the 5th Human Rights City in the United States. Human Rights City Alliance is a growing network of activists and organizations working to change regional policies and build community to make the Human Rights City vision a reality. Between April 15 and May 1, people of Pittsburgh are coming together in actions that demand a city that works for all of its residents. We are working to build an economy for people that pays living wages to workers and supports health care and a clean environment for all. We demand that our political leaders respect and restore our democracy to allow for community-based solutions that put people and planet over profits and that looks to the needs of future generations. We demand that all people be treated with dignity, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, or nationality. Another world is possible, and we are building it in Pittsburgh, a Human Rights City!
Raise your voice for human rights!

Video Links: Click here for a video report on Pittsburgh's Fight for Fifteen Action.
Pittsburgh activist groups coming together for workers rights and rights for Mother Earth.

Wednesday April 15:
6:00 AM: #STRIKEFASTFOOD across the US - taking to the streets in historic numbers to fight for dignity and respect. Fast food workers, students, and other activists will be standing up for $15 and a union. Pittsburghlocation(s) 10:45 AM Student Solidarity Organization

12:00 Noon-2PM: Tax Day Rally and Penny Poll to protest military spending and corporate influence in politics.
Rally targets the influence of corporations on militarized public policies and our federal budget as well as the disastrous consequences these structures and priorities have for poor communities of color in the U.S. and around the world.
Join the local Raging Grannies, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom & American Friends Service Committee Pennsylvania Squirrel Hill at the corner of Murray Avenue and Darlington Street, next to the post office. Click here for Tax Day Facebook Event Page

4:00 PM: Fight For 15 & A Union Action led by fast food and other low-wage workers. Schenley Plaza, Oakland.

Click here to join and share the Facebook Event Page

Thursday April 16:

7:00 PM: Film: We Are All Immigrants Kearns Spirituality Center located at 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA 15101.
Part of the Festival of Thomas Merton.

7:00 PM: The Living Room Chronicles -- Hillman Auditorium / Hill House
(1825 Centre Ave. 15219) will be turned into a "living room" with Paradise Gray sharing stories about art, music, and activism.

Saturday April 18:
Point Park University Student Solidarity action Students are not customers
Adjunct faculty join the #FightFor15 movement higher wages and an affordable, accessible education for students. Details TBD

Wednesday April 22:
NOON: Three Rivers Rising Tide NO more bomb trains, NO more pipe lines EARTH DAY ACTION

7:00 PM: Earth Day: Centennial Celebration of the Birth of Thomas Merton, Maureen Crossen, Jack Alverson, and Linda Maydak. Carlow University A.J. Palumbo Hall 3305 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Part of the Festival of Thomas Merton.
April 22 - 26: Kinks, Locks & Twists Conference Health. Beauty. Environment.www.kinkslockstwists.org Local, regional and national leaders to discuss a wide range of issues from urban farming, food security, healthy natural hair, safe cosmetics, fracking and more! #KLTConference @NewVoicesPgh

Friday April 24:
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Katz Plaza Downtown 7th St. & Penn Ave. What Does It Mean to Be a Pittsburgh Latino?

Global Day of Action: Justice for Workers in Bangladesh-- The World March of Women and other activists at the World Social Forum in Tunis called for global actions in solidarity on the anniversary of the factory collapse of Rana Plaza, the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

Saturday April 25:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Earth Day Work Day @ Bandi Shaum Community Garden, Mission St. & S. 18th 15203

1:30PM "Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King: Two Paths of Non-violent Solidarity for Peace and Justice." Interfaith discussion led by
Charlie McCollester and leaders from diverse faith/social justice traditions.Homestead Pump House (880 East Waterfront Dr Munhall 15120)
Part of the Festival of Thomas Merton and the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

Sunday April 26:
10:30 - 3:00 Dr. Dave Whaley leads a presentation and discussion on the increasingly alarming state of environmental affairs and the concept and lessons of "Lifeboat Communities", which some believe may be necessary to survive coming challenges to human existence on our planet. A lunch from 12-1pm will precede the event, please RSVP to 412-322-4261. Blessing of the bicycles - Earth Day Celebration
Allegheny UU Church Founders Hall, 416 W North Ave. 15212

Thursday April 30:

Afternoon (Time TBD): Consol Retirees United for Our Rights is gathering (1000 Consol Energy Dr, Canonsburg, PA 15317) for a rally to show Consol that the retirees are growing and not giving up.

8:00 PM: May Day Eve Midnight March to the Homestead Strike Memorial
Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center -- 449 W. 8th Avenue, W. Homestead PA 15120

Friday May 1:
5:00 PM International Workers Day Worker and Immigrant Rights March -- begins near Senator Toomey's office (100 West Station Square Drive 15219) -- across Smithfield Bridge to City Hall -- then to Market Square for party!

For updates to this calendar & more information about our work, see //www.pghrights.org//

Contact us at [pghrights@riseup.net]

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